Scuba Diving in WIT Shoal Wreck, Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Skill Level:
Experienced Divers
Maximum Depth:
27.4 m/89.9 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 considered as the mecca for wreck enthusiasts, as it provides many spectacular wreck dive sites. With a fine selection of coral reefs and a wide variety of fish species, this tropical destination attracts divers all year round. The WIT Shoal is one of the premier wreck dive sites in the U.S. Virgin Islands that is situated a few miles southwest of the St. Thomas airport.

She was originally a transport ship during World War II and was later used as a freighter until she sank in 1984. Five levels and decks are waiting to be explored, including the bow area, the engine room and the galley. The spot is teeming with marine life and divers can come across schools of horse-eye jacks, reef sharks, barracuda, southern stingray, turtles, lobsters and crabs.

The WIT Shoal lies upright in 27.4 m/89.9 ft deep and it accommodates experienced divers. The visibility is generally good and ranges from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft. In addition, the average water temperature varies from 75°F/24°C in winter to 80°F/27°C in summer.

Bear in mind that you should book your dive in advance, as access to the dive site is only by boat. Note: be careful of strong currents. So, if you are a wreck diving fan, let WIT Shoal be the highlight of your vacations!!!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Charlotte Amalie
7km/4.3mi, 13mins
These are directions to get to St. Thomas Diving Club, 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. Take the 2nd turn left onto Veterans Dr. Open right turn to stay on Veterans Dr. Turn right into Edward Wilmot / Long Bay Rd / Rte 30. Continue to follow the Rte 30. Turn left on Frenchman Bay Rd. Turn right at the Water Gate Rd. Take the 1st left turn at Bolongo.
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.
Cyril E. King Airport,
11.1km/6.9mi 20mins

The island is not accessible by train.


If you are interested in trying out this amazing sport in this spot press the request button so as to give you more information and prices.


Audiovisual material