Saturday, June 26, 2010

st. thomas: day three

we wake up to much clearer skies today. the bright sun really brought out the beautifully turquoise waters and it felt refreshing to see them. today, we signed up for an "All Day Sail to the Island of St. John" aboard the Heavenly Days catamaran. the excursion lasted from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and it was lovely. here are some here is the description of what the sailing day trip entailed:

For those of you who really want to be pampered, come and enjoy the best of the Virgin Islands. Join us for this unforgettable six hour tour which sails you from St. Thomas to the enchanted island of St. John. Experience the fun and excitement of sailing on a specially designed custom built catamaran. You will have the opportunity to go ashore and enjoy one of the beautiful white sand palm-lined beaches that are part of the National Park Service. The two hour sail over, takes you along the scenic south side of St. Thomas, through Current Cut on the eastern tip and across Pillsbury Sound where St. John beckons. At Honeymoon beach on St. John, you will have at least two hours to swim, snorkel, or just relax on the beach. A vibrant coral reef is easily accessible, and has an abundance of colorful tropical fish and marine life. Quality snorkel gear, instruction, and a guided snorkel tour are provided. Drinks are included, and a delicious champagne buffet luncheon will also be served. After this memorable visit, sit back and relax during the 90 minute down wind sail back to St. Thomas.

here are some pics...that last pic is a view of the resort as we were heading back. also, please know that i took a ton of pictures underwater of the absolutely stunning coral reefs and life, i just haven't had the time to get them developed yet. soon, i promise and then i can add on. so once we arrived back to bolongo around 3:00pm, we went up to our room to freshen up and then head back down for the Sunset Harbor Cocktail Cruise from 5:00 to 7:00pm where:

For a magical start of your evening come Sip a Rum Punch while cruising through beautiful Charlotte Amalie Harbor, with historical Hassel Island, and around Water Island. Watch the sun set, the colors of the sky change and the Island slowly light up, and the majestic Cruise Ships depart for the evening. You will be back at the resort in time for dinner. This excursion is included for our All Inclusive guests who are staying 5 nights or longer.

this little adventure was my favorite outing throughout our entire stay. captain peter showed us important landmarks on the island like blackbeard's castle, governor's house, the profile of a face in the side of a mountain, the legislature building, etc. while the beautiful sun set behind us. open air and open bar, what more could you want? here are some pics...
this was the day we spent all day out on the catamaran which meant jay was drinking himself silly with all the rum punch that was being thrown at us. he was hilarious. we were making friends with everyone and met some great people. my cheeks were seriously sore after we stepped foot off the boat. as for jay, he nearly passed out at the dinner table. he had finally reached over the "feel good" level and exceeded into "i'm about to pass out" level. so we had dinner reservations at 8:00pm at the lobster grille. i ate and laughed at jay as he just sat there. it was the quietest he had been ALL.DAY. the calm after the storm. i even took a picture of his meal because i knew he wouldn't remember eating it. needless to say, there was no rocking that baby...he was asleep in the bed before i could even get undressed. good day. good day, indeed.