St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Nov 6 - 13, 2021
Group size: 14 - 15
St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands
st croix

Blue Planet Scuba
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66 reviews

Nov 6 - 13, 2021
Group size: 14 - 15

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 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. 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, November 6. You can fly home at any time on November 13. 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
  • 10 boat dives
    5 days of 2-tank dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
    By the dive shop
  • Full breakfast daily
    On-site at our hotel
  • Taxes, etc.
    Room taxes and service charges
  • 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, 2 Queen beds
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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!

$1470
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
Sold Out

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.

$2195
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!

Who’s interested

Your Organizer


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Blue Planet Scuba
66 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

MS
Thank you for a totally epic trip!! This trip did not disappoint, was full of adrenaline the whole time. I felt safe with all of the covid precautions and requirements. Thank you Blue Planet, looking forward to my next trip!
By MICHELLE S for Dive with Great White Sharks! on 30 Sep, 2021
Thanks Michelle! So glad you could join us in this amazing adventure! I'm sure we'll see you underwater soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 30 Sep, 2021
BP
Great trip! Awesome crew, friendly people, beautiful weather, and lots of sharks!
By David C for Dive with Great White Sharks! on 26 Sep, 2021
We're so glad you had a great time! It really was an amazing trip, made even better by the crew of Solmar V!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 28 Sep, 2021
BP
Exemplary professionalism from start to finish. The dive group was friendly and inclusive. Can't wait to dive with Blue Planet again. And, encountering great whites in open water was a bucket list experience.
By David L for Dive with Great White Sharks! on 24 Sep, 2021
We're so glad you could join us on this epic trip! And we're thrilled to hear that we'll see you on future trips!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 28 Sep, 2021
BP
Another well organized trip by Blue Planet Scuba. We were thoroughly briefed before traveling, had top notch instructors who came with us to lead a myriad of classes in our group plus coordinated carefully with the local operator to ensure our experience lived up to our high expectations. We never have doubts with a Blue Planet experience, and once again it’s happened. We are already looking forward to our next trip.
By William I for Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise on 20 Sep, 2021
Thank you so much, William! We're so happy you enjoyed the trip. We can't wait to dive with you two again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 21 Sep, 2021
BP
We love traveling with the Blue Planet crew! This was our second trip, and we enjoyed a lovely week in and near the water every day! Thanks for organizing!
By Lauren O for Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise on 20 Sep, 2021
We're so glad you enjoyed the trip, Lauren. Thanks for joining us again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 21 Sep, 2021
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Hey! Please add me to the waitlist for the Indonesia trip in November! Thanks! Eran Patterson
By Eran P on 25 Nov, 2018