Being on Zulu with Captain Dee and her various first mates is like sailing with old friends. We have now sailed on Zulu with Dee four times across two vacations. In fact, these charters are a big reason why we returned to the island so soon. Each excursion gets better because Dee knows what we enjoy and makes a tremendous effort to tailor the experience to accommodate our preferences. Dee knows that we are avid snorkelers (who appreciate the sail to and from snorkel spots) and has thoughtfully selected locations to enable us to experience a variety of underwater habitats.
On the first day this trip we snorkeled in Christiansted Harbor before even boarding Zulu. It may not be a typical choice, but Dee knew that there was a small wall/reef drop-off around the harbor entrance that we were keen to see. Dee hung out in the dinghy for 90 minutes while we snorkeled with Cole, keeping an eye on all three of us, guiding us around the harbor. It was great snorkeling for us, but it could not have been comfortable for her. We finished up the day with a fine snorkel off Green Cay, followed by another one of Dee’s fabulous lunches (which still qualify as among the best food we’ve had on the island—and we’re foodies). On day two we sailed to Teague Bay for a long snorkel on which Dee joined us. The sailing to and fro were great, we saw dolphins on the way, and we saw a huge variety of fish and coral species in Teague Bay. We also benefitted from Dee’s knowledge as she was able to identify a number of species for us. The list would be too long to include here, but it is safe to say that we saw many of the species that are commonly found in the Caribbean. Teague Bay is a lovely spot with very good water clarity.
Cole and Mason—first mates on the two different trips—were great. Cole found some underwater gems and sent us on our way with one of his conch horns (which we recommend purchasing as a unique souvenir). Mason was the perfect gentleman and patiently hung out snorkeling with one of us who was maximizing time in the water. He and Dee also took some phenomenal photos with our camera. Really can’t say enough about these days. We’ve had some great experiences and we’ve learned a lot about sailing, about St. Croix, about marine life—Dee is a treasure. Sail on!
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April 10, 2013
It is always great to see friends return to St. Croix for more fun and adventure, after all there are so many choices for travel these days. From the first time you contacted me through phone conversations I sensed that you really wanted to learn more about the natural beauty of the marine environment that St. Croix offers. I like the fact that your physically prepare yourself to spend more time in the water. After all, more time in the water means that you will have a greater chance to have more encounters with sealife. I liked the fact that my trip wasn't just another boat ride to add to your list ,but more of a way to experience nature in our local waters.
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The photos you took with your new camera were amazing and I have posted them on my Bilinda Charters FB page for all to see. Thank you for posting them on Trip Advisor too so that others can see what is possible with the right weather conditions. You just have good karma and it will always be my pleasure to take you sailing!
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