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 3 dive operators, a dive shop, and at least 15 good dive sites in the area.
The dive shop worth considering are displayed here:
|Dive Shop//12577||(284) 495-1200||2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay||Frenchman's Cay|
If you're looking forward to diving, you should consider 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 located in Cruz Bay, in western St. John.
Another good option is Patagon Dive Center. You'd be hard-pressed to find a dive facility with an owner as experienced as Captain Arnoldo Falcoff of Patagon Dive Center. Making his career as a commercial diver, he eventually settled on St. Thomas to pursue his recreational diving licenses and was soon fully PADI certified. They can be reached at (340) 775-3333.
A third 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 in downtown Cruz Bay.
Details regarding the area's dive services are provided in this table:
|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|
The chart just below offers the typical cost of dive services in this area.
|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|
Take a moment to read the table just below for a few details regarding some of the area's dive sites.
For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both experienced divers and beginners, read our exhaustive Caribbean diving article.
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