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Scuba diving in the Virgin Islands is some of the best in the world with a number of qualified dive operators to show off their favorite spots.

Free divers and cannon

Near The Guns in Eustatia Sound you can snorkel
to see an old cannon imbedded in the reef.

There are many choice dive locations including walls, wrecks and reefs, sunken aircraft.

The most well known dive site is the wreck of RMS RHONE, a 310-foot British mail ship that foundered off Salt Island during the great hurricane of 1867. The hull is broken at a right angle into two main sections, resting at a downward slope where the stern and the propeller are in 25 feet and the rest of the hull descends to 80 feet. The wreck is encrusted in coral, swarms with tropical fish and some original artifacts from the RHONE have been reinstalled for the pleasure of the thousands of divers that visit yearly.

Bert Kilbride—A Diving Legend

Diving in the Virgin Islands is personified in Bert Kilbride. Not only is he credited with discovering and retrieving the secondary anchor of the Rhone off Salt Island, in 1970 he designed the now standard resort course for divers that allows first time visitors to safely experience the deeper, gin clear waters of the islands after only three hours of instruction. In 1958 when Bert first dove RMS RHONE, there were no dive operators in the Virgin Islands. Now there are several island-wide dive centers with branch shops in the handiest spots. Find out more about Bert and the history of diving in the islands! >>Full Story

Rendezvous dives can be arranged for the convenience of charter crews. The dive boats pick up divers from their charter yachts and take them to the dive site. (Sometimes a small speed boat delivers divers to the dive boat pre-positioned for the first dive.) Trips can be booked by hailing one of the local operators on VHF 16. It is recommended that the booking be made at least one day ahead. If you are a certified diver, be sure to bring your documentation. If you are not certified, consider the 3-hour resort course that is offered by most operators. This course starts in shallow water and after only a few hours, the student is diving with an instructor on colorful reefs or even the stern of RMS RHONE.


Hot Spots in USVI

St. Thomas

WRECK OF THE CARTANZAR SENOR—WWII Freighter that sank in Charlotte Amalie but was moved to Buck Island Cove.
SPRAT POINT—Coral ledges, canyons and pillars near the mouth of Charlotte Amalie Harbor.
THE CATHEDRAL—Underwater chamber at French Cap fractures light like a stained glass window.

St. John

CARVAL ROCK—Sheer walls, boulders, canyons and coral.
MAJOR GENERAL ROGERS—130-foot coastguard cutter sunk as part of an artificial reef.
CONGO CAY—Colorful fish and coral. Great for beginners.
GRASSE CAY—There are four dive sites around this island, including Coral Gardens.
ARCHES & TUNNELS—At the northwest corner of Thatch Cay, you'll find a maze of swim-through tunnels, coral and colorful fish.

St. Croix

CANE BAY—Spectacular coral gardens from 40 to 3,200 feet.
THE PAVILLIONS—East of Cane Bay you'll find coral, sponges and other abundant sea life including pipe fish and sea horses.
CONGO CAY—Colorful fish and coral. Great for beginners.
RUST-OP TWIST—Colorful sea fans, sponges and turtles inhabit the remains of an old shrimp farm where you'll see intake pipes still intact. Nicknamed "The Pipeline."


Blue Water Divers

Dive Shop

Blue Water Divers

PADI certified dive shop offering daily dive trips and rendezvous diving.
284.494.2847

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