Our Day Trip to Water Island From St Thomas, left us wondering what took us so long to visit.
It is not a place I could stay overnight due to limited facilities, but perfect for a day at the beach. We caught the 10 a.m. ferry, which leaves from Crown Bay. It costs $10 round trip to go to Water Island. The tickets are purchased on the boat and they give you a ticket to use for your return.
Only seven people were on the ferry over to Water Island, which allowed us to spread out and get good pictures as we were leaving Crown Bay.
When we arrived at Water Island, there were people waiting to take the ferry. It can get crowded, so plan accordingly when you want to return to St Thomas because the boat only holds a limited number of people.
It’s a 10 minute walk up a hill then down the other side to reach the beach. But it is really worth it when you see this beach.
As you can see, there were not many people on the beach. But that would change in about an hour as the first party boat arrived. The boat would stay about an hour and then leave. The tours must have an arrangement to stager their arrival because no sooner did one boat leave another would arrive.
There are lounge chairs available to rent for the day and two places to grab a bite to eat. We chose Heidi’s Honeymoon Grill. I can see why its number 1 on trip advisor. It’s very affordable for island food. Place your order before you get hungry as it takes a while to make, due to the number of visitors from the tour boats that are also ordering lunch. Once you place your order they give you an idea about how long before it will be ready, as everything is made to order. It is worth the wait as the food is fresh, flavorful and nice size portions.
After lunch we went back in the water and encountered a turtle. We ended up swimming with the turtle for an hour before the turtle swam off.
Soon it was time to pack up and head back to the water taxi. We all agreed, we would come back the next time we are in St Thomas and wondered what took us so long to find this incredible place.