We have been visiting the island for a number of years as tourists. After purchasing Villa Tesori we visit often. I generally get up at what my wife refers to as O'Dark thirty. Somewhere between 4:30 and 5. The sun comes up a little after 5 on St John in the summer and 6 in the winter. The colors of sunrise are as amazing as sunset. I know you come to St. John to rest and relax, but try and make time for a sunrise, it will be worth your time!
Occasionally we hit a beach early to snorkel. As I work from the Island, I can get a couple hours snorkeling in before starting my day. We have made many trips but we had yet to swim with the elusive turtles. Last July that changed. We got to Maho about 7am swam out near the far right side and just floated.
We started to drift toward the rocky outcrops and worked our around to the point. Having never been to Francis bay we thought it would be a good place to find our elusive turtle. The Eel which we were floating over was vibrant in colors. Next to him was a huge lobster, (No his name was not Dinner) though my wife was looking at him longingly.... A large number of Parrot fish were annoyed that we were intruding so we drifted away, taking in the beauty. After an hour, we realized that turtledom had an APB out to hide from us, so we started in to the shore.
Then it happened, Lisa pointed to a shadow drifting off to our right....we turned and swam over to check it out. It was a large green turtle. He had come up for air and was going back to the bottom, in about 8 feet of water. I was so mesmerized that I followed him for a couple minutes until Lisa pointed out that I had a camera hanging from my wrist! Even underwater I could hear the "take a picture you goof!"
We followed him for about 20 minutes.....then after coming up for air, he turned to face us as if to say "come on, you have stalked me forever, you got your pictures now leave me alone!" He seemed to give us the flipper as he darted off. We can't thank Crush (Lisa named him), enough for letting us follow him for nearly 30 minutes. It was one heck of a way to start the day!