Caribbean Stopover at St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Written by Clint Leung

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At Coki Beach, my partner rented her snorkeling gear for $20 US (I brought my own). To my surprise,repparttar rental attendant gave us each a hard biscuit to feedrepparttar 138664 fish while we were inrepparttar 138665 water. Once we got intorepparttar 138666 water, dozens of tropical fish immediately crowded around us. I guess they knewrepparttar 138667 drill quite well. We ripped off small pieces ofrepparttar 138668 biscuits andrepparttar 138669 fish went for it, even ifrepparttar 138670 food was just inches away from our face masks. The yellowtail snappers, sergeant majors and occasional parrotfish displayed no fear of us at all. At one point, my partner held out a larger piece of her biscuit and some ofrepparttar 138671 fish darted in to nibble at it. After about an hour inrepparttar 138672 warm water, it was time to say goodbye to our new aquatic friends. This experience at Coki Bay withrepparttar 138673 fish was one ofrepparttar 138674 factors which eventually influenced my partner to become a certified scuba diver herself.

Another $15 US cab ride took us back torepparttar 138675 cruise ship port where we spendrepparttar 138676 rest ofrepparttar 138677 day browsingrepparttar 138678 many duty free shops located there. A similar snorkeling trip arranged throughrepparttar 138679 cruiseship would have cost us doublerepparttar 138680 amount we paid. St. Thomas is definitely not an inexpensive island for either cruise ship passengers or resort tourists staying there but extra comfort and quality ofrepparttar 138681 island are quite noticeable compared to many other Caribbean destinations. From my readings,repparttar 138682 other main islands ofrepparttar 138683 U.S. Virgin Islands which are St. John and St. Croix, are more laid back and less commercialized than St. Thomas. I would like to visit them in addition to another return trip to St. Thomas inrepparttar 138684 future for a multi day scuba diving trip. For those thinking of going on a Caribbean cruise, I would definitely recommend one that has St. Thomas as one of its ports of call. It is one ofrepparttar 138685 better islands on any Caribbean cruise itinerary.

Clint Leung is owner of Free Spirit Gallery , an online gallery specializing in Inuit Eskimo and Northwest Native American art including carvings, sculpture and prints. Free Spirit Gallery has numerous information resource articles with photos of authentic Inuit and Native Indian art as well as free eCards.

Finding Travel Deals

Written by S. A. Baker

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Saving money on travel doesn't need to stop there. You can save money on travel in just about every aspect by planning and research. Takerepparttar time to compare different companies, then chooserepparttar 138627 best option for you. Also, take a box of cereal and pick up a gallon of milk instead of spending a ton on breakfast. Grab a local newspaper to see if there are deals in there for area restaurants. The local family diner may have some great food at reasonable prices but is overlooked because of all those glaring signs in tourist's face.

Being able to find a deal on travel is a great advantage. Saving some extra cash can truly make your vacation more worthwhile. Since so many people just don't get enough vacation time, gettingrepparttar 138628 most out of what they do get is key. So, take some time and findrepparttar 138629 best travel deals out there for yourself!

S.A. Baker is staff article writer at

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