St. Thomas hosts many exciting spearfishing tournaments throughout the year and is home to the Annual St. Thomas Spearfishing Tournament, which is currently in its fourth year. The 2014 tournament was held at the famous and FUN Hull Bay Hide Away . Tony Pearsall took home the grand prize of $1,000 with his 56 lb. cubera snapper. The Annual Spearfishing Tournament is a family fun event that brings in avid free divers from all over the world. See and Ski is a proud sponsor of the tournament. The 2015 tournament is set to be held on August 22nd. If you are in the area it is not to be missed. If you would like to enter this year, be sure to call See and Ski to reserve your boat now! Can’t wait to see everyone there!
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Caribbean Journal has recently released the 2015 top 25 best beaches in the Caribbean. Between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands we have claimed 5 of the 25 spots (including our personal favorite, Hanslollick)! Wow! Each one of the beaches is absolutely amazing and we can help you plan your trip to all of them! As native Virgin Islanders we are so honored to have our little island home featured. Check out the link below to see all of the Caribbean Islands that made the list.
Those 5 amazing places in the U.S. and B.V.I include:
- The Baths, Virgin Gorda
- White Bay, JVD
- Hanslollick, USVI
- Sandy Spit, BVI
- Magens Bay, St. Thomas
Check out our pictures below for a glimpse at some of these awesome locations.
Crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs. These are all typical terms you may hear when describing a destination in the Caribbean, but in the US and British Virgin Islands these traits are unparalleled to any other. That being said, there was no surprise when the US News and World report ranked both the British Virgin Islands as the number one destination and the US Virgin Islands as the #3 destination in the Caribbean.
Whether you are looking to take a day trip to the explore the world famous caves at the Baths in Virgin Gorda, relax on the secluded sparkling beaches of Anegada, or explore the hidden beaches and snorkeling spots around St. Thomas and St. John, the Virgin Islands is the place to go.
At See and Ski powerboat rentals, we specialize in creating an itinerary that is right for you and your family. Our boats are perfect for cruising around the US and British waters. Skip the crowds and “touristy” spots for a real local experience. You will not be disappointed you chose to rent your own boat for the day!
So if you are ready to escape the winter check out the link below to the US News and World Report and book your trip to the Virgin Islands.
Summer time in the Virgin Islands makes for perfect powerboat conditions. One of our favorite pastimes is a weekend of camping on the remote island of Hanslollick. A beautiful secluded island about 2 miles from the north-side of St. Thomas, Hanslollick provides the perfect beach for a weekend getaway. Frequented by locals, this island will make you feel like a true Virgin Islander. A day on Hanslollick will help you understand the true meaning of the phrase “no shoes, no shirts, no problems.”
Camping activities include, spearfishing, snorkeling, free-diving, ultimate Frisbee, and of course a painkiller or two. It’s also the perfect place for the See and Ski mascots Heinz and Mogli to run around. These two German Shepards can be spotted lounging beneath the hammock house. Summer time is finally upon us! Can’t wait for all the fun activities!
Every year as the 4th of July approaches, the small island of St. John prepares for their annual carnival. It is a jubilee filled with music, dancing, good food, and local culture. The festival lasts a whole week, ending with a parade and fireworks on the 4th of July.
Carnival as we know it today, is a result of centuries old traditions, from both the European and African descendants. The U.S. Virgin Islands is melting pot for all ethnicity and cultures, allowing for a cultural fusion of the carnival traditions.
“Music and dance were integral parts of celebrations during the plantation era in the Caribbean. These traditions continued to evolve over time; as did the various periods of celebration. Though most celebrations occurred around Christmas and the pre-lent festival of Carnival some were planned around the agricultural cycle, the end of the sugar cane harvest for example. It is from these various festivals with their creolized music, dance and masquerading traditions that Carnival developed.” – Source- VI Now
“Today Carnival is celebrated across the Caribbean. On some islands the festival has endured almost annually since the 1800s. On other islands the 1900s saw various festival traditions being revived into Carnival, often incorporating elements from neighboring islands. Carnival is however much more than a modern festival with remnants of contributing traditions, both European and African. While retaining similarities it has evolved into something that is also different – enough so to be considered uniquely Caribbean.” – Source- VI Now
Check out VI Now at the link below to read more in depth on the history of Carnival.
The beauty of boating in the Virgin Islands is visiting the many islands accessible easily by boat. Unsurpassed by other vacation destinations, the Virgin Islands are unique in this regard. Some of the many boating destinations are:
British Virgin Island destinations
- Jost Van Dyke, Foxy’s Bar and Soggy Dollar Bar
- The Willy T for lunch and or drinks
- The Bight
- Norman Island
- Virgin Gorda – The Caves
- North Sound Virgin Gorda – Oil Nut Bay and Saba Rock
- Anagada – if the day is right
United States Virgin Island destination
- Lovango Cay
- Hans Lollik
- Magens Bay
- Coral Bay, St. John
- St. John National Park beaches
- Lindquist Beach
Not sure on which Island to hop to? No worries! Our captains will point the boat in a fun direction!