Scuba Diving in Navy Barges, Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Skill Level:
All Divers
Maximum Depth:
12.2 m/40 ft
By Boat
The Virgin Islands of the United States, or the U.S. Virgin Islands lie in the Caribbean Sea, east of Puerto Rico. This group of islands consist of the main islands of Saint Thomas, which is home to the capital city of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint John, Saint Croix, Water Island and other surrounding minor islands.The climate here is classified as tropical savanna climate, mostly affected by moderate trade winds.

St. Thomas is home to a wide collection of spectacular wreck dive sites. With an amazing array of coral reefs, a variety of fish species and warm waters, this tropical destination attracts divers and snorkelers from all over the world. Just a short boat ride from Charlotte Amalie harbor, the Navy Barges is a wonderful wreck site for every diving enthusiast.

After World War II, the navy sunk the two barges, which lie parallel to each other in 12.2 m/40 ft depth of water. The wreck site is the ideal habitat for a selection of colorful corals and tropical fish, including parrot fish, big angelfish, nurse sharks, octopus, stingray, turtles and feather dusters. Keep in mind that it is also a great night dive spot. The average water temperature varies from 75°F/24°C in winter to 80°F/27°C in summer and the visibility ranges from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft.

The Navy Barges welcomes both the beginner and experienced diver. Finally, you should book your dive in advance, as access to the dive site is only by boat. Note: be careful of boat traffic.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Charlotte Amalie
2.7km/1.6mi, 5mins
These are directions to get to Blue Island Divers, one of the dive centers that visit the spot: Head east on Tolbod Pldn to Fort Pladsen. Take the 1st right turn at Fort Pladsen. Turn right onto Veterans Dr. Slight left at Subbase Rd / Rte 304. Take the 1st left turn. Your destination will be on your right.
BY CAR FROM Charlotte Amalie
0.9km/0.55mi, 3mins
These are directions to get to Admiralty Dive Center, one of the dive centers that visit the spot: Head west on Tolbod Pldn to Kongens Gade. Continue to Dronningens Gade / Main St. Continue to Curacao Gade. Continue straight Kronprindsens Gade / Main St / Strand Gade. Continue to follow the Kronprindsens Gade. Turn left at Nye Tvaer Gade.
Cyril E. King Airport,
2.5km/1.5mi 5mins

The island is not accessible by train.


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