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Waterlemon Cay Tours

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Waterlemon Cay
The tiny island of Waterlemon Cay on St John is a favorite among snorkelers. The sandy beach of Leinster Bay serves as the starting point for a 10-minute swim to Waterlemon Cay; it's less than a mile to the island and worth every breaststroke. The cay is home to a wealth of coral and marine life, which is what ranks it so high with travelers. Sadly, the island has seen a recent reduction in coral and reef fishes, attributed to high rates of erosion and run off from local construction.

During the swim, keep watch in the sea grass for the first glimpses of marine life in the area. It’s not uncommon to see turtles, stingrays, sea cucumbers and giant starfish 20 feet below.

The south- and east-facing sides of Waterlemon Cay are bordered by the region’s shallow fringe reef, whereas the west and north sides are deeper. The reef is the best spot to look for the main abundance of colorful fish and other marine life; look for large parrotfish and schools of bright blue tangs. Some snorkelers swear they can hear the crunch of parrotfish “teeth” as they grind their beaks on rocks and dead coral at the surface. Turns out parrotfish digest coral and algae that are ultimately excreted as fine coral sand, helping build the beaches we love so much. 

Snorkelers will find a lot of colorful coral, sea fans, sea plumes and other colorful fish on the deeper side of the reef. Keep your eye out for eels in deep holes and you may even luck out and see an octopus or two.

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If you are visiting the area by car, the trail that takes you to the Leinster Bay beach is about a mile's hike from the parking lot. There are no facilities available at the remote beach, so it is important to bring essentials with you. Be cautious in the shallow waters as not to step on coral or a resting stingray, and note that the western side of Waterlemon Cay has an offshore current, which is stronger during new and full moons. 
Address: St John, US Virgin Islands
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50' Luxury Catamaran Private Snorkel, Sail and Beach TourSailing

50' Luxury Catamaran Private Snorkel, Sail and Beach Tour

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Spend the day on your own 50' Luxury Catamaran Yacht. This price is all inclusive for the Yacht, up to 12 guests. You can select a half or full day charter. Visit the islands of St. Thomas, St. John or the exciting isles of the BVIs. Seas the Day's 50′ Luxury Voyage Catamaran has a spacious salon that opens on to an expansive back deck with comfortable seating and dining. The bow of the boat offers relaxing seating with bean bag chairs and two large trampolines for group conversations, breezy tanning or intense turtle, dolphin and whale watching. There are plenty of water toys to keep you entertained; from SUP’s, snorkeling equipment and relaxing floats to beach games. Price includes ice, soda, beer, rum punch and light snacks. You and our captain will design an itinerary that best meets the needs of your group. *Some BVI destinations are w/ full day charters only. Passport and $75pp for BVI Customs. Departure from Margaritaville Restaurant. All time are listed in Local Time Zone
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

USVI and BVI Private Boat Charters - New, Fast Powerboats for Half and Full DayDay Trips

USVI and BVI Private Boat Charters - New, Fast Powerboats for Half and Full Day

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Your group will spend the day enjoying the many isles and harbors of the U.S and BVIs on your own private powerboat. MV Aquarius is a new, 31' Wellcraft with twin 300hp Yamaha engines. This price is for a private group up to 12 guests, this is not a price per person . Our Captain will design an itinerary allowing you to visit the islands and harbors of St. Thomas and St. John or the exciting isles of the BVI's. The bow offers seating for conversations, tanning or turtle watching. Equipped with the latest in audio, Aquarius has a Fusion sound system with Bluetooth to ensure you enjoy your favorite tunes. There is plenty of snorkeling equipment on board to enjoy the coral and abundance of tropical fish. You may just want to relax on a deserted beach, or join the party at Soggy Dollar or Foxy's. With your own private boat, the choice is yours. PICKUP IS AMERICAN YACHT HARBOR IN ST. THOMAS unless special arrangements have been confirmed in advance. Pickup in BVI for full day charters only.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Customize Your Own Adventure - US & British Virgin Islands Private Boat ChartersDay Trips

Customize Your Own Adventure - US & British Virgin Islands Private Boat Charters

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With One Love Charters, it’s more about the journey than the destination! Owners Joe and Amanda Trattner are self-proclaimed travelers who moved from the mainland in search of adventure and new opportunity. They learned the local way of life, and the amazing destinations that the British/U.S. Virgin Islands have to offer, and would love to share their expertise with you during your travels. Joe and Amanda are truly passionate about their little chain of islands and want to make sure that by the end of your day with us that you’ll have memories to last a lifetime. Come experience a private, customized trip with us!
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  • 3 to 7 hours
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  • 3 to 7 hours
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