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Vacationing in May ~ looking for fun excursions

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My family is vacationing in early May and we are looking to do a few fun excursions along with some relaxation. Can you give us some ideas for any boating charters to use? Should we use the island fairy to visit the other islands? How about visiting BVI???
We also want to do some snorkeling, where is the best location?? We are staying on Sapphire.
Thank you

Posted : March 16, 2011 12:01 pm
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JMONORTH: This is a moving center. You may get answers here, but try the vacation site or their forum

Posted : March 16, 2011 12:53 pm
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Bob's right you want vi now's vacation message board not their relocation message board. Have fun!

Posted : March 16, 2011 12:57 pm
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Thank you for pointing that out, I will do that!

Posted : March 16, 2011 4:25 pm
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Should we use the island fairy to visit the other islands?
Thank you

Wha?! Tinkerbell???*-)

I can't answer on the visitor board, but IMHO, taking a charter, where the crew feeds you and serves you drinks, deals with Customs, tells you stories, etc. is much better that the stinky ole diesel ferry boats. Everyone here is partial to one or another boat- I like Pirate's Penny and Stormy Petrel.

Posted : March 16, 2011 9:28 pm
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There is very good snorkeling at Sapphire according to the MANY posts on It has become a vey popular beach with cruise passengers, so you might want to head somewhere else when there's a ship in town. There's also good snorkeling at Coki Beach, which is not too far. Secret Harbor is another good snorkeling beach.

You should rent a car and plan on spending at least one day on St John and visiting some of its many wonderful beaches. You can go by the non-car ferry and take taxis, but with a car you can explore on your own and visit as many beaches as time allows.

Most people also take a day trip to the BVIs (British Virgin Islands) but that requires a passport. If you don't have one, you might want to consider a boating outing that takes you to the beaches in the USVI that are mostly accessible by hiking or by boat. Let us know if you have a passport and we can make more specific recommendations.

Have you considered a kayak excursion? VI Eco Tours offers several and most include some snorkeling.

There's also night snorkeling which you may want to consider. Somebody named Homer offers it by reservation. You have to google Homer night snorkeling for the info.

Most people also take a sunset sail, and I think there's one that leaves from Sapphire. In fact, you should inquire as to what boating excursions are offered right from Sapphire.

If you like hiking, there's a short nature trail at Magens Bay Beach on St Thomas, and many hiking trails on St John. There may be hiking info on, but The Trail Bandit (google) has a wonderful map of the hiking trails on STJ.

Posted : March 16, 2011 10:25 pm
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Thank you so much for the info!! LOL on the tinkerbell, guess I didn't pay attention; reading to many "fairy" tales lately! LOL

Posted : March 17, 2011 8:26 pm
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You really want to try the "Tan Tan" jeep tour. It's terrific!

Posted : March 17, 2011 11:00 pm
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FYI, Tan Tan is on St. Croix. Are you coming over to the "big island"?(tu)

Posted : March 17, 2011 11:51 pm
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Posted : March 19, 2011 2:48 pm
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Try Jimmy will island hop, fish, dive, snorkel what ever you wish for the day.

Posted : March 20, 2011 10:04 am
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Thank you for all the information, Yes we do have passports.

Posted : March 21, 2011 5:45 pm
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