The coral gardens beneath the sea have become the most popular attraction of sunny Caribbea. In other waters there are loftier reefs and stranger creatures, but nowhere else is there such a vast estate of coral and crazy-colored fish so easily enjoyed. Ten years ago if he ventured far beyond the Florida Keys, the diver was on his own. Today, in every island group, there are guides who watch over the novice in the shallows and accompany the expert fathoms below. Coles Phinizy, who took these photographs of the Virgin Islands seascape, also swam with Allan Batham through the watery domain described on page 27. This is followed by a portfolio of swimsuits for swimming and Travel Facts to guide the traveler to the pleasures of the deep.
VIRGIN ISLAND GUIDE RED RAISCH SUPERVISES JOHN CHURCHILL'S FIRST SCUBA DIVE
IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, THE SHEER SCARPS OF DROWNED MOUNTAINS CHALLENGE EXPERT DIVERS, AND GIANT BOULDERS AFFORD A SPECTACULAR PLAYGROUND FOR SHALLOW-WATER DABBLERS
DIVERS ALLAN BATHAM AND TERÉ CARSTARPHEN INVADE A GROTTO FILLED WITH SHINY BAITFISH