St. Croix:

 

Airports:  (Airport Code STX):  The Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport services St. Croix with regular flights from the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico, and the Eastern Caribbean. Seaplanes, operated by Seaborne Airlines, also service the island, taking off and landing in Christiansted Harbor.

Currency:  As a US territory, the US dollar drives St. Croix’s economy.

Climate:  St. Croix’s climate is typically tropical and sunny with an average daily temperature of 79°F. The evening temperatures hover in the mid-70′s on an average. Brief showers of rain (most last only minutes) provide a total annual rainfall of about 45 inches. Trade winds gently blow across the island, keeping the humidity low.

Water Temperature:  On St. Croix the average water temperature is around 83F (28C) in the summer and 79F (26C) in the winter. Visibility generally ranges from around 60-100 feet, but can be higher or lower depending on the weather.

Language:  English is the most common language. Spanish is spoken by the large Puerto Rican and smaller Dominican (Dominican Republic) populations, and various French creoles are spoken by the large St. Lucian and Dominican (Dominica) and smaller Haitian populations.

Signature Dive Sites: 

The Wall at Cane Bay
This location is appealing for several reasons. First, you can just walk right into the water from the beach, less than 100 feet! This makes local boat-less scuba divers happy! Second, the ocean floor goes from 40 feet to over 3,000 feet with peaks and valleys along the way. The Wall is home to a bevy of brightly colored corals, friendly reef fish and interesting aquatic life. Third, Cane Bay Dive shop is right there to help you with tanks, gear and diving accessories for rent or purchase!

The Frederiksted Pier
The Pier is more than a port of call for cruise-ship passengers. The currents, along with the shade and shelter of the pier provide the perfect condition to rare and unusual marine life, seen only in this location on St. Croix. Barnacles and algae that grow on the pilings are treated as delicacies by the striated frog fish, sea horses, bat fish, mantis shrimp and eels just to name a few.

The Pavilions
A colorful wall dive full of hard & soft coral just east of Cane Bay is The Pavilions . What makes it so spectacular? The abundance of marine life, coral reef and the fact that this dive is easy enough for beginners and still exciting for the advanced diver. Divers may encounter nurse sharks, moray eels, schools of Atlantic spade fish, triggerfish, butterfly fish, and the shy and rarely seen pipefish and seahorse. Come face to face along the wall with brightly colored sponges, black coral, and sea plumes. An incredible dive not to be missed!

Blue Chutes
The large “chutes” of sand right outside of Christiansted Harbor are known as Blue Chutes and are home to beautiful coral gardens with open-top tunnels to swim through. It is home to St. Croix marine celebrities such as Earl the (moray) Eel, Barbara the Barracuda, Sadie the green turtle, large schools of horse eyed jacks, nurse sharks, and spotted drums.

Swirling Reef of Death
This site is located on the west shore of St. Croix. It is your typical beautiful, colorful coral and marine life filled scuba dive; just like those you see in magazine layouts. But, a few years ago, after a couple of wild teenage boys finished the spectacular dive, they decided that Dan’s Reef sounded way to boring for such a spectacular spot. So they gave it a more exciting name from the minds of teenage boys. Not sure who Dan is, but sorry about that.

Butler Bay Wrecks
The west shore is home to five separate wrecks known as The Butler Bay Wrecks . They consist of a 177 foot cargo ship, 2 tugboats, an old troller and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hyrdo-lab, no longer in use! These forgotten vessels make for interesting diving and exploring. They also provide shelter to local marine life.

Eagle Ray
Named for the large number of sting rays that frequent the area, Eagle Ray is located right outside of Christiansted Harbor. The depth is a comfortable 130 feet and very easy to navigate making it perfect for beginner divers and a breeze for those who are more experienced.

Salt River
Salt River’s biggest claim to fame is that Columbus anchored his boat here in 1493. Little did he know there was fabulous diving just below the surface. A 300 foot deep canyon scars the earth’s crust and is home to dolphins, sharks and massive schools of blue tang. Known as The East Wall and West Wall, respectively, coral pinnacles create swim-throughs for divers to maneuver and explore.

Northstar
Located just west of Cane Bay, there is an EXTREME wall dive called Northstar . It has been described as facing the side of a mountain. Nothing but 100% vertical drop. There’s plenty of coral and sponge life down the wall and a lot of marine life all along the top.

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