The jewel of the USVI’s, St. John is located 4 miles east of St Thomas. Approximately 60% of St. John is part of the Virgin Islands National Park. Wild animals abound on St John including pigs, donkeys, mongoose, goats, iguanas, chickens and roosters and even a few scorpions and tarantulas (none that are deadly). The main public entrypoint to St John is the Ferry Dock located in the heart of Cruz Bay (and right next to Ocean Runner). Cruz Bay is host to many shops, restaurants, and a wide range of services (Banks, Taxis, Watersports, etc.). There are only two large resorts on the island, Caneel Bay and the Westin. Most guests stay in private villas or one of the mid-size condominium complexes like The Grand Bay Resort or Gallows Point. Some of the best beaches, diving and snorkeling in the world are on or around St John. Some are only accessible via a long hike or by boat. Our locally based captains can take you many places the masses will never see.
Tortola is the largest and most densely populated of the British Virgin Islands. Local tradition recounts Christopher Colombus naming the island Tortola meaning “Land of the Turtle Dove”. The Dutch later settled the island and called it Ter Tholen, after an island off the west coast of the Netherlands. When the British took over, they altered the name to its present-day Tortola. Tortola is very mountainous and is 13.5 miles long and 3 miles wide. The largest town in the BVI’s, Road Town is located on the south side of Tortola as is Nanny Cay, the largest marina. The north shore is lined with beautiful beaches and coves that offer easy access for boaters and snorkelers. Several marinas (Nanny Cay, Marina Cay, Road Harbor) also call Tortola home.