St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands

      Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI

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      Blue Planet Scuba
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      Oct 7 - 14, 2023
      Group size: 11 - 17
      St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands
      Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI

      Blue Planet Scuba
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      151 reviews

      Oct 7 - 14, 2023
      Group size: 11 - 17

      About this trip

      Join Blue Planet for another week of fabulous diving in St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. St. Croix’s rich culture and history, along with its beautiful beaches and exciting recreational activities, create an experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. Whether you are newly certified or an advanced diver, diving is easy, accessible and offers an array of experiences for everyone. Dive a wreck, wall, pier and reef all in one day!

      St. Croix 

      Formerly the stomping grounds of some of history’s most famous pirates, the Virgin Islands are now invaded by thousands of visitors who arrive daily by air and by sea. There are approximately 100 green, hilly islands, some governed by the United States and some by Great Britain. Christiansted and Frederiksted, the two main towns of St. Croix, flourished as commercial ports during the eighteenth century and nineteenth century. Distinct architecture reflects the seven flags -- Spanish, Dutch, British, French, Knights of Malta, Danish and American -- that have flown over the island. Today, visitors to St. Croix can enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities, from fine dining, shopping and a casino, to golf, scuba diving and horseback riding. 

      The Diving

      Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for beginners. A great spot to complete your Advanced Open Water Diver and more. 


      Sea life is abundant in the U.S. Virgin Islands. More than 500 species of fish, 40 types of coral and hundreds of invertebrates inhabit the water. Vibrant blue tang, silvery horse-eye jacks, queen triggerfish, spiny Caribbean lobster, spotted eagle rays, creole wrasses and cleaner gobies are just a sampling of the marine life populating the underwater terrain. As sun sets, octopus, seahorses and moray eels make their appearance. Hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles call the USVI home and can be seen on many a dive. Lucky vacationers may even witness turtles hatching on one of the many turtle nesting grounds.


      The best scuba diving is along “The Wall” that runs about 7 miles parallel to the North Shore of St. Croix. Cane Bay Dive Shop has a prime location on this northern shore and offers divers more than twenty different dive sites to explore within one mile in either direction as well as the "must-do" Frederiksted Pier, the wrecks at Butler Bay and other west end dives.

      Other Activities

      From visiting historic Fort Frederik and following the Heritage Trail to hiking the rainforest and wading in secluded tidal pools, there much on St. Croix that awaits your discovery. Buck Island Underwater National Park is one of St. Croix's most popular attractions, boasting 704 acres of clear water and healthy coral reefs. Estate Whim Plantation, the Cruzan Rum Factory and casinos are the other popular attractions on the island.  Plus there's kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, biking and more to keep you busy! Sunset sail, anyone? Or a rum and beer tour?

      Cane Bay Dive Shop & Arawak Bay Inn

      The Cane Bay Dive Shop is a PADI 5-Star IDC Dive center that's been diving the north shore of St. Croix for almost 30 years. In addition to to boat dives, we can do shore dives right in Cane Bay plus dive the Frederiksted Pier.


      Located on the tranquil north side of the island of St. Croix, the Arawak Bay Inn overlooks the beautiful Salt River Bay. The charming B&B has 14 rooms, each with a king bed or 2 full-size beds, a balcony and air conditioning, plus a pool, honor bar and more. It's just a short 15-minute drive from the airport and 3-minute walk from the dive boat and Salt River Marina, from which kayaking and boating tours can be arranged. 

      Travel

      When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel  -- no passport required! You should plan to fly into St. Croix (STX) on Saturday, October 7. You can fly home at any time on October 14. OR stick around for the Sirens & Sunsets Mermaid Retreat! Please email or call the shop before booking your flight!  

      Cancellation Policy

      Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $250 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


      Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

      What’s included

      • 7 nights accommodation
        Double or single occupancy
      • Full breakfast daily
        On-site at our hotel
      • 10 boat dives
        5 days of 2-tank dives
      • Unlimited shore diving
        By the dive shop
      • Guided night dive
        At the Frederiksted Pier
      • Taxes, etc.
        Room taxes and service charges

      What’s not included

      • Flights
        flights to St Croix (STX)
      • Scuba equipment
        Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
      • On-island transportation
        We can coordinate on rental cars
      • Other meals
        Not already mentioned above
      • Tips
        Tips for the dive shop's excellent crew

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy

      Double occupancy in room with 2 full-size beds. Each room includes free wifi, satellite TV, air conditioning, etc. You'll also have access to the pool and honor bar, balconies for lounging and an island breakfast every morning with house specialties, local pastries and other treats.


      Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

      $1,550
      Deposit: $500
      Single Occupancy

      Single occupancy in room with 1 king bed. Each room includes free wifi, satellite TV, air conditioning, etc. You'll also have access to the pool and honor bar, balconies for lounging and an island breakfast every morning with house specialties, local pastries and other treats.

      $2,355
      Deposit: $500


      Itinerary

      Saturday
      Arrival in St. Croix

      Arrive at the STX airport and transfer to Arawak Bay Inn.  Meet by the pool around 5:30 PM for a rum punch welcome and to complete paperwork with staff. Grab some dinner and rest up for diving!

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      Reviews

      MT
      This trip was nothing but amazing! From the dive sites, the crew, and the fellow travel mates. Everything was well executed and such a seamless process. Definitely looking forward to my next trip with Blue Planet.
      By Marie T for Maldives Liveaboard Adventure! on Jun 05, 2024
      Another great dive adventure with Blue Planet! Looking forward to the next!
      By Meryl G for Maldives Liveaboard Adventure! on Jun 04, 2024
      Jen and Ryan were so welcoming and awesome! I had a great time on the trip and hope to visit again. They were very conscientious of dietary restrictions and able to adjust plans on the fly if needed. The Blue Planet Team was great as always. Definitely looking forward to more trips.
      By Christine A for Sirens & Sunsets in St Maarten on May 14, 2024
      We had a great time! The accommodations at Simpson Bay Resort were excellent, as was the food, and the location. Ryan and Jen did an amazing job planning everything, excellent dives and group dinners! They are very professional, knowledgeable and fun. The night dive was really cool! We had a great group of divers and most went on that dive and all on the six day-time dives to various locations. Lots of aquatic life (e.g., turtles, rays, lobster, shrimp, all kinds of fish), a decent amount of coral, and a few wrecks to swim around and look into. There was abundant aquatic life around the wrecks. The only bad thing is it ended too quickly. I would go again and most likely extend my stay by a few days on one end or the other.
      By Stephen M for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on May 05, 2024
      Easy. Easy in the best possible way. That's the word that most comes to mind in reviewing my few days in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. I was looking for a quick and easy getaway to get back in the water after a longer than desired pause in diving -- and that's exactly what I got. As always, it takes a lot of hard and excellent work to make something easy, and the Blue Planet crew certainly put in that work. The arrangements were all superb, from being met at the airport to our final meal together. Jen, Ryan and the entire crew couldn't have been kinder or more professional. They all made the trip a complete pleasure -- both underwater and on land. They were an absolute delight and I would recommend Blue Planet trips unreservedly. Thank you for a wonderful re-entry into the underwater world!
      By David B for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on May 04, 2024
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