Caneel Bay Activities Backgrounder
Hiking & Nature Walks
Choose from Caneel Bay's own nature trails or moderate to advanced trails in the national park system. Hiking affords close-up views of more than 500 species of plant life. The resort's 170 acres are criss-crossed with well maintained paths for hikers, joggers and strollers. Caneel Bay's resident horticulturist, Oriel Smith, conducts nature tours of the gardens.
Turtle Point Trail (for intermediate hikers) - Guests must allow 45-60 minutes for this trail which affords beautiful views of neighboring islands along the way. It begins on nearby Hawksnest Beach and ends on Turtle Bay Beach.
Cinnamon Bay Trail (for beginning hikers and above) - For a leisurely half-hour picturesque walk, guests may choose this shorter trail which originates near the rock gardens by the tennis courts and ends on the south point of Hawksnest Bay. Comfortable sneakers are recommended for both trails.
The 5,000-acre Virgin Islands National Park surrounds the resort with spectacular views across the sea to other islands. Quaint shops and restaurants can be found in the nearby town of Cruz Bay via a quick open-air taxi ride. Excursions to St. Thomas and other destinations can be easily arranged. The resort's kitchen can prepare picnic lunches. Historic Annaberg Plantation's restored sugar mill ruins offer a fascinating insight into the history of the region.
Sports & Recreational Activities:
Soak up the sun on one of Caneel Bays' 11 all-weather outdoor tennis courts, including seven hard surface courts and four soft surface courts. Enjoy complimentary tennis clinics, women's-only sessions and cardio tennis classes or a private lesson with the tennis pro or staff trained by Peter Burwash International. Weekly round-robin tennis tournaments are also available for those with a more competitive side!
A new and unique way to explore the island, geocaching is a high-tech form of a scavenger hunt in which guests use GPS pocket navigators to search the resort and the island in pursuit of hidden geographic coordinates and memorabilia. Through an exclusive partnership with Garmin International Inc., Caneel Bay offers the complimentary use of GPS 60s as a guest amenity to aid in the fun.
Caneel Bay offers some of the most extraordinary snorkeling found in the Caribbean from the launch point of its seven pristine, powder-white beaches. Guests are invited to explore on their own or with a private snorkeling session led by the resident "Snorkologist." Guests are sure to be amazed by the vast array of fish found off of Caneel Bay's coast including: doctor fish, parrot fish, porcupine fish, angel fish, yellowtail snapper and trigger fish. They might even be fortunate enough to spot a school of squid or an octopus. For the more adventurous types, there is a nearby underwater snorkeling trail at renowned Trunk Bay, a short drive from the resort.
Relax while spending the day at sea with Caneel Bay's complimentary sunfish sailing or on a full day sailing excursion. Half-day excursions are also available, as are private boat charters and deep sea fishing trips. Watch the sunset while relaxing on a beautiful sunset cocktail and beach BBQ cruises.
Scuba excursions are offered daily right from the property. There are numerous sites in the immediate vicinity for day and night dives based on certification levels, from beginner dives to more challenging open water and wreck dives. Certification is offered at Caneel Bay and requires 3-4 days. The Scuba Clinic meets on the beach and classroom sessions are held in the resort's own dive shop. Additional
Complimentary sea kayaking and windsurfing Beautifully landscaped, freshwater swimming pool surrounded by floral "fencing" Three-hour guided Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Tour with VI Ecotours, twice per week
Nearby Championship Golf at Mahogany Run
Opened in 1980 and designed by George & Tom Fazio, Golf Digest proclaimed Mahogany Run, "an engineering marvel being carved and blasted into an area of land just less than 110 acres." With 77,000 square feet of greens and tight, winding fairways, this is target golf with beautiful views culminating in the signature holes 13, 14 and 1, known as the Devil's Triangle. Mahogany Run is located in St. Thomas, a short water and land transfer from the resort. The course has a fluctuating rate schedule based on the season. Tee times may be reserved up to 48 hours in advance of the date of play by calling 800-253-7103, ext. 1, or 340.777.6006, ext 1. Group bookings are available by calling 800.253.7103, ext. 2, or 340.777.6006, ext 2.