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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.
Omaha, Nebraska
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“nightime kayak tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

did the "bioluminensce" tour - what a kick!!!! It was neat seeing your hands and feet glimmer as you moved them through the water. Catching upside down jellyfish and seeing them shimmer was also a treat!!!

Visited July 2013
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Atlanta
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“Night time kayaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Amazing. Did the clear bottom kayaks and it was like the milky way was underneath you. Wear insect repellant though the no-seeums are fierce.

Visited July 2013
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Laramie, Wyoming
2 reviews
“Nighttime kayak tour was a special event.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

We went out with Virgin Kayak tours to see the luminescent plankton in the biobay. Due to the phases of the moon, this was the last night of our visit to St. Croix, but it ended up being the highlight of our trip. The pedal-powered kayaks really are easy to manuever and they are stable enough to get in and out of so you can hop in the water to competely experience the magic of the bioluminescence. The Virgin Kayak staff were very fun and quite knowledgeable about all aspects of the area including the pre-Columbian history. If/when we go again this will be one of the first things we do.

Visited June 2013
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Escondido, California
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209 reviews
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“Gorgeous Beach at Columbus Landing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve is an undeveloped National Park area. At this time, they only do ranger tours on Thursdays... don't go by what you find on the website as it is not up to date. You can take kayaking tours of the waters with local companies, but to go on your own, the only place you really can easily get to and see is the Columbus Landing site. This is the site of Columbus' 1493 landing and his only actual landing at any US location. Personally, NOT a fan of Columbus, but this beach is freaking gorgeous. If you have a couple of hours to kill at a beach, let me recommend you find your way to the Columbus landing site. Ask at Christiansted if you can't find the directions yourself, but the beach itself is worth the visit.

I'll be interested in seeing what they do with the site in the future - there is some amazing history here, but sounds like the funding just is not there.

From your car, you can see the beach, but to get down to the beach, one must be able to walk in sand. It's a short walk to the water's edge though. BEAUTIFUL!

Visited May 2013
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SC
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“The Mangrove Lagoon Glows”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Well there is bioluminescent micro algae, so that when you disrupt the water at night there are green flashes and a glow. The easiest way to experience is a kayak tour.

I don't understand many of the complaints by some of the earlier reviews, this a not a an amusement park it is an National Park and Preserve. Some signage would be useful.

Visited May 2013
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