Well, as usual (and after 10 trips to St John), we had our usual "what might we get this time" when we reserved a day trip with Capt. Rick of Lion in da Sun.
Rick picked us up below Great Expectations villa in Chocolate Hole Bay, so we didn't need to load up the car and haul everyone over to Cruz Bay, park, schelp the food, gear and drinks to the dock, then wait for our turn in line to get aboard our charter. We were on the boat and signing papers in 2 minutes and on our way in less than 10. Rick had asked us what we wanted to see and we mentioned Water Lemon Cay and possibly the caves at Norman Island, with a definite stop at Soggy Dollar Bar.
He took us around the south west of St John, then popped into multiple beaches, giving us a little local history at each one. After an hour, we headed over to Great Bay, BVI to checkin with customs. RIck headed into to the customs house and gave us the thumbs up to go do what we wanted while he took care of our paperwork. We stopped at Foxy's and some of us got a noon bushwhacker, then Rick came walking down saying we were all checked into British territory. We headed west to Sandy Spit where we swam in and walked around the beach, taking photos.
After swimming back to Lion in da Sun, Rick took us over to Foxy's Taboo where we all had a fabulous lunch of grouper, tuna and a few rum drinks.
Leaving Foxy's, we zipped back to White Bay for an hour at Soggy Dollar Bar - a must stop. We played the ring toss game and even got into Shut the Box while sipping our Pussers Pain Killers.
From White Bay we cruised southeast to Norman Island. Rick anchored the boat and jumped in to snorkel with us. We swam all around the Indians rock formation with Capt. Rick stopping to point things out. The big finish was 15ft under water snorkel through a cave that was exhilarating to say the list. Back to the USVIs for customs and fuel and a big fat tip for the extremely enjoyable 8 hour excursion Rick gave us.
Rick was funny, interactive and happily answered all the typical tourist questions (including the ever popular "what island is that"). Do this when you come here. Book it before your come, get your passport and a bunch of 20 dollar bills and prepare for an incredible day on the water. It will be on our itinerary when we come back to St. John.
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