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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

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Address: Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix
Phone Number: 340-773-1460
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Dedicated in 1993, this national, ecological preserve and park features the...

Dedicated in 1993, this national, ecological preserve and park features the largest remaining mangrove forest in the U.S.V.I., a submarine canyon, plus objects of cultural significance such as a prehistoric ceremonial hall and burial site.

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Did the bioluminescence tour and the guides rated the night as a 3 out of 10 but for me it was a total ten. You could put your hand in the water and it would look like glitter. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Courtney W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did the bioluminescence tour and the guides rated the night as a 3 out of 10 but for me it was a total ten. You could put your hand in the water and it would look like glitter. It felt like tinker bell and all her pixie dust following her around. There occasional would be this brilliant blue light which... More 

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Thank Courtney W
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Much to see, from the marina to the National Park on the hill. We did not go at night but if you do go on a dark and cloudy night you can see the glow of the bioluminescent bay. Very cool !

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Thank oboerman
Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We kyaked the bay during a biolumeniscence tour (night). My expectations didn't quite line up with reality. The evening lights were like sparks. Don't expect the water creatures to light up beyond a brief tiny jelly fish.

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Thank Prahinski
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Must do if you are anyway capable of paddling a kayak for 90 minutes. You go what it says on the tin - downside is that unless you have top rate waterproof camera forget taking any photos of the phosphorescence

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Thank Philip J
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Our guide Michelle was very knowledgeable about the history and wildlife of salt river. It was great visiting with her while kayaking around the river. We saw turtles & iguanas and our guide caught a jellyfish to show us up close.

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Thank Ernie L
Bronx, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We didn't do a boat tour, we swam in the water during the day. When looking out you can see there is a reef where the waves break. Sounds like we need to go back and do the kayak trip.

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Thank Krystle L. C
Rancho Cordova, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This tour was ok. It is actually in open water, not a river. We paddled in the bay on a very windy day. Don't take this tour unless you enjoy the eco side of learning. They discuss the mangroves and culture of the island. A little history about Christopher Columbus is never a bad thing. The tour guides were young... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

A must do for your trip on the island. Being out in the water and it being dark and then rushing your hand through the water and seeing the your hand light up was amazing. The rest of the park has a lot of wildlife and is worth exploring. My wife and I quite enjoyed our afternoon and evening at... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We had the perfect night for this excursion!! No moon and overcast, the faster you paddle the more beautiful the water became. We caught many fluorescent jellyfish.... they love to play with your hands!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

WOW!!!! The bioluminescent bay here is incredible! We kayaked across the bay and spent the evening marveling at the dinoflagellates in the water. Paddling the kayak was easier than I had anticipated and the entire bay was lovely.

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