Scuba Diving Near St. John

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Divers have plenty to keep them busy in the waters that surround St. John with over 25 dive sites accessible after just a 15 minute boat ride.  Reef systems between St. John and St. Thomas are shared by divers of the two islands, and promote a vibrant sea life of more than 40 different types of coral and 500 species of fish.  If you're able to book a night dive, even more sea life beckons, with turtles, sea horses, moray eels, and even octopuses becoming more prevalent.  Visibility in this area is between 60 and 100 feet on a regular basis, so no matter your skill level there is much to be seen. 

There are several dive services, a dive shop, and at least 15 good dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shop worth looking into are shown below.

Dive Shops Near St. John
Name Type Phone Location Island
Blue Water Divers Dive Shop//12577 (284) 495-1200 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay
Low Key Waterports

If you'd like to go diving, you can check with Low Key Waterports. Low Key offers both snorkeling and diving equipment, as well as training for the diving. They can certify divers in general diving as well as in night diving. They are situated in Cruz Bay, in western St. John.

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. You can reach them at (340) 775-3333.

Still another option is Cruz Bay Watersports Diving. Trusted as a leader in scuba diving on the island since 1982, this center is a full-service operation that also offers a number of other watersports activities on a daily basis. They're located within downtown Cruz Bay.

The following chart has some key facts concerning the area's dive services.

Dive Operators Near St. John
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 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Red Hook St. Croix

Dive Services

The chart directly below shows the approximate 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 moment to read the following chart to see some key facts concerning some of the area's dive sites.

Dive Sites Near St. John
Name Latitude Longitude
Blinders Rocks 18.344515895 -64.6813321137
Booby Rock Dive 18.3025333953 -64.7094941139
Bovocap Point 18.3095729685 -64.7810983605
Carval Rock Dive 18.3691731817 -64.7948527336
Cocoloba Dive 18.3159428522 -64.7567439079
Congo Cay Dive 18.3680480498 -64.7988331318
Dittlif Point 18.3095825871 -64.7659611673
Eagle Shoal 18.3051919421 -64.6893453598
Francis Bay 18.3662175272 -64.7504615772
Hawks Nest Bay 18.351880191 -64.7817897785
Henley Cay 18.3522702586 -64.7932970524
Lind Point Dive 18.3378143854 -64.7974383831
Maple Leaf Dive 18.3137682786 -64.7310912609
Maria Bluff 18.3135088337 -64.7886252402
Red Point 18.3255840969 -64.6726322221

To learn more about diving, including useful tips and suggestions skilled divers as well as beginners, read our detailed guide to diving in the Caribbean.


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