The underwater world in the Virgin Islands is stunning and truly amazing! Explore corals and gorgonian forest of sea fans and sea whips. Dive around caves, explore sunken boat wrecks or take a night dive and explore the fantastic world of nocturnal marine life! Swim among turtles, bright parrotfish, blue tangs, schools of fry and so much more.
The marine environment around St. John is world class and there are world class dive operators here that can take you out for the first time, teach you to dive, get you certified and instruct you for higher levels of dive certification.
Diving around St. John is best described as fantastic, safe, easy and fun. There are more than 25 dive sites within a fifteen minute boat ride. The diving consists of shallow coral gardens, shear rock faces, fringing coral reefs combined with an abundance of tropical fishes. Visibility ranges from 50-100 ft, and water temperature between 78-84 degrees. We offer 2 tank dives for certified diver's every morning of the year. In the afternoons, we offer intro to scuba, single tank dives and snorkel tours. Certification courses are available upon request.
The best conditions for diving in the islands are found during the summer and fall months, with visibility generally between 60 and 100 feet. Some sites, particularly in Pillsbury Sound, can be explored all year round as they are protected from the wind and rough seas that can affect other more open sites during the winter months. St. John and St. Thomas are close enough to each other that they share many of the same dive sites in the Pillsbury Sound area including Carval Rock, Congo Cay, Grass Cay, Mounds at Mingo, Arches and Tunnels of Thatch and Lovango Cay.
There are over a dozen dive sites around St. John. Most are shallow dives and many only 15 to 20 minutes away from the shore/dock. In addition to those located in the Pillsbury Sound other popular dive sites include Eagle Shoal, Flanagan Reef, Maple Leaf, Cocoloba and Witch's Hat.
Dive operators are familiar with the various dive locations and can safely guide you to and around them. An introductory course will run around $60 to $110. For the certified diver; two morning dives are around $95 and it is around $85 to $100 for a night dive. Certification course, $260-$400. Multi-day dive packages are also available. Whether you are a novice or a dive enthusiast, there is no better place to dive than in the warm, inviting waters around the Virgin Islands.
St. John offers rest, relaxation and an adequate amount of sporting activities. Plan the activities you would like to do most and have a great vacation!
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