St. Croix, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is known for its amazing wall diving. Running along the northern side of the island, the wall begins in 25-40 feet of water and plunges to 13,000 feet below the surface. During this trip, divers will enjoy daily boat dives on the wall and surrounding reefs. St. Croix is also home to the the Fredericksted Pier, located across the island. This shore diving site is known for unusual finds like frogfish, batfish and more. This quaint Caribbean island is rich with culture and history that divers and non-divers will enjoy. Christiansted offers tours, national parks and monuments, historic churches, charming courtyards, boutique shopping, independent restaurants and cafes as well as beautiful spots along its streets and boardwalk.
Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!
Pricing: $1,783 per diver based on double occupancy in a superior room. $2,811 per diver based on single occupancy in a superior room. Single occupancy is available by request on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-diver rates also available: $1,134 per non-diver based on double occupancy in a superior room.
Accommodations: The standard accommodation is a superior room. These rooms have 1 king or 2 double beds, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flatscreen TV, mini fridge, coffee maker, and safe. These rooms are located on the first floor of The Company House Hotel, with direct pool access.
Diving: The package include 5 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, beginning on Sunday, April 19 and ending on Thursday, April 23. All essential dive gear is included in the package, as well as tanks and weights. Optional nitrox is available for $15/tank. Average water temperature in St. Croix during the time of the trip is 80 degrees F.
Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation plus room taxes, daily breakfast, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, all essential dive gear rentals, tanks and weights.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials. The REEF Program Fee applies to all individuals over the age of 18. It is also applicable to minors under 18 who occupy a space on the dive boat.
Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights and associated travel to and from St. Croix, ground transfers on island, optional Nitrox, optional rental gear, meals other than breakfast. Gratuities are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
About the Trip Leader: Amy Lee is REEF's Trips Program and Communications Manager. She organizes REEF's annual schedule of worldwide citizen science dive trips, and also oversees REEF's communications and seasonal fundraising campaigns. She a member of REEF's Advanced Assessment Team in the Tropical Western Atlantic region, and has also surveyed in the Central Indo-Pacific, Tropical Eastern Pacific, California, and Northeast US and Canada.
How to Sign Up: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into St. Croix (airport code STX) arriving Saturday, April 18, and departing on Saturday, April 25. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare to St. Croix. After booking international travel, you will be asked to provide your flight details to REEF for planning purposes.
Passports, Documentation and Visas: St. Croix is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you are a U.S. citizen traveling directly to St. Croix from the USA, you do not need to carry a passport, although it is strongly encouraged to bring one. For non-U.S. citizens, visiting St. Croix is like visiting the mainland USA and you will need a valid passport for entry.
Transfers: Airport transfers are not included in the trip package, but taxis are readily available at the airport. Prior to the trip, the groups' travel information will be shared so that participants may coordinate transfers if desired.