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“A required day trip while in St. John”
Review of Lion In Da Sun

Lion In Da Sun
Ranked #4 of 98 Tours in St. John
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Lion In Da Sun is a "Captained Powerboat Day Charter" business in the US Virgin Islands of St. John and St. Thomas. The days activities are completely up to you and might include island hopping in the British Islands such as Jost van Dyke, Sandy Spit, Norman Island, and Virgin Gorda among many others. You can incorporate world-class snorkeling, beaches, bars, and local lunch spots. The day is completely up to you!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 31 March 2014

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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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Our party of three hired Rick to see some off-the-beaten path snorkel spots around St. John and St. Thomas. Over the course of the day, he took us to five truly fantastic spots - Stevens Bay, Shipwreck Cove, Christmas Cove, Secret Harbor for lunch, Leinster Bay, and Whistling Cay. Each had a distinctly different snorkel opportunity, and were by far the best snorkel spots we'd been to (and we've snorkeled all over the world).

Rick is kind, funny, and full of great information about the history of the islands. The day was the highlight of our trip, and we would definitely use Rick and his boat again on our next visit to St. John.

Thank Galilayo79
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

My family of all adults visited St. John in February and chose to do a boat trip as an activity one day. This was one of my favorite parts of the week vacation...it was nice to have our group of six and the captain...and not be on a party barge with a bunch of people we didn't know. Being on the water gives such an amazing perspective of the island. We also got to head over to the BVIs and check out some really cool bars/restaurants. The weather wasn't perfect, but we felt very comfortable in Captain Rick's hands and he was able to provide rain coats as needed when we hit some rain storms. Overall great boat trip...just don't be fooled by some of the stories, you may not know what to believe after you get off the boat, but you'll be sure to know you had an amazing time!

1  Thank Aliooop11
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lionindasun, Owner at Lion In Da Sun, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2014

Hey Ali,
It was great to hear that you had an "amazing time" the day you spent on our boat tour. As the captain it is always gratifying to know that I left my guests with the best impression possible.
Your words sound as if this was achieved but the score of 4 out of 5 stars suggest something different. We would be very interested to know where any improvements might be made for next time.
Thank You Very Much,
Capt. Rick

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We had a day in which life long memories were made. Captain Rick and Carrie were fabulous hosts finding out what our interests were and making sure to fulfill them. Rick is very knowledgable about the history of the Islands and shared many interesting stories. The boat was very comfortable and we enjoyed cruising around St. John and visiting Willy T's, The Soggy Dollar Bar, and Foxy's ( a highlight having Foxy be there, quite the character). Was great to see Rick and Carrie out that night at Parallel 41. We highly recommend this excursion. We hope to be back on Lion in da sun next year!

1  Thank Sheryl R
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

My family had a great day boating with Rick.
He picked us up in Cruz Bay at 8:30am and dropped us back off around 5:00pm.

Rick is very knowledgeable, personable and knows the waters and bays very well.

We also went over to the BVI’s. Stopped at all the “Hot Spots”-Foxy’s Soggy Dollar etc.

It is a trip I would recommend for all

1  Thank Lockie14
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