Scuba Destinations


US Virgin Islands

Magens Bay, on St. Thomas, is one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world . . . .

st. john-caneel bayUS Virgin Islands are a group of islands in the Caribbean that are an insular area of the United States.  The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles.  Check out the map.

The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of St CroixSt John and St Thomas, along with the much smaller but historically distinct Water Island, and many other surrounding minor islands. The trio of islands has one thing in common: great diving. From wrecks to soft-coral covered piers and walls that plunge into the abyss.

Otherwise, each island has its own distinctive qualities: St. Thomas has its shopping and beaches, St. Croix has its laid-back attitude and rugged beauty and quaint St. John has its artistic eco-environment. A ferry connects the islands of St. Thomas and St. John while St. Croix is a short 25-minute flight away.

Of the three islands, probably St Croix offers the best diving with the wall dives.  St Thomas & St John have easy dives and occasionally you may see nurse sharks and turtles.  Not the best place for exciting diving, but if you want it laid back and not too energetic, then it is worth considering.

[Images © Brian Seigel Photography - all rights reserved]

What to see:
  • Andreas Reef - on St Thomas, known for its variety of tropical fish
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument - a protected area on St Croix with markers describing marine life
  • Carval Rock - for advanced divers, on St John
  • Salt River Canyon - one of the most popular sites, also on St Croix
  • Submarine Alley - an advanced dive site, also on St Thomas, with large coral islands
Need to know:
  • Entering the US Virgin Islands is the same as entering the USA so expect heightened security meausures.
  • No vaccination requirements for any international traveller.
Useful stuff:
Language: English widely used
Currency: US $
Time: GMT - 4
Climate: Sub-tropical
Natural hazards: Hurricanes, frequent and severe droughts and floods.  Occasional earthquakes 
Diving season: 12 months
Water temperature: Jan to March - 24C/75F
June to October – 27C/80F
Hyperbaric chambers: St Thomas

Caribbean - US Virgin Islands: Latest User Reviews

Had an awesome week diving with N2 the Blue!  N2 The Blue, US Virgin Islands 5 Star Rating Added: 7th April 2014 by Katemiller
The staff was great, they took care of everything - we didn't even have to lift a tank! We were able to do our 1st night dive at the F'stead pier. It was out of the world with sea horses and octopus - we had to add another night dive...
A pleasant dive  Underwater Safaris, US Virgin Islands 4 Star Rating Added: 13th December 2013 by viamar
During a cruise, I went diving with Underwater Safaris. We had to walk only a few hundrerd of meters to get to the shop and the the boat. People told me that the boat is often crowded but, this time, it was ok (6 certified divers, 5 initiations to diving,...
Awesome Dive experience  Coki Dive Center, US Virgin Islands 5 Star Rating Added: 11th November 2013 by easyguy329
We visited St. Thomas while on a cruise. The Team at Coki were great! They were accommodating, friendly, professional and very patient! This was my wife and two son's first experience at Scuba and they made it an enjoyable one! My wife would not have made it if it wasn't...
Fantastic family dives!  Coki Dive Center, US Virgin Islands 5 Star Rating Added: 31st July 2013 by nagrios
I wanted to introduce my family to diving while in St. Thomas. Coki Dive couldn't have been better. Their introductory dive "Discover Diving" was excellent--for my skeptical wife and nervous 10-year-old daughter, as well as my reckless teenager! I've done introductory assisted dives before, and this was by far the best....
Great diving!  Coki Dive Center, US Virgin Islands 5 Star Rating Added: 27th June 2013 by Evandavis
We made arrangements directly with the dive shop when visiting on a cruise. The equipment was ready when we arrived. The guide/dive Aster was wonderful, pointing out eels, jellies, coral, and fish. Entry was as easy as could be. We had two dives, one on each reef. We saw a...
Awesome dive with Coki dive center  Coki Dive Center, US Virgin Islands 5 Star Rating Added: 27th June 2013 by Kwheeler182
Very friendly staff! They really know the best dive sites. Prices are very reasonable. We rented our equipment from them. It all was in excellent condition. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.
Diving in the US Virgin Islands  St Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures (SCUBA), US Virgin Islands 4 Star Rating Added: 16th February 2013 by stromland
Over all great experience. Retail and boat crew were great. A few people stood out going the extra mile . Molly Et and Captain Cook get my highest regards for meeting all criteria of being friendly knowledgeable and patient , ensuring safety for all on board.
Scubadviser Search