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St. Thomas Boat Rentals - See Whales & Dolphin On Your St. Thomas Boat Trip

The Virgin Islands really are beautiful, and not just for its islands and beaches.  There are some pretty amazing sights to see under the water too.  Of course, you’ll need a St. Thomas boat rental to get you there, but then you’ll be able to snorkel in some of the most beautiful water and undersea life on the planet - including, occasionally, whales and dolphins.  The BVI boat tours get a lot of notoriety, but you can see plenty in the USVI - St. Thomas, and St. John. Plus, you don’t need a passport!

When you think of the Virgin Islands, you probably think of white sand beaches, warm clear waters, emerald islands and frozen tropical cocktails.  You’d be right--that’s what’s waiting for you--but there’s more to the Virgin Islands than that.  There’s amazing underwater sea life, and when you go to St. Thomas and book a day boat charter, you may see more than you ever thought possible.
Besides the world’s greatest beach bars, deserted sugar sand beaches, and warm crystal clear waters, the Virgin Islands are host to Humpback and Sperm whales and bottlenose, spotted and spinner dolphins.  If you’re lucky, you may get to see one--or many of these magnificent creatures while snorkeling or swimming off the coast of St Thomas. 
Whales and dolphins travel to South America through Caribbean waters to mate and calve.  They pass by St. Thomas on their way back north.  Their calves spend the first few months of their lives in the warm Virgin Islands waters, building up layers of blubber to keep them warm in the colder seas.  They travel past the Northeast point of St Thomas, and are sometimes seen of the west coast of St. John.  
Whales and dolphins are protected in the Virgin Islands, so if you’re on your day boat charter and you see a whale, your captain will put the boat’s engines in neutral to let the whales pass unharmed.  Federal rules require that you stay 100 yards away from the humpback whales, but don’t worry about that--these whales are typically 35 to 50 feet long, so you’ll have a great view of these gentle giants.  Humpback whales are easily identified by their mostly while fins, and white markings on their tails.  
Even though dolphins are protected as well, no one’s told them, because they’re playful and friendly, and love to put on a show for you.  They’ll follow the wake of the boat, jumping in and out of the water, and if you’re snorkeling, they’re comfortable hanging around and sharing the water with you.  They typically travel in small groups, and really enjoy the opportunity to show off, so enjoy it, but don’t touch them! 
These incredible creatures travel the waters between November and May, but the most sightings occur in February and March, so if you’re lucky enough to visit the Virgin Islands during these months, keep a watchful eye for whales and dolphins on your St. Thomas boat rental! 
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Grey Beard runs "Pirates Paradise Adventures," a powerboat charter company specializing in taking families and friends on fun and exciting day trips to the best beaches, beach bars and snorkeling sites of the USVI and BVI.
Seeing the virgin islands by boat is the absolutely best way to see them, especially if you only have a short time! For more information, photos and videos about the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, go to

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