annual Jesus Breezes produce high
seas that make the water murky and boat rides stomach churning.
Patience will pay. Just wait a day or two, there is always perfect
water weather within any weeks span.
National Park with its celebrated beach and spectacular snorkeling
trail through the beautiful Elk Horn Coral Barrier Reef is no
doubt St. Croixs most famous underwater attraction. There
are many boats that offer wonderful day trips where even beginners
may join rays, barracuda and a school of hundreds of blue tang
as they dance in and out of perhaps the Caribbeans most
impressive reef. On the downside, the trip will be spent with
forty other sun burnt, seasick tourists crammed on a sailboat
and all elbows and fins in the water. We prefer just our own elbows
the weather Mother Nature provided for our day, Captain Paul
recommended a two hour snorkeling trip around the reef in Great
Pond Bay. We were provided with fantastic snorkeling gear–a real
treat–not the standard leaky masks and floppity fins usually
pawned off on the tourists.
three types of turtles in the waters around St. Croix–the hawksbill
is most common–but with a bit of luck the rare green sea turtle
and the giant leatherback are sometimes encountered. In the late
spring the St.
Croix Environmental Association hosts turtle watches where the
endangered leatherbacks can be seen laying their eggs on the beach.
A once in a lifetime experience.
a boat person is not necessary to enjoy the depths. Tamarind
Reef is the best Cruzan destination for off-the-beach snorkeling
that weve found. Just rent gear from the little beach
shack and wade in. Easy for the beginner but with plenty of
room for the more experienced diver to explore out into the
deeper waters. Floats anchored along the way
for resting are a really nice touch, especially on the swim back
against the current. Colorful sea fans wave gracefully under the
waves, spiny lobsters hide in the holes and overhangs while urchins
dot the rocks
among the giant brain coral.
lobsters, turtles, rays and barracudas aside, the real serenity
of island time underwater is dreamily swimming among the
little colorful tropical fish. Its like being on the
inside of your dentists office aquarium.
& Veronica, GypsyNester.com
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