US Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John make up the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many scuba divers love exploring the waters surrounding these islands because there are so many treasures to be found here. The U.S. Virgin Islands are popular because they are so close to the United States -- roughly 80 miles east of Puerto Rico. The U.S. Virgin Islands feature more than 200 dive sites. Regardless of their experience level, divers will be able to find the perfect dive site.
St. Croix offers divers a chance to see a variety of tropical fish, sea horses, brain coral, black coral and sea fans. Many divers come to St. Croix to check out a multitude of shipwreck sites,including Butler Bay, Truck Lagoon and Coakley Bay. Several other popular dive sites in the US Virgin Islands include Flat Cay, Dry Rocks and Easter Reef. At Flat Cay, you will find various species of tropical fish and stingrays. Dry Rocks is a dive that ranges from 30 to 70 feet, and you may get a chance to photograph a nearby turtle or shark. Easter Reef is an 80-foot dive and is home to turtles, eels, sharks, eagle rays and much more. Regardless of your scuba diving skill level, there is something for everyone in the waters surrounding the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Divers come to Aruba annually to enjoy the sea life in the crystal clear water. The island is another perfect destination for divers of all skill levels because the majority of the dives take place in shallow waters. Divers enjoy swimming with parrotfish, snapper fish, angel fish and a variety of other sea life. While the sea life is amazing to view up close, many more divers come to Aruba to explore the wreck of the Antilla, the biggest wreck in the Caribbean. While the Antilla is what lures many divers every year here, the wreck of the California is also found in Aruba's waters as well. This wreck occurred in 1891.
Cocos Island is one of the best places for scuba divers to visit in the Caribbean. Cocos is the biggest uninhabited island in the world. Divers come here to view sea life the way it was meant to be seen. Just a few of the wonders you will discover here include frogfish, starfish, hammerhead sharks, eels, turtles, pelagic and reef fish.
Alcyone features the largest schools of hammerhead sharks off Cocos Island. If you are looking for beauty, then dive at Dos Amigos Grande provides gorgeous picture opportunities as you are able to catch glimpses of the sunlight reflecting off limestone, fish and sometimes sharks. A few other interesting diving points are found at Manuelita Outside (West), Manuelita Inside (East) and Marble Ray Point.