St John Scuba Diving

St John Scuba Diving

Safe, Easy and Exceptional

St John scuba diving is some of the most fantastic diving in the Caribbean. Not only is the diving safe and easy, St John has some of the best diving conditions you can find anywhere. Many divers consider the diving in St John to be postcard perfect.

St John diving is made up of everything from shallow coral gardens to shear rock faces. There is always a great variety of hard and soft corals, sea fans and colorful sponges.

St John Scuba Diving

The marine life in the waters around St John is alive and well. Divers and snorkelers can see many types of tropical fishes. Angel fish, parrot fish, blue tang and damsel fish are just a few of the fish that can be found on the reef. Hawksbill turtles, stingrays, spotted eagle rays and lobsters can also be spotted handing out.

Another great thing is most of the dive sites are just a short distance away. There are about 25 dive sites that are less than a 15 minute boat ride away. Most of these are located in or around Pillsbury Sound. This is the body of water between St Thomas and St John. You can find more detailed information on these dive sites on our St Thomas page.

The diving conditions around the island are exceptional. St John scuba diving conditions are: calm seas (most of the time), water temp between 78-84 F/25-28 C and visibility ranging from 50 feet to 100 feet/15 meters to 33 meters.

St John USVI

The island of St John is 20 square miles of pure paradise. I remember my first visit to the island. When I stepped off the ferry onto the dock in Cruz Bay, it was like someone pushed the slow motion button. Everything was so laid back and relaxed.

St John scuba diving is not the only thing that draws people to this tiny Caribbean island. St John snorkeling is some of the best in the world. Most divers prefer to be diving, but the snorkeling on St John is so exceptional, even the most hard core divers wouldfind snorkeling here amazing.

Two of the most popular snorkeling spots are Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay. The snorkeling trail at Trunk Bay with its underwater plaques about the surrounding marine life is a great place for people who are new to snorkeling.

St John Snorkeling

Most snorkeling can be done right off the beach. But there are some snorkeling spots that can only be reached by boat. One of these is Flanagan's Cay off the southeastern coast. Here snorkelers can be amazed by 12 foot coral heads growing in 20 feet of water.

One thing that keeps St John scuba diving so pristine is the Virgin Island National Park. This was a vision of Laurence Rockefeller. In 1956, Rockefeller bought the island of St John and donated 2/3 of the island to the National Park Service with the stimulation that it always remains protected. Thank you, Mr. Rockefeller.

St John Dive Centers

There are several dive centers serving St John. These dive operators are seasoned professionals dedicated to giving their divers a safe and enjoyable diving experience. Feel free to contact any of these dive centers for more detailed information about diving around St John and the dive packages they offer.

  • Coral Bay Water Sports, Coral Bay, St. John, USVI, phone: (340)776-6850

  • Cruz Bay Water Sports, Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI, phone: (340)776-6234,

  • East End Divers, Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI, phone: (340)693-8526

  • Low Key Water Sports, Wharfside Village, St. John, USVI, phone: (340)693-8999,

  • Paradise Water Sports, Caneel Bay, St. John, USVI, phone: (340)779-4999,

More Useful Information

The only way to get to St John is by boat. Passenger ferries depart St Thomas for trips to St John everyday. You can catch the ferry in Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook. Ferries start as early as 6:00 a.m. and run until midnight. Ferries running to and from Charlotte Amalie and Cruz Bay take about 45 minutes. Ferries running to and from Red Hook and Cruz Bay take about 20 minutes.

There are several historic plantation ruins and hiking trails you can visit. For more detailed in formation on what to see on St John, ferry schedules, hotels and accommodations contact: USVI Department of Tourism,

Whether you come for St John scuba diving or St John snorkeling, you will not be disappointed. Prepare yourself for a fantastic adventure.

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