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 If you are visiting St. Croix by cruise ship, you won�t want to miss the opportunity to see one of St. Croix�s most revered attractions � Buck Island Reef National Monument.

We recommend you sign up in advance to make sure you don�t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This tour sells out every time so do not wait. You can also book a private charter or direct with us by calling our store at 340-773-2628.

We look forward to welcoming you to St. Croix and showing you the amazing main island attraction of Buck Island Reef.

Caribbean Sea Adventures is the only company providing scuba diving at Buck Island Reef National Monument.

This is an underwater fantasy now available to you. Buck Island Reef has 2 dive sites located on the north east side of the island.

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There are many species of reef fish, stingrays, the endangered lemon sharks, nurse sharks, white/black tip sharks, groupers, moray eels, lobsters, turtles and lots more.

 If you are a photographer or beginner diver this trip is a must. The single tank dive from 28 to 40 ft gives you the maximum bottom time. 

Anchor Dive Center Dive Sites

St. Croix's North Shore has an incredibly diverse underwater environment with walls, pinnacles, spur-and-groove formations and coral gardens.

West Wall (Salt River Canyon)
5 minute boat ride
Experience Level - ALL
The most requested boat dive on St. Croix is a steep and ruggedly textured wall outlining the western edge of Salt River Canyon. Also known as "The Pinnacles," the geological formation with its maze of swim throughs, cuts, ledges, overhangs, and recesses suggest that it was once an above ground waterfall.

Anchor Wall
5 minute boat ride

Experience Level - ALL
Diving to the west away from West Wall's pinnacles the topography is dramatically different. Anchor Wall's steep formation curves outwards to a point where it is intersected by large, deep ravines of sand, the ideal resting areas for large southern stingrays, and nurse sharks under shadowy ledges.

East Wall (Salt River Canyon)
5 minute boat ride
Experience Level - ALL
Separated from the West Wall by a chasm several thousand feet deep, East Wall is unfailingly the "fishiest" dive on the North Shore. While horse eye jacks, hogfish, and snappers swim off the wall, the sponge and coral-encrusted slope is covered with schools of black bar soldier fish and striped grunts at 60 ft. Large angel fish, parrot fish and groupers are featured throughout the dive, with the occasional spotted eagle ray or black tip reef shark lurking off the wall.

Slippery Fingers
5 minute boat ride
Experience Level - ALL
Slippery Fingers, where coral meets sand again and again, becoming steeper and steeper as you explore to the east. Slippery Fingers provides a great environment for flounder, manta ray, barracuda and squid encounters.

5 minute boat ride
Experience Level - ALL
Pinella's is situated about half way between West Wall and Gentle Winds, combining the best of both worlds. One of few "patch" reefs on St. Croix, large coral mounds are surrounded by sandy areas ideal for stingrays. Shallow spur-and-groove formations with lots of ledges and crevices are home for lobsters, crabs, banded coral shrimp, and delicate juvenile spotted drums.

Jimmy's Surprise
15 minute boat ride
Experience Level - Advanced
While one can dive most of the North Shore walls and spur-and-groove formations at different depths and levels of expertise, Jimmy's Surprise is something else. The large pinnacle that is the dive's focus rises from 95 feet to within 45 feet of the surface, and if buffeted by occasional strong currents. Horse eye and crevalle jacks, groupers, and angelfish join the proliferation of common tropicals on this seamount. A dense covering of lacy sea fans and gorgonians decorate its western face. Big morays are found on the east side which is peppered with large unusually shaped barrel sponges and families of porcupine and puffer fish. The surprise? Hammerheads have been known to visit.

Shark Shanty
5 minute boat ride
Experience Level - ALL
This is an unmarked dive site frequented only by Anchor Dive Center. It has both uncommon terrain and unusual occupants. Shark Shanty is an oblong crater sunken into a flat garden reef littered with beautiful soft corals. The perimeter of Shark Shanty is made up mostly of coral ledges varying in height from 3 to 8 feet, offering deep recesses to shelter its namesake.

15 minute boat ride
Experience Level - ALL
Named for a former Danish sugar plantation on shore, Rust-Op-Twist is a deep spur-and-groove reef formation. Along one of these grooves there lays a long pipeline that used to carry nutrient rich water from depths below to a now-defunct shrimp hatchery. Known for its colorful tube and rope sponges, sea fans and gorgonians, the gradual sloping reef has innumerable ledges and crevices that often shelter orange spotted filefish, juvenile burrfish, clinging crabs, slipper lobsters, and lizard fish.

20 minute boat ride
Experience Level - ALL
Pavillions' unique topography allows for a wall dive and much more. South of the mooring in 35 feet of water is a sandy arena rimmed by coral and decorated with yellowheaded jawfish and spaghetti worms, creating an ideal habitat for nurse sharks and spotted moray eels.

Northstar Wall
25 minute boat ride
Experience Level - ALL
The Northstar wall is a vertical drop with a razor clean edge plummeting downward from a 20 foot deep tabletop. This is one of the more common locations for shark and eagle ray sightings. At 60 feet embedded upside down in the wall rests a large Danish Anchor. Another anchor lies flat on the shelf itself.

Cane Bay Dive Shop Dive Sites

Cane Bay
Rated as one of the top dive sites in the entire Caribbean, this locale has something for everyone. Less than 100 ft. from shore, and at a depth on only 25-30 ft., is a beautiful living coral garden filled with soft and hard corals of every type. Teeming with tropical fish and aquatic life, this site is truly a diver's dream. The famous Cane Bay Wall drops from 40-3,200 ft. and includes vertical and slow sloping areas. Nineteenth century anchors and large deep water sea life can be found along the wall. Cane Bay offers several different dive sites from one easy beach entry. A night dive along the wall is an experience not soon forgotten and the photo opportunities are fantastic.

Twin Palms - Beach or boat dive.
Mild currents make this a great beginner drift dive. A beautiful place to see the wall with a depth of 25-60 ft. This site is the place to observe sea turtles and huge schools of tropical fish. Twin Palms is less than two minutes from the shop and offers nice snorkeling as well.

Pavilions - Beach or boat dive.
Located less than two minutes by boat, Pavilions has plenty to offer. Beautiful living coral and sponges along a slow sloping wall at a depth of 40-80 ft. provide a home for an abundance of tropical fish and sea life. With an easy beach access Pavilions offers great snorkeling opportunities as well.

Northstar - Beach or boat dive.
Only five minutes from Cane Bay by boat this site is very special. Considered on of the best dives on St. Croix, the wall at North Star begins at the closest point to the beach, on the north shore. With a depth from 30-100 ft. this site is a must see.

Sea Mount - Boat dive.
Sea Mount is located five minutes from Cane Bay. This seldom dove site is truly spectacular! At a depth of 60-110 ft. You will find an underwater mountain with a huge cavern teeming with tropical fish and sea life. This intermediate to advanced level dive is one of the many wonders of St. Croix's beautiful north shore.

Davis Bay - Beach or boat dive.
Davis Bay is just a eight minute boat ride from Cane Bay. At a depth of 40-100 ft. there are unusual sand canyons leading to a sheer vertical wall. Lots of rays and turtles keep all the tropical fish company at this dive site.

Lavallee - Beach or boat dive.
This site is an easy dive at 40-100 ft. There are a lot of beautiful living coral and sponges at this seldom dove spot. A large array of tropical fish make this a great snorkeling site too.

Annaly Bay - Boat dive.
A favorite spot of local fisherman. Due to the location, we are the only dive shop to visit this rarely dove site. Located less than ten minutes from Cane Bay, this site is a great place to see Caribbean lobsters! With a depth of 25-100 ft. this location is abundant with sea life and tropical fish.

Proctors - Beach or boat dive.
Proctors offers a slow sloping wall of beautiful coral and sponges from a depth of 30-100 ft. You'll have trouble naming all the different fish you see here! Proctors is only about six minutes from Cane Bay Dive Shop.

Ham's Bluff - Boat dive.
This is a truly spectacular dive site. Due to the location, we are the only dive shop to visit this rarely dove site. With a depth of 30-120 ft., Ham's Bluff offers a slow sloping wall, pristine coral, swim throughs, and an abundance of Angel fish.

Rust Op Twist - Boat dive.
This site is located less than ten minutes from Cane Bay Dive Shop. Nicknamed the Pipeline, this 40-100 ft. dive boats beautifully colored soft coral and is a great place to see nurse sharks.

The Wrecks - Boat dive.
This site of five scuttled ships is located less than twenty minutes away from Cane Bay. The deep wreck, the Rosa Maria, is a freighter located in about 90 ft of water. Several ships, including a tug boat, are located in more shallow waters, and are great for beginner wreck dives. This spot if often teeming with tropical fish. The wrecks are beautifully encrusted with live coral and sponges. This is an excellent photo dive.

Gentle Winds - Boat dive.
A shallow dive at 35-70 ft., this is a great beginner dive. You'll see lots of tropical fish and maybe a big green moray eel! Gentle Winds is located less than fifteen minutes from Cane Bay.

West End Reefs - Boat dive.
A wide variety of reefs located less than twenty minutes from Cane Bay. The West End Reefs offer divers a choice of interesting shallow dive sites. These sites boasts several different coral formations and plenty of tropical fish.

Salt River - Boat dive.
This is a nice wall dive with a depth of 30-100 ft. This dive site is located less than fifteen minutes from Cane Bay. The most interesting aspect of this dive is the swim through canyon.

The Frederiksted Pier - Shore Dive.
A terrific beginning night dive! The old pier was chosen as one of the best macro dives in the world. Although torn down after suffering severe hurricane damage, several structures from the original pier are still standing. Called Dolphins, these huge pillars are bathed in spectacular corals and sponges. The new pier structure is a beautiful spot to see coral beginning its new life. This is the place to see Sea Horses! Lots of unusual fish and sea life such as bat fish, frog fish, various eels, living shells, and Caribbean lobster call this spot home. An exciting photo dive.

Dive Experience Dive Sites

Wall Dives

Scotch Banks: A flat sandy submerged mountain top east of Christiansted harbor. Mooring is in 25 feet of water. The wall is 15 yards east, starts at 40 feet and drops to over 1,000 feet. On the top of the wall lots of pillar coral surrounded with barred soldier fish and grunts. Off the wall barracuda, angel fish, elephant ear sponge, horse eye jacks and once in a while a eagle rays, manta rays and even whale sharks.

Dump truck: At 130 feet on a ledge is a 1930 s dump truck that is lying on its side. We believe that the trash was taken out to sea back then and the truck accidentally fell off the barge. Full of black coral and sponge life. Usually a big turtle or eel hanging out there. Great for photos.

Salt River Canyon East Wall: The East Wall mooring is in 40 feet of water, the back of the boat usually hangs in 1,000 feet. Tons of sponges soft and hard corals. Two types of black coral, the green and pink ones. Lots of pelagic and tropical fish. Grouper, snapper, eels, conch, lobster and crab are found here. Usually very clear water. This is a very historical site. Columbus came here on his second trip to American. He had 17 ships with him. First time that there was bloodshed between Native Americans and Europeans. Columbus took some of the capture Indians back with him. This site is also one of the oldest geological areas in the Caribbean. A Hydro lab was here for several years. Scientist would live underwater for a week or so doing research on corals and fish life.

Salt River Canyon West Wall: Mooring in 20 feet of water. A sheer drop off wall. Lots of canyons and groves to go through. Pelagic as well as eel, snapper, jacks and groupers. Some really big stingrays in the area. Great for novice divers as well as advanced.

Rust - Op - Twist: Named after a sugar plantation. One time home to a shrimp farm. Pipes for the deep water intake still underwater. This area has the deepest water closet to shore in the Caribbean. Healthy corals, black durgons, snappers, lobster and eels. Black coral on the wall. Two moorings on this wall site.

Little Cozemul: Discovered by Dive Experience this dive has a small wall starting at 40 feet and is vertical to 72 feet. On top lots of coral soft and hard. Seahorses can be found here. Nice sloping reefs with a large abundance of lobster. Both green and spotted eels live here. At the 50 foot range, beautiful corals with tons of fish life.

Craigs Canyon: Deep canyon starts in 40 feet sand bottom 20 feet across. Lots of over hangs. Lobster, file fish, durgons and eels. Soft and hard corals in abundance.

The Pinnacle: Sea mount that tops off at 90 feet. Usually see swimming reef sharks and big jacks. Black coral. Advanced divers only.

The Pavilions: Beautiful wall dive east of Cane Bay. Lots of hard and soft corals, schools of Atlantic spade fish, groupers elephant ear sponges and black coral. Plateau with sand and coral, great for beginner and advanced.

Cane Bay: Most popular beach dive as well as boat dive. Accessible from north shore road. 200 yard swim to the wall, drops over 2,000 feet. Beautiful wall dive. Some times reef sharks out in the blue. Black coral, pelagic and well as tropicals. Great beach.

North Star: Named after the sugar plantation on the shore. Vertical drop off starting at 25 feet plunging down to 2,000. Schooling fish everywhere.

Davis Bay: Great wall dive. Have seen larger sharks here such as tiger and black tip. Shallows ruined by hotel construction and hurricanes.

Coral Gardens

Chez Barge: Sunken Sand Barge. Used by Dive Experience for the world famous fish feed. See Martha 's recommendation. Also a great dive site for night dives, where you can see plenty of lobsters and crabs.

Eagle Ray: Just outside of the harbor entrance, mooring in 28 feet, gentle slope big coral heads in sand. Usually see eagle rays feeding here. Great dive for beginners as well as advanced.

Blue Chute: On Long reef near the barge. Healthy corals lots of tropicals occasional eagle ray.

WAPA: On Long Reef across from the Water and Power Authority plant. Sloping coral with sand chutes between them. Good place to see lobster and nurse sharks.

Sleeping Shark Hole: A large coral over hang where one to four big nurse sharks hang out. Beautiful sloping reef down to sand shoots.

Love Shack: Big sand shoots and large coral heads. Lots of lobsters, crab and small nurse sharks.

Cormorant: Sloping coral formations. Good for small tropicals.

Twin Anchors: In about 45 feet a very large 200 year plus anchor from the old Danish days of St. Croix. Probably from the sugar plantation days. Over 8 feet in length. Another anchor in 55 feet lodged in the corals and covered in coral. Healthy corals and lots of tropicals.

White Horse Reef: Two small reefs nearly breaking the surface. Many a boat has sunk here. You can find broken cannon, old wood and nail and chain from very old boat. New boats have hit it too. Nice shallow dive.

Gentle Winds: Named after a condo on the beach there. Healthy corals lots of marine life. Mooring starts in 40 feet, gentle slopping seascape.

N2 the Blue Dive Sites

Wreck of the Rosa / Coakley B
Wreck of the Suffolk Maid / Northwind
Navy Barge
Frederiksted Pier Tip
Tide Box
Alien Nation
Kings Corner
Sandy Point
North Star Wall
Cane Bay Wall
Vertigo Wall
Carambola Wall
Popular second dive choices include:
Swirling Reef of Death
Rainbow Reef
Sprat Hole
Chubbs Hole
Butler's Ledge
Grand Central Station
Little Mill Point
Frederiksted Pier

ScubaWest Dive Sites

Reef Dives
A diversity of coral gardens, long reefs, and gentle drop-offs compose more than twenty dive sites frequented by ScubaWest and all within minutes from the Frederiksted Pier via one of our dive boats. Certainly among the healthiest reef in the Caribbean, the West End Reefs should not be missed.

Wreck Dives
The wrecks at Butler Bay are one of the major highlights of diving on St. Croix we boast five Wrecks and an underwater habitat all within 200 yards. We dive them in two dives, The Deep wrecks and the Shallow wrecks.

Pier Dives
The Frederiksted Pier is the Mecca of night dives, drawing underwater photographers from around the world. The pier is home of elusive creatures, like seahorses, frog fish and bat fish.

Wall Dives
Just around the corner of the island from Frederiksted is Hams Bluff which, as it plunges into the sea, becomes the North Shore Wall. Beginning around 65 feet beneath the surface, The Wall drops vertically thousands of feet. It's upper portions, down to 120 feet, provide dramatic and exciting diving.