Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the US Virgin Islands serve up a tantalizing spread of culture, history, and nature. The territory comprises three main islands, St Croix, St John, and St Thomas, along with some 50 small islets and cays. Draws include white-sand beaches, spectacular diving sites, delicious seafood, and very quaffable rum-based cocktails. Undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore the USVI is by boat. Here we reveal the best places to mark on your map for some unforgettable day trips on the water.
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Great for families, Coral World Ocean Park has activities for watching and interacting with sea life. Found near Coki Beach on Coki Point, a peninsula on the northeast shore of St Thomas, the aquarium has viewing stations over the coral reef at several levels. Interact with loveable sea lions, sea turtles, and sharks. At the “touch pool”, handle starfish, stingrays, and even a baby shark. Once you’ve had your fill of sea life, head to one of the local beachfront restaurants to sample some local delicacies, with Petra’s Dushi by the Sea being a particular favorite.
For scuba divers, St John is a must when visiting the USVI. The waters here teem with marine life. Eagle Shoals near Coral Bay has an atmospheric cave known as The Cathedral where bright sponges cling to the walls. The tunnels here and caves are packed with fish including parrotfish, groupers, glasseye snappers, and blue-striped Caesars. You will also see turtles and stingrays in the shallower waters.