As St. Croix continues to grow as a major tourist destination, word is getting out about just how good the snorkeling opportunities are here. Some even say that they've experienced the best snorkeling of their lives here and international magazines are taking note as well, awarding the island with accolades like the “Best Visibility in the Caribbean.”
The great thing about St. Croix is that there are spots great for beginners that experienced snorkelers will enjoy as well, but also a few out-of-the-way sites that provide a bit of a challenge. This means no matter what your skill level is, you'll be able to find enjoyment, tranquility, and stunning sights underneath the surface of the sea.
Most of the island's beaches offer great snorkeling conditions. Water temperatures hardly ever go below 78 degrees, the surf is generally calm thanks to a barrier reef that protects three-quarters of the island, and as you read above, the visibility is unmatched. It is a rare occasion when you can't see directly to the bottom, even when you participate in some deeper water snorkeling excursions.
Where should you snorkel? That is really up to you thanks to the fact that most beaches offer a little something for snorkelers. If you're short on time and want the best of the best, theis great for beginners and night snorkelers, is a great spot thanks to the underwater snorkeling trail, and beaches like , , and are all great spots. There are also a few wreck dives, mostly those that were purposely sunk to create an artificial reef.
If you want to explore what's down below you might enjoy visiting. Explore the natural wonder of Buck Island from under the water. While there are many tour groups that will take you here, they are not necessary, at Buck Island the main snorkeling site actually comes complete with underwater signs to help you find your way along an underwater trail. This snorkeling site is located in the eastern part of St. Croix.
is another option. Although this wall features a significant drop into the water, snorkelers will have plenty to explore near the surface. Elkhorn and brain coral are especially prominent.
A third location to consider is Isaac Bay Beach. A 20 minute hike through the St. Croix East End Marine Park will bring you to this site, which is home to an extremely healthy coral reef that hosts over 400 species of fish.
A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is. After a hour long hike from the Carambola Beach Resort, snorkelers will be rewarded with a bay featuring some of the lesser-seen sea life of the area that includes spiny Caribbean lobsters and southern stingrays. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site located in western St. Croix.
is a fifth option to consider. The westernmost snorkel site along the north shore, there is a wall and a cavern to be explored here.
The table below shows more information on the 33 of the most popular places to go snorkeling in this area.
|7.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted|
|0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cane Bay|
|Isaac Bay Beach||8.7 mi. East of Central downtown Christiansted|
|2.7 mi. West of Central Cane Bay|
|0.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Cane Bay|
|1.0 mi. Northeast of Central Cane Bay|
|1.6 mi. Northeast of Central Belvedere|
|0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Frederiksted|
|La Grange||0.5 mi. North of Central Frederiksted|
|Butler Bay||2.7 mi. North of Central Frederiksted|
|1.3 mi. Northeast of Central Belvedere|
|Butler Bay||2.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted|
|Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge||2.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted|
|Jack's Bay Beach||7.9 mi. East of Central downtown Christiansted|
|0.2 mi. Northeast of Downtown Christiansted|
|Mermaid Beach||1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Christiansted|
|1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted|
|2.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted|
|1.0 mi. East of Central Cotton Valley|
|3.1 mi. East of Central Cane Bay|
|Cormorant Beach||Judith's Fancy, Central St. Croix|
|Hibiscus Beach||Central St. Croix|
|Sugar Beach||1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Christiansted|
|2.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted|
|3.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted|
|Turner Hole||1.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cotton Valley|
|1.4 mi. South of Central Cotton Valley|
|3.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted|
|Cramer Park||0.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Knight|
|3.4 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted|
|1.8 mi. East of Central Knight|
|Sandy Point Beach||0.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Frederiksted|
|4.0 mi. North of Central Frederiksted|
Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.
If you're hoping to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to contact Big Beard's Adventure Tours. Big Beard's Adventure Tours take regular trips over to Buck Island and the reef nearby for snorkeling and diving trips. The protected environment is a perfect place to catch a glimpse of colorful marine life and the thriving tropical ecosystem.
Another option worth investigating 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.
Information regarding boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling opportunities are displayed in the table below.
|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 looking for a place that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out. 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. They are found within downtown Christiansted.
A second company catering to snorkelers is Caribbean Sea Adventures. If you're intrigued by the thought of snorkeling the Buck Island Reef, this tour operator can get you there. They offer daily trips at an affordable rate, led by a staff that is knowledgeable and friendly.
A third place to consider is Sweet Bottom Dive Center. Although there have been some talks of offering snorkeling tours, for the time being, this shop specializes only in dive excursions. They do, however, rent out gear for those who want to take to the sea on their own. They're found on St. Croix.
Some information regarding 7 places that offer services related to snorkeling are shown here:
|Cane Bay Christiansted||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(340) 718-9913||Downtown Christiansted|
|Cane Bay Frederiksted||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(340) 772-0715||0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted|
|Snorkeling Tour Operator||(340) 773-2628||Downtown Christiansted|
|Caribbean Sea Adventures||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(340) 773-2628||Downtown Christiansted|
|N2 The Blue||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(340) 772-3483||0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted|
|St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventure||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(340) 773-5994||Downtown Christiansted|
|Sweet Bottom Dive Center||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(340) 778-3800||1.7 mi. South West of Central Cane Bay|
For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read our extensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
From trails to shipwrecks and everything in between, the snorkeling possibilities on St. Croix are not only varied, but superb at each and every turn.
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