Best Spots to Scuba Dive
3. U.S. Virgin Islands
Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (Rating: 4.5 Pearls)
Location: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
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After the filming of the movie, "The Deep," featuring the historic Rhone wreck,
the British Virgin Islands have allured divers from all over the globe. Today,
the wreck's iron hull is coated in dazzling coral that flourishes with fish,
eels, lobsters, and octopus. With visibility averaging around 100 feet, the
surrounding areas have long been popular in the diving world. Another site
that's becoming increasingly well-known is the Chikuzen, a wreck about seven
miles off the coast of Tortola. It's known for colossal schools of fish,
turtles, rays, and sharks. Another positive: All of the waters surrounding the
Virgin Islands are protected by the National Parks Trust, which keeps marine
life thriving. The U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John have plenty of
hidden bays and wrecks as well.
Where to Stay
Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Built from a historic sugar plantation, this profoundly serene 166-room resort
sits on 170 acres of a protected national park dotted with seven remote beaches.
Even with a quaint pool and rustic rooms that lack TVs and phones, Caneel's
attentive service and unparalleled setting make it one of the Caribbean's best
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
The Ritz-Carlton is St. Thomas' classiest resort, located only five minutes from
Red Hook's fun dining and yacht scene. Its private sailboat, fitness center,
spa, and soft-sand beach -- a marine-life sanctuary -- are all among the best in
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
A clean, modern resort with stunning views, this 478-room Marriott is a cut
above every other hotel in St. Thomas, except, maybe, the pricier Ritz Carlton.
It's sprawling, the food's overpriced, and it can, at times, become packed with
conventioneers. But its excellent gym, great pools, top-notch beds, and
soft-sand beach rival the island's best.