About scuba diving in US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands (USVI) consist of three main islands: St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. Scuba diving in US Virgin Islands will please even the most enthusiastic divers. Diving in this territory is ideal for divers of all experience levels as well as those who wish to learn. St. Croix offers wreck, macro, reef and wall diving. When diving off St. Thomas, divers will find wrecks, deep sites and marine life that includes dolphins, angelfish, lobsters and sharks. Diving in US Virgin Islands is a chance to explore wonderful underwater life. Virgin Islands National Park on St. John offers teeming marine life. More than 500 species of fish, 40 types of coral and hundreds of invertebrates inhabit the waters of the US Virgin Islands. Vibrant blue tang, silvery horse-eye jacks, queen triggerfish, spiny Caribbean lobster, spotted eagle rays, Creole wrasse and cleaner gobies are just a sampling of the marine life populating the undersea world here. As the sun sets, octopuses, seahorses and moray eels make their appearance. Hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles can be seen on almost every dive. The most popular dive sites off the USVI are: Butler Bay Wrecks, Frederiksted Pier, Salt River Canyon (East and West Walls) and Cane Bay on St. Croix; Eagle Shoals, Carvel Rock and Tektite on St. John; and Navy Barges, Wit Shoal II, Cow and Calf, Tunnels of Thatch and Coki Beach on St. Thomas.
When to go to US Virgin Islands
Diving on the Virgin Islands is available throughout the year. Water temperature averages around 29°C (82°F) in summer and 26°C (80°F) in winter. Water visibility averages 18-30 meters (60-100 feet). There is no official rainy season, but it tends to rain a bit more in the fall months and in May and August. The best time for diving here is considered to be in early summer.