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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52 reviews

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


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

Blue Planet executed a wonderful trip. We travelled with Jeff and Anthony, who were excellent teachers and fun, kind people besides; stayed at Hotel Phocea and dove with Phocea dive shop, which were also great. Instruction was taken seriously and and difficulties people had were addressed promptly and compassionately. Can't wait to dive with Blue Planet again!
By Anya V for May Certification Weekend in Mexico on 11 Jun, 2021
Amazing diving albeit chilly at times as expected. Guides knew exactly where to go and were extremely adept at spotting wildlife. Service was wonderful and organization was impeccable. Definitely a successful bucket-list dive trip. We’d highly recommend it to any keen and experienced divers.
By Martin W for Explore the Galapagos on 27 Mar, 2021
Thank you so much for the review, Martin! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and decided to check this one off your bucket-list with us. We hope to see you underwater again sometime soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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An absolutely amazing archipelago like no other in the world, both top side and under water. Words and pictures will never do justice to this incredible bucket list destination. Heather and Jonas were fantastic leaders; caring, knowldegeable, always up beat, always thinking ahead, always putting the guests priorities ahead of their own...could not ask for more. Aggressor personnel were top notch. Overall an incredible experience from A to Z.
By David E for Explore the Galapagos on 23 Mar, 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the trip, David! On top of all of the incredible marine life we were able to see, it was fantastic to learn more about the islands' volcanic origins from you. We feel incredibly lucky that you joined us! :-) We can't wait to dive with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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This is my third Blue Planet trip, and I look forward to many more. Traveling during Covid involves changing restrictions and requirements- Blue Planet kept us updated and helped us manage our anxiety. The resort and dive operator were incredible. This is a regular feature of Blue Planet trips.
By Andy M for St Lucia! February 2021 on 01 Mar, 2021
Thank you, Andy! We're thrilled you enjoyed the trip despite the challenges getting there. We can't wait until our next trip together!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 01 Mar, 2021
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COVID-safe responsible travel is now possible and quite enjoyable! Blue Planet guided us through the enhanced testing, paperwork, and travel restrictions that protect both travelers and hosts, allowing us to support island communities and dive spectacular reefs. I have been reluctant to travel since March 2020 but as we all enter the “new normal” of covid and economic recovery, I am pleased to experience and highly recommend *responsible travel done safely* with Blue Planet.
By Heidi K for St Lucia! February 2021 on 22 Feb, 2021
We are so happy you could join us, Heidi! We are thrilled that everyone felt safe and enjoyed the trip. We're looking forward to many more dive adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 23 Feb, 2021
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