Growing up, my family always had a boat; I was raised on them from as far back as I can remember. We always used to talk about how cool it would be to exist on a boat in the Caribbean one day. I mean you would be on a boat, in the middle of breathtaking blue water, and have the ability to island hop on a whim, total goals right? Well when I moved to St Croix, USVI I decided to make that my reality.
I have had so many people ask me how I was able to do this, and its funny because I didn’t really seek it out, this job sort of found me. I ended up becoming friends with basically the entire crew of Caribbean Sea Adventures before I even realized what that was. The irony of this whole story is that my boss actually found out about me and decided to hire me when I wrote about another company on my blog. But enough back story.
Caribbean Sea Adventures, one of the best excursion companies on St Croix. They will almost always taper the tour to the needs of the customer, it is one of the most personalized experiences you can get on St Croix. Seriously, they have a fleet of six boats in all shapes and sizes to keep anyone happy. If you want a full day sail, you got it. You wanna go fast? They can do that too. Want a private boat for your friends and family? Sure thing. A quick Sunday fun day trip to Buck island or a little sunset sail to end an evening? Done.
Not to mention the crew, some of the best people you will meet on your vacation! (Not just saying this because some of them have become some of my best friends, I really mean it.) They pay such close attention to detail and make sure that everyone feels so comfortable on the boats as well as in the water. They make a mean rum punch too!
So let me take you through a typical tour day on the boat. You have your choice of a half day, full day or private charter trip, prices vary depending on which you choose, but it’s usually anywhere from $$-$$$$. You meet at the shop on the Christiansted boardwalk, get things squared away, then its off to the boat. There you meet your captain and crew, they go over a quick safety briefing and the adventure begins! If you don’t have your own gear (which you don’t need!) the crew comes through and talks to everyone individually, gets you geared up with fins and a mask and asks how comfortable you are in the water. They do this to make sure the pros get more water time and the newbies get more attention and care before and during the tour.
You pull up to the gorgeous Buck Island National monument, hop into some of the bluest clearest water on earth and begin your guided tour through the underwater trail. There you will see hundreds of different species of marine life, anywhere from sharks, fish, to different kinds of coral. If you are lucky you might get to see a massive, massive school of blue tang (like dory). This is one of my favorite parts about the job, I get to embrace the mermaid and share the beauty of the barrier reef with people from all over the world who come here.
After the snorkel tour, the boat takes you over to West beach aka Turtle beach, where we anchor off and let the guests hang out and explore the island. It is called turtle beach because it is one of the largest turtle nesting grounds per square foot of beach in the world. So keep your eyes out on the water during the entire trip and I can almost guarantee some turtle sightings. Keep in mind there is nothing on the island, no structures, no one selling you anything, so be sure to bring all you need for the day with you. You can snorkel, relax under the sun, or take the hiking trail to an outlook at the top of the island where you will see breathtaking views. If time allows, I would definitely recommend the hike, that is usually during the full day trip.
When we are done with the beach, we get everyone back on the boat where the rum punch action begins! Remember how I said the crew makes a mean rum punch? Well it’s also bottomless so don’t be afraid to cut loose, after all you are on vacation! The tour ends back at the Christiansted boardwalk where it began.
Ask your captain and crew for any recommendations you have for the rest of your stay, we all tend to know just about every great place to eat and awesome thing to do! And be sure to check out the shop, they carry an array of vacation essentials from blenders eyewear, sand cloud beach towels, to Maaji & Bajakini swimwear and more!
Buck Island is such a magical place, to say its the gem of St Croix is an understatement, but it really is. Caribbean Sea, and all who work there are huge advocates for ocean conservation. They talk about it on the tour and tell you about the importance of ‘Reef Safe’ sunscreen (which they sell in the shop) and how at Buck Island, all you can take our memories and all you can leave our bubbles and foot prints. This reef actually grows at a rate of about 3-5% a year (which is a huge deal). It really is a special place and has become one of my personal favorite destinations in the world.
Contact the shop to book your tour today! Oh and do me a solid and tell them Nicole from Wanderlust Brunette sent you (it will make it look good!) Click here for more information on Caribbean Sea Adventures and book today!
Here are some photos of the Caribbean Sea fleet!