No matter where or when you scuba dive off the shores of St. John, you can count on witnessing something amazing. So many people appreciate the omnipotent beauty of nature above the ground, yet what lies beneath the water’s surface is so astonishingly beautiful and wondrously mysterious, you would be remiss if you did not indulge. Immerse yourself into the silence of the warm, sun-streaked waters and become the humble guest of some of the world’s most intriguing sea creatures. You’ll be amazed at the vibrantly colorful coral gardens and reefs, sea fans and sponges, sea turtles, sea rays and stingrays and a plethora of other wild life in the island’s bays and cays. What’s a cay, you ask? It’s an island or reef of sand and coral with a plethora of lively sea life in its midst. You’ll even see shipwrecks and sunken planes that have become bustling underwater communities for thousands of creatures.
Known as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, St. John’s underwater world is every bit as remarkable and magnificent as the grandiose landscape.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or planning your first adventure, scuba diving is a fun and exciting water sport that’s widely available and highly celebrated on the island. Most resorts, sailing and boating charters and water sports outfitters equipment rentals, guided tours, lessons at all levels and scuba diving certification. Check with your resort for available services or seek an independent business for scuba diving equipment rentals, lessons and excursions.
There are a few things to consider as you set out on your diving adventure. First, you should be a certified diver or taking lessons with a diving instructor. This is not a sport in which you can just “wing it” – you need training and instruction. And, even if you’re a seasoned diver, it is wise to bring a friend. If you get into deep waters and become fatigued, get a cramp or sustain an injury, it’s always good to know that someone is there to help. Always double check your equipment and supplies before you go to be certain they’re operating properly and that you have everything you need for a safe and successful dive. Also, remember to wear waterproof sun block or you’re likely to get scorched!
Another important consideration is to enjoy the fantastic view but please don’t touch! You’re a visitor, observer and guest in Mother Nature’s underwater community. This amazing ecosystem is delicately balanced so it’s important that you respect it and do not disrupt it. Please do not overturn rocks, touch the coral or other sea life.
“So many people appreciate the omnipotent beauty
of nature above the ground, yet what lies beneath the water’s surface
is so astonishingly beautiful and wondrously mysterious,
you would be remiss if you did not indulge.“
There are dozens of fantastic diving sites to check out while visiting St. John. Dive shops and instructors are very familiar with the best dive sites around the island so they’re a great resource and they’ll provide maps and information on the best places to go. Check out the St. John beach guide for the insider’s scoop on the best beaches and dive sites to visit. The opportunities are limitless!
Go ahead; walk straight into the turquoise water from the white-sand beaches and swim along the coastline to witness all there is to see. To mix it up and take in a variety of sights in the area, take advantage of the scuba diving lessons, guided diving tours and chartered sails offered through the resorts and independent outfits on the island. An introductory dive course will cost anywhere from $60 – $120. Multi-day certification courses will run from $250 – $450. Certified divers can generally take two dives a day on a guided tour for under $100. I recommend that you take advantage of as many dive locations and resources as possible to ensure that you experience a variety of the island’s underwater charms.
If you want to bask in crystal clear, warm turquoise water and experience one of the most amazing underwater worlds on earth filled with lively sea creatures and colorful coral, scuba diving off the coast of St. John is THE best way to go.