On an island renowned for offering some of the best snorkeling in the region, the north shore is often noted for its exceptional underwater landscape. As a town set along the north coast, Christiansted is a great home base for those who plan to spend their vacation on St. Croix exploring under the sea.
What is is about Christiansted that attracts snorkelers? Not only are the beaches great with their calm waters, black coral beds, and unique sponges, but from this town there is easy access to one of the largest living coral reefs in the region, a wall that begins in 25 feet of water and drops down to 13,200 feet, and a snorkeling trail on Buck Island.
All of this means that you can rent a snorkel kit for around $20(USD) a day and stick to the beaches, or you can sign up for a snorkeling tour. A few local watersports operations including dive centers offer this opportunity, as do some boat charters.
If you want to experience below the water's surface you should consider a visit to Mermaid Beach. Beginners will find the snorkeling to be best from them right from the beach, but if you swim out a bit there is even more to be seen underwater here. This snorkeling site is found a short distance away East-Northeast of central Christiansted.
The following table provides a few details concerning 7 of the most popular places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|0.2 mi. Northeast of Downtown Christiansted||Protestant Cay|
|Sugar Beach||1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Mermaid Beach||1.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Hibiscus Beach||2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Christiansted||St. Croix|
|1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted||St. Croix|
|2.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted||St. Croix|
|2.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted||St. Croix|
Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.
If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you should consider Big Beard's Adventure Tours. While there is a lot to do on St. Croix, half the adventure can be found off the coast in the waters surrounding the island. With Big Beard's Adventure Tours, you will be able to explore the coast, reefs, and remote beaches of Buck Island.
Another option to investigate is Bilinda Charters. Luncheon day sails, half day cruises, and sunset cruises are the excursions offered by Captain Dee. However, she also offers a Discover Sailing course in which she teaches basic sailing facts and theory. They're located in downtown Christiansted.
Still another option is Jolly Roger Charters. Explore the vast waters surrounding St. Croix and see the lively ecosystem and thriving marine life that calls the reefs and uninhabited islands home. Jolly Roger Charters can take you on private excursions to some of the most remote spots for a day of adventure diving, snorkeling, and hiking, or a day of relaxing while gently rocking on the boat.
Some details about boat operators that offer snorkeling opportunities are displayed in the following table.
|Big Beard's Adventure Tours||(340) 773-4482||Downtown Christiansted|
|Bilinda Charters||(340) 514-2270||Downtown Christiansted|
|Jolly Roger Charters||(340) 513-2508||Downtown Christiansted|
If you're looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventure. They call their snorkelers Bubble Watchers, and allow them to come along when they go out for dive. Snorkelers should know that they typically moor in waters that are 25 or more feet deep. They are found within downtown Christiansted.
A second company that offers snorkeling related services is. Explore the water-world just off the coast of Christiansted. You will be amazed at the diverse eco-system and colorful life that can be found just off this city. The group, Caribbean Sea Adventures can take you to this world's hotspots; the best places to dive and snorkel.
A third place to consider is Caribbean Sea Adventures. Snorkeling trips leave daily from the waterfront near the Christiansted National Historic Site offering full and half day visits to Buck Island Reef and Turtle Beach. They're located in downtown Christiansted.
Take some time to look through the chart below for a list of 4 companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.
|Cane Bay Christiansted||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(340) 718-9913||Downtown Christiansted|
|Snorkeling Tour Operator||(340) 773-2628||Downtown Christiansted|
|Caribbean Sea Adventures||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(340) 773-2628||Downtown Christiansted|
|St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventure||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(340) 773-5994||Downtown Christiansted|
To learn more about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this detailed Caribbean snorkeling article.
Whether snorkeling is a sport you know in love or one you've been interested in trying out, you'll find Christiansted to be an excellent place to pull on your snorkel, mask, and fins and explore the wondrous world of the Caribbean Sea.
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