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
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Blue Planet Scuba
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69 reviews

$NaN
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
Sold Out

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!

$1,470
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.

$2,195
Deposit: $500

Available options

Extra night, single roomSold Out
$207

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
69 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

Another great trip with Blue Planet, my fourth, and I look forward to going on more!!! The BP owners, Heather and Jonas, make everyone feel welcome and work hard to make sure they have a great experience. It really doesn't matter where, e.g., in their shop, while taking a class, working on a certification at the quarry, or on a sun soaked trip to the Caribbean. The lodging in St. Croix was quite good and the dive shop used for our boat and shore dives did an excellent job. Heather and Jonas apparently have great relationships with all of the business partners they use on their trips. In addition, the daily itineraries are well planned and provide ample opportunities to dive and socialize. You can do everything and more each day, or take a pass on a dive or a group dinner if you want to go explore something else or just rest and relax. There are always friendly people on the trips, it is great to meet new buddies and to dive with familiar ones when you meet up with them again!
By Stephen M for St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands on 17 Nov, 2021
Thank you so much, Stephen! It was fantastic diving with you, as always. We look forward to many more adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 17 Nov, 2021
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It was fantastic. Jeff was a great trip lead and we met some really nice new friends. The accommodation and food was fabulous and way above expectations. The dive team at Sea Saba were informed, took care of everyone and showed us some great dive sites. Cant wait to book the next trip with Blue Planet
By Richard H for Saba: Stunning Above and Below on 30 Oct, 2021
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip, Richard! It was a pleasure diving with you again. And yes, we can't wait until the next trip with you!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 17 Nov, 2021
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MS
As usual another great trip with Blue Planet, Saba didn't disappoint either! The accommodations and diving was great and the food was amazing on the island. With covid still on the loose i definitely felt safe in Saba with their covid precautions as well. Looking forward to diving with my Blue Planet family again hopefully soon. Thank you Blue Planet DC!
By MICHELLE S for Saba: Stunning Above and Below on 25 Oct, 2021
So happy you joined us Michelle! Thanks for the great review, and we are looking forward to the next time underwater with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 26 Oct, 2021
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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
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