St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands

Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI

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Dec 5 - 12, 2020
Group size: 11 - 11
St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands
Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI

Blue Planet Scuba
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45 reviews

$1280
Dec 5 - 12, 2020
Group size: 11 - 11

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class 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 activities, from fine dining, shopping, and a casino, to golf, scuba diving, and horseback riding. 

The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for all experience levels. A great spot to complete your Open Water Diver certification, 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. Most of our dives will be along the beautiful reefs and walls of the North Shore, but we'll also visit some of the wrecks easily accessible from Frederiksted. In addition to boat dives, we can do shore dives at the Frederiksted Pier. 


Located just south of downtown Frederiksted, the Cottages by the Sea is a boutique, family owned and managed hotel. Spread across almost 2 acres of beachfront property, Cottages by the Sea has long been a place where guests come to relax, reflect and get away from everyday life. All of their small, beach cottages offer full kitchens, open floor plans, comfortable beds, private bathrooms, easy beach access, cool tropical breezes, private patios, colorful decor, authentic artwork, air conditioning and wifi. Take a bike or kayak out for a spin, or snorkel right off of the beach.

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, December 5. You can fly home at any time on December 12. Please email or call the shop before booking your flight! We will coordinate with the group closer to the trip dates on car rentals. 

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
  • 10 boat dives
    5 days of 2-tank dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
    On Frederiksted Pier in front of the dive shop
  • Taxes, etc.
    Room taxes and service charges
  • Flights
    flights to St Croix (STX)
  • On-island transportation
    We can coordinate on rental cars
  • Meals
    No meals are included, but there delicious cookies on the boat!
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the dive shop's excellent crew

Available Packages

Garden View Cottage, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in Garden View cottage with 1 queen bed and 1 twin bed. Each cottage includes a full kitchen, private porch or patio, free wifi, TV, air conditioning, etc.  


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

$1280
Garden View, Single Occupancy
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Double occupancy in Garden View cottage with 1 king bed. Each cottage includes a full kitchen, private porch or patio, free wifi, TV, air conditioning, etc.  


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

$1990
Ocean View, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in an Ocean View cottage with 1 king bed and 1 twin bed. Each cottage includes a full kitchen, private porch or patio, free wifi, TV, air conditioning, etc.  


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

$1555
Ocean View Superior, Double Occupancy
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 Double occupancy in an Ocean View Superior cottage with 1 king bed. Each cottage includes a full kitchen, private porch or patio, free wifi, TV, air conditioning, etc.  

$1630
$1280

Garden View Cottage, Double Occupancy
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Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in St. Croix

Arrive at the STX airport and transfer to Cottages by the Sea.  Meet at the nearby Beach Side Cafe around 5:30 PM to complete paperwork with staff. Grab some dinner and rest up for diving!

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Reviews

Great trip, very covid safe and a total bargain! St Croix is beautiful, really nice reefs and wrecks, the dive operator Cane Bay Dive Shop was very professional friendly and were great hosts to our group. The lodging at Cottages by the Sea are located on a lovely white sand beach perfect for swimming or just floating in turquoise water was very comfortable and chill, each unit has full kitchen, staff were friendly and welcoming, and there's a nice casual restaurant next door with friendly owners and staff. Thank you again to Blue Planet for planning a wonderful safe trip despite the challenges of travel in 2020, I am glad to be able to contribute to safely keeping the dive and travel industries and related conservation work alive through our efforts.
As always, Blue Planet puts on a great trip. Thanks Heather!
Fantastic trip - well-organized, great location, and Josh was a great Open Water teacher! Can’t wait for our next Blue Planet trip!
I had a wonderful trip with Blue Planet! I traveled solo and was among many other solo travelers. The trip was organized very efficiently. I had the required information at each stage. The diving was exceptional.
The trip was wonderful! Well organized, amazing diving, a great group of people. Traveling with Blue Planet is always a great way to go on a dive trip!
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