SNUBA® is a perfect activity for the whole family. It allows children as young as eight to experience the underwater world with their parents and even their healthy grandparents. All ages enjoy SNUBA®.
A light harness to keep the air line out of the way, a weight belt, a mask and fins.
A scuba tank sits in a raft, which floats along behind you on the surface.
Orientation and guided underwater tour comprise about one and one half hours to two hours.
Approximately 30 to 40 minutes under the water, though your in-water experience is about 45 minutes to an hour.
A maximum of 6 participants per professional guide.
20 feet, although you may stay at any depth you feel comfortable at.
On St. John, SNUBA® is $74.00 per person. On St. Thomas, it is $78.00 for adults and $74.00 for children 8 - 12 (St. Thomas price includes complimentary entrance to Coral World).
You are not required to be physically fit but you should not feel tired after walking a hundred yards down the beach and you must be in good health. Please check our "Medical History" page to see if you need to consult a physician prior to your participation.
The minimum age is 8 years old and there is no maximum age limit. The only requirement is good health.
Usually people's ears hurt when they dive down while snorkeling or swimming in a pool because they DO NOT equalize their ears. You need to equalize the pressure in your ears just as you do when you are coming in for a landing in the plane, coming down a mountain, or sometimes even in an elevator. We teach you how to equalize your ears to keep them comfortable throughout the dive.
Tour times on St. John are Monday through Saturday at 11 am or 1 pm. On St. Thomas tour times are Monday through Saturday at 10 am and 12 noon and if your ship arrives at 11 am or 12 noon, email or call us about possibly scheduling you at a later dive time. Sunday reservations may be available, email to inquire. Reservations are required and can be made via our secure online reservation form.
Both of our SNUBA® operations start on the beach with the shallow water practice in waist deep water and then a gradual descent to a maximum depth of 20 feet. On St. Thomas our dives begin off of Coki Beach and on St. John off of Trunk Bay. We do not do the SNUBA® dives on the "snorkel trail" at Trunk Bay but on a nice reef on the West end of the beach, between Jumbie Beach and Trunk Bay Beach.
They are both different but both great dives! On St. Thomas, the fish at Coki Beach have been hand fed for years so there are always a lot of fish. On St. John SNUBA® partakes in the Virgin Islands National Park, at one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. They are both very different but great in their own ways.
This is easy! There are ferries that leave every hour on the hour from Red Hook, St. Thomas to Cruz Bay, St. John and there are plenty of taxis ready and willing to take you to Trunk Bay. The ferry ride from Red Hook to St. John is 20 minutes long and will cost $7 per person for adults and $1 per child under 12 years. The taxi ride to Trunk Bay from Cruz Bay will take approximately 20 minutes and will cost $6 per person.
Taxis from Charlotte Amalie or WICO Dock (where most ships dock) to Red Hook cost about $9 to $11 per person and the taxi ride will take about 30 to 40 minutes.
Returning to St. Thomas from St. John is practically the above directions reversed. Ferries from Cruz Bay, St. John to Red Hook, St. Thomas leave every hour on the hour.
The Virgin Islands National Park charges a $4 per person admittance fee (under 16 years of age are free) to get into Trunk Bay, St. John. 80% of this fee stays in the local park to keep trails clean, provide water for the shower facilities at Trunk, etc.
Since you will be wearing a snorkel/dive mask, generally glasses will not fit under the mask and if they do the arms are in the way of your vision. Keep in mind everything will look 25% closer and bigger while under the water so this will help. The other thing we recommend is disposable contacts. I know there are people that have tried contacts in the past and those that do not wear them because of astigmatism but the disposables are very thin and more comfortable than the "old style" contacts and since you will just be wearing them for SNUBA® or snorkeling it probably will not matter if they are perfect for your astigmatism. (You would need to ask your doctor about this.) Though they now make contacts for those with astigmatism. If you are staying on-island you may be able to rent a prescription mask from one of the local dive shops.
We do provide everything you need for the dive but if you have your own snorkel equipment and prefer to use it you may do so. We request that the mask does not leak or fog on you. For those purchasing new masks be sure to wash the inside of your mask thoroughly with soap and/or toothpaste. Clean the WHOLE inside, the skirt and the glass. The manufacturer coats the inside with a protecting agent and that needs to come off or it will fog on you. Also if you plan to do any snorkeling before or after your SNUBA® you will have your equipment to do so.
We have some of the friendliest ocean waters in the world. Generally, the only way you can get hurt by the marine life is if you touch it. Mainly the coral or the sea urchins and they are not going to jump out and get you. Please do not touch or stand on the coral, not only can it hurt you but you may kill it.
Yes! We take digital photos for purchase, providing all works well with the camera, but our photos are generally of you not of the fish. It is often less expensive to buy the disposable underwater cameras in the states prior to leaving for your vacation rather than buying them here.
Yes, both locations have lockers available for rent. On St. Thomas the lockers are $3 with a $10 deposit and at Trunk Bay the lockers are $3 with a $5 deposit. The deposits are returned when the key and or lock are returned. At both locations the lockers are key locks so you can access them throughout the day.
Yes, we keep our groups small to insure a personal, high quality tour. In order to secure your space, we recommend making reservations prior to the departure of your vacation. You may make reservations using our secureonline reservation form or calling (340) 693-8063 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our cancellation policy is strictly enforced. If you need to change the number in your party or cancel you must do so 48 hours prior to your reservation time to avoid a 50% charge and 24 hours prior to your reservation time to avoid a full charge. Sunburn, illness, missed flight, missed cruise all must give 24 hour cancellation notice to avoid full charge. If your ship does not come in, there is no charge.
A mustache may make your mask leak a bit but we teach you how to clear the water out. You can also put some chapstick or vaseline on it to help with the seal or you may want to shave a bit under your nose so your mask will seal better. This question is mainly for those that decide NOT to shave on their vacaction, a clean shave will make your experience a lot more enjoyable but if you do not want to shave, we can work around it.
The highlight our our week cruise/vacation was going SNUBA in St. Thomas. My husband can't stop talking about it and we will make it a must the next time we are anywhere near St. Thomas or St. John. Frank, our guide, was professional, knowledgeable, and patient. Many thanks for a wonderful memory!!
Charles Town, WV
This was absolutely a blast. My family and I enjoyed this so much we decided to try SCUBA the next day and were surprised how much we had already learned from Tammy. She was a very good teacher and very patient. None of us had ever done anything like this. We hadn't even snorkeled, but this was so easy to learn that within a few minutes, we were underneath the surface to enjoy the beautiful sights and fish of St Thomas. Coral World was nice as well. We all commented after words how much we had enjoyed the SNUBA experience and how glad we were that we had decided to try it. Thanks Tammy for one of the best times we had on our entire vacation....