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Saturday Video: Scuba Diving Frederiksted Pier, St. Croix

Saturday Video: Scuba Diving Frederiksted Pier, St. Croix

Frederiksted Pier, St Croix. Beautiful yet overfished. from For The Sea Productions on Vimeo.

A couple weeks ago, when we called on our good friend Warren Solomon to highlight a few beginner scuba diving tips for those wishing to pick up the sport in Tobago, we got an impassioned plea via Facebook from an old friend to give some props to the undersea wonders in the waters around our own home island of St. Croix.

Well, Deborah Huber, this Saturday Video post is for you!

The video above showcases a bit of the dive experience that awaits beneath the Frederiksted Pier located off St. Croix’s west coast. Spending afternoons here plunging from atop the pier to the deep-blue water below is a rite of passage for all kids lucky enough to grow up in the largest of the three primary U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s also a must for cooling off after trampin’ during Carnival. As you can see, though, the fun here extends well below the surface.

The video was produced by award winning underwater filmmaker Ziggy Livnat who works to promote marine conservation via visual experience. I’d say he also works to promote the type of undersea adventures I hope to start enjoying soon.

Have you dived the Frederiksted Pier site? If so, leave us a comment below to share your experience.

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  • Deborah

    Thanks for the post!  Of course the last time I dove it, my camera battery died, so I didn’t get any *awesome* shots…just okay ones.  The F’sted pier is known for finding sea horses, but you have to look closely for them.  Also (as you can tell from this video) you have to watch out for fishing lines/hooks.  It is a very relaxing dive with much to see on every piling.  That clump at the very end of the video is my favourite place to hang out as it is extremely populated with much to observe.  If you are a “sit and watch” diver like me, you’ll love this dive.  This is a dive where if you stay in one relatively small locale, you will see abundant sea life…you just have to be calm and wait for it to come to you.  Thanks for the post UC! 

  • Elaine

    Gorgeous video. Loved diving wrecks in the BVI’s and hope to try the pier one day.

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  • Steve DeHaven

    My wife and I lived on St. Croix for 3 years.  We dove the F’sted pier, including the “giant step” off the end with the 15-foot drop.  You seem to fall forever before hitting the water!  We saw barracuda on that dive, and my son and I saw a small shark while snorkeling there.

  • LarryA

    Lived in F’sted for 4 years working for RCA.
    Night dives off the pier were the best diving I have ever experienced.