US Virgin Islands
St. John is the quiet little sister of the Virgin Islands and is better known for snorkelling than diving, but there is some good quality diving around the island and the dive stores on the west coast have access to the majority of St. Thomas dive sites.
St. John South and East: Perhaps because it is lightly populated and falls partly within the boundaries of the National Park, the south coast of St. John has fringing reefs that make attractive dive sites (see Eagle Shoal - sample dive below) . The sites are generally shallow and lead to a sandy bottom, but nevertheless draw quite an array of pelagic species.
Pillsbury Sound: A popular area, Pillsbury Sound is generally well protected from the weather and has a range of mainly shallow sites with healthy coral and some interesting terrain. The sites are used equally by St. Thomas and St. John operators. The General Rogers wreck in Pillsbury Sound is accesible to St. Johns stores located on the west coast.
St. John North: The north is not an acknowledged diving area, but a store in Maho Bay has found some interesting sites (sites 54 to 56). We have included them because it is possible to dive one or two of these from a yacht anchored in one of the sheltered bays along this coast.
See the book for 20 pages describing St. Johns 28 dive sites and 6 dive stores, plus lots of information about the island, après dive activities, diving rules and regulations and marine life.
Checkout dive site 49 - Eagle Shoal
11 Cruz Bay Watersports
12 Coral Bay Divers
13 East End Divers
14 Maho Bay Watersports
15 Caneel Bay
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|HOT NEWS Updated July 2000|
More Dive Sites
Bill Letts at AAA ST Thomas Diving Club (see St. Thomas) tells us that another 50 moorings have been added to dive sites in the USVIs. The Cartanser, Turtle Cove, and Buck Island Point are some of the sites that now have buoys.