Inviting waters surrounding St. Croix
You can appreciate the warm, inviting waters surrounding St. Croix in any number of ways, from snorkeling and scuba diving to kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing. Spend a day or two soaking up the sun at St. Croix’s lovely beaches – be sure to wear sunscreen!
View gorgeous coral reefs and an abundance of fish with the aid of mask and snorkel. St. Croix’s most popular tourist destination is Buck Island’s underwater trail, just off the northeastern coast, which is restricted to snorkelers. Getting there is half the fun – vessels leaving from Christiansted and the north shore include motorized boats, graceful sloops, and speedy tri-marans. Half-day and full-day excursions are available.
A mini marine habitat in less than three feet of water is perfect for beginners, non-swimmers, and kids. There is also a 15-foot drop off nearby, where eagle rays, squid, and octopus have been known to visit. Other snorkel sites you might want to try include Davis Bay, near Cane Bay, where you can snorkel from the beach, and Green Cay, a tiny offshore island reachable by small craft such as a kayak or a sailboard. Explore coral and sea fans, and swim among the turtles, parrot fish, blue tangs, and more.
St. Croix scuba diving is some of the best in the Caribbean. You can access the famous “Cane Bay Wall” right from the beach. The Salt River region has what many consider to be the island’s finest diving. Its east wall features a sharp 100-foot drop marked by canyons and caves cut into the wall’s face, and large schools of fish are a frequent sight. Frederiksted Pier, with its substantial pilings covered with brilliant sponges, and sea horses, octopus, batfish, squid, puffer fish, and lizard fish make this a great introductory dive or night dive. Finally, just north of Frederiksted is the wreck of the Rosamaria, a 177-foot steel-hulled freighter that is now encrusted with pink and red sponges and attracts a number of fish.
Parasailing provides the opportunity to see the island from a unique perspective, and it’s safe even though you’re hundreds of feet in the air. St. Croix is also regarded as one of the top locations in the world to practice windsurfing, thanks to the steady 10-to-20-knot winds out of the east, the gorgeous scenery, and the combination of glassy-smooth waters and churning waves. Salt River is a great place for experts to try windsurfing, with the strongest winds on the island and the highest surf. Hotel on the Cay has calm waters more suitable for novices.
The Virgin Islands are often cited as the having the world’s best sailing, thanks to continual trade winds, generally calm seas, and excellent line-of-sight navigation.
Kayaking through the Salt River National Historic Park and Ecological Preserves is an experience nature lovers won’t want to miss.
The Virgin Islands have been host to world-record fishing in recent years. The deep blue waters surrounding St. Croix are home to wahoo, mahi-mahi, tuna, and marlin.
On U.S.V.I., Tours and Activities Bookable thru CaribbeanDays are:
– St. Thomas, Mangrove Lagoon, Cas Cay Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Tour, 3hr+ tours starting at $79/person
– St. Thomas, Kayak to Bird Island, 1.5hrs starting at $39/person
– St. Thomas, Kayak with Pirate and Ghost Stories, 1.5hrs tours starting at $49/person
– Hassel Island, Kayak, Hike & Snorkel, 3hrs tours starting at $89/person
– Caneel Bay, Kayak, Hike * Snorkel, 3hrs+ tours starting at $89/person
– Henley Cay, Kayak & Snorkel, 3hrs tour starting at $89/person
– Charlotte Amalie, U.S.V.I., Sailing 1.5hrs starting at $60/person
– Full Day Sail to Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I., 8hrs starting at $125/person
– St. John, Eco Hike & Snorkel, 3hrs tour starting at $79/person
– Sailing and Boating Charters 7hrs+ tours starting at $130/person
– Kayak Tours, 1.5hrs., starting at $39/person
All pricing is approximate due to time of year, weather and availability. Firmer quotes available upon inquiry.
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