Factbook: U.S. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands (territory of the US) Geography Location: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico Geographic coordinates: 18 20 N, 64 50 W Map references: Central America and the Caribbean Area: total: 352 sq km land: 349 sq km water: 3 sq km Area – comparative: twice…


The United States Virgin Islands

America’s Tropical Triplets text and photography by Bill Harrigan The U.S. Virgin Islands are like Neapolitan ice cream, a delicious combination of three distinctly different flavors. St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix, the three main islands of this tropical U.S. Territory, are close together physically but far from identical. They share a common heritage…


Sunlit, Shallow Reefs in a Turquoise Sea

The Allure of the United States Virgin Islands by Tamara Collins The water in the United States Virgin Islands is imbued with myriad shades of subtle blues and greens. Beneath its surface is a world even richer in color. Sunlight filters through the warm, lucent water and transfigures the shallow reefs; shades of purple, orange,…


Five Favorite Dives Virgin Islands

Text and Photography by Bill Harrigan After 16 years in the dive business, Chris Sawyer still enjoys it enough to make 10 or 12 dives each week. That makes me think there must be some very good diving around St. Thomas and St. John. So I asked Chris to show me his five favorites when…


Diving the American Caribbean

THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL HARRIGAN We were on the east Side of St. Croix’s Salt River Canyon, one of the best wall dives in the Caribbean. Looking down from tile surface, I could see a Spotted Eagle Ray feeding on a sandy ledge near the top of the wall.…


Virgin Obsessions

By Tom & Therisa Stack The pulse and variety of the Caribbean is superbly encompassed within the three jewels of the United States Virgin Islands. From the penetrating rhythms of St. Thomas’ nightlife to the soft caress of midnight breezes sifting through the eco-paradise of St. John, USVI has the power to both energize and…


Seduced by the Virgins

by Steve Simonsen Three days, three islands, three opportunities to achieve total diving serenity. Sounds like a tough assignment, but I was up for the challenge. The United States Virgin Islands were calling me once again—tantalizing me with promises of coral-infested waters, sponge-covered ledges and dropoffs, secluded beachs and some of the best wreck diving…