5 Best Things to Do in US Virgin Islands

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5 Best Things to Do in US Virgin Islands

Posted on June 18. 2014

Once your plane lands or your boat docks in the U.S. Virgin Islands, it might take you a minute or two to believe you are actually there. Yes, it’s that beautiful. Once you get over that initial shock, it’s time to start planning out your days on the islands, and luckily the U.S.Virgin Islands are literally overflowing with fun and active pursuits to try out while you are on vacation there. Here is our list of the best things to do in US Virgin Islands.


The waters on and off the coast of the U.S. Virgin Islands are fertile grounds for all kinds of fish and therefore a fisherman’s dream. Offshore game fishes include Atlantic Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, Skipjack Tuna, Dolphin Fish (mahi-mahi), and Wahoo. Popular among inshore game fishing enthusiasts include the Bonito (Little Tunny), Barracuda, Hardnose, Bar Jack, Cravalle Jack, Rainbow Runner, Yellowtail Snapper, Kingfish, and Cero. Popular among inshore game fishing enthusiasts include the Bonito (Little Tunny), Barracuda, Hardnose, Bar Jack, Cravalle Jack, Rainbow Runner, Yellowtail Snapper, Kingfish, and Cero. Catching some fish during the day and enjoying it that night on the grill is a highlight of many a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. You can either choose to charter a deep sea expedition or simply pull up a chair on a dock. It really is that simple and we love it. That is why fishing is on top of our best things to do in US Virgin Islands.

Fishing Events

There are several fishing events and tournaments throughout the year in US Virgin Islands. If you are an avid fishing enthusiast, take note of the following events:

St. Thomas:

Couples Tournament (February)Sportfishing - Atlantic Blue Marlin
Dolphin Derby (April)
Memorial Day (May)
July Open Kids Tournament (July)
July Open Marlin Tournament (July)
Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament (July)
USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (August)
Wahoo Windup (November)

St. Croix:

Golden Hook Challenge (February)
Dolphin Tournament (March)
Guy/Gal Reel Challenge (September)
Wahoooo Tournament (November)

Fishing Charters

Capt. Alvin Fishing Charters
Charter fishing for dolphin, sailfish, kingfish, and more in St. Thomas USVI
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 00803
Phone: 774-955-4122 (Day Time)
Phone: 340-626-4220 (Night Time)
Capt. John: capt.alvin@fishinginstthomas.com

Black Pearl Sportfishing Charters
An award winning Charter Boat based in Red Hook at American Yacht Harbor St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 00803
Phone: 340-775-9982
Fax: 340-775-1478
Capt. Jim & Jamie: info@blackpearlsportfishing.com

Ocean Surfari Charters
Fly fishing, deep sea fishing, & more. Professional guides. Ocean Surfari provides world class fishing charter service to the Virgin Islands
Suite A2, American Yacht Harbor
St Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802
Phone: 888-539-0348
Phone: 340-227-5448
Kevin Haddox/Curt Richardson: bookings@oceansurfari.com

Double Header Sportfishing
The Best Fishing on St. Thomas & St. John
6501 Red Hook Plaza, Suite 201
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802-1306
Phone: 340-777-7317
Fax: 340-777-7317
Capt. Chris: dhsportfishing@yahoo.com

Peanut Gallery Fishing Charters
Deep Sea fishing aboard the Peanut Gallery, a 28′ custom Cat sport fishing boat.
Box 37, 8168 Crown Bay Marina, Suite 310
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802-5819
Phone: 340-642-7423
Capt. David Pearsall: fishingstthomas@gmail.com

Easy Rider Charters
Deep Sea fishing aboard the Easy Rider, a 33′ Benchmark Catamaran
6501 Red Hook Plaza Suite 201
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802
Phone: 340-779-9028
Cell: 340-227-5114
Email: hfgrif@gmail.com


With over 60% of the island designated as a national park, St. John is a veritable hiker’s paradise. Paths rise up from the sea and criss cross the park, and as you might assume, the views out to sea are stunning. Rest assured though, both coastal and inland paths are plentiful on every island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many of these paths lead the hiker to secluded beaches, and as far as we are concerned, there is no better way to cool off after a hike then a swim.


St. Thomas is often a stop on Caribbean cruise ship itineraries, and one of the main reasons for this is that the U.S. Virgin Islands’ capital of Charlotte Amalie has become a shopping powerhouse. You can join in on the fun when you visit the U.S.V.I.s and whether you are into clothes, jewelry, or crafts, you will find a store that specializes in it on the busy streets of both St. Thomas and St. Croix, but especially in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas.

Underwater Trail-ing

If you had to do a double-take on the title of this one, we don’t blame you. Trails aren’t usually found underwater, unless you are in the U.S. Virgin Islands, that is. Two of the most well-known are at Trunk Bay on St. John and at Buck Island Reef National Monument off the coast of St. Croix. Trunk Bay is home to a 225 yard long trail of sunken plaques that guide snorkelers and divers along a colorful highway of coral and fish educating them a bit about the marine life along the way. On Buck Reef Island, you will find much the same type of sunken markers about marine flora and fauna commonly found around the uninhabited coral island.

usvi underwater trail st thomas


Like its nearby neighbors, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S.V.I.s are ripe with opportunities for sailing off into the sunset, finding that perfect cay, and dropping anchor for the day. If you aren’t an experienced sailor yourself, you can always charter a boat with a crew, and they can help guide you to the best spots on the islands. It’s an absolutely unforgettable experience so make sure you have boating on your list of best things to do in US Virgin Islands.

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