Dive the USVI
The U.S. Virgin Islands has launched a new dive promotion for enthusiasts to explore the stunning walls, wrecks, reefs, piers and shores of St. Croix, St. John and St Thomas. The Dive USVI Promotion offers divers the opportunity to save $450 on their next dive vacation. Visitors who book a least six nights receive $300 in dive certificates at participating dive shops across St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, $50 in retail certificates and $100 in restaurant certificates per room reservation. The offer will be available for booking through September 15, for travel May 15 through October 31, 2011.
USVI Dive Fast Fact
Incredible Viz: In the U.S. Virgin Islands, divers can often find visibility up to 100 feet, affording colorful and detailed views of more than 500 species of tropical fish.
The three US Virgin Islands offer a wealth of diverse diving opportuities. Here are some of the highlights:
St. Croix is situated on the Venezuelan Basin, making it a natural for diving underwater walls of spectacular depth. Buck Island Reef National Monument is considered one of only two underwater national monuments in America and the only one occurring naturally. It features 704 acres of protected reef system. Cane Bay Wall begins at 30 to 40 feet and plunges to a 13,000-foot sub-sea canyon with steep diving walls. Best of all, divers can access the wall from less than 200 yards offshore. Three wrecks lie clustered in shallower water, for those who prefer shallower depths: the Suffolk Maid, the Virgin Islander and the North Wind. St. Croix’s Salt River Bay boasts five shipwrecks within 100 yards of each other.
Known for its low-impact, eco-friendly diving, St. John has sites, such as Eagle Shoal, Horse Shoe Reef and Leaf Lobster Hut that average 40 to 60 feet in depth and are home to thriving sea life. The island is great for snorkeling and home to the Trunk Bay Snorkel Trail, which features underwater plaques containing detailed descriptions of the amazing underwater scenery.
St. Thomas boasts 14 wrecks, some lying as deep as 90 feet in crystal-blue water below the surface. Among the essential experiences for wreck divers are the W.I.T. Shoal, W.I.T. Power and Miss Opportunity, all lying 90 feet below the surface. Also near St. Thomas, the Cartanser Sr., a coral-encrusted World War II cargo ship, sits 35 feet below the surface, and the General Rogers, a sunken Coast Guard Cutter, at 65 feet. Reef divers gravitate to Flat Cay, which boasts a dramatic glimpse of the ocean floor at depths from 17 to 70 feet. Nearby, Cow and Calf Rocks features hidden caves and arches, while at Thatch Cay, Grass Cay and Congo Cay, tunnels in the Pillsbury Sound, where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, keep divers enthralled.
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