Dive Travel The US Virgin Islands
On this Dive Travel adventure, we travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. With the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, the U.S. Virgin Islands enjoy beautiful weather year-round. On St. Thomas Island we were hosted and dove with Underwater Safaris, and stayed at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef. On St. Croix, we were the guests of Cane Bay Dive Shop, and in St. John we dove with Cruz Bay Watersports and were guests of the Westin Resort & Villas. The Virgin Islands were explored by Columbus in 1493. They were originally inhabited by the Carib Indians. Since 1666, England has held six of the main islands, the remaining three (St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John), as well as about 50 islets, were acquired by Denmark, which named them the Danish West Indies. In 1917, these islands were purchased by the U.S. for $25 million dollars. Congress granted U.S. citizenship to Virgin Islanders in 1927. Tourism is the primary economic activity. Here we dive the reefs, walls, wrecks and encounter the marine life. Topside in St. Thomas we tour the capital city, Charlotte Amalie, and the surrounding countryside. In St. Croix we are there for Carnival, and tour the Whim Plantation Museum, made up of 18th century buildings from this former sugar estate. We tour a Rum factory and the island’s countryside, and witness the start of an official Ironman Race. In St. John we tour downtown Cruzbay, the Annenberg sugar mills, drive along the white sand beaches and tour the green hills and rainforest.