St. John, with its warm turquoise waters and white sand beaches, is the perfect destination to get away and spend a couple of days relaxing at the beach. In search of something more active, we decided to go scuba diving, something we were both really looking forward to on this trip. Considering St. John is mostly a U.S. National Park, much of the water around it is protected, giving the island great amounts of coral and abundant sea life. I have gone diving twice before, once off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and the other time in the Great Barrier Reef. This would be Carrie’s first time diving.
Our research of who to dive with in St. John led us to Low Key Watersports, located on the beach in Cruz Bay, St. John. Low Key Watersports offers a range of dive and snorkeling trips, kayaking and fishing excursions, and day trips to the British Virgin Islands. Since neither of us are PADI certified we signed up for Discover Scuba Diving, a great introduction to diving which had us dive with an instructor. Discover Scuba Diving involved a brief 30 minute classroom training about breathing techniques and other dos and don’’s, followed by two 30 minute dives. The first dive site was Little Saint James, just off the coast of LIttle Saint James Island and the second was Lind Point, just off the coast of St. John.
Diving was also the perfect chance to test out my new GoPro Hero Session. Check out the video below of our dive! Note the video stops after a couple of minutes due to the depth and the considerable pressure it caused to the GoPro. On our dive we saw lots of fish, a lobster, a yellowline Arrow Crab, and a Southern Stingray.
Our instructor John was great and really made Carrie and me feel comfortable while diving. Another great aspect about visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands in the low season is it’s possible to dive with a small group as we did. Other than Carrie and I we only had one other person dive with us. If you consider visiting St. John I would highly recommend diving with Low Key Watersports. A small portion of the cost to dive goes to the U.S. National Park Service to protect the reefs.
All photography by Albert Bond