Insider's Guide to St John

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More easygoing than its lively cousins, St. Croix and St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John rewards its visitors with idyllic, untouched beauty. White sand beaches, craggy coastlines, vibrantly-colored coral reefs, and palm-lined ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Patrick was awesome! The weather conditions were less than ideal, but he did a fantastic job of adapting and working with what he had that day. We saw Spiny Starfish, Squid, a Green Sea Turtle and even a small Octopus! Great time and well worth it!

Doing what: Henley Cay Adventure Tour in St John

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

I was skeptical to book any tours prior to our arrival but I am really glad we booked this tour through Viator. My boyfriend and I weren't staying in St, John so we took a cab from the Ferry terminal to Caneel Bay and walked about .75 of a mile through the resort to the top of Honeymoon beach where we were greeted by our tour-guide Patrick and his team! Much to our delight there was only one other couple who would be heading out with us they mentioned tour groups vary in size 4 - 10 people. Day locks were provided to secure our belongings and Patrick brought plenty of water bottles for our tour. We started out with a quick kayak trip to a private beach within the Caneel resort where we began our hike. The hike was great and Patrick was incredibly knowledgeable! I recommend hiking in sneakers or water shoes as it is rocky and muddy but people did hike in flip flops and were fine. After the hike we snorkeled and this was my favorite part because Patrick snorkeled with us! He made the sea turtles come to the surface and pointed out awesome things we wouldn't have noticed on our own. After snorkeling we headed back to Honeymoon Beach via Kayak. There were several restrooms to use along the way including a great restroom on the Caneel property. Upon our return they advised we could use any of the rental equipment chairs, paddleboards, etc for the remainder of the day! After our tour we went to Caneel Resort for lunch and then came back to Honeymoon beach for relaxing! I definitely recommend the morning tour which is what we did.

Two small cons to mention - the snack was 1 chips-ahoy cookie and by the end of the trip I was starving -- we were gone from 930ish-130ish. It was also chilly when we got out of the water post snorkel, would have been nice if Patrick had a few small towels handy.

All in all awesome tour - I wish Patrick could have showed us the entire island of St. John!!

Doing what: Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Unfortunately, our tour was canceled due to rough seas, but the staff who take care of Honeymoon Beach at Caneel Bay where the tour starts were fantastic. We spent the previous day at the beach there and enjoyed the all-day beach pass, which included paddleboards, kayaks, beach chairs and snorkel gear. Would highly recommend this spot.

Doing what: Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

This tour was amazing! Lots of fun. Our guide customized it for our group and it was fantastic.

Doing what: Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

I highly recommend this tour our Captain was a very nice guy!!! He got to know my girl friend and I and made reservations for us at mangos in St. John he served us white wine while we waited for the sunset and toasted to is when the sun actually set. He was very professional Thank you Captain Ken.

Doing what: St Thomas Sunset Cruise to St John

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Great tour! Learned a lot from our guide Nate! Took us along a very scenic hike around caneel bay with breathtaking views!

Doing what: Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

We had a great time and Patrick, our guide, did a wonderful job. We would recommend this tour to anyone.

Doing what: Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

This was such a fun trip! Casey was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the island and the local fauna and flora. The hike was fun (breathtaking views!), the kayaking was easy, and while snorkeling we learned about different fish, saw a ray, a live conch, sea turtles...wow it was memorable! My girls are 9 and 10 and it was a trip they won't soon forget. Highly recommended.

Doing what: Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

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