The environment of the Virgin Islands is laid back yet very diverse. There are the amazing coral reefs to explore, mountains to hike, and villages to discover. The islanders understand the importance of protecting the natural beauty of the islands and have implemented various programs to educate, restore and protect the natural beauty of the islands such as the coral reefs, coastal grasslands, and the wildlife. The islands offer something for everyone---hiking, snorkeling, and acquainting oneself with a diverse culture.
Almost 3/5 of St. John is part of the Virgin Islands National Park as well as almost all of Hassel Island off of St. Thomas. The park protects the natural beauty of the coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and the tropical forests---home to over 800 species of plants. The park is also home to the islands’ rich history including remnants from the Pre-Colombian Amerindian Civilization, reminders of the Danish Colonial Sugar Plantations, and remains of African Slavery.