From: March 25 to April 1, 2017

Destination: St John, U.S.Virgin Islands

  • Adventures in the Caribbean - FULL

    Over half of St John, the smallest and most pristine of the U.S. Virgin Islands, has been protected from over development as a National Park for years. As a result it is a paradise for those who love the outdoors. We'll sea kayak turquoise waters, hike on trails that criss-cross the interior, snorkel in warm water among vibrant colored fish, try the exciting new sport of stand up paddleboarding, and maybe even spend some time relaxing and swimming on white sand beaches. Maximum group size: 10

    THIS TRIP IS FULL. To get on a waitlist, register for the trip (no deposit required).
  • As is true on any adventure travel trip, we may follow the daily itinerary exactly or alter it based on weather, group interest, and energy

    Saturday, March 25:
    Our trip officially starts at 5 p.m. at our lodging on St. John, USVI. We'll do introductions, have a trip orientation, and share a welcome dinner. Detailed instructions on how to get to St John are included in the Trip Summary but most people fly into St. Thomas, and then take a taxi to the ferry that crosses to Cruz Bay. Once we know everyone's arrival times, we'll designate a couple of different times for pick up and transport to Concordia.
    Sunday, March 26: Today is full of kayaking and snorkeling.  We'll start the day with kayaking instruction on the beach in Cruz Bay, learning how to use our muscles most efficiently and how to get in and out of kayaks safely. If you've never received formal instruction, you'll be surprised how much a few basic tips can improve your kayaking. We'll practice our new strokes as we  paddle to Honeymoon Beach, stopping to snorkel the seagrass bed and look for turtles and rays.  Next, we paddle to Henley Cay for some superb reef snorkeling. Multi-hued fish abound and if you have never snorkeled in the Caribbean, you'll be amazed at the variety and vibrancy of colors. After resting and refueling with a healthy picnic lunch, we paddle on to Lovango Cay for more snorkeling. We'll return to Cruz Bay in late afternoon for a hearty dinner.
    Monday, March 27: We'll spend today hiking some of the remote trails through the Virgin Island National Park and learning about the sugar industry, that was a mainstay of the island economy until the early 1900s.. We begin with a ride up the North Shore road to the ruins of the Catherineberg sugar mill. After a brief visit to these ruins, we'll continue on to the head of the L'esperance trail. This trail follows an old Danish road through the L'esperance and Siebens valley and ends at the beach at Genti Bay. We’ll stop here for a swim and a picnic lunch before continuing on to the ruins of the Reef Bay sugar factory, which was the last operational factory on the island and produced sugar up until 1917. From here, we'll continue on a shoreline walk and scramble to a rendezvous with the vehicle that will take us back to Concordia.

    Tuesday, March 28: Today is our introduction to the rapidly growing sport of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).  We'll spend the morning learning the basics of SUP in calm, protected waters.  After everyone is comfortable on the boards, we will go for a short paddle. Afterwards, those who want to do a more adventurous paddle can join us for a long paddle to an offshore cay. Those who prefer not, can relax and swim on the lovely beach. (The New York Times wrote a great article on paddleboarding in the Virgin Islands.) Whichever you choose, it's another lovely day in the Caribbean.
    Wednesday, March 29: Today we're back in the kayaks as we kayak the Coral Reef National Monument in Hurricane Hole. Our trip begins with a ride from Maho to Princess Bay on the East End of the island in our safari-truck. We'll kayak through the mangrove-lined bays of Water Creek, Otter Creek, and Princess Bay and discuss the importance of mangrove forests in protecting our shoreline and in providing habitat for juvenile fish. We'll also snorkel in the mangroves, and get to see schools of juvenile snappers, barracuda and starfish, colorful sea anemone, and more. We'll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch near Turner Point and from here we will paddle to Borck Creek and onto our final stop at a small white sand beach for a nice reef snorkel.
    Thursday, March 30: Hike to Waterlemon Cay and Brown Bay.  We'll begin with a ride to see the ruins of the sugar plantation at Annaberg.  After a walk through the ruins, we will hike along the shoreline to Leinster Bay and to Waterlemon Cay, where the snorkeling is superb!  We'll rest from our long snorkel and have a picnic lunch on the beach before hiking onto Brown Bay.  We'll enjoy a swim here and perhaps a quick snorkel before hiking back to the vehicle at Annaberg.
    Friday, March 31: We're going to leave today open to make sure we have time for anything we haven't done yet or want to do more of. Maybe we'll do another kayak, a hike, spend more time on a paddleboard, or enjoy additional snorkeling. Whatever we do, it will be a fitting cap to our week of adventure. And of course it will end with another delicious dinner.

    Saturday, April 1: It's definitely going to be hard to tear ourselves away from this island paradise! You can leave anytime this morning. It takes a couple of hours to get back to St Thomas and the first ferry leaves at 7 am, so you probably shouldn't plan to fly out before 10 am and 11 am would be even safer. Of course you may want to stay around and continue your Caribbean adventure.
  • $2535 (see this page for discounts) $300 deposit. We do not offer singles on this trip; however every cabin has 2 beds on the main floor and a loft with mattresses. You can read our cancellation policy here.

    Trip Includes

    • Guide services and instruction
    • Seven nights lodging at Concordia eco-resort
    • Meals from dinner on Saturday through dinner the following Friday (except juice, soda and alcoholic beverages) 
    • All kayaking, snorkeling and paddleboarding and equipment
    • All transportation once you arrive in St John

    Not included: Transportation to St John's, beverages excluded above, guide gratuities

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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Sea kayaking in crystalline Caribbean waters that are so clear you can see the bottom 60 feet below
  • Hiking trails that criss-cross rugged terrain
  • Snorkeling among coral reefs teeming with life
  • Swimming and relaxing on quiet white sand beaches
  • Trying the exciting new sport of stand up paddleboarding
  • Staying in comfortable "tent cabins", open to the breeze and away from the bugs

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