As far as William and I are concerned, any trip to the islands must include a boat tour. After breakfast this morning we all drove over to the National Park Dock in Cruz Bay for our private boat tour with Salty Badgers.
When we booked our boat tour, we specifically asked for Adam to be our Captain. He did a fantastic job and made this day the favorite part of our entire trip to St. John. Before leaving home I talked with a very good friend of ours and asked him if he could recommend a company to do our boat tour. Our friend’s daughter lives in St. Thomas and I figured he could help us find the right tour group. It was quite a surprise to learn that our friend’s son-in-law was a Captain with Salty Badger and he would be available to take us out.
The girls immediately found their seats at the front of the boat. They were having the time of their life!
Our first stop was Maho Bay where Adam tied up to a mooring ball so we could snorkel and swim with the turtles. We couldn’t wait to get into the crystal clear waters and see if we could actually find the turtles. Adam showed us the sea grass area where the turtles would be and he was exactly right.
As we left Maho Bay, Adam took us close enough to see the Sugar Mill Plantation ruins. The island provided the perfect conditions for growing sugar cane so sugar plantations were abundant in St John and later we would actually do a tour of the Annaberg Mill
By then it was time to make our way to Coral Harbor where we would have lunch at Lime Out. Adam anchored out the boat and we all swam out to check out the little green boat we had seen from our balcony from Moon Cottage.
Even though we had called ahead with our taco order it still took over an hour for our food to be delivered to the boat. No worries though, we all were enjoying the water. The girls swam up to Lime Out and floated around until the tacos were delivered. Everyone reported their taco to be top notch and worth the wait.
After lunch we continued touring around the island. I wanted to do a little more snorkeling to see the colorful reef fish so Adam suggested that we go to Jeffrey Epstein’s Island. Since Epstein’s arrest and death in 2019, the island has Become a Tourist Attraction. And since all beaches are public in the USVI we wanted to snorkel along the reef so we could see the fish.
This was the end of a wonderful day on the water but everyone was quite tired and ready to go back to our cottage and relax. The next day we packed in a lot of shopping and touring of Annaberg Sugar Mills.
William and I were so happy that we decided to tag along with Wesley and her friend Sarah on their Spring Break. It will be a trip we will remember for a very long time.