SCUBA Dive Sites
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St Croix has some of the best SCUBA
diving in the Caribbean...in the world for that matter! Below you will
find just some of the dive sites located in the waters of St. Croix.
A flat sandy submerged mountain top east of Christiansted harbor. Mooring
is in 25 feet of water. The wall is 15 yards east, starts at 40 feet
and drops to over 1,000 feet. On the top of the wall lots of pillar
coral surrounded with barred soldier fish and grunts. Off the wall barracuda,
angel fish, elephant ear sponge, horse eye jacks and once in a while
a eagle rays, manta rays and even whale sharks.
2.Salt River Canyon
East Wall: The East Wall mooring
is in 40 feet of water, the back of the boat usually hangs in 1,000
feet. Tons of sponges soft and hard corals. Two types of black coral,
the green and pink ones. Lots of pelagic and tropical fish. Grouper,
snapper, eels, conch, lobster and crab are found here. Usually very
clear water. This is a very historical site. Columbus came here on his
second trip to American. He had 17 ships with him. First time that there
was bloodshed between Native Americans and Europeans. Columbus took
some of the capture Indians back with him. This site is also one of
the oldest geological areas in the Caribbean. A Hydro lab was here for
several years. Scientist would live underwater for a week or so doing
research on corals and fish life. Separated from the West Wall by a
chasm several thousand feet deep, East Wall is unfailingly the "fishiest"
dive on the North Shore. While horse eye jacks, hogfish, and snappers
swim off the wall, the sponge and coral-encrusted slope is covered with
schools of black bar soldier fish and striped grunts at 60 ft. Large
angel fish, parrot fish and groupers are featured throughout the dive,
with the occasional spotted eagle ray or black tip reef shark lurking
off the wall.
3. Salt River Canyon
West Wall: Mooring in 20 feet of water. A sheer drop off wall. Lots
of canyons and groves to go through. Pelagic as well as eel, snapper,
jacks and groupers. Some really big stingrays in the area. Great for
novice divers as well as advanced. The most requested boat dive on St.
Croix is a steep and ruggedly textured outlining the western edge of
Salt River Canyon. Also known as "The Pinnacles", the geological formation
with its maze of swim throughs, cuts, ledges, overhangs, and recesses
suggest that it was once an above ground waterfall. Schools of creole
wrasse, black durgeons and yellowtail snappers can be found off the
edge of the wall, while the deeper realms are inhabited by jacks, permits,
barracudas, ceros, angels, green morays, and rays gliding by the pinnacles.
4. Rust - op - twist:
Named for a former Danish sugar plantation and a one time home to a
shrimp farm on shore. Pipes for the deep water intake are still underwater.
This area has the deepest water closet to shore in the Caribbean.
Two moorings can be found on this wall site. Known for its colorful
tube and rope sponges, sea fans and gorgonians, the gradual sloping
reef has innumerable ledges and crevices that often shelter orange spotted
filefish, juvenile burrfish, clinging crabs, slipper lobsters, and lizard
fish. Following the pipeline downward, which makes for an easy navigation
tool, you can observe the wonder of sea anemones and purple pederson
shrimp interacting, while hovering above the frequent flounder sunning
on the top of the coral encrusted pipeline. There are probably more
black durgons here than any other area, and it is a good site for encountering
5. The Pavilions:
Beautiful wall dive east of Cane Bay. Lots of hard and soft corals,
schools of Atlantic spade fish, groupers elephant ear sponges and black
coral. Plateau with sand and coral, great for beginner and advanced.
South of the mooring in 35 feet of water is a sandy arena rimmed by
coral and decorated with yellow headed Jawfish and spaghetti worms,
creating an ideal habitat for nurse sharks and spotted moray eels. The
wall itself is decorated with colorful sponges, whips, and sea plumes,
typically hosting schools of Creole wrasse, triggerfish and every species
of butterfly fish. Watch for the rare pipefish and seahorses. This dive
is known for its abundance of marine life.
6. Cane Bay:
Most popular beach dive as well as boat dive. Accessible from north
shore road. 200 yard swim to the wall, drops over 2,000 feet. Beautiful
wall dive along with great coral gardens just before the wall in 30
feet of water. Sometimes you may see reef sharks out in the blue. Black
coral, pelagic and well as tropicals. The beach is also a great place
to chill out before and after your dive.
you are shore diving, make sure and enter and exit the water at the
boat ramp due to the shallow reefs that run on either side.
Swim straight out from the boat ramp, and drop down when you
This wall starts in about 30 feet of water straight out from
the boat ramp.
Go East for a deeper profile, and west for a shallower dive.
The "Wall"at Cane Bay
7. North star:
Named after the sugar plantation on the shore. Vertical drop off starting
at 25 feet plunging down to 2,000. Schooling fish everywhere. At 60
feet embedded upside down in the wall rests a large Danish Anchor. Another
anchor lies flat on the shelf itself. The wall takes the form of a sequence
of huge coves, which means some part of the wall is always being illuminated
by the sun, allowing the diver to see under numerous crevices and overhangs,
and highlighting the colorful sponges and gorgonians. All Top Ten dive
sites offer the underwater photographer great opportunities, but the
lighting on this site has produced some spectacular shots, macro and
wide angle. This is one of the most dramatic walls dives on the island
which can also be done from shore when conditions are calm.
This site is known for hawksbill turtles, and an occasional reef
shark moving along the wall.
Large schools of Horseye Jacks can also be seen.
On top, you will run into your schools of Blue Tangs, along with
many other species of tropical fish.
8. Davis Bay:
Great wall dive. Have seen larger sharks here such as tiger and black
tip. Shallows ruined by hotel construction and hurricanes.
This wall dive can be done by shore from Carambola Beach, but it requires
one to hike from the parking lot to the water with gear.
Davis Bay makes for a easy boat dive since the moring sits right
on the edge of the wall in 25' of water.
There are lots of cuts and mini canyons on this site, and after
about 65' the wall turns to sand and slopes out to the deep blue.
The cuts on this wall make for great homes for spotted lobsters
and an occasional nurse shark.
This site is also a good area to see Southern Stingrays on top
of the wall moving along the sand.
9. Eagle ray:
Just outside of the harbor entrance, mooring in 28 feet, gentle slope
big coral heads in sand. Usually see eagle rays feeding here. Great
dive for beginners as well as advanced.
10. WAPA: On Long Reef across from the Water
and Power Authority plant. Sloping coral with sand chutes between them.
Good place to see lobster and nurse sharks.
11. Gentle Winds:
Named after a condo complex on the beach there, Gentle Winds marks the
beginning of a mile-long stretch of spur-and-groove reef. The large,
thriving coral fingers, separated by narrow sand chutes, bottom out
into a sandy plain at 60 feet, making it a perfect second dive and training
site for those working to improve navigational skills. The great diversity
and density of hard and soft corals are unmatched anywhere else. Look
closely to find scorpion fish, flat worms, lettuce sea slugs, lobsters,
and flying gurnards nestled among the breathtaking coral heads or camouflaged
on the sand.
The Fredericksted Pier: A Shore Dive.
A terrific beginning night dive! The old pier was chosen as one of the
best macro dives in the world. Although torn down after suffering severe
hurricane damage, several structures from the original pier are still
standing. Called Dolphins, these huge pillars are bathed in spectacular
corals and sponges. The new pier structure is a beautiful spot to see
coral beginning its new life. This is the place to see Sea Horses! Lots
of unusual fish and sea life such as bat fish, frog fish, various eels,
living shells, and Caribbean lobster call this spot home. An exciting
Butler Bay Shipwrecks: There are 6 shipwrecks
within a quarter-mile of each other located in Butler Bay. These shipwrecks
can be seen in 2 different dives. The “Deep Shipwrecks” refer to the
Wreck of the Coakley Bay and Rosaomira. They are located a couple hundred
feet from each other, and can be seen in one dive from 60 feet to 100
feet deep. The “Shallow Shipwrecks” include the Suffolk Maid, Virgin
Islander, Agiers Habitat, and Northwind wreck. This dive will take you
to depths of 40-65 feet. Armageddon is the wreckage from the previous
Frederiksted Pier that was destroyed in hurricane Hugo. The remains
are sunk in 100 feet of water just south of the other shipwreck sites
in Butler Bay.
Chubbs Hole: Chubbs Hole is a sharp 15 foot ledge that is located
in 30 feet of water a short boat ride north of the Frederiksted Pier.
This ledge offers many small caves and holes for lobster, nurse sharks,
eels, and turtles to hang around. The ledge starts on the edge of Butler
Bay and extends south around Mill Point and towards shore close to Cowboy
Beach on the west end.
Swirling Reef of Death: This reef site is just minutes south
of the Frederiksted Pier offering some of the calmest water on St. Croix.
The mooring area offers great photo opportunities because of the nice
coral reef patches surrounded by white sand. If you head west, you will
hit a drop off that will take you down to 100 feet before turning back
to sand. This is a great area for healthy corals and sponges along with
a great variety of tropical fish and turtles.
Sandy Point: Sandy Point is a federally protected turtle nesting
beach, so you can probably figure out what you might see on the reefs
a quarter-mile off shore. With this area being left undeveloped, the
Sandy Point reefs are some of the healthiest reefs on St. Croix.
Other Sites of Interest:
Discovered by Dive Experience
this dive has a small wall starting at 40 feet and is vertical to 72
feet. On top lots of coral soft and hard. Seahorses can be found here.
Nice sloping reefs with a large abundance of lobster. Both green and
spotted eels live here. At the 50 foot range, beautiful corals with
tons of fish life.
Deep canyon starts in 40 feet sand bottom 20 feet across. Lots of over
hangs. Lobster, file fish, Durgons and eels. Soft and hard corals in
The pinnacle: Sea mount that tops
off at 90 feet. Usually see swimming reef sharks and big jacks. Black
coral. Advanced divers only.
Sleeping Shark Hole:
A large coral over hang where one to four big nurse sharks hang out.
Beautiful sloping reef down to sand shoots.
Big sand shoots and large coral heads. Lots of lobsters, crab and small
Sloping coral formations. Good for small tropicals.
In about 45 feet a very large 200 year plus anchor from the old Danish
days of St. Croix. Probably from the sugar plantation days. Over 8 feet
in length. Another anchor in 55 feet lodged in the corals and covered
in coral. Healthy corals and lots of tropicals.
White Horse Reef:
Two small reefs nearly breaking the surface. Many a boat has sunk here.
You can find broken cannon, old wood and nail and chain from very old
boat. New boats have hit it too. Nice shallow dive.