Scuba Diving Near Cruz Bay

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More than 25 dive sites exist within just moments of Cruz Bay including everything from outlying coral reef to shallow gardens.  The average water temperature of between 78 and 84 degrees paired with a general viability of about 50 to 100 feet make this destination a top choice for diving in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

There are 3 dive operators, a dive shop, and at least 7 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shop worth looking into are listed here:

Dive Shops Near Cruz Bay
Name Type Phone Location Island
Blue Water Divers Dive Shop//12577 (284) 495-1200 Frenchman's Cay, 7.1 mi. Northeast of Central Cruz Bay Frenchman's Cay
Low Key Waterports

If you're ready to take the plunge, you might want to check with Low Key Waterports. Explore the waters off Cruz Bay and the reefs surrounding St. John with Low Key Watersports. You will find them able to take you to the best spots in the area, as well as give you the training you need to complete each dive safely. They are found in Cruz Bay.

Another good option is Patagon Dive Center. Patagon is one of the few dive centers in the Caribbean that specializes in courses for young children. At age five, PADI snorkeling courses are possible, and by eight they can participate in Bubblemakers which introduces them more fully to scuba. They can be reached at (340) 775-3333.

A third option is Cruz Bay Watersports Diving. You can sign up for two tank morning dives, which are three hour trips that last from 8:15 am to 12:00 pm and depart daily. Afternoon three hour scuba dives are available from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. They're located in downtown Cruz Bay.

A few details concerning diving services in the area are provided in this table:

Dive Operators Near Cruz Bay
Name Phone Location Island
Cruz Bay Watersports Diving (888) 756-0631 Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Low Key Waterports (340) 693-8999 Downtown Cruz Bay St. John
Patagon Dive Center (340) 775-3333 3.4 mi. West of Central Cruz Bay St. Croix

Dive Services

The chart directly below shows the typical cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 120.0 $ 155.0
Double Tank Dive $ 95.0 $ 100.0
Night Dive $ 90.0 $ 95.0
Open Water Certification $ 400.0 $ 600.0
Single Tank Dive $ 55.0 $ 85.0

Dive Sites

Take a look at the following table to see some information regarding some of the area's major dive sites.

Dive Sites Near Cruz Bay
Name Latitude Longitude
Bovocap Point 18.3095729685 -64.7810983605
Hawks Nest Bay 18.351880191 -64.7817897785
Henley Cay 18.3522702586 -64.7932970524
Lind Point Dive 18.3378143854 -64.7974383831
Lovango Cay Dive Site 18.3596576948 -64.8057317734
Maria Bluff 18.3135088337 -64.7886252402
Witch's Hut Dive 18.3283480938 -64.8073491454

To learn more concerning diving, including useful tips and suggestions skilled divers as well as beginners, check out our comprehensive discussion of diving in the Caribbean.


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