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Scuba Diving The Virgin Islands

Including the US Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas) and the British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda)

Diving The Virgin Islands articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving The Virgin Islands Overview

British Virgin Islands

Patch reef diving on these closely grouped islands is easy, pleasant, and fairly similar despite which island you choose. The islands are small, friendly, and great getaways.

US Virgin Islands

St. Croix is getting more attention from divers, thanks to its underwater topography and improved dive services. Once unfriendly to visitors, the Virgins are now a good tourist destination with decent Caribbean diving on St. Thomas and St. John.

The Virgin Islands Seasonal Dive Planner

British Virgin Islands

Mild temperatures vary from mid-70s in winter to lower 90s in summer. Wind is the predominant factor affecting diving. It blows much harder during winter. Also, storms in the North Atlantic bring large swells to the island's north shores, making divers move to a south lee. Hurricane season is typical Caribbean.

US Virgin Islands

Winter air temperatures average about 77°, with water temperatures down into the mid 70s. Summer air temperatures average 83°, with water temperatures in the mid 80s. Heavy fall and winter rains affect water visibility. Winter also blows up some heavy winds, making divers search for a lee. Hurricane season is typical Caribbean.

Diving The Virgin Islands Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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The Virgin Islands Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
N2 The Blue Review [same] St. Croix] Dawn 2016/10
Admiralty Dive Center Review [same] [N/A] Paula Kamps 2016/10
Wreck Life Review None St. John/St. Thomas Donald A Ricetti 2016/08
N2 The Blue Review [same] Frederiksted, St. Croix Kathy Minke 2016/08
Dive Experience Review The Buccaneer St. Croix Harvey S. Cohen 2015/12
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Diving The Virgin Islands Articles - Land Based

Belize, British Virgin Islands, Hawaii, a KKK leaders resort, a dive shops faulty rental gear, 4/15
Cane Bay Dive Shop, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, easy diving, easy vacation, 11/13

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Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands, I sense theres good Caribbean diving here, but, 7/12
British Virgin Islands, Utila, Raja Ampat, serious inflator problems, credit card ripoffs, 5/12
Virgins, Little Cayman, Palau, Sipadan, Trash is drifting, sea life is missing, but these dive sites still shine, 2/11
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Diving The Virgin Islands Articles - Liveaboards

Sick Divers, Macho Divemasters, travels in Egypt, Fiordland, Bonaire, the Bahamas... , 11/16
Cuan Law, British Virgin Islands, first-class trimaran and service, but the diving . . ., 11/15

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Adventuring in the Eastern Caribbean, Aboard the Other Cuan Law, 1/05
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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving The Virgin Islands
Including the US Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas) and the British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda)

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.



Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.



Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. You'll get the best prices Amazon.com has to offer, speedy delivery, and the knowledge that a large hunk of our profit will go to preserve coral reefs.

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)



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