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French Cap (south side)
French Cap is an uninhabited island approximately 6 miles south of St. Thomas. Because it is unprotected, the seas must be relatively calm before we even THINK about going there. In 90 feet of water this is one of the few places you will see Black Durgeons & huge schools of Sennet fish. Lobster are in abundance here, as are any number of the larger game fish, hog fish & permit, just to name a few. We usually do both dives on French Cap, with a shallower dive to 60 feet on the northwest side of the island. On the second dive you will be treated to a swim-through that has a nice cathedral ceiling you can actually surface into.
Grass Cay (north side) (south side)
Grass Cay is on the eastern end of St Thomas, in the Atlantic. It is a large conglomeration of huge coral heads and large sea fans. It gently slopes from the island , and there is some sand bottom to 55 feet and wonderful scenery. Conch are seen here and if they're large enough - and in season - there might be a little Ceviche that night for dinner.
Joe's Jam/Coral Bowl/Snapper Valley (south side)
This dive site is as varied as all the different names it has. It is off the outside of Buck Island, and Coral Bowl is the most descriptive as it gets.The mooring is in 30 feet of water, and swimming through “Thor’s Twins” you will be treated to an old Spanish Anchor in 45 ft of water. It is easy to miss, because it is totally encrusted, but the shape is easily seen if you’re not right on top of it. Passing through down to 70 feet, there is a nice sand ‘bowl’ bottom with several large coral heads in the middle. There is a huge green moray that is quite often seen in one of those coral heads.
Ledges at Little St. James (south side)
This is one of the nicest dive sites we go to - great for diving as well as snorkeling, so snorkelers don't be afraid to come with us on this one. There are two sets of ledges, one that gets to about 40 ft, to swim by and check out as well as several rocks to meander around. Turtles, eagle rays and yellow-headed jawfish are regularly seen on this dive. We do find the occasional 'sleeping' basket star fish as well, all bundled up in gorgonian coral for the day. There is also a very large dog snapper in residence, as well as goodly number of yellow-tail snapper, affectionately called 'salt water piranha'.
Mingo Cay (north side)
This site is often used for training as its maximum depth is only 45 feet, and it houses a host of invertebrates. There are small coral heads and they have a steep slope of about 45 degrees. Photographers, bring your macro lenses! There aren’t any dramatic crevasses, but there are thousands of tiny holes where tube worms, crinoids, and urchins hide.
Navy Barges (south side)
There are two barges we make this dive on to a 40 foot maximum. There is a nice low coral 'path' that leads from one to the other. They were originally housing for the Navy when the submarine base was still in use. There were five in total sunk in the area, and if you ask Bill, he might tell you where another one is. During shark breeding season in June, it is not unusual to see congregations of sharks resting under one portion of the wreck, large ones of 6 feet or more. Always a treat.