Frederiksted has the largest beaches of the entire island
featuring The Pier, several patches of reef near shore, a couple
pockets of sea-grass (turtle food!), and you can do this all
from shore! If the boat has space, we might have a seat
for you to join, and of course the boats are available for
Rent or buy your masks, fins, snorkels and camera at
N2theBlue scuba shop in Frederiksted (100 steps from the cruise
ship Pier). Take a look on
Facebook to see
what we've been finding this week.
Want us to show you around and point out the different
creatures? Want someone there for a little extra security?
We have guides available for you. If you're going to be
here for a day or a week, its always a great idea to hire the
extra hand on day one and get you set to explore on your own the
rest of your trip. We know where to go and the homes and
names of most everything nearby. We're here for you, your
safety, and your enjoyment.
Where to go:
Come snorkel The Pier or a couple of the nearby beaches at
SandCastles, Cottages, Freedom City, and Coconuts. The Pier
is known one of the 7 Jewels of the Caribbean for scuba diving,
and that’s exactly the reason to snorkel it, too!
its pillars stretching into the light, corals, sponges, and a
dazzling array of colors – a host of wildlife finds sanctuary in
this gothic hallway. If you stop for a moment and listen to the
nearby bell tower mark the hour you dive in, you may think you
are floating among the isles and stained glass cathedrals of
lucky, you may see a seahorse or two, or maybe the rare
frogfish! Turtles are known to favor a few spots next to The
Pier and breeding season is in the winter (read: baby turtles
hatching around September!). The Pier is home to turtles,
seahorses, several species of eels, spiny lobsters and the whole
catalogue of Caribbean fish.
careful not to touch the pillars or the reef. A simple finger pushing off the pillars
can kill the corals & sponges. There are also sharp barnacles,
a few spiky sea urchin, fire coral, and bearded fireworms (they
look like caterpillars). While not poisonous, these can
all ruin a vacation and sting quite a bit and leave a mark for
days (like having a lot of mosquito bites). Remember: touching a turtle is
a large fine (they are endangered).