Types of Dive Sites
REEFS & WALLS
Whether you are getting certified, a beginner, or advanced diver, we have many beautiful reefs around St. Thomas. Coral bowls, caves, swim-throughs & walls are abundant around the island. Have a preference? Let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request!
St. Thomas is home to many wrecks in both shallow and deep waters. From the shallower wreck of the Cartanza to the deep water wrecks of WIT Concrete and WIT Power, we have what you are looking for!
Want to snorkel or dive with turtles? Let us know! We often see turtles at most of our dive sites, but can also head out to Turtle Cove at Buck Island to spend some time with these beautiful creatures!
Specific Dive Sites
Average Depth: 20 ft • Time to Site: 30 min
An easy dive or snorkel with several Green Turtles, Sting Rays & other tropical fish. Great place to share with family & friends. This site is well suited for snorkeling & first time divers. Look for baby Octopus here too!
DIVE FLAG ROCK
Average Depth: 25-65 ft • Time to Site: 15 min
A beautiful reef north of Buck Island with an abundance of fish and coral varieties. Nurse Sharks & Spotted Eagle Rays frequent the area. The reef is a wall that reaches 65 feet. This is a great dive for photographers. It’s home to some of our most fearless Angel Fish and sometimes the channel has some of our friendly Caribbean Reef Sharks!
COW & CALF (2 sites/same location)
Average Depth: 20-45 ft • Time to Site: 10 min
Cow & Calf are two of the most recognized dive sites in St. Thomas. Small caves/swim throughs and beautiful Elkhorn corals are the dominant features. Since this dive site is in a nationally protected park, you will find an abundance of lobsters, crab & other hunted creatures. There are good opportunities to see Nurse Sharks, Turtles, Angel Fish, Sand Dollars & other flourishing, protected, sea life.
Average Depth: 20-45 ft • Time to Site: 15 min
Just South East of Little St. James Island is a place where the Caribbean Sea Lions once nested. It is unspoiled and remote. This is a dive site where we always see Rays and find Sand Dollars. The current varies from day-to-day, so a drift dive may be an added bonus.
Average Depth: 30-60 ft • Time to Site: 15 min
These four shallow & one deep, well-lit wrecks, are a haven for marine life. They were used as accommodation barges during the 2nd World War. After the war, they were used as a Navy training area & finally sunk in 1961. The wrecks are encrusted with sponges & other corals. Many hiding spaces are occupied by Octopuses. Don’t forget your camera!
Average Depth: 50 ft • Time to Site: 15 min
At 50 ft, this mini-pinnacle is named for one of the unlucky ships that have hit the rock over the year. The HMS Warwick, a Royal Mail Packet Steamship. In 1816, Captain Simpson was making way to Charlotte Amalie Harbor when he hit Packet Rock. The Warwick was carrying cargo to St. Thomas & in an attempt to save his ship, he ordered that the cargo be thrown overboard. Unfortunately, they were unable to save the ship & it eventually sank. All that remains today are roofing tiles, broken pottery shards, clay smoking pipes & a giant cauldron. This dive is like a treasure hunt! Also home to huge French & Queen Angels, schools of Barracuda, Hawksbill Turtles, Nurse Sharks & Triggerfish.
Average Depth: 30-60 ft • Time to Site: 10 min
Nicely protected on the Lee side of Great St. James, Stragglers is the perfect option on a rough, stormy day! The dive starts in a small, but very pretty, system of canyons where you can often find Nurse Sharks & Turtles. There is also a beautiful reef wall section where you may get lucky and catch a passing Spotted Eagle Ray or even a small Reef Shark!
Average Depth: 35-75 ft • Time to Site: 20 min
This site is considered a dive in the Atlantic, not the Caribbean. You will see the difference in the size of sea fans, crab & a different ‘crowd of fish.” At the right time of the year, you will swim among thousands of bait fish with Tuna, Jacks, Tarpons & Pelicans hunting them from above! This is a wall full of surprises!
Average Depth: 20-75 ft • Time to Site: 10-40 min
We have several dive sites for drift diving in St. Thomas. Depending on the current, waves, time of say & weather, we will select the most appropriate site. Enjoy your dive and upon surfacing, the boat will be waiting next to you. Drift diving is very relaxing and YES, we have a captain who knows what he’s doing!
Average Depth: 25-85 ft • Time to Site: 30 min
Usually a drift dive, “Shark/Fish or Coral bowl” is a natural sand-filled bowl within a ring of volcanic boulders, covered with gorgonians and filled with corals, sponges, sea rods and sea fans more common in deeper water. We often have 3 resident Sharks following us on our dives, but you never know what you’ll get on this dive, so occasionally there are no Sharks, but lots of fish so we have, Fish bowl! And yes, you guessed it, sometimes we just enjoy amazing corals. A dream for all photographers & dive lovers!
WIT – CONCRETE
Average Depth: 55-95 ft • Time to Site: 30 min
The WIT Concrete was built in 1943 in Oakland, California & sunk in Hurricane Marylyn (1995) near Crown Bay. The wreck was blocking the boat channel, so it was raised from the bottom of the sea & re-sunk at the new location. The ship was a fuel carrier during WW2 commissioned in the Pacific. The wreck is almost completely preserved with the exception of the stern section where we can see the “ribs” of the construction. We regularly encounter large Sharks, Turtles, Rays and Jacks.
LEDGES OF LITTLE ST. JAMES
Average Depth: 20-40 ft • Time to Site: 15 min
This is a fairly easy dive with Turtles, Sting Rays & other tropical fish. It’s made up of ledges and overhangs from Little St. James Island teeming with coral. Octopuses and Eels are often spotted hiding out here as well as many Lobsters. This site can also be a good snorkel and night dive opportunity!
Average Depth: 55-85 ft • Time to Site: 25 min
This is one of our personal favorite dive sites. It is close to the South drop, so there is always a surprise waiting for us; big fish & lots of them. Usually lots of sharks and turtles here as well! It is a place where it is easy to forget the time, so you will need a dive computer for this dive (don’t worry, it’s included in our price). Bring your camera for this dive. It doesn’t get better!
Average Depth: 45-95 ft • Time to Site: 40 min
The Miss Opportunity rests on her right side in 95 feet on a sandy bottom. She is over 300 feet long & it is possible to dive the entire length inside the hull with plenty of “escape” holes. Miss Opportunity was serving as a Naval Hospital ship. She sunk 1985. She has a resident Octopus, look for her in one of the upper portholes. Several big Lobsters and other fish also call her home.
WIT – POWER
Average Depth: 90-100 ft • Time to Site: 45 min
The WIT Power originally sunk in Krum Bay, South of St. Thomas during Tropical Storm Klaus November 06, 1984. In attempt to bring her to the surface in April, 1985 the salvage operation encountered several obstacles & complications; she sunk again. She is one of the most intact wrecks in St. Thomas. Smaller in size, she is only 120 feet long & 50 feet tall. She sits upright on the sandy bottom & is covered with coral growth and home to several schools of fish.
Average Depth: 100 ft • Time to Site: 30 min
The SS Grainton was built by Chapman & Willan. Launched on March 26, 1911. She was a Royal Naval Collier and later chartered for wheat cargos from the U.S. to Australia. On May 31, 1928 she struck rocks off Saba Island and was re-floated & taken in tow, but it never reached her intended destination. SS Grainton lies in a depth of 110 feet with open gunwales, exposing her 3-cylinder, 20-feet high & 10-feet wide steam engine. Today a lot of imagination is needed to be able to see how magnificent this boat once was. Nurse Shark encounters are quite common under her “belly.”