Adventures in the Caribbean

Destination: St John, U.S.Virgin Islands

| Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, SUP

Are you seeking a tropical island getaway, but you want more than just beach time? The Island of Saint John is the smallest and least crowded in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the most pristine and enchanting. With two-thirds of the Island designated as protected national park, it has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and is the ideal Caribbean destination for hiking, exploring the natural wonders of the sea, and for its solitude. On this trip we blend the perfect mix of a distinct island-life experience, all the best active adventures available, and still allow for plenty of time to relax on the beach or sit by the pool at the luxurious villa lodging. Join us as we sea kayak turquoise waters, snorkel amongst the vibrant sea life, try standup paddle boarding along the coast, and hike around the Island—enjoying the sweeping vistas at every turn. The group will be the exclusive guests at a splendid, one-acre compound of villas with several pools, breathtaking views of the Island, and several terrific beaches within walking distance. Your savvy guides are in the know about all things St. John, and will also be happy to tailor the trip to the group's interests. Maximum group size: 11

Highlights

  • The best snorkeling in the USVI, swimming amongst the coral reefs and shoreline mangrove forests
  • Sea kayaking in crystal clear waters, including at the notable Coral Reef National Monument
  • Relaxing on the quiet, white sand beaches, floating in the warm Caribbean waters, and enjoying tasty picnic lunches
  • Relishing time with the group at the deluxe villa property, hanging out in the soft hammocks enjoying the Caribbean breeze and the gorgeous sunrise and sunset
  • Island-style hiking to explore ruins and find the best views; swimming and snorkeling included along the way
  • Stand up paddle boarding—great for spotting underwater wildlife and exploring the beaches and coves of the Island

Departures and Prices

March 11 to March 18, 2023
$4295.00 - FULL
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March 19 to March 26, 2023
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Inclusions

  • A local guide and an AGC guide
  • Seven nights lodging in a beautifully appointed villa south shore of St. John with swimming pools, hot tub, and tennis court
  • Meals from dinner on Saturday through dinner the following Friday (except juice, soda and alcoholic beverages). Some meals are in restaurants, others will be prepared at our lodging by your guides.
  • All kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding and equipment
  • half-day sailing charter
  • All transportation once you arrive in St John, including pick-ups and drop-offs at the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock at trip start and end

Not included: Travel to and from St John, beverages excluded above, guide gratuities, and travel insurance.

Trip Documents

Trip Info

This trip is designed for women who want an active vacation in a warm winter environment, not your typical lie on the beach vacation. You should be comfortable in the water, and while you always have the option of taking a day off for relaxing you will be able to fully enjoy all the activities if you are active and in good condition. The trip is rated 2. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be walking regularly at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. Rating: 1 [2] 3 4 5.

On this trip we kayak, swim and snorkel, hike, and try stand up paddleboarding. It doesn't matter whether you're brand new to the sport or already experienced, the guides will make sure you learn what you need to know to stay safe and have fun.

We'll be staying in a beautifully appointed villa on the South Shore of St. John that was designed to catch balmy island breezes and display spectacular sunsets. This villa was built for relaxation (or "limin" as they say in the islands), and offers an infinity pool and hot tub, private tennis and pickle-ball court, and comfortable lounge chairs and big soft hammocks for enjoying a good book or some star gazing. Spread out in 4 separate houses with a total of 7 bedrooms, 8 baths, and a shared great room with a kitchen, bar, and dining area.

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Our trip cost is based on both single and double occupancy. Please select your choice of accommodation based on what is available when you register. There is no charge for standard double rooms. We have categorized the rooms for your selection.

  • Five standard double occupancy rooms
  • One single occupancy suite
  • Availability of each type of room will be clearly noted at the top of your registration form. Be sure to 'check' your choice.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
Today is a busy day. After arriving at the airport in St. Thomas, we'll be taking taxis, ferries and shuttles to our lodging on St. John, the smallest of the three US Virgin Islands. 60% of St. John's land is comprised of national park and is one of the best protected areas in the Caribbean. Once we've had a chance to settle in, we'll introduce ourselves, have a brief orientation to this trip and our lodging for the next week, and share the first of many delicious dinners together.
DAY 2
Today is full of kayaking and snorkeling. We'll start the day with kayaking instruction on the beach in Cruz Bay, learning how to use our muscles most efficiently and how to get in and out of kayaks safely. If you've never received formal instruction, you'll be surprised how much a few basic tips can improve your kayaking. We'll practice our new strokes as we paddle to Honeymoon Beach, stopping to snorkel the seagrass bed and look for turtles and rays. Next, we paddle to Henley Cay for some superb reef snorkeling. Multi-hued fish abound and if you have never snorkeled in the Caribbean, you'll be amazed at the variety and vibrancy of colors. After resting and refueling with a healthy picnic lunch, we paddle on to Lovango Cay for more snorkeling. We'll return to Cruz Bay in late afternoon for a hearty dinner.
DAY 3
Today we will enjoy a little free time in town to do some shopping before we head out for our adventure. We will drive to the east end to visit an active salt pond and enjoy an easy .25 mile walk to Drunk Bay. This is a great spot to view some of the British Virgin Islands and see some interesting coral sculptures along the rocky windswept beach. We will then enjoy a swim and snorkel at yet another beautiful beach. For those interested we will offer a 2 mile roundtrip hike to Rams Head Point for a sweeping view.
DAY 4
Today is our introduction to the rapidly growing sport of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). We'll spend the morning learning the basics of SUP in calm, protected waters. After everyone is comfortable on the boards, we will go for a short paddle. Afterwards, those who want to do a more adventurous paddle can join us for a long paddle to an offshore cay. Those who prefer not to can relax and swim on the lovely beach. Whichever you choose, it's another lovely day in the Caribbean.
DAY 5
Today we're back in the kayaks as we kayak the Coral Reef National Monument in Hurricane Hole. Our trip begins with a ride from our lodging to Princess Bay on the East End of the island in our safari-truck. We'll kayak through the mangrove-lined bays of Water Creek, Otter Creek, and Princess Bay and discuss the importance of mangrove forests in protecting our shoreline and in providing habitat for juvenile fish. We'll also snorkel in the mangroves, and get to see schools of juvenile snappers, barracuda and starfish, colorful sea anemone, and more. We'll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch near Turner Point and from here we will paddle to Borck Creek and onto our final stop at a small white sand beach for a nice reef snorkel.
DAY 6
We see more of the interior today on our hike to Waterlemon Cay and Brown Bay. We'll begin with a ride to see the ruins of the sugar plantation at Annaberg. After a walk through the ruins, we will hike along the shoreline to Leinster Bay and to Waterlemon Cay, where the snorkeling is superb! We'll rest from our hike and have a picnic lunch on the beach before hiking onto Brown Bay. We'll enjoy a swim here and perhaps a quick snorkel before hiking back to the vehicle at Annaberg.
DAY 7
We will cap off our week in the islands with some time spent sailing the crystal clear Caribbean waters. Enjoy the island breeze one last time via sailboat while you snorkel, explore, island hop, or sunbathe - passenger's choice! We will end our day with a delicious, farewell dinner.
DAY 8
It's definitely going to be hard to tear ourselves away from this island paradise! You can leave anytime this morning. It takes a couple of hours to get back to St Thomas and the first ferry leaves at 7:00 a.m., so you probably shouldn't plan to fly out before 12:00 noon. Of course you may want to stay around and continue your Caribbean adventure.

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*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on this trip in answer to the question "What made this trip special for you?". We take reviews very seriously and often tweak itineraries based on feedback. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

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Leslie F.
7 months ago

Amy F.
7 months ago

This was my second trip with AGC to St. John. The two trips were very different but both excellent adventures and I'm so glad we went!

Marguerita P.
8 months ago

Gorgeous scenery, fun adventures, hanging out with the wonderful AGC women!!! Great overview of St. John and the Park.

Anne B.
8 months ago

The group of women really worked well together. Carrie was key in making the trip so seemless and enjoyable! She was amazing:)

Donna O.
8 months ago

Loved the other women and the snorkeling.

Janice M.
8 months ago

Carrie and Kaitlyn were excellent Guides who made the whole trip a wonderful experience. I loved all the activities, especially the Sea Kayaking. The food was amazing and I appreciate all they did to make the trip a success. The location was incredible and not one I would want to navigate on my own. I would definitely do this trip again.

Susan B.
8 months ago

Being in the present moment. " Unplugged" for a week. Great mix of activities, and down time. Great cooks! Fun week!

Ellen L.
8 months ago

Wonderful activities.

Barbara B.
8 months ago

I have been to St. John before but didn't have the chance to explore the island in such depth. I really enjoyed the kayaking, snorkeling and the extraordinary views from a couple of the hikes. I think St. John is my favorite island in the Caribbean. The guides were wonderful and the women were amazing.

Janelle S.
2 years ago

Martha C.
2 years ago

Deb B.
3 years ago

I was aware of the mix of activities on the trip and enjoyed all of them, but it would have been nice to do a little more kayaking and a little less snorkeling...

Margaret M.
3 years ago

Anne the guide was terrific. The activities were wonderful.

Marie C.
3 years ago

The sailing trip was a little disappointing, only because I expected to be sailing the entire time. I think in order to get where we needed to go within the time that we had (6 hours), the boat owners used the motor quite a bit. They were nice people and told interesting stories about surviving the hurricane, but a smaller boat that sailed more would have been more enjoyable for me.

Martha C.
3 years ago

Learning to stand up paddle board. Revisiting St. John. Getting to know interesting women, who like to have active vacations with other women. That includes the guides!

Mary C.
3 years ago

St. John is beautiful, though still wounded from the hurricanes of 2017. Anne Brewer was a PHENOMENAL guide and made the trip a delight. I had full confidence in every aspect of the trip being carried out with great thoughtfulness. The beaches are breathtaking and the activities were at a comfortable level. Having an option to do different activities on the final day was ideal.

Judith O.
5 years ago

Snorkeling was amazing and always love kayaking - would have loved more. Stand up was a fun activity to try.

Mildred M.
5 years ago

On one of the two days I stayed at Concordia Eco Resort rather than hike with the group, I had a great, connecting experience with one of the little birds habitually visiting the deck of my "Eco Tent." The fact that all Adventures in Good Company trips that I have ever selected allowed participants time not to go with the group has always allowed me special time for me and nature. Irony that "Company" is in your title. It, too, is important. A fascinating woman shared my "Eco Tent." The fact that "company" -- meaning human company -- AND alone time -- meaning, to me, time with other creatures -- are each "allowed"on AGC trips, is the reason I have traveled with AGC 4 times.

Celia N.
5 years ago

Frances G.
5 years ago

Snorkeling,paddleboarding..or attempting ...meeting new people.

Ronda S.
5 years ago

The snorkeling, Concordia, the great guides, very few negatives!

Dawn H.
5 years ago

Judith O.
5 years ago

Luise M.
5 years ago

Lori C.
5 years ago

Loved all the opportunities for time in the water. Enjoy very much the multi-sport trips like this one. Some hiking, but plenty of other activities as well.

  1. Where do we eat?

    Your guides will prepare some of the meals and others will be at restaurants where you can order off the menu. Most lunches will be packed lunches or picnic style.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. We cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free diet and we cannot provide a kitchen guaranteed to be free of cross-contamination. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.
  3. I will be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?

    You only need to pay a single supplement if you want to guarantee you have your own room. Otherwise we'll pair you up with someone.
  4. I have never kayaked before is this the right trip for me?

    This is the perfect trip for new and more experienced kayakers. The first day there will be instruction on safety and basic kayaking strokes. The guides are experienced kayak instructors and will teach you everything you need to know.
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