British Virgin Islands: Spyglass Wall
Bright color at Spyglass Wall
Dive into more than 58 different sites throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. Reached by beach or boat, these reefs and wrecks offer a diverse range of dive experiences. Here are a few examples:
- Cane Bay: Some of the best diving in the U.S. Virgin Islands is along the wall that runs parallel to the north shore of St. Croix. The wall at Cane Bay is the most popular site since it is easy to get to from the beach and even easier by boat. Covered in plate corals, elephant ear sponges and black coral, the wall starts at 60 feet and goes down to more than 2,000 feet! Schools of horse-eye jacks are common along the wall, and so are a reef shark or two. In the shallows of Cane Bay, you can find large gray angel- fish, schools of black durgon, stingrays, and even the occasional seahorse.
- Frederiksted Pier: At night, this site is a must-see. Giant- stride off the pier, then start looking for the eye shine of squirrel, trumpet and puffer fish hiding among the rocks. The submerged old pier also protects anemones, sponges, Pederson cleaner shrimp and, if you have a keen eye or know where to look, a seahorse or two.
- Butler Bay: On the west shore of St. Croix, you’ll find Butler Bay, where, from 1984 to 1999, several shipwrecks were intentionally sunk for the pleasure of divers. The Rosa Maria, a 177-foot steel-hulled freighter, rests at 60 to 100 feet and is covered with brilliant pink and bold red sponges where you’ll find schooling fish like grunts, snappers and reef fish. The Suffolk Maid, a 140-foot trawler, and the Northwind, a 75-foot tugboat, both located in shallower waters, house a variety of intriguing underwater creatures.
- Salt River Canyon: Within the national historic park and eco- logical preserve, divers can explore a submarine canyon with two walls. The east wall starts in 45 feet and plunges down to 1,000 feet, and you will find a large assortment of reef fish, barracuda, as well as both the green- and pink-colored black coral. The west wall starts in 20 feet and has many swim-throughs, plummeting to a dramatic drop-off.