|The U.S. Virgin Islands - St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix|
Interesting fact about diving in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) versus elsewhere in the Caribbean, all the boats must adhere to U.S. Coast Guard regulations when it comes to radios and such. Makes things a bit safer if you’re keeping tabs on such things.
Our first visit to the USVI included snorkeling around St. John and St. Thomas; we dove St. Thomas in 2014 and will visit again in November 2015. We’ve shopped, toured beaches (like the famous Magen’s Bay), and done quite a bit in St. Thomas. It’s certainly a reliable, beautiful Caribbean destination if you don’t possess a passport, but crave getting away from the continental U.S. And definitely take time to get away from Charlotte Amalie if you can. Visit Magen’s bay, have a dinner in Red Hook, or take the ferry to St. John from Red Hook and explore another part of the USVI!
Where to Stay
When we first visited the USVI in 2012, it was aboard a private sailing yacht, the Billy Jean, and on our honeymoon. It was adventurous and super memorable in order to see more of the BVI and USVI.
All the major cruise lines, big and small, frequent Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas. Last year we did the same aboard the Regal Princess and we went diving with another CruiseOne franchise owner using our shore excursions group. It was indeed a small group of divers (4 of us plus our dive master who was the owner of the shop in Coki Beach). Really a nice time, very relaxed.
And of course, there are some amazing hotel options such as Dreams Sugar Bay (for those wanting an all-inclusive experience) to Hotel 1829 (a quaint, historic inn walking distance to shops; Gonzalo is pictured by the amber waterfall located in the courtyard when we stayed there in 2012).
Sites We’ve Dived
Tunnels and Arches. Nothing fancy for our one tank dive that day, but good company in a relaxed atmosphere which was a short boat ride from Coki Beach.