12-22 Waterlemon Cay, Leinster Bay

After a brief rolly stop in Hawksnest Bay so Sue & Sonja could snorkel, we anchored in Francis Bay (beautiful!), where we had Lee & Sharon from Allegro over for Happy Hour. We had met them last season, and are a wealth of local information to us newbies to the area. We decided to go to Leinster Bay (Watermelon Cay), as we had heard the snorkeling was really good. This is a very protected anchorage, and remains calm in most conditions. There were lots of green turtles around; the reef was a bit washed out, but the fish life was varied and colorful. Snorkel counterclockwise around the island; the fun is on the outside. It was a very enjoyable stop, though busy!
We're enjoying the pristine views and natural settings here in St. John. We're in National Park territory, and got a Lifetime Park Pass and trail map when we checked in. Mooring fees are 1/2 price for us! ($13.00, they've gone up double since last year!)
And another fun surprise: our friend Richard on the sv SeaLevel came into the anchorage. We haven't seen Richard for years, since we cruised Tulum, Mexico in 2003. He's doing AirBnB charters aboard his Durbeck 46' monohull, based in St. Thomas. It will be fun to reconnect with him.

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