Two Hundred Years Diving with Low Key Watersports

Two Hundred Years Diving with Low Key Watersports

Ann Marie Estes
Pictured above from left to right: Mark Hillsman (28 years) Greg and Suzanne Carlock (30 years each), Bob Shinners (37 years) Pauline and Kent Jacobson (18 years each).


Ann Marie with client Bill Muhr (27 years)
Darryl Reeves (20 years) with instructor Max Kostenblatt
It has been a little over six months since Hurricane IRMA and Hurricane Maria ravaged St. John.

Like the monarch butterflies annual migration from North American to Mexico, our long term divers are returning from the United States to St. John to dive again with Low Key Watersports. The best thing about St. John and Low Key are the long standing relationships we have with our clients. Featured in the above photos, these eight divers represent over 200 years of diving with Low Key! Ironically, all eight divers happen to be diving with Low Key within the third week of March! Low Key continues to offer dive training for the novice, continued advance training for certified divers, and daily two tank dives. On March 29th, follow Bob on his next adventure in picking up Low Key’s new vessel, “Hey Now.” This beautiful custom 36’ Newton is sailing from Miami to Tortola due to arrive this week. Although retired, Bob Shinners came out of hibernation to drive our new Newton 36’, “The Low Key Phoenix” just for old time’s sake. After two fantastic dives, the group moseyed over to The Banana Deck for a fantastic lunch. Their usual haunt is the Beach Bar, as it is a slightly shorter staggering distance. The beach bar should be open within the next six weeks…but until then, a delicious lunch with lots of reminiscing was had by all.

Repeat diver Darryl Reeves – from Louisiana
Repeat diver Darryl Reeves – from Louisiana

For those of you who have been to St. John, ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS ARE WAITING FOR YOU!

The prettiest beaches you have ever seen in your life await you! From Hawksnest to Maho and Francis Bay, these white stretches of pure heaven remain unspoiled. There are a multitude of fine dining restaurants to choose from as well as some new editions of casual dining. Boutique shopping is available in Cruz Bay. In Coral Bay, Skinnies, Indigo, and Oasis are open and the new edition of WOK on the beach is open. Pickles in Paradise has reopened with a new manager, Kim Edwards formally of Baked in the Sun...

And you have your choice from luxury villas and condos to air B & B’s to stay in! We have it all…

Trunk Bay
Trunk Bay
Cruz Bay with Grande Bay Resort and Gallows Point Hotel--both open!
Cruz Bay with Grande Bay Resort and Gallows Point Hotel-—both open!

Grande Bay Hotel is on the water in Cruz Bay. In addition, Gallows Point Hotel located on the Point in Cruz Bay has been welcoming visitors since December. Gallows Point has a new fresh water swimming pool.

Everyone agrees that St. John has recovered remarkably well. There are, of course, pockets of damage throughout the island. Rumor has it that the Westin will have a soft opening in November, 2018, and be ready to roll by high season 2019. Caneel is in negotiations with the National Park, and a deal needs to be approved by Congress.

Westin Hotel
Westin Hotel

Be that said, there are plenty of fantastic villas RIGHT NOW to rent for the diehard St. John lovers. Ninety five percent of the island has power, and our local telephone and internet provider is working seven days a week to get our island hard wired for phones and internet. Many of the villas have opted for satellite coverage for phones and internet, so don’t worry about being completely “unplugged.” BUT, if you are looking for an excuse to completely unwind; most villas are still patiently waiting for service. You can always hop into town to connect if you have to, or, just let the stress drip off your shoulders as you can tell yourself honestly, “I just can’t get my messages today…maybe tomorrow.“

Almost every one of your favorite bars and restaurants are open, and even Morgan’s Mango has a brand new face lift serving your favorite… local Caribbean Lobster!

Entry to the new Morgan’s Mango
Entry to the new Morgan’s Mango
Owner Carlos DiBlasi in the fabulous new interior
Owner Carlos DiBlasi in the fabulous new interior

Low Key Watersports, and Ocean Runner Powerboat Rentals met their December 1, 2017 opening deadline date. Low Key offers training dives for the novice, as well as touring certified divers and advance dive training. Ocean Runner is rocking it out of the park with luxury Contender Boats –which scream “jump aboard for a fantastic local or British Virgin Island day on the water”. For the month of March, and April check out Ocean Runner’s March Madness special with reduced full day rates. Now is the time to take a private boat out to “Pizza Pi” located right off of little St. James for the best Pizza you’ll ever have. Imagine a day out snorkeling, and on the comfort of your Private luxury motor vessel, you pull up to a sail boat anchored off an island, and order pizza, while you continue to snorkel! This is what vacation dreams are made of!

Pizza Pi
Pizza Pi

For once the day is ALL ABOUT YOU! Snorkeling, eating and drinking are all you have to worry about…Ocean Runner takes care of the rest.

Exploring the BVI’s on a luxury Contender 35’ Powerboat.
Exploring the BVI’s on a luxury Contender 35’ Powerboat.
Sandy Cay, BVI
Sandy Cay, BVI

Relaxing on Ocean Runner’s beautiful 35’ Contenders in front of Sandy Cay. Let’s see,” lunch at the soggy dollar bar, or Pirate’s Bite” is the question of the day. On April 8th, Ocean Runner Powerboat Rentals will be offering a special trip to the Soggy Dollar bar. Listen to the Wheeland Brothers rock the beach on April 8th. Departure time is at 9:00 a.m. and we will return at 5:00 p.m. Cost is $125.00 plus $65.00 per person customs fee.

Soggy Dollar Bar is back in action!
Soggy Dollar Bar is back in action!

For a little more independence, clients can rent a 16’ Boston Whaler and explore our beautiful North Shore Reefs. With a 60 hp Yamaha engine, you can get where you want to go as slow, or a quickly as you prefer! Check out Ocean Runner’s new Boston Whalers with Bimini tops for those of us who need more shade! The route is a generous three miles of powdery white sandy beaches which stretch from Cruz Bay to Annenberg.

 

So folks, as you can see, we are ready for you! Many flight carriers open up in April offering direct flights from Boston and New York.

We sure could use your support, and you could sure use getting out of all that nasty weather up in the north east! Or, maybe you are just looking for the best vacation of your life. Don’t hesitate to contact Low Key Watersports at 800-835-1178, and Ocean Runner Powerboat Rentals at 340-693-8899 or www.oceanrunnerusvi.com.