Discover your inner potentials! We offer a new PADI Freediver Course, a great underwater skill for boaters, surfers, scuba divers, spear and lobster fishers, or for any one who would like to descend 50 feet and calmly explore the surrounding underwater. New Padi Freediver Course Read More
Our Most Popular Experience | Explore the Land and the Sea of our Virgin Islands. Six hours of exploration. Four hours aboard the jeep of your choice and two hours aboard our 39’ fast and comfortable powerboat “Patagon” that will include cruising and stop for snorkeling or even scuba is available. Please, inquire for other longer Patagon trips for farther destinations and/or Off Shore Fishing. For more information you can call the boat captain, Arnoldo, at (340) 690.7223
Our dive boat fully prepared for scuba, snorkel, or cruising tours, and recently we furnished it with the best tech for the task of successful fishing excursions. Half day 4 hours (south drop). Full day 6 hours (north drop). For our fishing excursions, we have engaged as part of our Patagon family some of the most experienced and prolific big game fishing crew. Join the action!
Guests who have traveled the world often comment on the quality of the "Patagon Experience".
A few of the ways that Patagon Dive Centers set ourselves apart from the others include:
Mature, professional and knowledgeable staff.
Uncrowded boats and uncrowded waters.
Personalized service, focused and your needs and requests.
Children's programs for kids as young as 5.
The ability to teach in 5 languages.
And no early morning departures! No wake-up calls needed here!
So come and enjoy the pristine waters of the Virgin Islands, the "Patagon Way"!
Patagon means "Big Foot" in ancient Spanish. That's how Fernando De Magallanes, during the first human circumnavigation around the World, named the indians of the Southernmost region of South America. That region is known today as (Big Foot's land) Patagonia. Capt. Arnoldo Falcoff started his diving career in Patagonia where he was, for many years, a salvage and commercial diver. Moving to Saint Thomas in 1976 he became a PADI SCUBA Instructor and a certified US Coast Guard Boat Captain in 1978.
Do you feel that you belong in the ocean? Become a freediver! Patagon Dive Center is proud to announce our new PADI program starting in December 2016. Courses inlude: How to be a safe freediver. Yoga Techniques. Breathing Exercises. Poper Finning. Pool Training and Open Water Training.
Our dive boats depart from privileged locations due to the proximity (both on the Atlantic and the Caribbean sides) of no less than 30 different dive sites of remarkable variety. All of them in about a 10/15 minute boat ride. With other sites somewhat further, Patagon Dive Center have an active list of over 50 sites. We encourage our returning customers, year after year, to request dive sites that are still new to them.
At Patagon Dive Center we observe a growing interest for starting snorkeling and SCUBA diving at an earlier age as more and more parents encourage their kids to explore the underwater world.
PADI standards allows children as young as 5 years old to take snorkeling lessons and kids as young as 8 years old to take SCUBA shallow dives (6 feet max.). Youngsters of 10 can join the adults' beginner dives and/or get their PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification. Read More
Patagon, currently and due to covid-19 offer exclusively private services.
With a prior consent, we can arrange for a mix charter of more than one party.
Coral Reefs are complex Eco Systems with huge variety of different organisms. They are called, rightfully so, the "Tropical Forests" of the Seas. In this astonishing array of colors, shapes and textures it is most interesting to discover what these organisms are and how they interact within this unique marine environment. Read More.
Buzz Aldrin. Buzz Aldrin visited St Thomas for two consecutive years in the early eighties to attend NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administ.) conventions. He and other attendees took time to get some diving in. Arnoldo (owner of Patagon Dive Center) had the honor to be their SCUBA guide during those two visits. Other guests include: John Stewart, Tiger Woods... Read More.
At Patagon Dive Center we try to please those of you who look for a more personal, customized and private treat. For a reasonable extra premium our dive boats and crew can be hired on a private basis for the trip of your choice. Prior to confirming your booking, our crew will be available to discuss your expectations including itinerary, dive and snorkel sites, activities, food and beverages and other options.
"Even though incredibly remote, the idea of a possible shark attack is so terrifying that people's fascination and/or fear of sharks defy the logic of statistics. Other potential dangers of equal improbability do not change people’s habits or increase their concerns. Sharks do.
The US Virgin Islands waters were shark attack free for many decades. Not a single incident was recorded despite the thousands of 'live baits' who take a swim, or scuba, or go snorkeling daily."
Next, is a true story that was written by Arnoldo Falcoff for a local Marine publication. read more.
View a collection of spectacular underwater photography by Patagon's principal photographer A of Aquaman.vi. read more.