From a gorgonian forest to boat wrecks, walls to caves, St. Thomas is surrounded by some of the most exciting underwater landscapes around. Add to this the warm waters and visibility which ranges between 60 and 100 feet, it is hard to pass up the chance to dive with one of the many local scuba operators.
There are 5 dive operators, a variety of dive shops, and at least 35 different dive sites to choose from.
The dive shops you'll be able to find are listed in the chart below.
|Admiralty Dive Center||(340) 777-9802||0.3 mi. West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Aqua Action Dive and Water Sports Center||(340) 775-6258||East End|
|Blue Island Divers||(340) 774-2001||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Coki Beach Dive Club||(340) 775-4220||East End|
|Dive In!||(340) 777-5255||0.6 mi. North of Central Red Hook|
|(340) 775-2004||1.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Red Hook|
|St. Thomas Diving Club||(340) 776-2381||2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Anna's Retreat|
|(340) 774-3737||0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
If you're ready to take the plunge, you can check with 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 are situated in East End, in eastern St. Thomas.
Another good option is Red Hook Dive Center. Morning dives leave from the harbor at 9:00 a.m. and are for certified two tank divers. They can be reached at (340) 777-3483.
A third good option is Aqua Marine. VIP services, small group diving, and visits to lesser known dive sites is what this outfit specializes in. If you're interested in a classic Caribbean dive trip, they can make that happen, too. They're located in Frenchman Bay, St. Thomas.
Review the table below to obtain information about the area's dive operators.
|Aqua Marine||(340) 642-8701||2.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Patagon Dive Center||(340) 775-3333||0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Red Hook||St. Croix|
|Red Hook Dive Center||(340) 777-3483||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|(340) 474-9332||2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|(340) 774-1350||St. Thomas||St. Thomas|
Review this table to get a feel for the typical cost of dive services in this area.
|Offering Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Discover Scuba||$ 79.0||$ 160.0|
|Double Tank Dive||$ 70.0||$ 130.0|
|Night Dive||$ 60.0||$ 105.0|
|Open Water Certification||$ 450.0||$ 595.0|
|Single Tank Dive||$ 50.0||$ 95.0|
The chart right below enables you to get a few details regarding some of the area's major dive sites.
For more information concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions skilled divers as well as beginners, read our detailed discussion of scuba diving in the Caribbean.
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