Wednesday, June 9, 2010

All-Day Kayak Tour

Today Troy and I signed up for an all-day kayaking and snorkeling tour through Arawak Expeditions. Our group left Cruz Bay around 10:00 this morning, and we headed over to Honeymoon Beach for our first snorkeling stop. You can only get to this beach via boat or hiking trail, so there weren't many people there. The coral reef that we snorkeled is the dark area in the picture below:
Next, we headed north of St. John to Henley Cay. This island is completely surrounded by coral reef, but it is much bigger than Waterlemon Cay (the island we explored on Monday). Therefore, we only swam and snorkeled just past the rocky point you see in the picture below before heading back to the beach where our kayaks were parked. After two rounds of kayaking and snorkeling, it was time to re-fuel with lunch.

After lunch, we headed out on a 30-minute kayak jaunt to the north side of Lovango Cay. It was here that we spent the most time snorkeling. We took our time, swimming along the coral reef at the edge of the island, checking out all the different kinds of fish and coral. It's a good thing we didn't overexert ourselves snorkeling - the most challenging leg of the day's kayaking was paddling from Lovango Cay back to Cruz Bay. We cruised for an hour and fifteen minutes straight, completing the day's seven-mile loop. Upon our 4:00 arrival in Cruz Bay, we were ready to call it a day. But we would highly recommend going on this all-day tour, kayaking to deserted beaches and coral reefs.