Monday, February 11, 2008

Diving St. Croix

St. Croix is said to have the best diving in the US Virgin Islands. “You’ll have to come back and dive with us in the summer,” said Michelle Pugh, owner of Dive Experience, the ‘official’ dive shop for the Tropical Dance Vacationers. Even Michelle thinks it’s a bit cool for diving now and said she’s been wearing a 5 mil suit this season.

Bruce Henderson and I were in Christiansted for lunch at Rum Runners overlooking the harbor and a little shopping when we stopped by Michelle’s shop to say hello.

There’s a wide variety of dive sites around the island. Many of the most popular sites are along the Wall that lines the north shore and there are wrecks and many accessible shore dives, including Fredericksted pier where you can expect to spot seahorses.

Visitors shouldn’t miss a trip to Buck Island, a national treasure and underwater park just off St. Croix. Snorkelers will be particularly pleased by the underwater trail with markers to guide and identify many of the more common underwater fauna and flora.