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“Anchor Dive Center in Salt River Bay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve
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Owner description: 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.
Boston & New York City
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“Anchor Dive Center in Salt River Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

Anchor Dive Center doesn't have its own TripAdvisor listing, so I'll put in my 2 cents here.

I've been diving since 1988, and have many 100s of dives logged throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and Pacific, as well as off the East and West Coasts of the US.

In regards to SCUBA diving, St Croix is a hidden gem! It's not a well-frequented destination for divers, comparatively speaking -- but definitely an island that offers fantastic diving with very little effort in terms of travel (from the US) and logistics (once you get there).

Anchor Dive Center is definitely "off the map" -- if you're talking about a tourist map! It certainly does NOT cater to the cruise ship crowd. So if you are a diver looking for a dive operation that offers expert, personal service -- without the crowds -- look no further.

We dove with manager Wiz (22 years in St Croix, originally from Worcester, MA), boat-captain (and DM) Sean, and divemaster Elliot (the young kid from Philly who DM'ed in Thailand previously). Although everyone on-staff was casual and laid-back in personality, the actual diving was handled in a most professional manner. Four of the members in our party were novice divers, and Elliot went out of his way to make them feel comfortable before, during, and after each dive, and he was very adept at offering off-the-cuff instruction so that each of the novice divers ended their diving a better diver.

All of the sites we visited were 10 minutes away by boat -- 5 minutes to get out of the Salt River Marina, and 5 minutes on the sea to get to each site. The surface intervals between dives were all back at the Marina. We were even able to mix 1 and 2-tank dive days because of these at-Marina surface intervals. Convenient!!!

We will dive with Anchor Dive Center again.

Visited April 2012
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Lynchburg
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“Kayak tours at salt river bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

This was a fantastic kayak tour. We went during the day, which was fascinating. Hot sunny so sun screen is essential. Andy our guide was very informative and knowledgeable about ecology, history and flora/fauna. We loved this! We'd go again!

Visited April 2012
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Princeton, New Jersey
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“This is why you visit a place like St Croix”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

Beautiful, peaceful, lovely, interesting. The food and the lodging was nice - but this is one of the natural beauties and the sort of experience that motivates you to take the trouble to go to St Croix at all.

Visited April 2012
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Annandale, Virginia
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“You have to do the BioBay Tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

We did the BioBay tour, with Ty McRae of BushTribe Adventures, bushtribe.com, in the Salt River Bay, and it was one of the most incredible experiences ever! The bay is fascinating, lots of history, but in the evening it comes alive with all kinds of bioluminescent life. It is amazing. Do It!

Visited April 2012
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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“National Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

This is only open part-time, but worth the trip. The road up to the national park site is rough, and steep dirt road, but the adventurous will be rewarded with a spectacular view. Ask the ranger any question - they are all full of local knowledge, both historic and current.

Visited March 2012
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