Depth to seabed = 90ft, 27m
Depth to top of site = 55ft, 18m
Type = WRECK
Tidal = NO
The Miss Opportunity is a ship that was intentionally sunk. It lies on its starboard side in about 90. The hull of the ship rises to about 55 below the surface, and is situated close to the airport extension on the southwest of St Thomas.
This is a big ship, over 300, and she is intact. The story has it, that at one time she was a Navy hospital ship and was then used as a job placement center in downtown Charlotte Amalie prior to being sunk in 1985.
She lies listing on her starboard side, which makes penetration through the decks mysterious. There are many open swim throughs especially at the stern, which is open, revealing the many decks of the ship.
A huge resident goliath grouper has been seen patrolling the aft section of the ship and then immediately retreating to the inner sanctum of the ship upon the approach of divers. The wreck provides plenty of easy and safe accesses to explore the interior of the vessel. This site is a good multi-level dive in that you can start at the top decks of the ship, which are now the deepest, and work your way to the lower levels, which are shallower.
Barracuda, Southern Stingrays and schools of Horse-Eye Jacks frequent the area along with the occasional Sea Turtle and Nurse Shark. Many corals and sponges are now taking up residence on the hull of the Miss Opportunity, which makes for a very enjoyable dive.
Due to it's relatively sheltered location, there is no tidal current, allowing you to dive here at any time. It is a sheltered site, ideal for photographers. She makes a great training site for wreck specialty as a diver can penetrate the full length of the wreck making a very exciting dive.