St. John Hike to Waterlemon Cay & Snorkel Trip
Departing the port, you’ll meet your guide and be immediately transported by open-air safari bus, called the Cadillacs of the Caribbean, to Red Hook Bay on the eastern end of St. Thomas in time to catch the 20-minute ferry journey to St. John. Arriving in Cruz Bay, St. John, you’ll walk to Hercules Paté Delight, a simple restaurant known for its traditional fried patés, that sell out first thing in the morning. If you snooze, you lose. Snack on your paté, filled with chicken, beef, saltfish or seasonal conch. Next, after a quick stop at the National Park headquarters (the last chance to use proper restroom facilities before the hike), you’ll embark in an open-air safari bus into Virgin Islands National Park, stopping as you pass the stunning North Shore overlooks of Cruz Bay and its harbor, Caneel Bay, Hawksnest Beach and Trunk Bay. Hiking is a beloved pastime on St. John, with more than 20 hiking trails within its national park. Arriving at the start of the hiking trail at Leinster Bay, you’ll follow the rocky-coral shoreline about 15 minutes around the bend into a secluded cove with a stunning view of remote Waterlemon Cay, surrounded by its fringing reef. Hiking back to the start of the trail, you’ll ascend to Annaberg sugar plantation ruins for a quick tour and beautiful views of the bay below. Now, drive over to Maho Bay for a swim and snorkel in crystalline blue waters teeming with a diversity of marine life, from endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles to stingrays. Back in Cruz Bay, you’ll be delighted at De’ Coal Pot restaurant by traditional West Indian dishes such as oxtail stew, stew chicken, butter-sauce fish, curried goat and rice, as you learn from proprietor Norma Herman and her staff about the island’s traditional coal-pot cooking techniques. After lunch, you’ll ferry back to St. Thomas enjoying the picturesque journey, before heading back to port in Charlotte Amalie.
Please note: Guests should wear swimsuits (no change facilities), comfortable flat hiking shoes/reef-walkers adept for rocky trails and getting wet. Bring towels, cameras and cash for souvenirs and/or additional food and drink not included in the price of the tour. On booking, guests must indicate their snorkeling fin sizes. Guests will be provided with snorkel equipment in a mesh bag that must be carried from the start of the hike. No substitutions or specialized diets can be accommodated. Please advise of any food allergies. Menu subject to change. Guides will determine the best snorkeling spot along the hiking route daily, accounting for safety, weather and water conditions.