US Virgin Islands
Most of St. Croix's diving is along the north coast, with the remainder on the
North: The north coast of St. Croix abuts a deep ocean trench reaching 5,000 feet deep less than 2 miles offshore. Some pretty major earth movements must have taken place to form St. Croix, and Salt River is one of the places where there is evidence of this dramatic activity. Salt River forms a steep-sided canyon where the island has been nearly torn in half (see West and East Walls, sites 9 to 11).
If we close our eyes and think of St. Croix, we see walls draped in plate corals and downy bushes of black corals. Cane Bay Wall dive (see sample dive below) is one of our favourite Caribbean dives.
West: On the west coast, Frederiksted pier is a shelter for the weird and wonderful. If you have never seen a seahorse or a frogfish, have never seen octopus scurrying around at night or do not believe that flying gurnards really fly, equip yourself with a light and head for Frederiksted Pier for a night dive. The west is also where you will find most of St. Croixs wrecks. One site comprises five wrecks, although it takes two dives to see them all.
See the book for 40 pages describing St. Croixs 33 dive sites and 7 dive stores, plus lots of information about the island, après dive activities, diving rules and regulations and marine life.
Checkout dive site 19 - Cane Bay Wall
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|HOT NEWS Updated January 2003|
One our favourite, top 10 dives in the Caribbean is Cane Bay Wall, not the least reason for which is you can park your car, walk across the road into the water and just do it!
News has reached us of a new villa right opposite the dive site, so you can stay there and dive it every day. They also specialise in catering for divers.
New boat and Nitrox on offer in St. Croix
S.C.U.B.A. have purchased a 17' rigid bottom inflatable that is trailerable to just about anywhere on the island. It will give convenient access to diving in Frederiksted, including the wrecks, and S.C.U.B.A. have secured space at Rainbow Beach Club for cruise ship days).
Also they will be getting into Nitrox prior to Christmas so will be set up to offer Nitrox for the 2001 season.
New villa to stay in
St. Croix has a new a villa which is offering specialist diving rentals. For more information here for their web site: 2 Dive 4 - Luxury Living/Convenient Diving
Store 7 (used to be known as Cap 'n Dicks) is now owned by Steve Garner and Mark Cullison and is called ScubaWest