Overview of The Pier

The Pier

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The old Frederiksted Pier was destroyed years ago in a storm, and was recently rebuilt to modern standards to accommodate cruise ships and other large vessels. Within the next 5 years, there should be enough marine life accumulation to warrant a trip out to its end. Luckily, however, a few pilings from the old pier still exist with incredible communities of soft coral still just a few meters off shore. This is a very easy dive, and an especially nice night dive!

Directions: All West-bound roads lead to Frederiksted. Once in the small town, look seaward, find the pier, point your car in that direction, and you can't miss it! The pier is right next to the old Fort Frederik, built in 1752. Your non-diving members will have plenty to explore while you are living it up underwater.


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04/20/2013 Redeye Diver (Avg: 3.86 Review) - Great place to take students on first night dive. Can't get lost, great vis, also make a very nice macro dive.

04/01/2008 Gene Stagnaro (Avg: 3.00 Review) - Call before you go over. If ships are in they won't allow you to dive there.

02/15/2008 Gary (Avg: 2.92 Review) - I'm going back to St. Croix in March 08. I lived on St. Croix for 6 months. The best thing about the pier was when you had bad weather on the island you could always go to the protected West coast pier. Don't pass up the small creatures on the pier columns. Really! Look at the small stuff. You will not be disappointed! You will see Seahorses, tons of small crabs, Sea Slugs, a Frog fish or two, Barracudas and Turtles. Lightly touch a small Christmas tree worm and see what they do. You can rent a tank across the street and jump in the water. Convenient.

05/21/2007 Anonymous (Avg: 3.33 Review) - I did a Discover Scuba dive at the pier. I was very nervous because I had a bad diving experience before. It was a great dive and I got comfortable very quickly. There are plenty of critters directly beneath the pier.

06/12/2005 Joel H (Avg: 3.30 Review) - May 27th. Vis better than 50 feet. All of Strand St. was closed for construction, as is the street at the beginning of the pier. All the side streets were full of parked cars. We parked at the park (marked street parking) on the north side of Fort Frederik. We swam from the park beach, but you could walk to the pier on the walkway on the seaside of the Fort (enter on north side of pier). Great snorkel or beginner dive.

02/27/2005 Dan and Barb (Avg: 2.56 Review) - Although the rating above don't show it, the site was excellent for finding sea horses, but they are still hard to find! No crowds.

08/03/2004 Jackie (Avg: 2.14 Review) - Unfortunately, the island has recently (in the last month) started to develop the pier area. The local roads are closed and you can only access the pier by giant striding off the pier. This is OK- but the exit involves climbing over slippery rocks while holding onto a rusty metal girder on the side of the pier. Not an impossible exit- but not easy. I would not recommend it for night, although the local dive shop said people still go. The construction seems to have affected the sea life- there was lots of silt and particulates in the water, lower vis and covering much of the rocks. The stanchions which are encrusted are nice enough, with some resident life, but not really worth the dive IMHO. It is no longer comparable to Bonaire piers.

01/19/2004 Samantha M. (Avg: 4.63 Review) - The Frederiksted Pier was the best shore/Pier Dive I have ever done! I saw Seahorse, ells, octopus, bat fish, a hawksbill turtle and tons of tropical fish all on one dive.

10/29/2003 Steve Cunningham (Avg: 3.86 Review) - This is one of the best dives on the island, there is a lot of left over construction material when this new pier was built so there is a lot of places for juvenile fish to hide, every dive is different and has millions of assorted fish

05/14/2003 Brian Toner (Avg: 3.65 Review) - I always heard you should go do the pier when you're on St. Croix. They were right. I did a day dive and a night dive here, and of course it was very different. There are a few old pilings there from the old pier that are really great for life not found out on the reef. The new pier isn't as developed yet. The night dive was great, got lots of good photo. I love to do piers -- they are always so colorful.

05/28/2002 Eric (Avg: 3.74 Review) - Seven dives at this site. Snorkel out under the pier and enjoy many surface fish, sometimes in schools of thousands. Drop down ninety feet at the end and scuba back. There are piles of debris from the old pier that are teeming with life. Octopi, seahorses, frogfish, eels, shrimp, lobsters, and fish galore, from the tiny juvenile drum to the big beautiful-eyes puffer. A slow, relaxing dive with varied life to see. Good day or night.


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GPS: CR0101
N1742.8298'
W06453.0296'

 

Parking at The Pier 

You will find plenty of parking about 20 meters from the shore entry.

Overview

 

 

Overview at The Pier 

Click on the picture to get a larger version. Notice the three pilings just to the left of the pier parking lot. These are the remains of the old pier, and are your underwater destinations. Take a slow tour of each, exploring the wreckage in-between.

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Entry at The Pier 

Have your buddy help you get your tanks down the wall.

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Entry at The Pier 

The coral ledge is perfect for getting your tanks on. It's an easy walk to the deeper water.

Last Verification: January, 2002  

 

Diver Averages for  The Pier  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.73
Bottom Conditions:  3.36
Reef Conditions:  2.91
Animal Life:  3.55
Plant Life:  3.00
Facilities:  2.73
Solitude 4.18
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  3.36
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.45
Beginner Scuba:  4.09
Intermediate Scuba:  3.82
Advanced Scuba:  3.27
Night diving Scuba:  3.82

Number of reviews for this site: 11

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