Beneath the Waters Where St John is Truly Magical

 Turtles, squid, puffer fish, and even nurse sharks!

CBS Sunday Morning featured St John’s underwater beauty in this video

We always enjoy it when St John is featured in the national press. If you are a fan of the CBS Sunday Morning program – and of St John – you will love how they ended last week’s program with a wonderful underwater video of St John waters.

No one captures the beauty of St John – at sea level, in the air, or below sea level – better than St John photographer Steve Simonsen. Below is one of his latest shots. We love that Steve captures the sky from underwater. The colors are wonderful and check out the school of fish under the coral!


Steve Simonsen’s photo of the beauty in the waters off Hawksnest beach

June St John news flashes & fun St John clips:

  • Best of VI on St John for 2014 sponsored by the Virgin Islands Daily News was announced this month (this seems pretty unusual for our laid-back island life since we are not even though half of 2014!) and produced some interesting results including some newcomers. Some of the highlights are:- Best Private ChefMathayom Private Chefs – Chef Mat is a favorite with our guests at Great Expectations (and we also love he offers our guests a discount!)

    – Best Home Builder: Carlson Construction – Carlson Construction has done fabulous work around Great Expectations having recently installed connecting doors between 2 sets of bedrooms and our very popular new infinity swimming pool and the fabulous new mahogany shelving and sea-glass bar counter in our Great Room.

    – Best Charter Boat & Day SailWayward Sailor

    – Best Day SailCalypso (a great outfit which offers a Great Expectations guest discount!)

    – Best BeachCinnamon Bay

    – Best Dive ExcursionLow Key Watersports (another great outfit that gives guests of Great Expectations fabulous deals)

       – Best EcotourismVirgin Islands Ecotours       – Best Kayak ToursArawak Kayak Tours

– Best Local Band: Inner Visions

– Best Stand Up Paddle-boardingArawak Kayak Tours

– Best Tourist ActivitiesVirgin Islands National Park

– Best Water SportsCruz Bay Watersports

– Best BreakfastJakes Restaurant

– Best BakeryBaked in the Sun

– Best BarWoody’s

– Best Bar with Live MusicHigh Tide

– Best Barbecue: Candies BBQ

– Best Beach BarHigh Tide Restaurant

– Best BreadSam & Jack’s Deli

– Best CateringKatilady Catering

– Best Coffee EspressoSam & Jack’s Deli

– Best Creative CuisineMorgan’s Mango

– Best DeliStarfish Market

– Best Dessert/SweetsSt John Scoops

– Best Dining ViewChateau Bordeaux

– Best Family RestaurantMiss Lucy’s

– Best Gourmet Dining: La Tapa

– Best HamburgersShipwreck Landing

– Best Happy HourJoe’s Rum Hut

– Best Retail LiquorPine Peace Market

– Best Lunch: Ocean Grill

– Best New RestaurantVirgin Fire

– Best PhotographerSteve Simonsen (no surprise here!)

– Best Wedding CoordinatorIsland Style Weddings

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