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Caneel Bay is an anchorage in St John.

St John is a charter location in St. John, a yacht charter area in US Virgin Islands.

The anchorages on St John:

Location 

Caneel Bay is located on the northwestern side of St John island in the Caribbean – one of the three main islands in the United States Virgin Islands. The peninsula spans an area of 170 acres and includes 7 incredible beaches. 


Navigation 

A small bay with 20 mooring balls that is well protected from the winds. You can dinghy to Cruz Bay or walk around and explore the beaches. Tends to get very full so it is best to arrive early in the day if you want a spot for overnight. The bottom is mostly sand and anchoring is forbidden. The area can be very busy and during the day the roll from the ferries can be uncomfortable. 

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Provisioning 

You will not find any marinas on the island of St John but there are plenty of public moorings and anchorages around its magnificent coastline. Since Caneel Bay Resort closed, there are fewer amenities available for visitors. However, it is only a 10min drive or 40-minute walk to the main town of Cruz Bay with plenty of options for shopping and dining. 


General Information 

If the name sounds familiar, it is because of Caneel Bay Resort, the island’s premiere hotel and former sugar plantation. It was once owned by LS Rockefeller who bought St John in 1954 and donated most of the land to the National Park Service. The resort enjoys tax-free and rent-free status under a unique agreement and follows environmentally friendly practices. After Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, it suffered extensive damages and has yet to reopen. The current plans seek to rebuild a sustainable resort that will provide jobs to the local population and highlight the natural beauty of the area but it is uncertain whether the resort will be rebuilt. 

Things to Do

There is no better way to explore this area of Caneel Bay than from the water. Yacht charters will be instantly drawn to this location for its peaceful setting, lush vegetation and tranquil waters.

Dinner at Zozo’s 

The stunning Zozo’s Restaurant is the ultimate spot to enjoy a glorious meal with the best sunset view. It is only part of the resort still operating serving a four-course meal on the terrace. Reservations are booked months in advance. 

Kayak & Snorkelling 

The area is very popular for kayak and snorkelling tours where you get to explore the treasures of Caneel Bay and Henley Cay in the heart of the Virgin Islands National Park. It is ideal for beginner or more experienced snorkellers with plenty to see including coral, sea life, Caribbean fish and of course, turtles! 

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    Yachts available in Caneel Bay

    DREAM IPANEMA 58

    Captain Nationality:
    Flag: various
    From $23,310/week
    6 cabins
    58 ft
    FOUNTAINE PAJOT
    12 guests
    Built: 0000

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    JamSam

    Captain Nationality:
    Flag: US
    From $16,000/week
    3 cabins
    51 ft
    Leopard
    6 guests
    Built: 2017

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    4 reviews
    Jetski
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    OUTTA TOUCH

    Captain Nationality: South African
    Flag: St Vincent & the Grenadines
    From $55,000/week
    4 cabins
    104 ft
    Intermarine Savannah
    8 guests
    Refit: 2001
    50 US Gall/Hr

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    35 reviews
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    SCUBA DOO 50

    Captain Nationality: US
    Flag: USA
    From $25,000/week
    4 cabins
    50 ft
    Lagoon
    8 guests
    Built: 2021

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    Jetski
    Jacuzzi

    STARFIRE

    Captain Nationality: American
    Flag: St. Vincent & the Grenadines
    From $248,000/week
    6 cabins
    178 ft
    Benetti
    12 guests
    Refit: 2012
    105 US Gall/Hr

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    4 reviews

    OKEANA

    Captain Nationality: British
    Flag: BVI
    From $19,500/week
    4 cabins
    49 ft
    Bali Catamarans
    8 guests
    Built: 2020

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    20 reviews

    SERENITY 4.8

    Captain Nationality: Croatia
    Flag: BVI
    From $22,700/week
    4 cabins
    49 ft
    Bali Catamarans
    8 guests
    Built: 2021

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    44 reviews

    WHISKEY BUSINESS

    Captain Nationality: USA
    Flag: USA
    From $15,700/week
    3 cabins
    45 ft
    Lagoon
    6 guests
    Built: 2014

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    15 reviews

    Galaxsea

    Captain Nationality:
    Flag: United States
    From $25,000/week
    4 cabins
    54 ft
    Bali Catamarans
    8 guests
    Built: 2019
    1200 Litres/Hr

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    29 reviews
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    OCELOT

    Captain Nationality: USA
    Flag: USA
    From $25,200/week
    4 cabins
    52 ft
    Lagoon
    8 guests
    Refit: 2019

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    6 reviews
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    ETHER

    Captain Nationality: Canadian
    Flag: Jamaica
    From $25,000/week
    4 cabins
    50 ft
    Lagoon
    8 guests
    Built: 2022

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    40 reviews
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    BAGHEERA L620

    Captain Nationality: UK
    Flag: BVI
    From $39,000/week
    4 cabins
    62 ft
    Lagoon
    8 guests
    Built: 2018
    7 US Gall/Hr

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    18 reviews

    NEMO

    Captain Nationality: Argentinian
    Flag: BVI
    From $14,100/week
    3 cabins
    47 ft
    NAUTITECH FRANCE
    6 guests
    Refit: 2022

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    16 reviews
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    BLACK TORTUGA

    Captain Nationality: USA
    Flag: USA
    From $21,700/week
    4 cabins
    47 ft
    FOUNTAINE PAJOT
    8 guests
    Built: 2018
    n/a US Gall/Hr

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    7 reviews
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    GYRFALCON

    Captain Nationality: USA
    Flag: British Virgin Islands
    From $45,000/week
    5 cabins
    60 ft
    Sunreef Yachts
    10 guests
    Built: 2019
    30 Litres/Hr

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