Wreck diving is one of the must-see dives while visiting St.
Croix. While there are dozens of wrecks to visit on St.
Croix, the THREE most popular and accessible are the
Deep & Shallow Wrecks @ Butler Bay and Armageddon.
Butler Bay is 2.7 miles north of Frederiksted, the wrecks
are most often reached with N2theBlue's daily boats (8:30am and
1:00pm). However, the wrecks are also a popular shore dive but
strenuous 15-20 minute surface swim. If you do shore-dive
the wrecks, please be sure to leave your valuables at N2theBlue
when you get your tanks (kids will be kids and they know you're
away for a while).
Deep Wrecks @ Butler Bay:
wrecks. We start the dive with the boat tied onto the
newest wreck (the tug boat) and sway towards the 177'
Rosa Marie. We dive to the open gates of the freighter
at ~76' and work our way towards the back. The deepest
point of the Rosa Marie is about 117' with her tower up near
80'. After circling around the back end, we glide on over
to the tugboat named Coakley Bay. The tug sits in about 60' with her tower up
near 30'. From here we ascend along the mooring line, make
our safety stop, and enjoy a surface interval before heading off
to our next destination. Definitely bring a camera/GoPro
for this dive. The coral and sponges have made these
wrecks a spectacular sites. There is often a shy seahorse
to be found on the back of the Rosa Marie (named Steve) and
schools of Atlantic spadefish circling the tug. Be sure to
look in the sandy bottom for resting southern stingrays -- they
make for great photos.
a 177-foot freighter
an oil-refinery tug
Shallow Wrecks @ Butler Bay:
wrecks. The shallow wrecks include a trawler, tug boat,
and a massive oil barge. If you look closely at Google
Earth, you can just barely make out the wrecks from satellite
imagery. Amazing. In the midst of these wrecks is
NOAA's old HydroLab.
a 144-foot trawler
a 300-foot oil barge
a 75-foot tug used in the TV movie Dreams
of God — The Mel Fisher Story
NOAA's old HydroLab
Deep, non-traditional wreck -- this the remains of a large
portion of the old Frederiksted Pier that was destroyed in 1989
by category 5 hurricane Hugo. Steel girders reach in all
directions towards the sky, slabs of concrete, portions of paved
cement street surface, truck chassis, and more are piled into an
enormous wreck at ~100' down. This wreck is like watching
the 1995 movie, Waterworld.
Other wrecks we don’t get to as often:
• The Victory
• a small airplane (only portions of a frame remain)
• historic wooden wrecks – only their shattered cargo remains
• classic 1700s anchors overgrown with corals (typically found
embedded in coral on the north shore).
WRECK DIVER CERTIFICATION SPECIALTY
PADI Wreck Diver specialty certification. With a Two Tank Dive,
you’re half way finished with this specialty – so may as well
get a certification out of it! Although, we do recommend
taking Peak Performance Buoyancy course before this. It'll
help you in so many ways.
DEEP DIVER CERTIFICATION SPECIALTY
PADI Deep Diver specialty certification. Here in St. Croix,
there are so many dep dives, you'll easily be able to wrap up
your Deep Diver Specialty Certification. Do you know that
colors disappear as you get deeper? The color RED is gone
after about 18 feet -- your eyes are amazing at color
correction, but seriously, take the class and learn about Deep
Diving. There's quite a bit to pick up!
ADVANCED OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION
Deep dive is a requirement top get your AOW
(Advanced Open Water). Let us know you want to get your
AOW and we'll get you advanced in your diving skills! This
is an easy certification with just 5 dives; you can knock out in
two dive days. Let's have fun!