Overview of Rust Op Twist

Rust Op Twist

USVI, St. Croix


Rust Op Twist is named after an old sugar plantation in the area. It is more of an advanced dive due the entry conditions and possible currents. If it is a nice day, you can spend your tank of air in just 10 meters of water exploring this biologically diverse part of the island.

Directions: On highway 80 (the North Shore Road), about 4km East of Cane Bay.


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04/23/2006 Tim Wolfe (Avg: 3.72 Review) - This was the best shore dive we did in St. Croix. The most wildlife with some bigger fish, lots of barracuda and black durgons, the best reef in excellent condition (fan coral, tube coral, sponges, etc). The entry can be difficult due to loose bowling ball sized coral boulders that are on the bottom with surf coming in on you - this makes walking out hazardous to ankles but it is worth the effort. Navigation is ideal - there is a pipe you can follow out and best of all you can follow in making night diving very easy (we found this the best night dive for someone unfamiliar with the terrain). It's a bit of a swim out 12-15 minutes. Check the current and swim into it along a sloping wall covered in coral, then drift/swim back until you cross the pipe and follow it in.

03/21/2005 Tha Wookie (Avg: 2.08 Review) - I live at Rust op Twist during the winter. It can be downright life-threatening for entry for people not used to it. It took me a long time to try again after my first bashing. Look for the pipe from the shrimp tanks, and use it as a guide to test the current.


Site Photos

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 Map     Sat
GPS: CR0801


Parking at Rust Op Twist 

Looking East, you'll see a small cut-out toward the ocean. Park next to that entrance.

Trail Head



Trail Head at Rust Op Twist 

The ocean is about 30 meters from the parking, so gear-up at your car.

Right Entry



Right Entry at Rust Op Twist 

When the swells are from the East, this point will provide good protection.

Middle Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: CR0804


Middle Entry at Rust Op Twist 

Notice the uneven bottom strewn with small ankle-twisting rocks. Wear good booties, and use your buddy to keep your balance while you walk to deeper water.

Left Entry



Left Entry at Rust Op Twist 

Another view to the left.




Informational at Rust Op Twist 

This small entrance is to an old shrimp farm, and is just to the West of where you should be.




Informational at Rust Op Twist 

This is the remains of an old entrance to the sugar plantation, and is just opposite the dive site.

Last Verification: January, 2002  


Diver Averages for  Rust Op Twist  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  1.50
Bottom Conditions:  3.00
Reef Conditions:  3.50
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  3.00
Facilities:  1.00
Solitude 5.00
Roads:  3.00
*Site Average:  2.90

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.50
Beginner Scuba:  2.00
Intermediate Scuba:  2.50
Advanced Scuba:  3.50
Night diving Scuba:  4.00

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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