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Kekoa Sailing Expeditions
Ranked #3 of 42 Tours in Cruz Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed May 10, 2010

Ryan and Jamison put our safety and comfort first and showed us a great time aboard this magnificent craft. We spent over 4 hours sailing and swimming and loved every moment, particularly as we listened to Ryan tell us the story of what they both went through in the construction and delivery of the boat to the Islands. Be sure to check out the photos of their labor of love if you're lucky enough to get aboard the Kekoa for a cruise. Tremendous value, lasting memories!

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Reviewed May 8, 2010

My fiance and I went on the Full Day Local Waters sail the first week of May with Capt. Ryan and First Mate Jameson - Kekoa is run as a family operation after all. First of all, the yacht (its a 50' lux catamaran) is absolutely flawless. Jameson and Ryan are shipbuilders first and foremost and they did an amazing job with Kekoa. Be sure to ask them the story of how they came to be running the charters and what Kekoa means.

The day was absolutely great - smooth morning sail out of Cruz Bay to two snorkel stops on the outer cays of Great and Little St. James. Then we had a great buffet lunch in Christmas Cove. Those reluctant to go on a charter b/c of seasickness, too much sun, etc should not be. Kekoa is very wide and stable even if the seas are up, and there is a huge covered sitting area for those that can't be in the sun too long.

After lunch the winds were up, so we went on a real brisk sail - still very smooth, but very exciting to be going so fast. We ended the day at Lovango Cay to the northwest of Cruz Bay. All three spots had excellent snorkeling - none of them were too much alike, so we had a great mixture of healthy coral reefs and sandy / grassy areas.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Kekoa as a definite must do while in St. John.

Thank JMS82
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Reviewed April 9, 2010

After an awful experience with another charter, we called Kekoa Sail last minute and was able to secure a charter the following day. Jameson was very friendly and thorough in his description of the boat and the day's itinerary.
They were prompt, and delivered exactly what they promised. The remote island they took us to was amazing!
We cannot wait for next year's sailing excursion..

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Reviewed April 5, 2010

We just returned from a week in St. John with friends--our third time to the island and our third sailing adventure. We paged through pamphlets in our villa and came across an interesting picture of a large catamaran with full black sails--Kekoa. When we called to make an inquiry about a sail to the BVI, our friend said that the person on the other end--Captain Jamison--sounded like he really loved his job. Based on that, we decided to spend the day with the Witchek brothers-- Jamison and his brother (Capt Ryan).

We had an amazing time sailing the BVIs--Jost Van Dyke and Tortola. Snorkeling, visiting iconic locales like the Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay, and relaxing on the majestic Kekoa enjoying rum punches served by the brothers.

The cat is impressive for sure--a 30 ft dual-hull that the brothers attest holds 90 people. Due to international rules, they are only allowed to take 12 people to the BVI and our trip had a more intimate 8 passengers. This was contrasted against the nightmare "Bad Kitty" charter that was struggling to anchor at White Bay--40+ drunks crammed onto the vessel with a seemingly inexperienced captain and crew attempting a beach landing.
The Witchek brothers did not seem to mind that they weren't making big bucks by cramming their vessel with a crowd of drunk tourists. Instead, we had a relaxing day getting to know each other and learning about the saga that brought Kekoa to St. John--in one piece!

There's an amazing story about this special cat that you'll have to wait to read about when you book your trip. Easily our best experience of any of our 3 trips to the island. Don't miss Kekoa!!!

Thank srbmpna
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Reviewed April 1, 2010

...We had a half-day sailing, snorkeling trip in the St. John area. The crew were safety -conscious, personable, and very accommodating and helpful. We stopped at two places for snorkeling, and they were both excellent. The Kekoa is a beautiful, comfortable boat. The refreshments were great!

Thank mjmarmee
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