Monday, February 27, 2017

Photo Tour: Snorkeling St. John

Photo Tour: Snorkeling St. John - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN JANUARY 2015
 
Our day exploring St. John had a lot of those "I don't ever want to forget this" moments. First, it's absolutely beautiful. Sixty percent of the island is a natural preserve, so it's mostly emerald-green, overgrown foliage that cascades from the mountaintop down into white sandy beaches and crystal-blue waters.

Second, it's super easy to reach from St. Thomas...just a quick (and scenic!) 20-minute ferry ride. Because our trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands was a relatively quick one, we decided to only overnight on St. Thomas and St. Croix. If I could do it all over again, I'd probably opt out of staying on St. Thomas and just split my time between St. John and St. Croix. Nothing wrong with St. Thomas - it's just a little more built-up than the others and St. John is, well, everything they say it is.

If you plan on trekking around St. John, I recommend hiring a taxi service. We (me, the husband, my brother and my sister-in-law) worked with a man named Kenneth Louis and he was great. (He's a preferred vendor of the USVI tourism board.) We did a kayaking, hiking and snorkeling tour with VI Ecotours, which was awesome because it gave us access to the otherwise very exclusive Caneel Bay. It was one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen! The water was perfect. The kayak over to the beach from the meeting spot is really pretty and the hike - albeit too long in my opinion (really, you should be in the water as much as humanly possible in a place like St. John!) - was an interesting view into island life.

(Plus, we saw deer at the Caneel Bay Resort!)

It was one of those perfect-weather days and I didn't want to get out of the water. My brother loves anything to do with snorkeling and seeing as how we don't see each other much these days (he's still in AZ), I was mostly just happy to have the time with him. The little things, you know?

The sun was just starting to set as the four of us kayaked back to the meeting spot from Caneel Bay. I'll never forget that fiery sunset or the clear Caribbean water...or the fact that I got to see it with three of my favorite people paddling alongside me.

Photo Tour: Snorkeling St. John - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: Snorkeling St. John - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: Snorkeling St. John - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: Snorkeling St. John - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: Snorkeling St. John - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

PHOTOS BY: Me and Stjepan Alaupovic
MORE INFO: VI Ecotours

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