Diving For Sunken Rum Off The Coast Of St. Thomas

Bolongo Bay Rum Hunt

Rum and the Caribbean are inescapably connected, a match made in paradise. Sunken treasure, booty, gold and silver are also tied to the Caribbean thanks to the pirates and colonial history of the islands. Now what if I were to tell you that some of the sunken treasure comes in the form of bottles of rum, and that these bottles are easily reachable from the southern shore of St. Thomas, would you be interested?

I thought you might.

During the Castaway Winter Beach Bash at Bolongo Bay Resort on St. Thomas, a bunch of us were lucky enough to find some of this rum. We snorkeled out into the shallow blue water bay and there it was, just sitting there on the sea floor.

Okay, so these bottles of rum weren’t a couple hundred years old. In fact they are made just 40 miles south on St. Croix and the label on them reads Cruzan. That didn’t make the experience of scavenging for rum on the ocean bottle any less thrilling. It would of helped if I would have returned to the beach with a bottle, but that’s the way treasure hunts go, you win some and lose some.

Bolongo Bay Snorkel Rum Hunt

Bolongo Bay Resort has been doing the snorkel rum hunt for quite some time and is a highlight with the guests. I haven’t heard of another resort in the entire Caribbean doing anything like it. It’s a genius idea. Strap on some fins, paste a mask to your face and go in search of rum. Pure heaven!

Bolongo Bay Rum Hunt

It’s not all fun and games though. As you can imagine everyone wants to find a bottle, competition can be intense. You first have to get into the water with your fins on without falling. Then you have to dodge the sea turtles that are constantly heading to the surface for air. Finally you have more people in the water than rum on the bottom, so you better have a sharp eye. I did spot a bottle in about 13 feet of water. I notice a girl saw it as well. I could have let my pirate instincts take over and beat her to the treasure, but I swam off to explore deeper waters. Like I said, in the end I returned to the beach without any treasure, but the gracious staff at Bolongo Bay had a smile and a bottle waiting for me. Thanks guys!

Bolongo Bay Rum Hunt

When we started to plan the Castaway Winter Beach Bash and I learned about the rum hunt I knew something like that would be perfect for our rowdy group. Bolongo Bay Resort puts on this popular activity once a week. So if your heading to St. Thomas and looking for a great place to stay with lots of activities, give them a try. It’s a little slice of Caribbean magic.



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By |2016-12-27T07:42:03-04:00March 30th, 2012|St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands|5 Comments

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  1. Carlos Echevarria March 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Excellent post !!! I came across your blog today and it seems we have much in common, though my poison is Canadian whiskey, LOL

    Best regards from Miami.

  2. RumShopRyan March 30, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for the comment Carlos, although I will try hard to convert you into the rum world. Cheers!

  3. susan wait March 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    We just returned from Bolongo a week ago! The rum hunt was an absolute blast! Lucky me! Found two!…Had to fetch some help for the deeper dive though. Thanks Bolongo for memories that will never fade! And did I mention all the great staff and out of this world, beyond ridiculous, insanely wonderful FOOD!!!!!!

    Thanks again….GOOOOO Bolongo !!!!!!!!!!

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    RumShopRyan April 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Glad you had a great time Susan! The staff is great. Did you get a chance to try their VooDoo Juice? So good! Cheers!

  5. Carlos Echevarria April 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Ryan, last night I remembered you, in that a business associate of mine, importer and distributor of spirits produced in Costa Rica, sent me a case, which included two rum bottles. (Lizano aged & the other extra dry)

    I had a mini-tasting for some friends and family, since we are trying to introduce it into the Florida market, which is no doubt, inherently, an uphill battle with Barcardi, Brugal, Mount Gay, etc. already well established.

    At a personal level, I am sticking with my Canadian Mist, :-)))

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