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Old 12-28-2012, 10:43 AM   #1
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Report on Water Taxi from St. Thomas to St. John

Last week we did St. John on our own. Since there were 6 ships in port that day, I did not want to get caught up in the craziness and wanted to spend as much time on St. John as possible. I used Dohm's Water Taxi (vitaxi@viaccess.net). Dohm's arranged for round trip ground transport for us from Havensight to Red Hook and they provided the water taxi to St. John. The ground taxi driver met us promptly at 8:00 am and drove us to Red Hook. The water taxi took us directly to Caneel Bay. I stepped onto Caneel Bay's dock at 8:43 am. We spent the morning snorkeling Caneel and Honeymoon, took a taxi into Cruz Bay for lunch. Did a little shopping at Mongoose Junction and met our return water taxi at the National Park dock in Cruz Bay at 2:30 pm. We were back at Havensight at 3:20. Had I known they were that efficient, I would have stayed on St. John longer. The boats were very comfortable and large. The ground taxis were vans. I had to pay the ground and water legs separately (on the return legs) and they both accepted credit cards. The cost for the taxi was $120 each way for the 7 of us (about $17 pp each way) and the water taxi was $25 pp each way, plus a $15 fuel charge each way. The pp cost of getting to and from St. John was around $88. For comparison, the St. John Eco Hike (which we encountered on the trail between Caneel and Honeymoon) is $69 pp and gives you a 4 to 4.5 hour excursion. We spent less than $20 pp more and got twice the time on our excursion on our own terms. I cannot recommend this option. Next time we cruise the Eastern we will be doing St. John this way.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:11 AM   #2
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Thank you for posting this! We had considered trying to do St. John on our own, but I was intimidated by the fact that multiple modes of transportation were required. In the end we decided to book a DCL excursion, but this information will come in handy if we take another Eastern.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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We loved St John so much and will absolutely do a private charter to get there next time. We did the excursion with Disney and by the time we got to the island and got to snorkel we were only there for an 1.5. So disappointing.

I have been to allot of islands and St. John is absolutely hands down one of the most pristine and gorgeous places I have ever seen. Thanks for posting this info!
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