Sail out of St. Thomas to some of the best Virgin Islands snorkeling and St. John beaches aboard our premier classic sailing vessel Nightwind.
View The Best St. John Snorkel Sites
Our guests agree that intimate size groups contribute to the feeling of sailing with friends and not just “another tour.”
Your full day sail on the water begins at Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina on the East End of St. Thomas, which has easy taxi access and ample, free parking. And since we normally leave the dock at 9am, your morning is not rushed (we appreciate you are on vacation!)
Our stops vary from day to day depending on your abilities and wishes as well as the wind and sea conditions. But we have many options with great reefs, pristine beaches or a combination of both. We sail in the protected waters of Pillsbury Sound with many good anchorages within an easy sail from our dock.
St Thomas Day Sail to St John’s Best Snorkeling
A Sample Itinerary
We start with an exhilarating sail to windward in the morning as we head to our destinations on St. John, home of the Virgin Islands National Park, or some of the smaller cays and islands (besides the big islands of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Water Island, we have approximately 140 smaller islands and cays in the U. S. Virgin Islands). We will make two different anchorages with ample time to snorkel or beach comb at both places.
Best Snorkeling in the Virgin Islands
Some of our favorite snorkel spots include Peter Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Honeymoon Beach, Maho Bay and Mary Point as well as to remote locations such as Whistling Cay, Carval Rock, and between Congo and Lovango Cays.
Rest assured that we keep your safety and comfort in mind when choosing the best snorkeling/swimming spots for your memorable day of sailing around the Virgin Islands.
Hawksnest Bay provides a well protected anchorage in most weather except when a northern swell is running (occasionally during the winter). There is good snorkeling along the Eastern side as well as several beaches. Chance to see turtles.
Beautiful beach with a small but action packed reef. Lots of fish. The best of both worlds.
Very good snorkeling with a chance to see angel fish
Nice sandy beach, home to lots of turtles.
Nice beach, well protected, good snorkeling on a small reef.
No beach but great snorkeling in settled weather.
Great snorkeling but open to the wind and sea so we only use it in calm conditions.
Great snorkeling in calm conditions and slack current
West End of Congo Cay
Great snorkeling in calm conditions
North side of Lovango Cay
Good snorkeling in all but the heaviest winds
South side of Lovango Cay
Especially good when wind is north or east.
Good snorkeling in calm conditions
Good destination when wind is from the north. Several good reefs.
Excellent snorkeling but wind must be from the north Lots of fish and extensive reef.
Great St. James (Christmas Cove)
Several good snorkeling spots and excellent all-weather anchorage
Little St. James
Good snorkeling in calm conditions
Captain Rick and Cathy are saddened with the loss of Nightwind. We do want all our friends, guests, fellow sailors and followers of Yacht Nightwind to know about her demise. Nightwind had a long and very exciting sailing here in the Caribbean. She began day sailing in 1977, we purchased her in 2008. She has always been lovingly and very well maintained during her life time.
Nightwind’s last day sail charter (we had no idea at the time of course) was on August 14, 2017 only a couple of days before she was taken into Independent Boatyard for her usual “spa treatment” (maintenance and inspection by the US Coast Guard). During the weeks before Irma, Captain Rick gave his all to making sure she would be ready for our first sail in late October.
Our plans changed in a flash, on September 6, 2017 she was hit by the roof of a steel building next to the boat yard and was thrown on her port side heavily and severely damaging her wooden hull (four very large holes from the jack stands going through the hull) and broke the mast in several places. Unfortunately, she was a total loss for us.
Yacht Nightwind will be missed in the Caribbean waters by all who just knew her, those who have sailed aboard her, her previous owners and by us Rick and Cathy. Her beauty as a custom yacht was unmatched and under sail she was absolutely beautiful and sail she could. Many of you have sailed her too many times to count over the years.
We certainly appreciate all of you for your support of Nightwind Charters. What’s in store for Captain Rick and Cathy remains unknown at this time. Follow us and check us out from time to time and when we know what the future holds we will let you know and hope you will become part of it.
Thanks to everyone once again.
May Nightwind continue to have fair winds and following seas. We were blessed to have been part of her sailings.