Scuba Diving Near St. Thomas

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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 good dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

Coki Beach Dive Club

Dive shops in this area are provided in the following chart.

Dive Shops Near St. Thomas
Name Phone Location
Admiralty Dive Center (340) 777-9802 0.6 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Aqua Action Dive and Water Sports Center (340) 775-6258 1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town
Coki Beach Dive Club (340) 775-4220 1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Anna's Retreat
Hi-Tec Water Sports (340) 774-5650 Frenchtown

If you're ready to take the plunge, you might want to contact Red Hook Dive Center. Morning dives leave from the harbor at 9:00 a.m. and are for certified two tank divers. They are found within Red Hook, in eastern St. Thomas.

A second 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 call them at (340) 775-3333.

A third option is Aqua Marine. Create your dream dive getaway with the help of the Scuba diving experts. While many dive centers have very strict, set schedules and dive sites they won't be swayed from, Aqua Marine St. Thomas knows you are on vacation, so they want to help make everything perfect for you. They're located in Maroon Town, St. Thomas.

You can look through this table for information concerning the area's dive services.

Dive Operators Near St. Thomas
Name Phone Location Island
Aqua Marine (340) 642-8701 1.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Anna's Retreat 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
St. Thomas Scuba Snorkel Adventures Diving (340) 474-9332 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Underwater Adventures (340) 774-3737 0.9 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Dive Services

The following table provides the typical cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
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

Dive Sites

A few details regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites are shown in the table below.

Dive Sites Near St. Thomas
Name Latitude Longitude
Aaron's Barge 18.3235659339 -64.9740460703
Armando's Paradise 18.3091185717 -64.8987454176
Aron's Barge Dive 18.3261736761 -64.9717283249
Blackbeard's Eye Dive 18.3036054771 -64.9994060397
Castle Reef 18.3100618798 -64.8557090753
Cessna Dive Site 18.2937018377 -64.9903535843
Clairborn Dive Site 18.2976134482 -64.9931430817
Cow and Calf Rocks 18.3038397553 -64.8462894559
Dive Tank 18.2861279347 -64.9254602194
First Cay 18.3194919484 -64.983487446
Flat Cay 18.3164775792 -64.987885952
Grainton Dive 18.302561407 -64.9980729818
Grass Cay Dive 18.3561395302 -64.8384869099
Grass Key 18.3545250874 -64.8312238047
Kennedy Dive 18.3088995791 -64.9399709702
Limestone 18.3113436897 -64.9640897104
Limestone Dive Site 18.3100811171 -64.9627590179
Major General Rogers Wreck 18.3468219029 -64.858083129
Miss Opportunity 18.3400238585 -65.0023701975
Miss Opportunity Dive 18.3360729118 -65.0059747696
Mist Dive Site 18.2983468653 -65.0328397751
Navy Barges Dive 18.3132407404 -64.9148443529
Rays Rise 18.3012612645 -64.8319768952
Rough Point Dive 18.4024198061 -64.9761271477
Sprat Dive 18.3144400732 -64.9391988108
Straggler's 18.3041948526 -64.8364830064
T Table 18.3065772224 -64.9051880836
The Fence Dive 18.3034628727 -64.9993282557
Tunnels at Thatch Cay 18.3630077763 -64.8712098598
WIT Concrete Dive 18.2879564998 -64.9824142456
WIT Crane Dive 18.3103663147 -65.0503063202
WIT Power Dive 18.2948019871 -65.0290203094
WIT Service Dive 18.298183884 -65.0143432617
WIT Shoal Dive 18.3078810055 -65.0345993042
Western Cities Dive 18.2980616479 -64.9706554413

For more information concerning diving, including helpful suggestions and tips for both experienced divers and beginners, check out this exhaustive Caribbean scuba diving article.

 

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