St. Thomas Scuba - beginner Excursion Reviews

An excursion geared for beginner scuba divers -- plunge into St. Thomas’ waters to visit gardens or coral and schools or unique marine life.
Sail Date: April 2018
Excellent instruction for the Discover Scuba program. Felt safe with the dive master. Water was warm and clear. Saw a variety of fish and coral.
Excellent instruction for the Discover Scuba program. Felt safe with the dive master. Water was warm and clear. Saw a variety of fish and coral. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: January 2018
In St. Thomas we participated in the Discover Scuba Diving excursion. If you have never tried scuba and are interested, this is a great way to try it without too much stress. You get a safety briefing followed by practice with some ... Read More
In St. Thomas we participated in the Discover Scuba Diving excursion. If you have never tried scuba and are interested, this is a great way to try it without too much stress. You get a safety briefing followed by practice with some safety drills (regulator recovery and mask clearing), and then it is off for a 30 or so minute dive at approximately 40 feet deep around a ship wreck. The staff did a great job, and we had a blast. However, we both had a hard time with the masks, so you may want to bring your own if you have one. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
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Sail Date: February 2017
Great excursion instructor was great and very patient. Captain was good with the history lesson
Great excursion instructor was great and very patient. Captain was good with the history lesson Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: February 2017
Great dive with a wonderful reef
Great dive with a wonderful reef Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: February 2017
seemed shorter than others we've been on. little to see. Coki was much better than the boat dive
seemed shorter than others we've been on. little to see. Coki was much better than the boat dive Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2017
I have had four scuba lessons in a pool, but always wanted to scuba in open water. I can now cross this experience off my list. I tried it. It wasn't for me. Done. I'm in my 70's and walk with a cane. I didn't ... Read More
I have had four scuba lessons in a pool, but always wanted to scuba in open water. I can now cross this experience off my list. I tried it. It wasn't for me. Done. I'm in my 70's and walk with a cane. I didn't realize scuba diving was such an extreme sport. But everyone working on the dive boat was so patient and so helpful and so kind and so understanding. They weren't annoyed with me when I chickened out. They helped me through the whole experience every step of the way, from suiting up to getting out of the water and back on the boat. NCL can have complete confidence in selecting this same group again (Captain Rob and Instructor Brian and assistant Alex). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: January 2017
We did the Discover Scuba Diving excursion with Underwater Safari. They were wonderful! There were three of us trying scuba diving for the first time, and one instructor assigned specifically to us. We got our equipment, went over safety ... Read More
We did the Discover Scuba Diving excursion with Underwater Safari. They were wonderful! There were three of us trying scuba diving for the first time, and one instructor assigned specifically to us. We got our equipment, went over safety info and talked about skills on the boat, and then got into the water to start demonstrating skills. We all did that successfully, so on to the scuba diving! Great first experience with scuba, and I would highly recommend Underwater Safari (and Steve!) to anyone else looking to try scuba diving. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: November 2016
Was a great time, Mike the captain and Max the diving instructor, were great. water was so clear and both dives were amazing.
Was a great time, Mike the captain and Max the diving instructor, were great. water was so clear and both dives were amazing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: June 2016
I'm certified but I went with my kids on the discover scuba diving tour. This was great. They did a good job with my kids. I was offered to go with the certified group but I chose to stay with my kids. We had a great time. We did not ... Read More
I'm certified but I went with my kids on the discover scuba diving tour. This was great. They did a good job with my kids. I was offered to go with the certified group but I chose to stay with my kids. We had a great time. We did not go deeper than 35 feet. If you sign up for the discover scuba tour take extra money. They will offer you a second tank dive and if you enjoyed the first you may want to go. The second is always better. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: December 2015
Loved every minute of it...the guides were very patient and helpful.
Loved every minute of it...the guides were very patient and helpful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: April 2015
We loved scuba diving with Coki Dive Center. They were fantastic! We had never been before and they gave us a quick lesson beforehand before gearing us up and getting us in the water. Would definitely go scuba diving again!
We loved scuba diving with Coki Dive Center. They were fantastic! We had never been before and they gave us a quick lesson beforehand before gearing us up and getting us in the water. Would definitely go scuba diving again! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: February 2015
The instructor was very effective. Equipment was good. The only problem was the water was very murky and underwater visibility was not good due to storms on the east coast. All in all it was a good excursion.
The instructor was very effective. Equipment was good. The only problem was the water was very murky and underwater visibility was not good due to storms on the east coast. All in all it was a good excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Sail Date: December 2014
Discover Scuba Diving, ST67. I'm a certified diver, but I went along with my novice wife. This was her second Discover Scuba dive, the first one was earlier on the Allure. Last time she was really not comfortable because she felt ... Read More
Discover Scuba Diving, ST67. I'm a certified diver, but I went along with my novice wife. This was her second Discover Scuba dive, the first one was earlier on the Allure. Last time she was really not comfortable because she felt overwhelmed with all the safety and instructional material, and ended up not completing the course. This time, her instructor was REALLY great, he spent a lot of time just alleviating her fears and made her so much at ease that she was able to dive down to 20-25' depth! Note: this course does not start in the pool as stated in the Shore Excursions brochure. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: November 2014
they took us to buck Island to dive a small reef and ship wreck. it was amazing how pretty it was even though we could not complete the dive because our ear's would not adjust the the depth. we snorkeled most of the way. the crew was ... Read More
they took us to buck Island to dive a small reef and ship wreck. it was amazing how pretty it was even though we could not complete the dive because our ear's would not adjust the the depth. we snorkeled most of the way. the crew was great and let my wife drive the boat some of the way back. we do recommend under water safari's Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: October 2014
My husband went scuba diving for the very first time and loved it. The emphasis was on safety. All equipment and instruction were provided. The cost was $109. My husband had a terrific time.
My husband went scuba diving for the very first time and loved it. The emphasis was on safety. All equipment and instruction were provided. The cost was $109. My husband had a terrific time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: April 2014
We went to Coki Beach to learn PADI (scuba) diving - it was fabulous. Great beach for the others in your party to hang out on, and the dive center was well equipped and affordable. The cab ride was around $9 per person from the cruise port ... Read More
We went to Coki Beach to learn PADI (scuba) diving - it was fabulous. Great beach for the others in your party to hang out on, and the dive center was well equipped and affordable. The cab ride was around $9 per person from the cruise port each way. You could rent snorkel gear for $10. 2 beach lounges w/umbrella was $20 for the day. They sell soda/snacks/lunch and gift shop items on the beach. The water is perfect, no rocks - calm (it's an inlet) and gorgeous. IT was pretty crowded but fun and casual. Loved the COKI Beach dive shop personnel - super friendly and accommodating. Coral World is adjacent but we didn't go there.Magen's Bay- awesome! Really cheap cab ride ($7 or so) to a national park with a protected inlet again for swimming. You can rent a chair and even get a slice of pizza. Great vibe, gorgeous calm waters to swim in - we even saw sea turtles there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: January 2014
As for the SCUBA diving, it was very fantastic!!!! We had a crash course and then, went on a boat where they split the group into 4 groups of 4-5 people. An instructor then takes specificaly care of his group and make sure they are set to ... Read More
As for the SCUBA diving, it was very fantastic!!!! We had a crash course and then, went on a boat where they split the group into 4 groups of 4-5 people. An instructor then takes specificaly care of his group and make sure they are set to go. In our group, a girl couldn't ajust her hears while going down and the trainer had to take care of her for around 10 minutes. During this period, her boyfriend, my wife and myself were 20-30 feets under and were panicking a bit... you know, first time you breath with a tank is not obvious for the first couple of minutes. I don't think the trainer should have left us by ourself at this time and luckily, my wife and I managed our feelings and we finally ended up having one of our best excursion of our life! Sometimes, you have to go beyond your comfort zone and this is what made this experience exceptionnal. I invite everyone to try this excusion but just make sure you don't loose your trainer if you are with someone having issues... On the other side, I understand that he did his best to have everyone on board but it could have become a nightmare if either my wife or myselft wouldn't have been able to stay in the bottom for 10 minutes wainting by ourselves... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2013
They got my son certified with the beginner PADI Scuba Diver in only 1 day. Really terrific service.
They got my son certified with the beginner PADI Scuba Diver in only 1 day. Really terrific service. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sail Date: April 2013
My son did this and loved it!
My son did this and loved it! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: April 2013
Coki Beach Dive Centre was incredible! I can say how professional this company was. We felt totally safe. As for value for the money, I don't think it could have been any better. We were picked up right at the gangway and driven ... Read More
Coki Beach Dive Centre was incredible! I can say how professional this company was. We felt totally safe. As for value for the money, I don't think it could have been any better. We were picked up right at the gangway and driven directly to Coki beach. The dry land instruction and shallow water famil lasted for about 40 minutes total. They we spent 30-40 minutes exploring the reef in goroups of our max (for safety). The coral and sealife were amazing! Book early! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: February 2013
the instructor is super uptight she will not let you leave if you do not check off the medical condition waiver all in the box that your ok and nothing is wrong with you. but that because scuba is really hard. i have never done scuba ... Read More
the instructor is super uptight she will not let you leave if you do not check off the medical condition waiver all in the box that your ok and nothing is wrong with you. but that because scuba is really hard. i have never done scuba before. the snorkel and goggle they give you are really cheap and not sure if they are sanitized. if you have your own goggle but if the instructor since it is not the right material she will not let you go scuba with the group. the water kept going inside the goggles and it was really dangerous for me. i liked the private residential beach they took us to. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Sail Date: December 2012
I took my first scuba-dive, and it was a fairly good experience. We dove near a wreak in about 38 feet of water. Saw lots of lovely coral, sponges, and tropical fish. After a short scuba experience, I snorkeled. Really beautiful cove ... Read More
I took my first scuba-dive, and it was a fairly good experience. We dove near a wreak in about 38 feet of water. Saw lots of lovely coral, sponges, and tropical fish. After a short scuba experience, I snorkeled. Really beautiful cove and lots of sea life. I saw a good-sized barracuda and a tuna. My dive course was very straight-forward, informative, and well-organized. The gear was in excellent condition, and I felt very safe. We dove in groups of three and our instructor, though a no-nonsense sort of guy, was also VERY into safety and precautions. I very much appreciated that, since this was my first experience. I highly recommend this diving experience to anyone who's adventurous and would like to try diving. As a result, I may take a class now and try to get some more experience towards certification. :) Good-times! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sail Date: December 2012
I had been told that St. Thomas was boring, but I actually found it beautiful and the snorkeling was good. (I was supposed to scuba, but couldn't deal with it.) It's cheesy, but we actually enjoyed our drinks and Mexican food ... Read More
I had been told that St. Thomas was boring, but I actually found it beautiful and the snorkeling was good. (I was supposed to scuba, but couldn't deal with it.) It's cheesy, but we actually enjoyed our drinks and Mexican food at Senor Frog's! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: May 2012
St Thomas is a favorite of mine, we went to Cokie Beach and did the beginners scuba diving, well started to I chickened out but my daughter went and had a ball, I ended up snorkeling and it was a really great snorkeling area, lots of fish ... Read More
St Thomas is a favorite of mine, we went to Cokie Beach and did the beginners scuba diving, well started to I chickened out but my daughter went and had a ball, I ended up snorkeling and it was a really great snorkeling area, lots of fish that you can hand feed. Had a really good time there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Sail Date: April 2012
Husband and Son used Blue Island Divers for our dive trip and they were great. Excellent service and top notch divers. Daughter and I took at taxi to Sapphire Beach. Despite the rain we had a great time there, the snorkeling was ... Read More
Husband and Son used Blue Island Divers for our dive trip and they were great. Excellent service and top notch divers. Daughter and I took at taxi to Sapphire Beach. Despite the rain we had a great time there, the snorkeling was awesome. Then we took a cab into town for shopping. Only issue is with the cabs. We understand that they want to be full and can appreciate that but it is very anoying that when grab a cab, the driver spends 20 mins on the way back to the ship driving slowly trying to get more customers instead of driving you back to your cab. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line