Looking for something special during your visit? Head over to Coral Bay on St. John and visit Colin Hanson and Leah Randall and their beautiful Serena Sea. It seems almost impossible in this day and age, but you can still find a classic wooden boat and virgin paradises teeming with life and crystalline aquamarine waters. Colin and Leah live on their own 80-year-old gaff-rigged wooden sailboat and have a love for all things classic and beautiful, and managing Serena Sea is just that. Serena Sea, 66 years old herself, is a '50s-style picnic cruiser and has been a Coral Bay wooden boat mainstay for decades.
Colin and Leah, captain and first mate, are crazy about Serena Sea and trust us - you will be too. They've learned the fine art of the labor of love of a wooden boat on their sailboat, Buxom, that Colin has owned for 12 years. That knowledge has been perfect for Serena Sea's mahogany and other fine woods. Colin and her other experienced captain, Doug, take great pride in keeping Serena Sea meticulously maintained.
But a charter is not just about the boat. It's also about the people. Colin and Leah fell in love for one another as they shared their love of the sea with diving, snorkeling and all things on or of the ocean when they met in 2013. Now, being able to share their favorite spots with tourists aboard Serena Sea is a dream come true. They even have something more special to offer this season - snorkeling wrecks from the 1700s.
As of now, you can join Colin and Leah for a 3-to-4-hour tour and visit the protected mangroves of Hurricane Hole and see abundant nursery life, then see coral reefs of Round Bay or travel out to a cay like LeDuck or Flananagan Island.
Taking a Coral Bay charter will add good memories to your visit. These are the less-traveled areas out East so the waters are much more vibrant than you may find elsewhere. Corals have not been finned up, stepped on and anchored on time and time again and are still full of life. While you're in Coral Bay, be sure to stop by all the other eclectic and fun haunts of the island.