St. Thomas, St. John And St. Croix
Including Walls, Wrecks and Reefs
Three islands – St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix – all beckon with different personalities and scuba diving experiences. St. Thomas has large resorts and shopping complexes above water and lots of shipwrecks below. St. John is all about nature and eco-tourism throughout its forest covered hills and has beautiful shallow coral gardens to explore. St. Croix, the largest island, seems more Dutch than American with its quaint towns. It features incredible walls, wrecks and reefs. All islands feature soft, white sand beaches and warm turquoise water. The diversity of the USVI means that scuba divers are sure to find the island that fits their vacation dreams and diving desires.
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Visibility – Visibility ranges from 18-30 metres/60-100 feet most of the time.
Water Temperature – Water averages a comfortable 26°C/78°F in winter and 28°C/83°F in summer.
Weather – The weather in the US Virgin Islands is fairly consistent, which makes diving great year round. Average air temperature ranges between 26-29°C/79-83°F. The islands get a little more rain from June through October, which coincides with the Caribbean’s hurricane season.
Featured Creatures – Queen angelfish are strikingly beautiful swimming among the cup corals, sea fans and feather duster worms. Tarpon are often seen in schools. Look for frogfish, reef squid, blackbar soldierfish and scorpion fish blending easily with the reef.
Recommended Training – For St. Thomas, the PADI Wreck Diver course is a good idea. For St. John, the PADI Underwater Naturalist course will help you enjoy what the island offers. And, for St. Croix, the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and PADI Drift Diver courses will add to your dive experiences.
Language – English is the official language.
Currency – The United States dollar (USD) is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – International flights arrive at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. You get to St. John by ferry from St. Thomas.
Electricity and Internet – The voltage is 110 volts, 60 Hz. Internet is widely available.
Topside Attractions – Shop duty-free in St. Thomas. Lie on a beach in St. John or visit St. John’s National Park to learn about the tropical forest, petroglyphs and sugar mill ruins. Hike the Heritage Trail on St. Croix, stop at the Cruzan Rum Factory and visit Buck Island, one of only three underwater national monuments in the United States.
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