S/V Manna was built by Royal Cape Catamarans in Durban, SA. Royal Capes are known for their extra large and stable footprint. Maximizing every inch of space to ensure that you are always comfortable while on charter. Plenty of space and designed to sleep up to 8 guests in comfort.
Cruising Area of Manna
Internet availability, portable VHF radios for guest use when on shore to call for pickup, and SSB Radio.
4 Bean Bag chairs
1 Wake board
10 Dive Mask in different sizes to fit your face profile w/Snorkel
10 Dive / Snorkel fins with socks provided for comfort
3 Full-face snorkel Mask
8 Premium float noodles
2 Floating mats for sunbathing on the front deck.
Beach towels provided
10 Person Floating island
2 Paddle boards
3 person Hard Kayak
3 person Tube
2018 Upgraded both diving compressors to continuous duty along with adding 10 new 3300 psi 80 aluminum tanks. (Which gives us both HP100 steel tanks for the guys that use a lot of air and AL80 aluminum tanks for the younger and lighter divers)
Dive Gear updated yearly.
Free Unlimited Diving Included for Certified Divers.
All course are certified through PADI
Discover Scuba $160
This is a course for the curious non-certified diver. The course entails a short academic session, pool session and upon successful completion, a two-tank boat dive. This entire package includes all necessary equipment,
Complete Open Water Course $595
Average two full days with confined water session where we build your scuba diving skills in a controlled environment and 4 boat dives to demonstrate the skills you have learned. Includes PADI E-leaning which must be completed prior to arriving, dive Log, use of any scuba equipment necessary to complete course, and upon successful completion, processing fees. Buying onboard or bringing your own mask and snorkel is highly recommended.
Referral Open Water completion check out dives $325
The certification process will never seem long or difficult when you have the opportunity to finish it in the Caribbean! This package Includes 4 open water dives over two days.
Advance Open Water course $390
Are you looking to upgrade your dive credentials? The PADI advanced open water training features 3 core dives which include DEEP, NAVIGATION, and NIGHT. This package includes use of manual, any or all equipment to complete course. You will receive an on-board briefing with no classroom time required. Choose ELearning and all you are payin
Crew members Certified as First Response Providers
New state of the art Phillips AED on board
Emergency Oxygen on board
USCG Emergency Frist Response Kit
Body Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner provide in each cabin
Premium Linens and towels
2000 watt Stereo sound system with 3 separate zones including the mast.
Full size BBQ Grill
Portable VHF radios for guest use when on shore to call for pickup
Dry Bags for going to shore
Plenty of on board Games and movies
Pirate Costumes are provided for Michael Beans Happy Arrrr… show.
Planning on pursuing a USCG Captain’s License? As part of the documentation process with the US Coast Guard you will need to show your time at “sea.” Captain Allen can help with that by filling out your Small Vessel Sea Service Form.
New Engines, Sails, Eectronics and Refrigeration.
Reusable water bottles for guests. Use organic cleaners when possible Solar panels and Battery banks.
Manna Crew Profile
Chef / First mate
In 2013, Manna was built by Royal Cape Catamaran in Durban, South Africa. She is a true 53´ ocean going vessel customized for the Scuba Diver with water level dive entry and ladder. Once the yacht was launched and sea trails were completed, Manna sailed across the Atlantic to the Caribbean islands.
Manna’s team consists of Captain Allen and Chef Lucrecia “Lu” Lawson who are also from Texas. Allen Lawson was raised in a family that loved boating. At a very young age, he found his first love and bought a Cabin Cruiser at the age of 24. For the last decade, Allen has been sailing the seas around the world with friends and family, so you can sail in peace knowing that your Captain is up for any task at hand. Chef Lu started her journey under the guidance of a family of chefs. With a hit of Southern style to her cooking, Chef Lu will keep your palates entertained, and wondering how it is even possible that each meal gets better and better! Wow, my taste buds are getting excited just thinking about it. Together they make the Ultimate team and on the Seas it’s a combo that spares no attention to detail. With Allen’s “ Get’er Done” mentality, fun and lovable personality matched by the attentiveness and out-going personality of Lu, trust us when we say you will wish your trip never ends!
If you’re looking for a Charter Group you can trust in delivering the knowledge, skill, safety and expertise, along with the needed excitement to make your vacation special, look no further. The Team with S/V Manna is your ticket. Take a moment and read the reviews and you will find the they can customize any vacation for anybody, including your own group. Simply tell them what you want and sit back and watch the Magic happen.
Scuba Dive? Of course. Allen is a PADI Instructor with a strong passion for diving. When divers come onboard, S/V Manna offers ´Unlimited´ dives to all certified divers. Who does that? Forget about the need to schedule and pay the additional cost for rendezvous diving or dives onboard. It´s all part of the package and Allen will dive with you as much as you would like at no extra charge. Now that’s walking the talk.
Not a diver? No worries we have plenty for you to do above the water including skiing, wake boarding, towable´s, hiking and dancing among a few. Who knows maybe you would like to give diving a try through a discover scuba course or even complete a scuba certification while onboard. There is a charge for the PADI Certification but no charge for your dives. If that is of interest, visit with Allen before your Charter starts and he will be more than happy to put a plan together just for you. Some studies will need to be done online prior to arriving.
To wrap this Crew profile up, Allen has an experience level of over 20+ years sailing and learning some of the best locations throughout the Caribbean islands in order to share the Magic with you. So, wait no longer! Come aboard and let’s get this party started!
Side Note from the Crew: We strongly believe it’s every individual Choice whether or not to get the vaccination. We do not judge one’s decision, that’s your Choice. For your peace of mind along with the ease of clearing customs in different countries we travel, we the crew decided to go ahead and receive both vaccines for COVID along with the booster shot. Unlike the airlines and regardless of one’s decision, No Mask, No Shoes and No Shirt is no problem on board. Yay!
Crew are fully vaccinated for COVID 19
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Manna Reservations & Port Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Details (Holds can be challenged)|
|Aug 03, 2023||Oct 31, 2023||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Nov 01, 2023||Nov 08, 2023||Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*|
|Nov 10, 2023||Nov 17, 2023||Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI|
|Dec 16, 2023||Dec 23, 2023||Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI|
|Dec 27, 2023||Jan 03, 2024||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Feb 21, 2024||Mar 02, 2024||Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI|
|Mar 09, 2024||Mar 17, 2024||Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI|
|Mar 18, 2024||Mar 23, 2024||Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI|
|Mar 24, 2024||Mar 31, 2024||Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI|
|May 25, 2024||Jun 01, 2024||Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*|
|Jun 03, 2024||Jun 10, 2024||Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI|
|Jun 15, 2024||Jun 22, 2024||Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*|
|Jun 29, 2024||Jul 06, 2024||Hold: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI|
Manna Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $16,000
High price: $24,500
|Season||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||5 Pax||6 Pax||7 Pax||8 Pax|
Yacht terms: All Inclusive
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, cruising permits, premium beverages and scuba activities. Inquire for more information.
ADDITIONAL RATE DETAILS
GENERAL RATES NOTE: All rates are for 7 nights, 8 days.
For short charters please use the divide-by-6 rule for figuring short charter premiums.
Charters of less than 6 nights available depending on schedule and season, please inquire.
Full Board rates require one dinner ashore at guest expense.
Half Board Rates: Deduct $200 per person per 7 nights of charter. Requires 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners and associated beverages taken ashore at client expense. Please inquire for less than 7 nights.
Local Fare Rates: Deduct $50 per person per 7 nights of charter. Includes: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners. Remaining meals taken ashore at guest expense.
Sleep aboard Rates: Please calculate using 1/2 the daily rate. Includes boarding after 5pm, dock side with marina amenities along with welcome cocktail and breakfast the next morning and an early charter start. Dinner ashore at client expense. 6 Night Min.
Option for USVI pick up available for a fee of $500 EACH WAY (regardless of number of guests/nights) plus the associated BVI port fees and taxes for entry/exit to be paid by the guest at the port of entry/exit.
Pick up/Drop off port is Red Hook, St Thomas. For short turn arounds, drop off will be at Cruz Bay, St John where guests can depart to St Thomas on the scheduled ferry.
Manna is available to charter Down Island and will relocate. Please inquire for availability.
CHRISTMAS / NEW YEARS: 1-8 @ $28,500, 7 night minimum. BVI ports only
Christmas charter must end no later than December 26th. New Year charter cannot begin earlier than Dec 27th. One dinner ashore at guests expense.
Spanish Virgins Maximum 6 pax only
You can view a sample itinerary that the amazing crew of Manna skillfully put together. The itinerary is sample of Spanish Virgin Islands (SVI) charter and includes; stops at one of the oldest lighthouses in the Caribbean, exhilarating island hikes, breathtaking snorkel spots and basking in the sun on the sand of the world famous Flamenco Beach.
$17,000 Client pays ALL expenses. Rendezvous diving only.
Manna Guest Reviews
July 24 - August 2 Family Affair
Thank you for an amazing vacation and welcoming me with open arms. I absolutely love your family and so grateful to now be a part of it. I can’t thank you enough for a great trip and memories I will cherish forever. You both are undeniable! Cheers to a great family vacation and building more amazing memories together.
Stephanie and Chandler
Thank you! Tracy and I had the most amazing time with the family. We love you all from the bottom of our hearts. The food, the snorkeling, the love, the Jeep ride on St John, I will never forget. Just amazing! You both work your butts off!
Michelle and Tracy
Thank you so much for the best family reunion ever. I had such a good time with you and the kids!
Gale and Jessica
Thank you for another wonderful year! We are so grateful for the opportunity to surprise you and spend the week with you. We love you big time and proud of the dream you are living. You are amazingly talented and great role models.
Cassidy, Leiden and Baylee
July 16-23 Couples Retreat
Megan and I wanted to thank you for an awesome week at sea on Manna. We had a great time. I couldn’t have relaxed anymore and the food was lovely….if you couldn’t tell by our thoroughly cleaned plates! And, if you ever decide to share that banana pudding recipe make sure to send it our way.
Bill and Megan
Thanks for such an amazing week aboard Manna. We created memories to cherish for a lifetime. We enjoyed all the activities and relaxing too. Thanks for the Christmas ornament to remember all the fun and laughs from this week in BVI.
Tina and Kurt
Thank you for making this wee the best vacation we ever had. It was truly paradise, and your hospitality is much appreciated. BVI will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Nic and Annie
Thank you both so much for a super week on Manna. A great mix of activity and relaxing. Trying the subwing was so much fun and we loved the diving. We didn’t go hungry, and I will talk about the banana pudding for a long time. The food was great! We appreciate all of your hard work and hospitality to make our week full of memories. A week in paradise! And I love the new Christmas ornament that will always remind us of our week.
Jen and Mark
July 2-8, 2023
What a wonderful trip! Thank you for your warm hospitality and opening your home to our family. We loved all the snorkeling, delicious food and the beauty of the islands.
Until next time!
Beth and Grayson
It was so much fun to experience what it is like on a sail boat. Lu, I thought your food was incredible and well made. We are so glad we got to know you both better. Thank you so much again!
Thank you guys so much for hosting us on this amazing boat ride! I wish to come back, but I don’t know what the parents think. It was a great time getting to know you guys better!
What a great time! Thank you for taking such good care of our family and making such a fun experience for all of us!
Amie and Jay
We had a terrific time! Thank you for sharing your home with us for the week. We really enjoyed it.
Jo and Dari
June 19-26, 2023 Grandkids Galore
Thank you so much for a great trip. I had a great time and the food was fantastic! I never left a meal hungry. I loved all the snorkeling.
This trip has been insane, every part of being on the boat with you and all the meals. .I am so grateful you guys took the time to organize it for us. Have a great summer.
This trip was sicko knarly! I had a great time snorkeling, eating, fishing and skiing. It was all so fun. This trip is the best trip I have ever been on and I am always gonna remember to keep my elbows off the table. Hound-dog-ee!
The past week has been amazing with you guys, not only was the food the best I ever had, but all the fun activities were awesome. I want to say it in Hebrew: תודה רבה לך
Todah Rabah. Thank you so much!
You knocked it out of the park for us, in every way possible. The food was outstanding both in preparation and presentation. You mastered a whole set of dietary rules and accommodated us as if it was no big deal, but we know it was. You were amazing with our grandkids, engaging each and providing fun and laughs for all. This was a trip of a lifetime.
There are no words to adequately convey, as we have tried, how appreciative we are for all you did to make our charter as wonderful and memorable as it was for us and our grandkids. You both worked so hard to understand and accommodate our special dietary needs and equally hard to prepare and present meals that were delicious and beautiful to look at. And you were just as determined to provide an itinerary and activities that were perfect for us. Our grandkids will remember this trip for the rest of their lives. We have you to thank for that. We will forever be grateful! Until we meet again…
Steve and Sheira
June 10-17, 2023 Fun with the Family
Thank you for an amazing time! I would most definitely say the best part of the whole trip has been able to get to know the both of you. You two, are so amazingly kind people and I hop to see you again. The whole trip felt like I have gained two new members to my goofy family and I could not be more grateful.
Thank you so much for an incredible week. It has bee so fun, even when the dingy almost flipped. Thank you for the amazing meals and the long tubing adventure. I will never forget the memories we have made this week. I will miss you guys.
It was tons of fun being on the boat with you this week. I really appreciate you both putting up with my extreme pickiness. Thanks for taking us on such cool dives. The whole experience was so much fun and I am glad we all got to know you both. I hope you both get to keep having fun doing this for as long as you want, maybe we will even get to come back.
I enjoyed this trip a lot more than I expected.
The food was great! I am also super happy that I got to dive a lot and do a night dive.
Thank you for being so patient with my brand new divers and me as a rusty diver. We enjoyed getting to know you both. Thank you for opening your ´home´ to us.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a great vacation! This truly has been a bucket list vacation. I look forward to doing it again! Thank you for providing an amazing platform for our family vacation. An unforgettable experience!!
June 4-9, 2023 3rd time´s a charm!
Thank you both so much for a wonderful trip. As you know, this is a 3rd repeat for us and we were so happy and thrilled to be back on Manna. What a trip this has been. We love Manna ad are so happy to have met both of you. Again, thank you both for making our trip as special and memorable as you did, especially for Taylor and Payton.
Bob and Jo
Thank you both so much for making this trip so special and worked so hard so we could have a good time. The food was so good, and I loved all the places we went to and did!! Thank you for letting Taylor and I ride the WOW, wakeboard and the sub wing so many times. It was so fun. I would definitely want to come back and learn how to scuba dive and do so much more.
Thank you for letting me buddy breathe. I will definitely do scuba diving next time.
This trip has been so special and fun. I will have memories forever and ever. It was a trip of a lifetime! Some of my favorite things that we got to do were the WOW, sub wing and snorkeling. The food was amazing, and I was stuffed after every meal. I am so thankful for having an amazing cook and captain. I don’t know what we would do without them. They taught me how to wakeboard, which I really didn’t master. I learned how to play sevens, which I am pretty good at if I say so myself. Can’t thank you enough!
Cheers to the best way to celebrate a 40th birthday with the family. Thank you for making this sailing trip so special for my family. All of the beaches and bays we visited were great, with lots of snorkeling/scuba diving, swimming and water activities for Taylor and Payton. And of course, we can’t forget the great Captain’s Cocktails of the day, plus the delicious food. Lots of firsts for the girls on this trip and can’t wait to be back! Hope the girls have these memories for a lifetime and come back to my favorite place for years to come.
Brian and Sheryl
May 26 - June 3, 2023 Family Affair
Amazing experience! Best family vacation! Beautiful scenery above and below the water. Instantly felt like home with Allen and Lu´s hospitality. Thank you for giving us this amazing adventure and joyful family memories.
Thanks for making our trip a wonderful experience. I appreciate as a parent, how kind you were to all of my boys. The diving was amazing! The food was excellent. The water sports and snorkeling were a lot of fun. Manna is a beautiful boat and is lucky to have Allen and Lu in command of her.
We had the best divemaster. Allen was a great lobster wrangler. He also took us to wonderful dive sites. The chef made good food every day. All the meals were my favorite so it was hard to pick a favorite.
I had a really fun time this trip. Excellent diving and great food!
I had a great time. The food was delicious and the diving was amazing!
May 14-20, 2023 Fun in the Sun
Thanks for a great time. The diving was great and we enjoyed ourselves very much! We look forward to seeing you again soon. The food, sailing, and the journey was outstading!
Excellent time, excellent company and excellent food! Thank you for your hospitable nature and accommodation. Lu, you are one hell of a cook. Allen, you made me feel comfortable diving where I didn’t before. Thank you for the relaxing vacation and everything that you all provided.
Thank you for all the time and taking care of us for a week. I had the best time diving, snorkeling, and especially 7’s. Every time we come down it’s different, but this time has been my favorite. The hospitality has been amazing, as well as the food (especially the banana pudding.)
Ill be honing my 7’s skills for the next time. I wish you all the best and hope to see you next time we make our way down here.
I cannot express enough how grateful I am to your quick and calm demeanor as we boarded Manna with such “drama”. Thank you for returning to get us! This has been a wonderful relaxing week. We enjoyed so many new places, scuba , snorkeling and playing games. Hopefully, I will remember the rules for next time. We felt so at home with you two. Lu, we thank you for the amazing food and hospitality. Allen, we thank you for your sailing knowledge and humor. You two are wonderful together.
Janet and David
April 29-May 6, 2023 Couples Time
Thank you so much for an unbelievable vacation. Allen and Lu, you are the best! From wonderful meals, to the super fun stops and locations, to seeing all new places, and fantastic memories we will have forever. Again, thank you from the bottom of our Texas sized hearts.
CJ and Cari
Thank you Lu and Allen and Manna for an awesome time with our friends. Had a great time on the boat and in the water, and all the shops and islands. Thanks for some great memories! We will keep in touch and hope to do it again.
Toni and Brian
Aprpil 18-25, 2023 Old Friends and New Friends
Everything from communication prior to pickup to drop off has been absolutely unbelievable. What an unforgettable trip to celebrate with old friends and new friends. We truly appreciate this amazing experience and can´t wait to plan another trip.
Kai and Laura
What an absolutely amazing trip we have had!! We are thankful for this opportunity to enjoy this trip of a lifetime with Allen and Lu. They took us alll in as a family and welcomed us into their home. Lu´s chef skills are top notch and everything was delicious. We look forward to our next adventure aboard Manna. Thanks again for all the wonderful memories. Cheers to the next trip!
Jamie and Michael
Best trip ever!! We can not convey what an amazing time we have on Manna. We arrived with 6 other people who we consider family and we have now added 2 more members. Allen and Lu are wonderful . We can´t wait to book our next trip. Can´t wait to see you two in the states!
Jared ad Whitney
´To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness aboard a boat.´ It is frequently possible to achieve that. That is why boating is a way of life, one of the finest of lives. Thank you Lu and Allen for adding to our boating lifestyle. This week has been beyond amazing. We could not have imagined a better time. You all go above and beyond. Is is obvious that your heart goes into what you do.
Corbin and Heather
April 8-15, 2023 Water Toys Galore!
Thank you for making our time together amazing! It was so special to have our kids be able to share this experience with Papa and for us to see them have so much fun. One of my favorite thing was seeing Papa up front, watching the sea and our kids have so many adventures in and on the water! Thank you for sharing your time and talent with our family! Remembering memories longest, and creating new adventure across 3 generations! Thank you!
I had the vacation of a lifetime! Many thanks. May you have calm seas and fair weather!
Thank you for an amazing trip and delicious food!
Thank you for always taking us to amazing places!
April 2-7, 2023 Family Affair
Allen and Lu were beyond awesome. From the very first time they contacted us to even now, we still keep in touch even though our charter has ended. They were amazing! Everything Lu cooked and Allen grilled was perfect! They are so much fun to do things with and hang out with. They absolutely feel like family!! We could not have asked for any better experience and crew to spend our vacation with. When we book again, we will be booking with Manna and Lu and Allen for sure!! Everything was just perfect and amazing and they are just the best people to charter with and the boat was great, clean and perfect for our family and everything we wanted to do.
The food was awesome, oh my goodness. Lu is such an amazing cook. Everything was outstanding. Allen grilled, and he did that to perfection. The presentation was always gorgeous and Lu always presented what we were having.
Manna was seriously perfect. They had everything you could have wanted to do with water sports and the space was great!! The cabins were comfortable and super clean (again I truly am unbelievably picky - as in I typically pack my own sheets in vacations). Our family was more than comfortable and everything was actually spotless and clean. The crew, I really can’t say enough good things. The food, the conversation, the plans and change of plans on things to do and see. Allen was amazing at teaching us how to scuba dive and Lu having her go pro was awesome for our dives that followed. We played cards at night or just hung out and talked. We wanted them to come with us to the Baths and our dinner at Saba Rock. They became our friends and we’re just so fun and easy to be around. We just wouldn’t sail with anyone else now that we’ve met them and been on their charter.
Words can not express this past week and spending it with you all. From the minute we met and set foot on Manna until the ´see you next time´, everything has bee the best of the best. Lu, your cooking is absolutely outstanding and Allen, you are the best grill master! Thank you for hanging out with us and being a part of every experience we have had. I would not have wanted it any other way. Now you are stuck with us.
This amazing week included adding both of you to our family. The BVI is known as ´Nature´s Little Secret´ and Manna is part of that secret. I have wanted to share this experience as a family and you both made this wish all I would want it to be. From teaching the family to dive, how to play 7´s and a 5 star dive experience. Peace, Love and Sandy Feet.
This spring break trip with my family has been one of our best, due to the amazing hospitality extended by the 2 of you. You completely exceeded our expectations and truly made us feel like part of the family. From learning to scuba dive, to the gourmet meals you made, Manna fell like home. The memories we have made this week will last forever and I hope to be searching for sea turtles again with you soon.
I have had a great time this week. I have really enjoyed everything that we have done. I mostly enjoyed scuba diving and you´re teaching it to us. It was a great experience. The food was to die for. It was amazing. I also enjoyed playing 7´s every night. In all, it was a great trip and an amazing experience.
This week has been amazing and the food even better. I really appreciated the hospitality towards me and making me feel welcome. During the week, I have had a great time bonding with you all and our family. Some of the best parts were the Baths, Scuba, water sports and 7´s.
My favorite meal was the Mahi Mahi and blue rice.I truly felt I was in a 3rd home and very taken care of.
March 20-27, 2023 Fun Times!!
Norman night dive, playing 7´s, Underwater flying behind tender, 4 pounds of butter, Foxy´s Buffett, Cane Garden Bay Surfing, Time off the boat, Time with family, 3 meals a day, perfect weather, and perfect hospitality. Thank you both so much!
Words can´t describe how magnificent this week was for our family and friends. Spending my 60th in BVI was a bucket list item and our week on Manna with you exceeded every expectation we had! Thank you for making my 60th and our vacation the best ever!! Love you guys!
Kim, Don, Dylan, and Spencer
We can not express how much you two exceeded our expectations. Your hospitality went above and beyond the positive and always optimistic attitude created a very welcoming environment allowing us to relax and enjoy our vacation in paradise. A new friendship is formed! Thank you both!
George and Dawn
March 13-18. 2023 Lobster Fun!
Thanks for such an amazing trip. Enjoyed everything from the dives, the cocktails, the food and all around great people and vacation.
This was by far one of the best trips I have been on. Thank you so much for everything. An Lu, you are gonna be famous for that Oreo cheesecake!
A hug of gratitude from your ´family´ from Marlow, OK. Comfort and care beyond measure. Food to write home about! Experiences like none other...overcoming fear and encouragement. Catching ´Libby the Lobster´ for Lobster Zilla! Not enough good can be said. Thank you!
Shawn and Ryan
March 5-12, 2023 Spring Break
Thanks for such an amazing week diving, playing games, eating good food, and wake boarding. I loved celebrating my birthday with you guys again. See you next year, hopefully!
Thank you for making our 2nd voyage on Manna as wonderful as or even better than the first. It was great having Wayne back for his final voyage and having a chance to say good bye. It was also great to get to know Allen, and we now understand why Lu is so enamored by him. Eleven dives, whales, eagle rays, sharks were great but the best was the company, Thank you for a great week on a great boat with a great crew!! Here´s hoping for next year!
February 12-19, 2023 Happy Birthday!
Thanks for the great week and awesome dives!
Nic and A
Thank you so much for the beautiful sailing in the BVI.
A trip of a lifetime for our family! Scuba diving was a big hit as was the hiking. I hope we can do this again.
Wonderful trip!! Thank you for sharing all the beautiful views, diving and food. A very special place. Hope we can make it back sometimes. Thanks!
Ryan and M
January 5-12, 2023 Happy 60th!
I had the best time on this trip. The food was amazing and the dives were so fun. My favorite stop was Cooper Island. I hope you continue to make people happy by showing them new places!
Celebrating Jeff´s 60th birthday was made extra special with all the amazing food, decorations, and water sports made available during our week on Manna. We will always remember our nights playing trivia and sharing stories of family and travel. We loved every minute of our trip and hope to make it a family tradition.
Jeff, Cathy, Trevor and Blake
December 26 to January 2, 2023 New Year´s Celebration
With you guys at the helm, this trip was truly Manna from heaven! I cannot believe both our girls at ages 10 and 12, are scuba certified. Thanks for the diligence and patience. What a gift for a lifetime!! The food was amazing, and seeing your world with all the special spots was a once in a lifetime experience. We just hope we are lucky enough to come back one day!
Matt and Anne
Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home. I had so much fun!!
Brennan Age 12
Thank you for giving us an amazing home for the past 7 days. This has been an amazing trip!
Thank you Lu for our accommodations, all our food needs and still making every meal delicious.
Thank you Allen for teaching me how to be a scuba diver and devoting your time to help us get certified. Thank you for being so fun!
Evelyn Age 10
December 11-17, 2022 Family Time
Thank you for welcoming us into your home and making us feel like family. You gave us some amazing memories that we will cherish forever. I really can´t thank you enough for going above and beyond for Harper´s birthday. It was incredible!! This was hands down, the BEST vacation ever.
Thanks for all the meals and fun card games. I loved the pancakes and the swimming. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.
I liked snorkeling and the crazy ride.
I loved spending time with you. Thank you for the pancakes and snorkeling.
Thank you so much for the hospitality and the great times. You truly made this an unforgettable
December 4-10, 2022
I wasn´t sure what to expect but I trusted that our crew would take care of us. You´ve done that and more!! I have had such a good time sharing your boat and seeing this beautiful part of the world. I can´t thank you both enough!!
Neither Patrick nor I are ´beach people, but we would both say that you all have turned us into boat people. From our 1st phone call we could feel the warmth and friendliness across the phone. Within minutes of us being on board, you made us feel at home and like we were with family. You went above and beyond in making Harlan´s surprise birthday a fabulous success. You kept us straight and save while diving. You indulged our desire of fun ad fancy cocktails. You kept us fat and happy with a knockout menu. You made us feel loved and comfortable and gave us a wonderfully memorable vacations. Thank you for loving us like your own.
Christine and Patrick
Harlan and I did not know what to expect, but man was this a success!! Thank you for making our 1st sailing and scuba diving trip such a wonderful experience. We also appreciated the personal ´family touch´ you both provided our group, to include the birthday party! We thoroughly enjoyed sailing with you.
Laureli and Harlan
It has been great staying with you this trip! It has been like having extra family.
November 22-29, 2022, Chilled and Relaxed
What an absolutely unforgettable week! The food, (thank you Chef Lu) the views, (thanks Captain Daddy) and the kind, caring, friendly and personalized care and attention we all received. Thank you for making my 40th birthday so unforgettable. The amazing meal, decorations and so many personal touches were great! That Key Lime Pie was delicious, and so was the pasta salad, banana mousse and every other bite. And Allen, you´re so chilled. You want to dive, hike, sub wing, ski and wakeboard. Alright, alright, alright. Thank you both mom and dad. Hope to see you again.
Sofia and Joel
Never thought a seaside girl like me could have such an amazing time on a boat! You guys are so chilled and relaxed, it´s easy to feel right at home within hours of getting on the boat. We´ve had a once in a lifetime dives, once in a lifetime views and have enjoyed a unique friendship with our fantastic boat Mama and daddy! You guys are amazing people and I wish you both the best of health and steady seas.
Jaclyn and Danny
Dear Daddy (Captain Allen and Mama (Chef Lu) until we see each other again... Thank you so much for everything! This was such an amazing trip with so many new adventures. I loved spending time on the boat, all the amazing dives, hiking trips, and island hopping with my new family. The meals were delicious and made with love. Words cannot even express how amazing this trip was. You are both wonderful people and generous hosts. This boat is one-of-a-kind because of your passion for life. Thank you!
November 13-19, 2022 Couple Retreat
We really enjoyed our trip and the time we spent with you. It will always be a wonderful memory.
Your meals were all delicious and so artfully presented. May God be with you always.
Steve and Karla
November 4-11, 2022 Friends
Thank you, Allen and Lu, for a wonderful trip! We appreciate all the wonderful meals and fun memories.
Brian and Jennifer
Thank you, guys! Your food was amazing. You were just like a mother to us, Lu. We won’t forget you guys!
Mark and Lisa
Thank you so much for everything! You guys made our trip one we will always remember!
Cheers to you!
Bill and Pam
We just wanted to say thank you so much for your hospitality. When we stepped foot onto the boat, it felt like home. Lu, the food you made was comforting, delicious and had a beautiful presentation. Captain Allen, you are such a fun loving, and patient person. We appreciated your captain cocktails and for getting us around. For my first time in scuba gear, you made me feel at ease. We appreciate your kindness and patience as you taught me to breath underwater. To the both of you, thank you for such a fun Pirate night. We loved the costumes and the great vibes. We will never forget it.
Craig and Terri
October 8-14, 2022 Turtle Time
Thank you so much for the amazing food, belly laughs and the greatest trip of my life. You were right, we are leaving here with 2 additional family members. Happy Sailing!
Thank you so much for the amazing birthday trip! You made my 50th so special--the best yet!
Thank you for all the laughs (Allen´s singing), the amazing food, and sharing your love of the islands. Our family grew from 4 to 6 on this trip!
What a week! My greatest joy was seeing my wife soaking it in, fully at rest and free from the cares of back home. On ´turtle time´ as she now calls it. Thanks so much for the many lifelong memories. You guys and Manna have been a major blessing to each of us. What a way to experience God´s creation.
Broker Review 5/5
Wonderful experience. Snorkeling, sub wing, go pro, meals, cocktails, fun interacting with crew, Lime Out, swimming with turtles, laughs, relaxation, memories.
August 6-13, 2022 Pirates in Paradise
Thank you for a truly magical week aboard Manna. We would not have asked for a better crew to help us explore The USVI and witness some of God´s most beautiful creations. We enjoyed snorkeling including an awesome night snorkel, scuba diving, hiking, sailing, beachcombing, relaxing, and eating! We were able to see green turtles, a hawksbill turtle, an octopus, a reef shark, dolphins, starfish, sea urchins, and so many fish. Our favorite stop was salt pond Bay with the amazing reef off of our back porch. we loved losing to “Game Winner One” every night while playing liars dice. Pirate night was a blast! We are truly grateful for your hospitality and for making this trip one we will all remember. Until our paths cross again...
Brian (conch blowing champion)
July 25-August 1, 2022 Eric and the Angels
Thank you, Lu and Allen, for a wonderful week. Sun, sand, water and great food all served with smiles and laughs. Warm wishes to you and your family with lots of love, laughs and good health.
Absolutely wonderful from start to finish. We were the northerners greeted by southern hospitality! From sunrise to sunset, we had a blast. Wonderful to my family.
You are correct. I did not know what kind of boat I was getting on, but what I know now is I got on the right one!! Many thanks for expanding my daughter’s life with all your water sports! I never worried about her as I knew she was safe with you. You were a positive force in my child’s life. I would like to thank you for all the dingy rides. They were wet, wild and fun. What I enjoyed the most was blowing the conch shell. That was a blast!!
thank you for inspiring my daughter. You´re an awesome role model for these kids. Best snorkel I have ever had due to having you as a partner! We saw at least six huge, beautiful turtles, billions of fish, Stingrays and we battled the jellyfish together. I trusted you with every snorkel and felt so safe. Best vacation I have ever had thank you for your kindness.
Thank you both so much for an incredible week. Scuba diving, snorkeling, wake boarding, paddle boarding and sailing around these gorgeous islands you call home. I truly feel blessed and eternally grateful to you both for sharing your home with us. The memories we have all made and your friendship, is something we will all cherish for the rest of our lives. Hope to see you again.
Erik and his Angels
Thank you for all the amazing places. This trip was and is my favorite of all times! I have never met a greater actor than Allen. Girls’ day was the best day I´ve ever had. Thank you so much for amazing memories. I had a blast,
The trip was amazing. Allen and Lu are the best hosts. Allen and I had a blast diving every day all week, sharks, octopuses, turtles, lobsters and rays every day! And found a freshly lost pair of $300 sun glasses scuba diving, bonus!
I´d highly recommend it to anyone, I can´t wait to do it again! ´Shared third party review from Broker´
July 17-24, 2022 Family Time!
Well, this has been the vacation of a lifetime. Manna and its crew have been unbelievable. The food was amazing, and the captain was great. We always had the best views at night and the perfect areas for swimming and snorkeling. The hospitality was great!
Kendal and Leidan
Where do I start? From the time I landed to the last night the crew of Manna was amazing. Captain Allen was very knowledgeable about everything we did from diving the craziest under water reefs to sailing the wide-open seas. Chef Lu was absolutely the best from the amazing meals every day to the coolest drinks and games, as well as making us feel comfortable each and every day. This was truly the trip of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to be back to explore more of this beautiful place once again!
We had the most amazing time on board Manna! The views were amazing every day. The food was great and cocktail hour was really fun. We had the chance to enjoy fun new drinks (Chef Lu even made virgin drinks for the kids) that we hadn’t had. It was truly a fabulous time with amazing company. Both Captain Allen and Chef Lu, were knowledgeable of the area and made the entire trip, the Vacation of a Lifetime!
Cassidy and Haylee
July 9-16, 2022 New Divers!!
Thank you so much for such an amazing trip. We never thought we’d be able to see so much of one place without ever having to change our rooms. Thank you Lu, for the amazing food and for keeping up with Matts many food accomodations. Having you around made it feel like we had another mom on board. Allen, thank you for giving us the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen in my life and having you guys around made it so much more fun.
We appreciate all the different spots we went to. The food was amazing, Lu. Allen- thanks for taking me on the Sub wing. It was super fun.
Great trip!! The boat was in perfect shape, Allen and Lu were amazing hosts, and the islands were unreal!! What a great way to spend a week with the family. I could not have asked for a better trip. Many thanks!!
Tom and Kim
June 29-July 5, 2022 Independence Day!!
Lu and Allen:
What a magical week in paradise. Thank you so much for your kindness and care. You both were so attentive to every detail. From finding the ideal snorkeling spot to making special treats for everyone, you guys made sure each of us felt pampered and taken care of. We are so grateful to you both!
Elaine and Matt
A vacation we will always remember for sure. You guys definitely set the bar high for our next trip. I hope to have as much spunk as you guys, when I am your age. Thanks for a wonderful trip.
Jane and Jon
Thanks for a great week and making us feel comfortable on the boat. We enjoyed the humor and the heartfelt hospitality. Best wishes to living your dream. Enjoy the next years doing what you love.
Jane and Keith
June 3-11, 2022 Family Shenanigans!
this trip and Alan and Lu were amazing guides and took us to gorgeous anchorages, evening dive spots and fun tours. Every day was perfect and better from the last. Food, drinks and games on board were excellent and turned strangers into family! Welcome to Zeldon! As you both start your own adventures in BVI, we wish you all the fun and joy you brought us on this trip.
Tim and Rachel
Thank you so much for a wonderful week on Manna. You made our first trip to Puerto Rico amazing! I loved exploring the islands (especially Monkey). The highlight was getting to know both of you and seeing you work together in your new “life’s adventure”. You are a great team. Enjoy this next chapter and hopefully we will see you again soon!
Tom and Sue
May 17-24, 2022 Great Trip!
My first trip to USVI was made so much more incredible by being on Manna with Lu and Allen. Allen’s skill as a captain makes everyone feel safe and worry free. Lu’s skill as a chef defies words. The food was amazing! But the best part is their friendliness and willingness to show us anything, from snorkeling to hiking old ruins and they do it with such joy. This was a trip of a lifetime for me, and I am so happy we had Allen and Lu as hosts ad friends! Thank you!
MayDay! MayDay! MayDay!
Manna, Manna, Manna
Too Much delicious food!
Too Many beautiful views!
Too Many Fun people!
Please Don’t Rescue us….
Your enthusiasm and hospitality made this trip so special. I don´t know exactly what I expected coming on to this, but any expectations were far surpassed by the actual experiences. I appreciate how flexible you were as we decided what activities we were looking for. Snorkeling was awesome! Allen you went out of your way to capture us on film underwater. Hiking was so fun the scenery was fabulous, peaceful evenings and musical evenings were equally magical. And Lu… the food!!! I love to cook, and I love even more when someone cooks for me. Happy pre birthday Allen and sorry I teased you about your advancement from deckhand to captain!
May 3-10, 2022 Good Friends
Thank you to Wayne, Lu, and Allen. We have looked forward to this trip for years and your kindness, knowledge, and patience made it a wonderful experience. We came with four wonderful friends and feel like we´re leaving with three more. Safe sailing
Susie and Dale
Thank you for an amazing week aboard Manna and traveling through the USVI and Puerto Rico. Your constant attention to our wants and desires was over the top. The meals were excellent, and the overall provisioning was outstanding. We loved to lose notion that we came aboard as strangers, but we leave as family. We couldn´t agree more!
Marshall and Caroline
We truly appreciate all you did for us to make this last charter unbelievable. Service, food, cocktails, and most importantly the company was Absolutely Fabulous. Thank you for making the entire experience perfect. Truly, truly a pleasure meeting you Lu and Allen, we wish you all the best on your next adventures and charters.
Ethan and Jo
April 24-May 1, 2022 Let´s Discover Scuba!
Grateful, blessed, calm, peaceful, connected, and so full of love for these new amazing friends that are now family. I would say it was an adventure of a lifetime but really, it´s now an adventure I plan to repeat and repeat. This is truly living. Soaking up each moment, fully present, immersed in all of the beauty. Captain Wayne and Lu made it all just the most enjoyable and easy experience. So full of joy for what they do in the place they call home. Thank you for sharing your passion with us we are forever grateful
No words can adequately describe just how magical the past week aboard Manna with Wayne and Lu was. Thank you for an amazing week. Thank you for the great food, drinks, laughs, diving and sharing your amazing stories. You´re an inspiration and have given us much to think about to create an amazing lifestyle. We hope to cross paths with you again soon
We had an absolute blast. We didn´t know what to fully expect having never done a boat trip before. It offered such a great experience, great times, snorkeling, sitting around at night and sharing stories, discover scuba, etc. Food was great and drinks were even better period definitely a trip worth repeating, but only with this crew. Wayne and Lu were the best! Thanks for a great adventure.
What an unbelievable adventure. Water has never been a sport that we have embraced. It opened a whole new world to us that we absolutely love. Thank you for your patience and allowing us to explore the underwaters in our discovery dive course. We hope to come back for more. Your hospitality is second to none. We feel like a part of your family. Lu, the food was outstanding. Your sweet personality is infectious.
I had no idea a catamaran trip would test my physical and emotional limits but this one sure did. Discover scuba challenged me to overcome fears and I´m a better person for completing the adventure. The hospitality was genuine and easy going. We felt like family from day one period I lost track of time which is my test for a great vacation. Manna and USVI are etched in our memories for a lifetime.
I am grateful for the week aboard Manna. Of course, the food and fun will be with me forever. But what´s more, is the feeling of healing and escape that I experienced through discovering the ocean and its life above and below the water. God´s creation and a vast portion I´ve never known. With love and gratitude
TimThank you! Wayne and Lu! We had the most amazing time sharing this week with you. This was truly exceptional adventure then it would not have happened without the two of you we are looking forward to our return trip in the future. Blessings to both of you!
Thanks for the most amazing week ever! Could not have been better. Can´t wait until we return and a big thanks for helping show me the lines!
April 10-20, 2022 USVI and Puerto Rico
Overall great experience with wonderful people. We got to experience the usvi and Puerto Rico which we had never been to at all. Captain Wayne and Lu made our trip very special because they are so very wonderful people. We enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know them. Really enjoyed the sights and learning about the area. Snorkeling was fantastic and we had a blast going to some smaller beaches and having a great time there with friends and family. Wish we had more time, but we will be back again. Thanks for all who joined us to make this great
My only complaint was there no manner stationary in the cabins to write a formal thank you to you and Lu we had a fantastic experience on this beautiful boat. So glad you had this book! Your knowledge of the islands we sailed was very impressive! You made such an impression on me with the tales of your life, weather falling from the sky or sailing across the seas! You also roll some mean dice! Thank you for making us laugh with your great sense of humor. Also thank you for the great effort you put into marrying my wife and myself. It was a beautiful ceremony that I will always remember the rest of my life! My only wish is that we will cross paths again someday soon. All the best to you!
Bob and Kim
What can I say, it was truly an amazing trip. Second time sailing on Manna was just as incredible as the first. There is a saying we have, “would you trust your vacation to anyone else? And the answer to that is a simple one no”. The crew of Manna goes above and beyond to exceed all expectations the only disappointment is the day we have to stay, see you later we don´t say goodbye, We say see you later because we will see the crew of Manna the next time we sail with them. Until that day take care of my friend!
Bob and Barbara
April 2-9, 2022 1st USVI Trip
We always wanted to try a liveaboard and Manna exceeded our expectations. This was also our first trip to the USVI, and we enjoyed seeing all the different islands and bays. Captain Wayne had great suggestions for dive sites, and activities and navigated the seas with expertise. Lu always had a great meal prepared and made us feel right at home. Wayne did an excellent job grilling, and always had interesting conversations. Both were so warm and welcoming, and we immediately felt like part of the family. Definitely would recommend them for anyone and all!
Lisa, Walt, Wes, Erich and Kenzie
March 19-26, 2022 Family Time
It was a really good time I had, and a lot of fun and I would recommend people to come here. The food was really good in playing all the games was really fun. I hope I can do this again Angelina
This was truly a once in a lifetime experience! I couldn´t have asked for a better captain and first mate there was amazing food, fun games, breathtaking waters and adventures. Thank you so much.
First, this was an amazing trip. Captain thanks for inspiring me to return to diving. Thanks for your willingness to do whatever necessary to provide calm waters period last but not least, thanks for the conversation. I hope your next adventure is everything you hoped for. Lu thanks for the amazing food. Thank you for keeping everyone entertained. I hope your new adventure is everything that you and Alan have dreamed of. Best wishes
Kelly and Renee
Wow! This trip was a trip of a lifetime with amazing experiences. Thank you for making sure we all had the chance to try new things, new food, new games and mostly see the new beautiful places. I love to get to hear all of your experiences and it sure made me realize anything is possible if you just do it.
Wayne and Lou made this trip great! They took us to do many things that all of us could enjoy. They treated us amazing and made us feel so welcome! Thank you for all you guys did. A week full of smiles. Food was so yummy. Overall, this was for sure a trip I will never forget
March 7-13, 2022 Father and Son
Thank you for an amazing week on Manna. The boat was amazing in the diving while murky at times was also fantastic. Wakeboarding was a blast and I hope to do it again. I loved playing games after dinner and the food was great. I hope to be back soon
And now our week aboard is done, the boy and I had lots of fun, with captain Wayne and 1st mate Lu, our time aboard the Manna flew!
Thanks for a great week!
February 12-19, 2022 3rd time´s a Charm!!
The third time was a charm on Manna for our crew. I found no better vacation with better people that aim to please and hit the mark every time! Food, fun, sun and the kind crew.
If we travel the world, the experience on Manna will call us back every time.
Bill and Wendy
This was our third voyage on Manna. It was every bit as good as our first two.
Lu’s food was excellent, the weather was fine, and our hosts became old friends.
I´ll sum this up with the chorus of our song.
Raise a toast to manna, raise a toast to being free, raise a toast to manna, she´s my lady of the sea, I hope to see her sail again ,I hope that I will be on the deck of manna with captain Wayne and Emily ! (And Lu)
Dave and Jill
Thank you for an awesome voyage! We cannot wait for the next time period we hope to come and see you next time we venture to Puerto Rico to have a toast and dinner. Thank you for the snorkeling and diving. Made the trip even better period if you can get any better. Very relaxing and beautiful islands. Cannot beat this trip. See you again soon!
Scott and Cindy
February 2-9, 2022 Relax!
Captain Wayne, thank you for another amazing charter wonderful views, great sailing, fun on the subwing and paddleboards. Hopefully this charter was easier for you than our last one! Lu great job learning the ropes! Your food was delicious, and the presentation was beautiful. Extremely relaxing vacation! May you stay positive and test negative.
Mark and Amy
Words can´t express how grateful I am for our charter. Even though I´ve spent lots of time on the water, I really appreciate all of your expertise and insight into Puerto Rico. Your sense of humor and willingness to put up with our silliness was awesome! Lou you are a remarkable lady and helped us feel welcome! Thank you for all of your dedication to our awesome experience. Loved our cocktails, meals, and camaraderie!
The best way to spend our pre honeymoon is on Manna. Cruising the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico was amazing!
Captain Wayne, your sailing experience and stories kept us entertained. Lu, your hospitality made everyone on board feel like family.
Donna and Duck
January 18-31, 2022 Two weeks in the Spanish Virgin Islands
What an extraordinary 14 Days! Thank you for your amazing sea talent and sharing those with us. A memorable trip in so many ways. From all the amazing meals to skiing, scuba diving and some incredible adventures including Monkey Island. You all are such blessings to us girls. See you soon for trip #3 onboard Manna.
All our love,
Dani, Amy and Sally
P. S. Amy here- “In those last few months of my life that will surely come someday, I pray that I am visited by the thrill and joy of careening around the whip on my slalom ski with you, my captain.”
January 6-13, 2022 Advanced Dive Training Johnson Family
Lu, thanks for the egg whites and the hospitality, great food and great cocktails. Wayne, you’re probably one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. Diving with you has been awesome, game nights taught me never to trust a pirate, and your stories are awesome. I hope my life is half as interesting as yours. Maybe if I become an owner, I’ll take you out on some dives!!
Thanks to both of you
Manna is awesome! You both made us feel welcome and pampered the entire trip. Thank you, Lu, for the wonderful meals so delicious and fun. You encouraged me to relax and accept the reset. What a special way to make me feel all the relaxing vacation, the blue seas, the gorgeous clouds and the time to read in the wind. Wayne. You are a great teller of stories! I so appreciated hearing your tales and adventures from around the world. Thank you for caring about others and making a difference in so many lives in your mission trips. I thank you especially Wayne for giving us so many scuba dives, and for taking Matthew through the advanced open water course. We loved the nightly games, and your skill in boating.
Thank you for one of the nicest vacations I can remember! Lu, your kindness and attention to detail was such a blessing really allowing me and my family to relax and enjoy. Your meals and special provisions for Matthew were greatly enjoyed and appreciated. Wayne, you are such a terrific host! You made the travel and the diving interesting and painless. I loved hearing your stories, thank you for sharing how God has worked in yours and Emily’s life now positively affecting so many others. I hope to come back soon with my family on another Manna adventure. Herrick
December 27 -January 2, 2022 New Year´s Scuba Lessons
Thanks so much for our week of adventure. We will never forget our days filled with scuba and nights under the stars. We will certainly miss the captain’s cocktails while watching the sunset over the water. Keep roaming the seas.
Kevin and Maeve
Dear Captain Wayne, you’re a fun pirate , you Arrr.... Thanks for teaching us Scuba Diving, sailing and wakeboarding. We had a great time and are going to miss your toasts. May your future be full of treasure.
The Dice Man
Wow! What a week! Thank you for all you did to make the week so special for our family. It was a week of firsts for us, snorkeling with the turtles, scuba diving as a family, sleeping on a boat, and sailing the US Virgin Islands. I enjoyed great views, great food, and great company. Thank you for the kindness and patience you showed us. We leave here with great memories. Wishing you all the best in 2022 and always.
The Christmas family
December 19-26, 2021 Kudlacz Family Christmas
We had such an amazing time this week. You always made sure we were doing what we wanted and we adjusted to everyone’s likes. The food was more than what we expected! It was delicious and always felt like we were dining in a fine restaurant, thanks Lu! You are a pro! We had so much fun. We wish you continued success and health.
Thank you for an incredible experience. I came in a little hesitant on how fun a week could be in close quarters, but was blown away at the quality of the ship experience and service you all have made me a lifetime lover of the sea. Lu is a great chef!
Thank you for the best week filled with amazing food, fun, games, total relaxation, and captain’s cocktails galore! Your attention to detail was everything!
Thank you for the best week ever! Wayne, your energy and expertise made everything every adventure fun. I always felt we were in the perfect spot, whether it was the coolest view, best snorkeling, or most fun beach bar. Lu, I am going to miss your cooking a lot. All I’m saying is I will be dreaming of that banana pudding for years. Thank you again and good luck with your future adventures
Can’t thank you enough for the great week we had on board Manna. It was a blast watching my family enjoy what will be known as “the vacation of a lifetime”
I never wanted this trip to end. This trip was so much fun and something we will never forget. I was nervous to spend a whole week sailing but now I don’t want to leave! The snorkeling, swimming, and gaming was so much fun. I will definitely be taking liars dice back home. And the food, “Yum” is all I have to say I never had anything I didn’t like especially that banana pudding. Thank you for sailing us around Paradise. Y’all are truly the best!
November 30-December 7, 2021 Spanish Virgin islands on our second trip!
I can’t possibly put into words how wonderful our trip has been! A fantastic week all around with you to as the ultimate hosts. This week was just what we needed to totally relax and celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and it was such fun to be here with Janet and Tom. Emily, the food was amazing every day and every meal was wonderful! And Wayne, thank you for your patience and willingness to help me with diving again. You are amazing. There are so many other things that made this trip so lovely and memorable! Thank you for everything and we will be back.
What a wonderful week we have had on Manna. You’re both wonderful hosts, the food was perfect, the diving was great, and most important the mood was welcoming, calm, patient and sharing. Couldn’t have been better. Thanks so much see you next time
Wow! What a trip. Again! A beautiful way to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. I am so glad my sister and brother-in-law got to meet you both and have the Manna experience. Emily you are amazing and the hard work you do every day is amazing! Wayne, you keep us going! So happy to have been on Emily’s last hurrah! We will be back.
Jan and Tom
November 21-28, 2021 Sutton Family Dive Trip
Thanks for an incredible trip! It is always special for our family to come together and you all provided us with a perfect opportunity. The adventures were tremendous and the food was incredible! Thank you so much for the great memories
Bill and Hillary
Thank you for a fantastic week aboard Manna! The food, the dives, weather and most importantly the company, created many memories we will cherish forever special thanks for helping me get my PADI certification. We will be back!
Emily and Neil
Thanks so much for a fantastic Caribbean vacation. You are so fun and accommodating. The food was absolutely delicious and you customized the trip exactly to our needs! What wonderful memories we will have forever!
We so enjoyed our time with you on the manner your trip the itineraries the food the activities and you made a week of lifetime many thanks for all you did for our family it was fantastic
July 28-August 3 Family Diving Fun
Words can not describe our week on Manna. Seeing the blue waters of the islands are equally hard to capture on photos as they are to put into words. Our week on Manna with both of you has been paradise. So glad we had you as an instructor as we finished our scuba certifications. We appreciated your attention to details as we did our lessons, and knowing that we would be having a delicious meal prepared by Emily excited us. Her meals were out of this world! Our nightly games ended each evening on a high note!! We are still wondering how Wayne managed to win most of the time. We learned new games that will be with us forever. Our nightly Captain´s Cocktails were a treat. Our week has been spectacular and we owe it to you both for taking such good care of us and making this week most relaxing and fun.
Jay and Lisa
Thank you for such a spectacular trip! I had an amazing time with you. The food and cocktails were out of this world! I am beyond thankful that I finished my scuba certification with you. It was amazing. Playing games with Wayne after dinner was so much fun. Thanks for making this such a memorable trip.
Thank you for everything this week. I am so happy we finished our certification and see so many things while diving. Every meal and Captain´s Cocktail was amazing and I have picked up a few recipes to take home with me. Thank you for being patient with us and helping with whatever came up. It was special to have all 6 of us together this week and I´m happy we were on board with good company.
Thank you so much for giving my family and I an amazing time this past week. I will remember this trip for a lifetime. From Emily´s amazing food and Wayne´s cocktails, my taste buds and stomach were always satisfied. Thank you for laughing and joining us on the late nights outside.
Scuba is now something I can do for the rest of my life , thanks to you!
Thank you for being part of one of our last family vacations. As we get older it gets harder and harder to all be together. It was a magical and special week making memories that will last a lifetime. What an incredible life you two share to always help make these memories possible. You guys are amazing and made this trip so special. I wish you all the best in life and hope to see you again!
July 17-25 Off to St Croix
Thank you for your hospitality and sharing your home with us for the week. The memories will last a lifetime. We checked everything on our list and so much more. The food was amazing! We will be making the ceviche at home!! We will be playing ship, captain and crew at home as well. The trip to St Croix was great and an adventure! The excitement of catching fish and navigating the storms added to the adventure. We hope to return soon!
I can’t thank you enough for such a relaxing and enjoyable trip. I loved the family time that we were able to have on the catamaran as well as the wonderful food and hospitality. I know it was not easy to cater to the kids all week, but you both did it with grace and a sense of humor. I wish you the best in the future and hope that we can do this again. Thank you so much for an amazing vacation.
I loved every meal that I had on the boat. Thank you for teaching me so many fun and new games. I hope I can do it again!
Allison 10 years
Thank you for making this vacation a great experience. My favorite part was seeing the turtles! I will never forget this week!!
Lauren 12 Years
What a wonderful week it has been. Thank you for the hospitality on the boat. From amaxing site to amazing site, you always knew where to lead us. With a blend of adventure and relaxation, couldn’t have asked for a better vacation for the family. All this….and keeping us well fed…even with some challenging dietary restrictions for me. We hope to be back for visit number 2 on Manna !!
Eric and Danielle
I loved snorkeling with the turtles and building a sand castle. Thank you for the trip.
Carter 8 years old
My favorite thing was tubing and making sand castles. I loved swimming!
Claire 6 years old
July 2-12 Second Charter New Location
Thanks for another great birthday week. Great food, great drinks and great friends. Plan on our continually impressed by your gracious hospitality and immense friendship. Looking forward to staying in touch.
Pam and John
From the first night to the last morning, once again an amazing time. So hard to put into words how much we appreciate your kindness and your hospitality. Let’s see, we started with a trip to the BVI, now Spanish Virgin Islands so till the next trip, we shall see….
Jill and Vince
Words cannot express how much we enjoyed our trip again with you. And how special you made our trip, but most importantly the friendship that has evolved has made it all so much more special. We hope you too will still be chartering in another couple years so we can do this again but if not, our friendship will definitely continue. Enjoyed the new beaches and reefs of the Spanish Virgin Islands and sailing downwind. Following winds always!
Bob and Jo
June 20-27, 2021 Family Dive Training
Thank you for all of the great expeditions that we spent together. You two work so well together. I learned how to dive from one of the best divemaster I have ever met. Diving is something I will always cherish. (Night dive was the best). I loved all the food that we had on this trip. It was like from a 5-star restaurant. Thanks, Wayne, for showing me your Tilly hat, I now have my own forever!! You guys made a vacation with great memories I will never forget.
To the king and queen of the charter world or should I start with the queen and the king. This is an experience I have been wanting for a longtime, since I was a kid on my parents’ boat. This trip has given me my youth back at least in my mind. It had a little bit of everything that I enjoy in life whether it was the diving, water skiing, snorkeling, sun, food, drink, toast, and family and friends. Emily, your menu was divine and thanks for letting me do some things on the boat that made me feel like I was a part of the crew. Wayne thank you for taking us for the ride of our life and the diving was what I had been waiting for!!
Thank you for my voyage! I have learned so many silly tricks that I will try to perfect. I especially enjoyed our trip around St John, and I will always remember each opportunity to snorkel. You are both so calming, knowledgeable and funny. Wishing you both the best the world can provide, until we meet again.
This is been one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on. You guys made this experience so amazing so thank you. If we had a different crew taking us to these places, I wouldn’t have liked it as much. I love diving. Wayne, the way you taught us made learning fun. I would say scuba diving is one of my favorite things now. Emily, your meals were wonderful and your sense of humor was great. You guys both made the past few days some of the best. I wish I could spend more time on the boat!
We waited two years for this trip and it was worth the wait! I felt so comfortable in your boat as if it were my own. You both made us all feel that way! The food was always perfect and delicious. The snorkeling and sightseeing off the boat were majestic. This will always be the first of hopefully many more charters for our family. Hope to be with you again! Thank you for teaching my boys the art of scuba diving! They will be lifers in the underwater world. Having this time all together at these interesting teenage years was priceless and having the boys learn from others how to make the most of every moment was a lesson that they will both cherish forever! We hope to see you again and wish the best for you.
Can’t thank you enough for a week we will never forget! Our family vacation was a success and we owe that to you and your hospitality and expertise. The food was great and your personalities made it fun and exciting. I will always have a picture of the two of you in my mind and think so fondly of this trip. Smooth sailing! Godspeed! Thank you for a great family adventure!
June 12-19, 2021 Island Hoppers
You all were great for the entire week; wish we could’ve stayed longer! Thanks for teaching us how to wakeboard and sub-wing. Food was amazing! Y’all were great friends and will continue to be. We will definitely come back. Wayne, keep being an awesome captain. Emily keep being an amazing chef and friend! Love you both!
I loved this trip and the best part about it was the bond we made and how y’all kept the good times rolling. The food was delicious! The toys were great and the islands were amazing. Thank you!
Thank you for your incredible hospitality, great food, humorous stories, and unique vacation filled with nothing but fun I loved our diving, lobster hunting, wakeboarding and all my sleeping. You two are a crucial part to this vacation and you each made us feel special and kept us entertained and fed. I enjoyed seeing the different ways you bonded with each of us based on the differences. You are so incredibly accommodating and a pleasure to be around. Thank you for everything! I can’t wait to be back for round two.
I can’t thank you enough for everything you two did over the past week. From amazing dive excursions, culinary delights, amazing tall tales (where we never let the truth get in the way), staying up late, and learning new games.
Your personalities, as different as they may be, complement each other perfectly to provide an exciting trip along with having the stability of a daily routine. So happy I was able to enjoy it without getting sick. Don’t hesitate to reach out should you find yourself in Houston.
What can we say? Words do not seem enough to express how much we appreciate the work you put in for us this week. It was an amazing adventure and we found ourselves wanting for nothing!! We enjoyed your company, and especially hearing your stories and adventures. You run a great boat and we are so happy to have met you both. Until our next “Captain’s Cocktail”!!
Rick and Danielle
June 3-10, 2021 Great Repeat
Our second trip with you both and loved it even more! You’re the best hosts ever and so much fun. The food was beyond five stars. Emily you’re the best chef ever. And Wayne, no one can be a better captain. Enjoyed meeting Kim and Dick and I hope everything works out for the four of you. What a wonderful relaxing vacation! Thank you so very much for everything! Thanks for the dive instructions also excellent
Jim and Shelly
We feel so privileged to be invited to come on this fabulous adventure, our first ever sail vacation. I can’t imagine how it could be any better! The entire trip was so enjoyable, Wayne, you are a great entertainer and captain. You made everything fun and I want to be on your winning catchphrase team all of the time! Emily, you spoiled me rotten!! Every meal was superb!! I can’t thank you enough for your kindness to me! Best wishes to all!
Karla and John
What a fantastic week! Seven days went by so fast. Could not have enjoyed it more and now the bar has been set so high that if Vicky and I sale again, it will have to be with you. Food was superb, storytelling, and games were all great. A hearty recommendation from us. Easy sailing!
Ron and Vicki
May 24-31, 2021 Family Charter
What an amazing adventure! We loved every minute aboard manner from Darling to fabulous nails, Captains toast, and the many toys! We had the best time! A family trip with memories of a lifetime!
Emily and Wayne were great hosts, the food was great the drinks tasty and the dogs were spectacular. A perfect family vacation and we will be back.
Mike and Theresa
Thanks so much for an amazing week in the islands! Can’t wait to do it again. Go lefties
Let it be known I Dylan, got more waves than Alyssa. Great way to celebrate graduation jumping off the boat in cap and gown. Lots of fun and lots of great cocktails!
Thank you, Wayne and Emily, it was a wonderful week. The food was great, Sights were astounding, and the diving was fantastic. Captain cocktails are a must.
The better-looking Mike
Thank you for keeping all my scuba ducks in a row and for not getting annoyed with me for constantly bumping into you along the way!! Can’t wait to use all I have learned on my next dives!!
May 15-22, 2021 Couples Dive Trip
Thanks for a wonderful week in paradise. We enjoyed it all especially the diving and Emily’s cooking. The evening games were a great addition also! A real week we will never forget.
Allison and Andrew
Thanks for all the fun! I love swimming with the turtles in our mini dabbing adventures. Thanks for all your humor and Emily for all the great food. What a week! With such a good experience we are hard pressed to not stay another week. We can’t wait to bring your kids back and spend more time a board manner. Thanks again for the wonderful week! Cheers and good sailing!
Frank and Becky
May 5-12, 2021 Good Friends
We live with a prayer that God will bless you on your mini adventures to come. When in him, you have blessed us with good food, good times, good memories and good humor. Still not sure about the rummy cube, though! We waited a long time to get here and our patience has been greatly rewarded! Thank you for your care.
Sam and Wanda
Mana crew here’s to you! Thanks so much for all you did especially putting up with Pat. The stories were entertaining, sailing was amazing, food was spectacular. Your patience in dealing with all is admirable! Hope you have some great guests or the sense of humor to survive!
May you have Fairwinds and good friends. And may Phill always be with you!
Gary and Debbie
Extremely enjoyable week of fun, laughter, friends that have become family. Emily the food was fantastic your smiles are wonderful. Captain Wayne you’re a character – Island man and tour guide. We would love for you to come see us in Texas.
Dale and Juanita
What a lovely couple that truly know how to show your guests a great time. Talented, patient and fun! May God continue to bless your you richly as you bless others. We will remember you always. Fairwinds!
Pat and Joc
April 20-26. 2021 USVI to Puerto Rico / Dive Certification
From the moment we planned our journey, we knew this would be a remarkable adventure! We worried about Covid testing, but trust in God’s plan. Thankfully we were blessed with days with you, that I’ve created lifelong traditions! We have three certified, strong, and courageous divers. And many recipes we will make forever and think of our meals with you. You have marked our hearts, thank you. We look forward to many more adventures with you!
Jen and Mike
I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend our vacation. Thank you for such an amazing trip! You’re cooking Emily, you should consider going professional. Desserts every night! You both are absolutely wonderful people and I wish you all the very best. I love scuba diving and seeing the world underwater, so thank you for teaching me Wayne. Living on a ship for a week has been wonderful and not one that will be forgotten! So, in conclusion, there are no words that can describe how thankful I am. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if it weren’t for scuba, my tanks would rust!
Abbi 15years old
Thank you so much for this trip! Learning how to scuba dive was the best part along with sailing and shopping and everything. The food all the food was delicious. My favorite meal was the Key lime pie. My favorite dive was the last one. Overall, this trip was amazing!
Ben 12 years old
This was really a dream vacation! It’s still hard to believe that we spent a week on a boat. The meals were just delicious, and I loved trying the fish. You had so many stories that just cracked us up. Our member this trip for the rest of my life. It was amazing scuba diving for the first time. We saw so many different fish and sea creatures. I’ve always dreamed of being able to see all of that, and I was finally able to! I also loved seeing all the islands! I sat on the front of the boat for so long just looking at the view. Thank you so much for the amazing memories that will be with me forever!
Anna 13 years old
April 8-18, 2021 Honeymoon / 1st Anniversary Trip
Wow! Thank you both for an incredible trip full of adventure. We had such an amazing time with the two of you and cannot wait to return. The meals were excellent (thanks for all my salads) the diving was beyond, games were a blast, and the company was more than we could’ve hoped for. USVI, Culebra, and Culebrita will be in our memories forever! Thanks for providing a great honeymoon/1st anniversary trip for our young old souls. Be sure to be in bed by nine!
Mallory and Levi
March 14-21, 2021 New Family Adventures
Perfectly brilliant week of sailing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, paddle boarding, sub-wing, excursions, amazing dining and fun captain’s cocktails! Jack and Kate went on the wave runners off of the friend’s boat “The Lady K”. Family memory for the week for Jodi was towing behind the tender on our paddle boards!
One of the best weeks ever! Thank you, Wayne and Emily, for the amazing food, learning to dive, and all the fun games and water activities! My favorite memory of the week was seeing a shark on my first dive so fun!
What an incredible week. Thank you, Wayne and Em for making this such a wonderful week for our family. Every meal was perfect especially the curried shrimp. The Key lime pie with praline crust was my favorite dessert ever. I have never been diving six days in a row before. That will always be a special memory. Wayne is a wonderful divemaster and patient instructor. Kate’s first scuba dive is a special memory, plus Jack catching five fish off the back of the boat. Until next time!
This was a wonderful week of relaxing, trying new things, and making great memories. I love the sub wing, snorkeling, swimming, eating, paddle boarding, and all the other amazing activities. I appreciate the accommodations for my picky eating habits. I loved all of the amazing meals and appreciate learning fishing, snorkeling, and how to play games like liars’ dice, rummy cube, and ship captain and crew.
March 5-12, 2021 PADI Advanced Open Water Certification
Well thank you again for a wonderful week! A second dive trip for me with you! Wayne and Emily, you guys are awesome! ~Vida
Thanks again for allowing us to invade the great yacht Manor. We loved our time again as always! Hoping to see you guys in Scottsdale Arizona 2021. See you soon for Vida’s open water. ~Shawn
Wow! What a great trip. I can’t thank you enough for the awesome memories. This was the trip of a lifetime. So sad to go home. Hope to see you in Texas!
Truly fantastic trip! From the snorkeling, group games, to the scuba diving, fun, fun! Thanks for helping me get my advanced open water certification. Hope to see you soon! ~Shawn II
That was so much fun!! I cannot wait to come back. The snorkeling was amazing. I never thought I would swim with turtles. Again, thank you so much for the great adventure. ~Evelyn
Feb 22 to March 2, 2021 Amazing Trip in USVI
We had a wonderful vacation on Manna this week. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We love the sailing, the beaches, the toys and most especially the food. We will be playing liars dice at home and remembering a relaxing week in USVI. We really appreciate the fact that you took Tim’s wish list and made his dreams come true! We loved the sailing and mooring lessons, patience in refreshing our scuba skills and the excellent lobster hunting.
~Tim and Rachel
Thank you so much for your great hospitality. Although Covid delayed our 2020 vacation, everything worked out for the best after all! So grateful you were able to fit us into your schedule. We enjoyed the food, the diving and especially the captain’s cocktails and your stories of past adventures. Hope we can join you again soon for a Spanish VIP trip.
~Sue and Tom
Feb 11-18, 2021 USVI to Puerto Rico
Thank you for making our second charter as much fun, as the first! In addition to escaping the frigid Colorado winter, we enjoyed sailing, snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding, hiking to the Culebrita lighthouse, and the peace and quiet of the Puerto Rican islands. We feel like real sailors after experiencing the Christmas winds. Thanks for the great food, fellowship and games onboard. Will see you again in the future.
Greg and Cecelia
Jan 10-17,2021 Wedding Onboard to be Remembered
Clear beautiful water for diving and swimming. Sparkling stars litter the sky at night. We have truly been pampered all week. I can’t imagine Emily how you produce such fabulous food three times a day from your little galley. We have truly been pampered all week. Thank yous just aren’t enough for how wonderful you have made us feel.
~ Jan and Michael
Thank you for an amazing week full of laughs sunsets great food and fun with new friends. We’d love to have you visit us in Saint Croix.
~Michelle and Bert
Such a perfect week with you. Relaxing and fun time. We enjoyed your stories, paddle boarding, snorkeling and especially the delicious meals. You are so accommodating thoughtful and kind.
~David and Marilyn
Thank you so very much for making our dream wedding come true! Your generosity, love of life, and incredible hospitality or one of a kind. Your big heart shine with your faith in God. You are both inspiring, beautiful, and a gift in our lives.
~ Dick and Kim
Dec 28,2020 to Jan 6, 2021 Good Buy 2020
There are not enough words to describe the wonderful trip! We had a ball. It was amazing. Everything was amazing. Emily, your food rivals anything put out by professional chefs. The Manna is fabulous. We were so comfortable. New Year’s was wonderful too. You two put so much work into each day. The Daulton family will return. Many happy voyages. Thank you again. New friends are the best.
Jan and Tom
Thank you so much for a wonderful trip. We enjoyed ourselves more than we thought possible, and can’t wait to come back. I loved lounging on the front of the boat and exploring the beautiful United States Virgin Islands. Neil and Carter loved every diving adventure with Wayne. Thank you for your generosity, we love the Manna.
You will never go hungry, you will never be bored, you’ll never lift a finger while you’re on board. With bottomless diving and fun things to do it’s an excellent vacation I’d recommend for you.
Neil and Carter
Nov 7-14, 2020. Manna for Missionaries Trip
A thousand “Thank You’s” could not come close to expressing the gratitude we have for the impact you have made on my life. I made memories this past week that I never thought would be possible for me. Your love for Jesus encourages and inspires me. I will never forget the love I felt on this boat. Emily you are the most beautiful person inside and out that I have ever met. I want to be like you when I grow up! Wayne don’t ever lose that smile. It’s definitely where your spunk and love shine through.
Rachael and Brock
Aug 1 to 7th, 2020 Scuba Certification Vacation
As I sit with my morning coffee on the last day, I reflect on the week. I become speechless and my eyes are over joyed with tears that my heart feels. Words cannot do justice to the amazing time onboard Manna. From the moment of flexibility surrounding COVID and then the hurricane. Our smiles began the moment Captain Wayne saw our luggage, followed by a welcome aboard by co-captain Emily. Your laughter and warmth made us feel at ease and at home on the seas. Your laughter was contagious. Your dive instruction led us to new adventures below, your food preparation and dining lead our pallets and bellies embracing the goodness, your catamaran made us live the dream, and your remarkable history and knowledge lead our ears to listen. Although the initial plan was to be a different celebration for my 50th God laughs when we plan. Without a doubt, my week was filled surrounded by our daughters, family, and friends. A time of healing with new beginnings. As I leave a piece of myself in the USVI I am brace a new found me at 50. Be still and know I am God Psalms 46:10. People come into our lives for unknown reasons only to stay a moment or a lifetime. I memories last a lifetime and a wise man once told me not to live and what if. So, with that said, it’s when we sail again, it’s not with a crew, it’s with our friends. Until then guardian angels, star salon and compass laid your way.
We had a wonderful time here in the VI even with Covid. Learning to scuba dive was the best experience and really opened up my eyes to what the ocean really looks like. The captains’ cocktails were all amazing even the one that had tequila. All the food we had on Manna was way better than onshore. Thank you for a memorable time.
~J & Adam
Thank you so much for an incredible journey around the US via scuba diving is an experience I will never forget and even after seeing the shark, will do it again. Thank you for being so kind, welcoming and giving. No doubt you will change many lives for the better. See you in a few years.
This is truly been an incredible trip for us, thanks in part maybe full part to you too. Your hospitality and warm welcome made us feel right at home. The Manna is a beautiful place to be and I loved our scuba adventures in the US VI. The captain’s cocktails and meals were outstanding. I had an amazing time. Hope to see you again.
Yeah, I had the best time! The two of you made it feel like home all week, I’ll miss Emily’s cooking the most. This week was unforgettable thank you so much, I’ll remember this for a lifetime!
What an incredible adventure! This is a first for us and I doubt we could replicate it again. U2 have been the kindest, attentive, informative and fun couple. We couldn’t have asked for a better team. Thank you for a week of pure fun and relaxation! We will never forget it.
July 11 to 16, 2020 Puerto Rico
Thank you for the vacation of a lifetime! It was such an adventure to have all of these amazing experiences together with our family. The scenery was beautiful, the food was amazing, the SCUBA and snorkeling was like visiting a different world and watching the kids laughing on the crazy tube rides were definitely the highlights. I really appreciated learning about all the volunteer trips you do and it was really has motivated me to find a way to combine passion with being a better global citizen. Thank you again and come visit us in Austin.
Tushar and Julie
I could not have asked for better hosts on this amazing once in a lifetime trip. You both were so kind and friendly cracking jokes and telling stories you made my experience 10 times better. Not only are you a great captain and crew but you are amazing chef tour guides in scuba diving experts. I had an amazing time and hope we meet again someday. ~Thank you.
Thank you so much for an amazing week. I loved all the water sports and tubing was insane. I thought SCUBA diving was going to be horrifying but it was really fun. Y’all were both really great and I had a great time the food and drinks were amazing and I loved playing Farkle again.
~Thank you Krina
This week has been so much fun! I love the tubing, surfing, sailing and everything else! Scuba diving might’ve been one of my favorites. You both are great teachers. I struggled at the beginning, but I figured it out and had a ton of fun. Also, thank you for helping so much with my photography. That was a ton of fun.
Feb 25 to Mar 4th, 2020 Private Get A way
Wayne & Emily,
Our trip was everything I had hoped for. Thank you for your creative way of rearranging and adjusting our trip to match our needs. Absolutely very relaxing, great food, good weather and most importantly getting to know you both.
My friends Wayne and Emily you have five years of positive comments in this book that command your skills as marine voyagers and hospitality superstars. I certainly agree, our time with you was perfect. I’d like you to know that your Christianity shines religiosity, your commitment to adventure and need to experience new vistas along with your genuine love for people was the ingredient that made our time together forever memorable.
Feb 12 to 18, 2020 Couples Retreat
We can’t thank you enough for the best 6 days of my life. I knew this was going to be the trip of a lifetime, and it was because of the two of you! The food was delicious and Emily busted her butt for us. Wayne you are my kindred spirit. We were meant to be on your boat. Thank you for putting us at all the spots and bars we needed to be. Mostly, thank you for putting up with me and my gang. You guys are wonderful hosts! Take care of those organs. We are going to be rich!!
~Stacey and Larry
Thank you for a wonderful 6 days. The food was delicious. Every meal was better than the one before. I can’t recall the last time I had 3 home cooked meals a day for as long of a stretch. Wayne was so knowledgeable of all the areas we traveled too and was very accommodating to our ever-changing plans and moods. This was a wonderful experience and you are an amazing chef and captain.
~Matt and Danielle
Thank you for a memorable trip filled with laughter, sun, lots of rum and adventure. We appreciated your positive vibes and your ability to put up with our shenanigans. All of the meals were delicious and we were delighted with the surprise of a wonderful meal at all the moments when we desperately needed it. Your knowledge of the area added an extra element to the trip that was unexpected and made it better every step of the way. We truly felt like every moment was tailored to us whether it was the food or the destination for the day. Thanks for teaching us new games and starting the tradition of the toasts. Thank you.
~Krystie and Nick
Jan 6 to 14, 2020 Learning to Scuba Dive
Thank you both for an amazing week of diving, sightseeing and delicious food. You two are a very special couple. Manna is a very special boat. We are so blessed to have you both in our lives and we look forward to another adventure in the near future.
~Georgia and Doc
Firstly, thank you for your wonderful hospitality during our 7 day charter. You both are exceptional people. Jeff and I thank you for your patience while certifying us as DIVERS! Though at times it seemed an impossible task because of Jeff’s lack of ability to understand the concept of breath out, go down—inhale go up, we accomplished our goal to be Certified Divers. We thank you—I am a natural of course!
Seriously, we had a lovely time on your Manna Charter. You are funny, courteous, and just wonderful people. Thank you for showing us all the sights and local places to see and hang out!
You are the best…cheers to seeing you back on Manna in the near future!
~Kelly and Jeff
Jan 17 to 26, 2020 Girls trip
The last 10 days have been a trip of a lifetime, thanks to you both. Sailing with you was the best way to celebrate Amy’s 50th and each one of our lives. Your ship is exquisite, but we will cherish your friendship most of all. We especially enjoyed our meals together, after dinner games and beautiful diving/snorkeling sites and waterskiing. There was nothing left undone on this voyage. You have truly filled our souls. We look forward to our next adventure with you . How lucky we are to have started off as a charter and ended up as friends.
All our love
Dani, Sally, Missy and Amy
Dec 21 to 28, 2019 Christmas
Thank you so much for such an incredible week. The dives were the most incredible thing I’ve ever done. The food was amazing. Thank you for lying to me about the cauliflower rice. You both made our Christmas one to never forget.
Thank you so much for your southern hospitality. You’re both very welcoming hosts, who are very knowledgeable about the Virgin Islands and more! The boat, the food and our experience was amazing. I will never forget my first scuba dives into BVI. Thank you, and thank you for everything.
Thank you so much for the most memorable vacation I have ever been on. The BVI’s are absolutely beautiful. What made them so special was you two. Emily for me being a picky eater you surprised me every night. Wayne thank you for taking me scuba diving even though I’m absolutely terrified, probably because I’m just dramatic. This trip would’ve been so much different without you guys. I’ll never forget you two or this trip. Thank you again to Emily for getting me so excited for dessert every night, and Wayne for all the laughs. Definitely my favorite Christmas yet.
Thank you for an amazing Christmas vacation. From Emily’s cooking to the dives with Wayne this trip has been an unbelievable adventure. You both have made the extra effort to make us feel welcome and at home. Thank you for sharing Manna with us. This will always be one of our favorite Christmas memories. Safe sailing.
~Steve and Kristin
Dec 13 to 20, 2019 Family Pre-Christmas Vacation
Thank you for going above and beyond to make our time on Manna so special and wonderful. I appreciate that you saw to understand that unique interest of each person in our family, then went out of your way to make sure each of us got to experience the activities on our bucket list. Emily your cooking was fantastic! I think I gained at least 5 pounds on our trip. Wayne thanks for your sense of adventure and taking us on many great diving and snorkeling excursions. I truly enjoyed our many conversations and learning about your mission work. Thanks for gently encouraging us to jump into activities when we were feeling a little lazy and for initiating nightly games. I feel so blessed to have chartered with you. I couldn’t have asked for a better charter experience.
Thank you for allowing us to step into your lives four one incredible and memorable week. Manna was absolutely perfect for our family of four and plenty of space to be together or to get away for some quiet time. The Christmas winds did not hamper our time at all due to Wayne’s great efforts to find us calm waters and Wayne’s sense of adventure always made for fun times. A few memories I’ll cherish include the late afternoon swim to shore to run up the sand hill, exploring the Baths, cocktails with our kids at Willy T ending with a jump into the ocean, Game night with catchphrase and quiet mornings alone with the Lord and coffee out front. Emily your food was amazing and your company was even better.
Thank you so much for one of the best vacations I’ve been on! The dogs were beautiful and I especially enjoyed the wreck dive with the pirates. I love stopping and staying at a new place every night. We truly got to see as much as we could in our week. The food was amazing and then after dinner games were the perfect way to end our night. I definitely will never forget this experience.
Thank you both so much for an unforgettable week. The food we ate and the places we saw were truly amazing, but the time we all spent together made it extra special. You’re both such good people but I know we could not have had a better time with anyone else.
Nov 21 to 27 2019 Thanksgiving!!
I had a great time. Probably the best Thanksgiving trip ever. The food was extraordinarily good. I learned to wake board and scuba dive. That islands were gorgeous. I would love to come back.
Next time we need to stay for a week thanks so much.
This trip was by far the best trip we have done yet! The food was amazing and what topped .it all off was the scuba diving. Especially the wreck with the pirates. I also loved skiing, wake boarding and sub winging.
After 21 years of family thanksgivings in the Caribbean, we finally decided to do a charter. Now we are wondering why we waited so long! Manna was the perfect choice! Wayne and Emily made it such a great experience. We immediately felt like we were part of their family. Wine was so patient and thorough as we did our scuba checkout dives. He made sure we left with a love of diving. Emily was a wonderful hostess she took care of every detail and served excellent meals. We hope this will be the first trip of many on Manna.
Brian and April
Nov 12 to 19,2019 Family Trip
This was very best time ever. I water skied for the first time in eight years, that made the trip worth it. The team on the boat is the very best. The diving with Wayne was some of the best times I had in the water. I can’t wait to come back.
Don and Alma
Great trip! Good people! I will be back.
Thank you so much for an unforgettable trip. Trolling was beautiful, snorkeling and my scuba experience was perfect because I felt like I was in great hands! Your mission and hospitality shines through. You both are incredible servants. Your boat, the food and the love were the best.
We had an amazing week. Emily thanks for the delicious gluten-free food all week. All your meals had a great presentation. Discover SCUBA was fun and I’m ready to get licensed. I happy hour drinks were great and we are ready for our next trip with you.
Wayne it was amazing to get back into diving with you. We saw and did some amazing dives. We will start planning our next trip. Time for me to get the rest of the family certified.
What luck to have found our Texas crew! We were brought together for reason and we celebrate and appreciate your guys letting us share your piece of paradise for a week. All the secrets you shared were hundred percent enjoyed. I was happy to be here for my 38 birthday. Y’all made it perfect.
October 21 to 28, 2019. Girl´s Trip
Amazing!! Thank you so much for making this adventure such a fabulous experience for all of us. We had so much and could not have asked for more. You both were an amazing crew. Thanks for putting up with us . The food was amazing!
Kelly, Shannon, Jenn and Cathy
July 30 to August 5, 2019 Culebra, El Yunque´
Thank you both for your hospitality in caring and providing for us on Manna. What a fabulous time on the boat and in the Caribbean. We honestly had no worries or agenda during this trip, but you exceeded any expectations we could have ever dreamed of. We love all the islands we visited, the time to exploring, snorkel and the opportunities for Ward to dive. And the food….
We were all spoiled with all the delicious meals Emily cooked every day. The entire trip was so relaxing. What a wonderful blessing to be in the Caribbean and have so many memories and pictures to bring home with us.
Ward and Vivian
July 20 to 27, 2019 Add another Padi Diver !
Thank you for a week of wonder and delight!! The week was spectacular and amazing. This was our first sailing trip and it surpassed all of our expectations. The accommodations were so comfortable. We loved everything about the week. You are both are such wonderful people and we are truly blessed to call you dear friends. We loved our week and look forward to sailing with you again in the future. We so appreciate your hospitality and kindness. You are incredible hosts, and we feel so fortunate to have experienced our first sailing trip with you!
Wow! What a week we had. Our plan was to come without a plan and just let the week unfold as it comes. We let you choose our itinerary and cruising locations and it couldn’t have turned out better. Linda completed her Discover Scuba and I completed my Open Water during the week. You both are great instructors knowledgeable and patient. We saw some amazing underwater sights. The four of us became fast friends and enjoyed each other’s company. The fun and laughter will be remembered for a lifetime. We really enjoyed Emily’s amazing meals and the nightly captain’s toast. Can’t wait until next time. Happiness is a journey!!
July 11 to 19, 2019 Dive until you Drop!!
Our week on Manna surpassed all our expectations and checked off a bucket list trip for my husband. He’s been dreaming of this trip for as long as I can remember. There are not many moments or experiences let alone a whole week that we can walk away from feeling this excited, relaxed and rejuvenated. The delicious meals and captain cocktails glued together days with diving, snorkeling, reading, swimming, hiking and laughing with lifelong friends. We cannot think of a moment that isn’t a highlight. Your knowledge, patience and hospitality made this week spectacular. We feel so blessed that our first charter was with you both on the beautiful Manna and we can only hope our paths will cross again.
Bryan and Lisa
John and I had a fantastic time. We are so blessed that we chose Manna and you two!
Manna was above our expectations with comfortable accommodations, delicious foods, lounging areas, excursions, diving, knowledge of the islands, service, fun and friendly crew. Wayne you are so knowledgeable on diving. You put my mind at ease as John would report to me how much he is learning and exploring. Emily you are a gourmet cook! You are such a hard worker. Our cabins were sparkling clean every day. I thank you for the girl talk! John and I feel like you are good friends and hope to keep in contact. We loved all the conversations and stories. We admire your charitable giving to one’s in need. Happy Sailing!!
Vicki and John
June 22 to 29, 2019 Spanish Virgin Islands, Old San Juan, El Yunque
I cannot thank you enough for letting me and Mom come explore with you. This has been the best trip of my life and I will never forget it.
Thank you so much for an absolutely, hands down, best vacation ever! Miranda and I had so much fun exploring the Spanish Virgin Islands with you. What a priceless gem and well-kept secret these cayes and islets are!
Words cannot describe how thankful and blessed we are to have been able to experience this journey with you. These are the moments that will be cherished forever. You have taught us what the true meaning of living is. You have inspired us to live and think outside of the box. Cost of living is expensive but the wind is free!!
June 2 to 9, 2019 Discover Scuba with friends
Thank you for taking our family on our 1st charter. Loved all the sights and snorkeling. Really appreciate your patience with the 4 of us. Wishing you both lots of happiness and success as you sail around the BVI.
Kim and Brett
Thank you for teaching me how to scuba dive. I also loved my birthday dinner and dessert.
Michael 15 years
Thank you so much for providing me an amazing trip filled with excellent food ad adventures. I truly hope to see you next year!
We had a great time and really enjoyed the island hopping and visits to the beach bars. We enjoyed the captain’s toasts each evening and that you always made virgin drinks for the boys. We really liked Brewers Bay and the stop point between Savannah Bay and Pond Bay before the Bath’s too. Also enjoyed Maho Bay with all the turtles. This was our 4th charter but our first to depart from USVI. Thanks for doing Discover Scuba for the guys. They all enjoyed it once they got the hang of it. Last but not least, Landon loved learning to wake board and loved the scuba.
Janie , Trent and Landon
May 4 to 11, 2019 Family Time
Thank you for having us on your boat. It was so much fun. We really enjoyed getting to know you both! We really enjoyed Scuba as well as learning to wakeboard. Also, we won’t be able to forget Captain’s toasts at the end of the night or learning how to talk like a pirate! Thanks again for an amazing trip.
Peter and Annette
The food was amazing and the trip was great fun! You’ve hooked me on Scuba!! I wish you the best and will definitely be back!
Thank you for a memorable 30th anniversary trip with family and new friends! We enjoyed snorkeling with turtles, diving , paddle boarding and water sports. I really enjoyed hanging out on the bow as we sailed from one island to the next. Hope to see you again soon.
April 14 to 21, 2019 Let´s learn to Dive!!
´ If the vacation was any better, I couldn’t stand it. ´ This is at the top of all our vacations, the friendly hospitality, the wonderful locations, the amazing food, the great company, and getting our family from zero to scuba certified! Thank you both for an amazing experience.
Thank you for the amazing hospitality, kindness, delicious food, knowledge, patience, scuba and so much more! I was so nervous to get into the water and at the end I actually enjoyed it. You two are the kindest most ever giving patient people we have ever met. What a gift to have met you and call you our friends. Thank you for the best family trip ever! You guys are the best.
Yay..... best vacation ever! Wayne and Emily are some of the nicest people ever. Wayne was especially awesome when he certified us all as scuba divers and Emily could be on masterchef with that Keylime pie Yum Yum.. The scenery was so beautiful and I haven’t even felt close to seasick. The rooms are so nice and you fall asleep instantly. All in all this vacation is a 10+.
Olivia 12 years
Thank you so so very much for my favorite vacation yet. Everything was amazing from the amazing food (especially the broccoli) and the spectacular diving. When I first got here I didn’t know what to expect but in the end I came to the following conclusions:
You will see amazing animals and creatures and coral reefs
You will eat the best food ever
You will have the most unforgettable vacation ever
Thank you so much
Lillie 13 years
Mar 23 to 30, 2019 Grenada to Grenadines
We can’t thank you enough for taking us on the adventures through Grenada and the Grenadines. We loved every minute of our trip. Every meal was always delicious, every drink was fantastic, and most of us especially loved learning to dive. Those who didn’t dive loved spending time on paddleboards and kayak. Thank you for your endless patience during driving the kids around on the tube and wake boarding. We love spending time with you both and hearing about all the adventures in your lives. We truly hope to be able to plan another charter with you soon to explore the Spanish Virgin Islands. Many many thanks!
Thank you so much we had a fantastic week made even better by your hospitality and how you catered to us. Wayne’s willingness to pull the kids on the tube and wakeboard what seemed like hours and Emily´s cooking made each day full of fun. The Discover SCUBA was really special and Wayne made it really easy and relaxing for us. Please keep me in mind if you ever need an eager crew.
We thoroughly enjoyed the week traveling in the Grenadines and Grenada with you on Manna. Our family loves the new experiences and adventures of travel and it was wonderful to spend time with two people who reflect so much of that in their everyday lives. We wish you many more great adventures and love to join you again for some together.
Wayne you always looked on the bright side of things and made the trip a lot of fun. Emily you make the best food ever and I like fish now.
We loved the week so much! Scuba diving was so fun and I’m so glad I was introduced to it. Wayne thank you for taking us on the tube even when we barely had any time and we always fell off. Emily the food was amazing and the dessert was some of the best I’ve ever had. Overall this was one of the best weeks. Thank you.
This week was the literal best week ever. Emily thanks so much for making me food that’s normal. Wayne sometimes I felt you are my grandpa! You were always very nice. All the kids were on the beach one day and we all said we want to be as good of people as y’all are because you do good stuff. Thank you so super much.
From the minute we met you both, we knew we would have an amazing journey on Manna. You showed us paradise each day. Thank you for sharing your captivating stories, teaching us never trust a pirate, and making the most delicious rum punch ever. Wayne is a true pirate of the seas with a heart of gold and a contagious smile. Emily is a true gem with her humor, and her cooking…yum…
You both give so much to others through all the works on your missions that you do, that it is an inspiration for us all. Each day was filled with sunshine, laughter in the warmth, and the hospitality you showed us made this a voyage of a lifetime.
Just like its name, Manna, Wayne and Emily shared their gift from heaven with us!
Mar 4 to 11, 2019 Clothing Lost Paradise Found
Blessings to you all for our first charter. You spoiled us with Emily’s cooking and Wayne’s humor of pirate songs. You find joy and happiness in everything you do. The two of you are incredible. Thank you for making our first cruise an amazing one. Our adventure far exceeded all expectations. You shared with us some spectacular places but they would not have been as special without your companionship.
Bob and Barbara
Fairwinds, following seas, big hugs.
Rob and Karen
Wayne and Emily thank you for an amazing vacation. Emily your food was fantastic and we were never hungry. Wayne you kept us safe and happy. Activities you had were great. Even if you tried to throw us off the tube! Thank you for everything!
Mark and Amy
Feb 9 to 16 2019 Second time is even better!
Our 2nd journey on the Manna was just as awesome as the 1st trip! Wayne & Emily can take credit for 99% of the greatest vacation we’ve had (the weather and beautiful blue water get 1%). Great food, great stories and vast knowledge of the area. If only the trip could have been more than a week. Wayne & Emily are the salt of the sea!
Wendy & Bill Nergard-St. Michael, MN
I had a wonderful time aboard Manna. Wayne and Emily are friendly, good-humored, and lots of fun. I’d think they were pirates in a past life except that they are charitable and loved by all of the locals. The food was excellent and I ate too much every day. I especially loved scuba-diving, riding the sub-wing, and the pirate show. There was never a dull moment. I hope to make it back someday. Thanks for a fantastic trip!
Crystal Weech-Crystal, MN
We had a great time with Wayne and Emily on Manna! They did an excellent job of taking us around to a lot of great spots in the Virgin Islands. They were welcoming and fun hosts. We had a ton of activities to keep us constantly entertained. The food and rooms were perfect! We would definitely book another trip on Manna.
Dan and Heather, Reno, NV
The best trip ever! Two years ago we chartered Manna for our first ever yacht trip and loved every second of it. We loved it so much, in fact, that we booked it again this year.True to form, Wayne and Emily produced the best vacation ever. Again. We snorkeled, scuba dove, paddle boarded, sub-winged, kayaked, fished, and drank plenty of cocktails. We covered as much of the Virgin Islands as possible in a weeks time, and never once felt hurried, or anything but relaxed. Emily provided great meals everyday, and Wayne never said no to a request. From the minute we stepped on board we felt like old friends with our crew. The pirate show at Leverick Bay was again our highlight of the trip, so much fun!
I would like to thank Wayne and Emily for being such gracious hosts and treating us as family. I give Manna my highest recommendation to anyone who wants to relax and feel like they are not only a guest, but a part of the crew.
Raise a toast to Manna, she´s my lady of the sea.
Dave & Jill McDonald-Coon Rapids, MN
Jan 6 to 12 2019 Once in a Lifetime Trip
Dear Wayne and Emily, Thank you so much for the once in a lifetime trip. From the meals to the dives everything was perfect. There was an activity for everyone onboard. All of our expectations were met above and beyond anything we could’ve anticipated. New activities were acquired and games were learned. As Dr. Seuss says “Oh, the Places you’ll go” this trip has taken us to some amazing places. Thank you for the most amazing vacation. Wayne and Emily are truly Aces…
Cheers to our new friends Wayne and Emily,
Paul, Dawn, Rachel & Maddy Sandquist
Dec 30 - Jan 5 2019 New Year Tandem Charter
What an amazing week you showed us! We sailed, we swam, we snorkeled, we scuba dived, we laughed, we ate and drank. But most importantly? We made everlasting memories that we will take back with us and cherish forever! From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You for your hospitality and local knowledge :).
Erin & Jason
Thank you for this amazing fun filled experience. Emily your food was fantastic and Wayne you’re a great Captain. This was the best vacation ever. Snorkeling, fishing, the Baths and meeting Michael Beans was among the best. Thanks again
Brady, Audrey, Kamsey and Natalie
Dec 21 to 28, 2018 Christmas Fun
Thanks for the unforgettable time!
Too much fun and laughs to list them but here are a few that will stay with us.
Liars dice, liars dice, liars dice!
Laughs at captains cocktail hour!
Aargh aargh aargh!
Hope to see you all again for the Grenadines. Safe travels and peace out!
Thank you for welcoming us aboard your fun filled home on the sea. An unforgettable Christmas for sure! We journey back north with heavy hearts and many new stories to share. Thanks for being super cool, openhearted and awesomely authentic folks! Wishing you the happiest 2019.
Kathy , Papa John, Max and Josh
Dec 13 to 20, 2018 Amazing Trip!
Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality and a fabulous week! We will treasure these memories forever! Emily, your meals were perfect for our family and so delicious. Thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony of forgiveness. Wayne we loved your stories and appreciated your flexibility to adjust to our daily needs. The guys loved scuba diving with you. Hope to see you in the future. Had a great week cruising the Islands and seeing lots of new places! Really love the hospitality and food and the family time with our kids. Thank you so much for showing us amazing places in God’s amazing creation! Scuba was great also… God bless and happy cruising!
Thank you so much for hosting us! I had such a great experience. Thank you for a great week.
Thank you for being such gracious hosts! This was an awesome experience.
Thank you so much for an amazing trip! It was so fun, and I loved everything we were able to see and do.
Nov 23 - 30 2018 Honeymoon couple from Taiwan
Team Manna, Thank you for such an unforgettable Honeymoon! It was well beyond our expectations. We will definitely be back to sail with you again. Look us up if in Taiwan.
Lincoln & Annabelle
MADE IN TAIWAN
Nov 4 to 10, 2018
Thank you, we had such a great time. Great hospitality. Left home thinking we’re going to have a good trip came back saying we had an unbelievable trip. Love the food and lots of great memories were made we will be back.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an amazing vacation! It was a pleasure to spend a week with you, we will never forget it. You two are remarkable.
Jimmy and Sharon
I can’t tell you enough how wonderful you both are! This was by far the best trip of my life. We had so much fun. Love the captain cocktails and the delicious food, Emily you are a star in my book. I look forward to a trip to Grenada. My God continue to bless you both and all you do. You’re the best host and hostess by far!
Thank you for making this trip more than amazing! Your knowledge of all the places we visited was second to none. We always felt safe on Manna. Every day was better than the day before. Emily, your five star meals were unforgettable. You’re sweet countenance was felt by all. We appreciate the work that you do and would love to support and help anyway we can. You haven’t seen the last of us yet, arrgh.
Jason and Trina
Aug 4 to 11, 2018 Rescue Barbie
What an awesome trip we had. It went well beyond what we had an imagined! Because of you, we were able to explore the unique, special, and most fun places in the BVI. Maybe next time I’ll learn to stand on the paddleboard!
David and Jenny
I want to thank you for an amazing 60th birthday week! You went out of your way to guide us and show us the islands. Love the dice games! This was a major bucket list trip. Sorry we missed Emily, but we will catch her next time! We will be back if you will have a us! Thanks for the memories.
Doug and Diane
Thank you for everything it was an awesome week! And who knew that into up your first mate! We enjoyed every minute of it!
Jeannie and Glenn
Thank you and your guests for rescuing me on Beef Island. My life has changed forever. The sites I’ve seen and the places I’ve been in one short week could fill a life time. Thank you for the adventure!
July 10-19, 2018 Spanish Virgin Islands
Another great trip! This time to Culebra and Culebrita, along with PR. We missed Em, but Krystal kept us well fed. Loved the diving and touring the old town San Juan and golf carts on Culebra.
The guys had a blast on the water toys. Thanks for the great time and Krystal for the amazing food.
GT and family
June 29 to July 6, 2018 Independence Day!
What a perfect trip for our family! Thank you for your patience and willingness to use all of your toys! The water sports were awesome. The snorkeling spots were perfect and indescribably beautiful. The scuba diving was a huge extra bonus. The adventures on the island and the baths will never be forgotten. My favorite was eight days of total family time just relaxing and playing together. No responsibilities other than having fun! The food exceeded expectations each meall was an explosion for the taste buds. Way to go Crystal! We loved it all! So grateful for this opportunity.
Dodd and Jennifer
Thank you for hosting the best vacation ever! I had so much fun sailing and spending time in the sun. Scuba diving and the baths were some of my favorite parts. The class pig also thought you were a hoot. The food… Crystal you are awesome! Very thankful for both of you.
Thank you so much for hosting a trip of a lifetime! I had the best week ever! All the snorkeling scuba diving water sports good food and dance parties. Thanks again so much for an awesome week.
Thank you so much for the best week ever. This is Ben my most favorite vacation I’ve ever been on. You’re the best captain around. Thank you for taking us to all your favorite places. I’ll cherish the memories forever. I’m also honored to have given your haircut! We love Capt. Wayne.
What an amazing journey that we have had. You have done a fantastic job navigating all the way down to electrical engineering. The perfect balance of pirate/professional. Thanks for the memories.
Wayne is the man! I came into this trip with high expectations. Wayne met everyone of those. This was by far my favorite vacation. You take me on my first hopefully many dives.
You’re a true pirate !
June 2-9, 2018 Family Memories!
Thank you for making our family vacation dream a reality.
We’ve been looking forward to an island dive trip for years now and you have exceeded every expectation. The diving was incredible and ware excited to explore this new hobby even more now. Thanks for the hospitality, laughs, Beautiful experience and the salsa dancing! You guys are awesome and we hope to see you again.
Calli and Gavin
Dang! That was an amazing time! I enjoyed the BVI trip so much. First I was a little nervous about spending a week on a boat with seven other family members, but we all came out okay. My favorite part of the trip was drinking having just turned 18. At least favorite part were the hangovers the morning after but no one to blame but myself. I really enjoyed it both of you guys so much. Each one of you is so funny, and adds so much to the boat in your own way. Emily with amazing food, and Capt. Wayne with great diving in part posts. Thank you so much for dealing with me this last week!
Thank you thank you! What an amazing trip, the perfect once-in-a-lifetime family trip. The food was amazing Emily. You’re such a gifted chef making three meals a day that all eight of us enjoyed. Wayne you’re so funny. We enjoyed all the stories games and toasts. Thank you Wayne for your patience with all of our new divers. So much fun seeing everyone enjoy he under the sea. Can’t wait to see the pictures and relive this trip through those pictures.
Maggie and Bill
Thank you so much for hosting us and Walt was absolutely the best family fun adventure. McKenzie and I enjoyed every second of it. Lovely meals and an amazing scuba. We will really miss you and hope our paths cross in the future.
Matt and MacKenzie
May 19-26, 2018
Cannot tell you how much we have enjoyed our weekend aboard manna! You´re truly awesome. Different in so many ways but complementary to say that to say the least. My favorite, Thursday night dinner. The food was awesome but it felt like we´re all very happy! Please stay in the business as promised for a few more years. We will be back. Our homes are open to you anytime you might want to visit New England. We truly mean that so never feel awkward about calling. We love to entertain thank you so much for trip of a lifetime.
Julie and Dick
Emily and Wayne so glad are pads have crossed in lot. What an amazing week on Manna with family and friends! This toast was inspired by this trip and is for the both of you:
Here´s to the little motor tender
Ferrying most things we put in our blender
Idling each day with no hidden agenda
Other than to help the captains crew start another drinking Bender
Steve and Sandy
Thank you for an amazing time and sharing the beauty of the Islands! Your yacht and hospitality have far exceeded our expectations. You have made this an amazing vacation. Emily your food and perfect plating skills were five-star. The only downside is is now I will have to get on a diet to recover from all that deliciousness. Wayne, Love the captains cocktails another thing we will need to recover from post sail. Best of luck and continued success with your charters and programs. We love hearing about your good works. Keep it going. Don´t forget if you ever need a boat sitter you can find us eager to help. Keep living the dream
Cheryl and Lisa
April 26 to May 5, 2018
“Everyone had a wonderful time. I thought 10 days was the perfect amount of time onboard. Wayne & Emily bent over backward to make sure we were happy. I liked how Wayne made sure everyone was comfortable scuba diving and he is a good instructor. The boat was nice and we thought it was the perfect size for 6 guests. Emily is a great cook. The whole experience was good & we would like to book Catamaran Manna again!”
There are no words that can be said to tell anyone what a joy it is to be aboard Manna. Emily is not just a great mate for Capt. Wayne but an awesome chef. We have had such a fabulous time. Their hospitality leaves no stone unturned! Great 10 days! We have to see them again and they´re certainly always welcome to visit our paradise in the Florida Keys. Many many thanks wishing you blessings as you sail upon the salt.
Lin and Stu
From the tip of my head to the end of my toes I still feel this is an unbelievable experience! Scuba diving, massages, eating lobster on the beach in bare feet, snorkeling and being rescued it is all so wonderful. The best 10 days ever Great friends old and new! Hats off to Wayne and Emily for great food and great adventures. Pinch me, I still can´t believe I´m here thanks from the bottom of my heart.
Cindy and Jerry
Wow. We did no cooking cleaning or bedmaking those still weren´t even on our list of things to remember! Lobster at anegada, snorkeling, the baths, the views, the friends… check this off our bucket list! We could do this again!
Darren and Kandi
March 31 - April 7, 2018
My sad smiley face :( is because we have to go back to reality. Thank you Wayne and Emily we had a great week on your yacht and couldn´t ask for better hosts. Emily is a great cook and you are both ready to find solutions for anything never problems . Diving was fun for the whole family and we wish we had more time to play with all the toys you have onboard.
Emily and Wayne were great! You took us to beautiful dive spots and fed us delicious food. Our trip was amazing!
Everything was great!! Thank you so much for your hospitality and for having provided us such great holidays. Well done for all the humanitarian work you do!! Thank you also for that!! Could not wish anything other than the best and the greatest happiness .
To memorable vacations! Thank you so much for the amazing experience. Everything was great starting from the food up until the water sports! Emily and Wayne you guys are awesome!
March 21 -28, 2018
The Virgin Islands aren´t just a place on the map they are a state of mind. You are the perfect example of that idea. Kind fun hospitable and laid-back the perfect host to guide our family to memories that will last a lifetime and beyond. The meals were exceptional and that you found something to please us all was a miracle. The diving ,snorkeling ,sub winging, games and fellowship were wonderful. Thanks for welcoming us into your home. You will forever be in our hearts.
The food was amazing and I was never really hungry. Waterskiing, tubing ,sub winging were really fun and it was awesome to try those activities. This experience would not be as awesome without you. Thank you for making the trip the best one ever.
Ava 12 years old
Of course I love this trip as it was my first time out of the country and out of all my experience it was awesome ! I’m a really picky eater and I loved the food and when my parents ate something I didn´t like the Emily made something just for me.
Lola 11 years old
March 10-17, 2018
Wow! What a week! Thanks for allowing us to be guests on your home. We had a fantastic time! The dives were great, the food was fantastic and the stories were fun. Truly a world-class vacation on a beautiful boat with a fantastic crew.
You too far exceeded my expectations! Every little detail of the trip was so well planned and organized. It truly was a treat! I´ve never experienced the things I did this week, and I will never forget the amazing times we had! I loved every minute of the trip except when everyone got mad at me for jumping off the dinghy when it was still running( I know it was stupid) but I could not have asked for a better captain and Admiral. The love you too both have for each other is contagious and I hope Maddie and I are half as happy as you two are together. Your such an inspiration!
Thank you for the experience of a lifetime! The food and the time on the boat was awesome. I can´t tell you how thankful I am to have met such wonderful people! Thank you , Thank you!!
Thank you for an amazing trip ! It was a trip of a lifetime and I loved going to so many different places. Thank you for all the fun activities, fun diving and the amazing food. This will nor be a vacation I forget anytime soon. Definitely at the top of the list. Thank you again
February 28 - March 7, 2018
This was a trip of a lifetime … except the other 2 times we have done it! We keep coming back because it´s people like you that keeps us coming back. Thanks for all you´ve done this week. It´s been super special!
Tom and Carol
Our first time on a charter cruise was absolutely wonderful! Thanks for making such a memorable trip. You are wonderful hosts that cater to the needs of your guests . Wayne you did a great job on the dives. The entire week was an adventure!
Mike and Lois
Thanks for a great Carefree week with delicious food and great sailing! We couldn’t have had a better time! You guys are “smooth like dat”…. “This didn´t suck”
Bob and Linda
Exploring new worlds with the best captain and mate in the Virgin Islands . When I get back home I´m going to say “beam me up to manna”. Thanks for making my week totally awesome and This did not suck.
Toasts for Captains cocktail:
Somewhere In the BVI’s
a sailing vessels floating
She rocks and rolls and taps and groans
to give them all a warning.
The 9 on board ignore her talk
they know of no foreboding,
but when the full moon clears the ridge,
they will all will be transforming
into frothing, drooling beasts of the darkest pirate tales
and only if they drink rum all night
Will they live to tell their tale.
In the heart of the Virgin Islands
there´s a captain known to all
His specialty is running
relief supplies to all.
Hurricanes can not beat him
all through the night he sails Manna
the far yacht carries him while on the radio Waylon wails.
Then when the skies clear up and turn blue
and the sea calms to turquoise green. He carries with delight his passengers to Foxy´s and Michael beans.
Virgin Gorda , JVD , Tortola and St. John too.
The rum just keeps on flowing and when we leave we will leave a tear or two. Until then we sail, snorkel, dive and have fun, until we part , we toast and of course drink more rum.
February 19-26, 2018 Seeds of Hope
The past 6 days have been amazing, beautiful and breathtaking. I cant begin to put into words the week I’ve had with 7 other wonderful friends. Wayne and Emily are amazing hosts . There was never a dull moment. Emily’s cooking was out of this world. Every meal was better than the last and every meal was delicious. Wayne was the consummate skipper. Lots of fun stories and his care for us was evident. Dancing at Foxy´s was so fun. Thank you Manna for making this once in a lifetime trip the most memorable ever!!
This trip has been the most amazing Time of my life! There have been so many things that have made this trip memorable, swimming with turtles, paddle boarding in the sunset , and the clearest blue water I´ve ever seen. I´m so thankful that I have the opportunity to go on a trip like this . I could´ve never dreamed it up to be this incredible. But overall , over everything we got to experience Emily and Capt. Wayne have definitely been my favorite part of the whole experience. They make an amazing team and they did so much for us daily, always making sure we have what we need and that we were having fun. Emily is so sweet and caring and her cooking is so heavenly. I never felt so much love through food. She loves it when you help her serve and plate desert and she is seriously considering me to be her sous chef! I think I made it. She´s also very funny, funnier than Capt. Wayne. ha ha! Whoever gets on this boat, know that when you meet Emily you will be taken care of and you will have all you need and an amazing woman to take care of you. And Capt.. Wayne, well he´s memorable alright. Everything he does to make you laugh and have a good time. Both of them together have never been such a treasure towards us. We feel so cared for and loved through every Little thing on this boat . I’m so happy to call them friends.
Cannot even begin to express how I feel and how healing this trip has been for Chris and I. I feel so loved by God that he amazed this incredible gift for us. You´re so generous and every little tiny thing has been Beyond our wildest dreams. The food has been so good, actually I’ve probably never had a week of such incredible food. You both have such humble and beautiful hearts. Praying God will continue to richly bless you with adventures and love because of all that you do for others.
Penny and Chris
The trip of a lifetime! Thank you for every minute ,every memory and every smile. The beautiful coves, riding the swells on the seas, the food, the laughs the dancing there is no way to ever pick a favorite. Thank you for sharing your home with me and making me feel at home. Your hospitality is so gracious humble and loving. God bless you as you give so much of your time and resources to those you need do I admire You both so much.
Emily, thank you so much for your hospitality my favorite part of this trip was getting to know you guys and eating your food. You´re great woman and God has so many good things coming on board for you. Wayne, I had so much fun playing with the water toys and learning a new car games thanks for your joy it is contagious keep listening to God he is the sailor of your life for a You guys are amazing . Thanks for giving me the trip of my life .There’s no way I could´ve done this. Please come to visit Costa Rica, now it´s my turn to show you my world
This trip is truly been a dream and a gift from God. You both are such beautiful people. The way you have loved us from the first minute has been so impactful and I hope that I can give and serve with such a generous love is you both have done. God has blessed me through you and your ministry and in this rough year, the trip could not have come at a better time. A Few of my favorite memories are brain coral , manta ray , Baths, conch shells , Sea-glass, Foxy´s , the magical boat , the amazing food , shooting the cannon, dancing , and captains cocktails….. Thanks again for all you´ve done and continue to do!
December 31-Jan 7, 2018 New Year´s Party
Wayne and Emily were amazing hosts. Emily always cooked amazing food and Wayne is a wonderful captain. The places we went to were so beautiful and the activities that were set up for us were so much fun. Highly recommended!!!
This trip has been such an experience, and each day we go to do something new and exiting. To make things even better each meal was just as exciting to eat as the activities we got to do . Wayne and Emily made this trip more than we could’ve ever imagined.
What a great way to start off the New Year! We could not have been blessed with better hosts than you two. This week has been absolutely amazing and filled with memories we will never forget. Thank you for your patience, hospitality, and most importantly, catering to my food allergies. You went above and beyond and I couldn’t be more thankful. Safe travels!
Jamie and Todd
Thank you for an amazing week aboard the SV Manna . You hospitality was second to none! The memories made will last a lifetime. Can’t wait to come back . May God continue to bless your adventures!
Jim and Candace
I take pen in hand to praise Wayne and Emily for all their hospitality and hard work. Truly memorable experience!!
December 21-28, 2017 Christmas Getaway
Thank you so much for a wonderful trip in the Virgin Islands. Always felt safe and secure and well fed. You´re great people doing what you do for Manna for Missionaries and sharing your beautiful boat Manna. The pirate party on Christmas Day was lots of fun thanks for introducing us to the local celebrity Michael Beans. If I don´t go out and get a cat of my own, I´ll be contacting you all again next year. Wish you calm seas and fair winds.
Bruce and Jackie
Thank you for the sincere hospitality. It is been a wonderful week in paradise, and I am honored to have learned the ropes from the best. Your boat is truly one-of-a-kind, and the work you guys do through Manna for Missionaries is inspiring I look forward to staying in touch. You always will have friends in Atlanta. Hopefully my path will cross yours in the Caribbean sooner rather than later. My luck always be on your side and the winds strong.
This week has truly been a dream. I couldn´t imagine better people to lose my passport virginity with in the Virgin Islands! Every meal was out of this world and every destination was picture-perfect (despite the hurricanes). My mom always said that there’s always a reason people come into our lives and there is no doubt in my mind that you all came into our lives when you did or a reason. I hope to stay in touch, you guys are an absolute inspiration. Thank you for an amazing week-still can’t believe we swam/dove with a dolphin and her calf!! Truly a dream. I wish you all the best and hope to see you both again soon !
Alison again….I felt like I just didn’t say enough the first go round. I needed to elaborate a little more if you will..This has been, by far, the best week of my life and I am so sad to say goodbye for now. I’m going to miss Emily’s cooking, from the to die for Lobster Bisque to the Grouper tacos. Every meal was an absolute treat!! Diving and sailing with Wayne was so great!! I feel so honored to be with one of the best captains in the islands. I really do hope our paths cross again in the future (sooner rather than later). If you all ever need a volunteer don’t hesitate to reach out, I would love to support yall’s mission. So here’s to the best kind of ship-friendships!
August 7-14, 2017 Family Vacation
Thank you for all you have done to make our trip to the BVI amazing! You have shared some beautiful spots with us and we always had fun along the route. We appreciated your abundance of energy and patience with entertaining our active kids. From sub winging to tubing, dice and card games,you always had a smile on your face. The food was great and you quickly caught on to the kids favorites. We couldn´t have asked for a better tour guide and host! Many many thanks! Happy sailing in the meanwhile.
Thank you very much for your hospitality energy and patience. This was our family´s favorite vacation! Looking forward to staying in touch and hopefully sailing with you guys in the Spanish Islands next summer.
I loved this trip so much it was probably my favorite trip ever! The food was so good and you took me to the prettiest places ever. The baths were awesome, and the coves were always clear. Wayne and Emily were really nice. They told us funny stories and pulled us behind the dinghy whenever we wanted. Wake boarding rafting and sub winging we´re some of the best experiences ever. The addition of George made it so much better.
This trip was very fun. The food was so good. We went to really cool places. I like to raft, wakeboard, and sub wing. The beaches were so clear. The baths were really cool.
This has been the best trip I´ve been on. The most beautiful beaches ever. I had so much fun doing all the activities and going to the little beaches. The food was very good. Thank you for making me special things when I didn´t like something. This is been one of the best weeks of my life thanks to Wayne and Emily. Sub winging was so fun and snorkeling with the turtles. I couldn´t have asked for a better vacation! I don´t want to go home. Thank you so much! I´ll never forget all the amazing places we got to go, including my favorite, Sandy spit. It has been wonderful!
July 21-28, 2017 Returning to BVI
Oh my!! Thank you for bringing back our BVI memories of 2001. This trip was everything and more, especially having our sons with us.Thank you for your selfless hospitality, lifelong memories of scuba, night swims, snorkeling, island hopping, bar hopping, and evening games. Your food was amazing given our food limitations. As our captain and chef we could not have asked for anyone better and that says it all….Best wishes to you both always!
Keep sailing the friendly seas
Hopefully we’ll see you soon in the next set of cays!!!
Doug, Denae, Worth and Cayman
July 10-19, 2017 Family Vacation
Dear Wayne and Emily,
What an amazing vacation! We love exploring new areas with our guys and are blessed to have you as our guides and friends. Our entire family are taking many wonderful memories, new accomplishments ( learning to water ski, wakeboard and subwing) and seeing a new part of the world in the most unique way possible. I could never imagine spending days on private beaches (the most beautiful blues and clearest water I have ever seen) while exploring so many islands. I will cherish stargazing, learning new games, your hospitality and yummy meals. Thank you for a spectacular adventure. Best wishes with Manna for Missionaries!
Elaine and GT
I liked playing with George and subwinging. I liked everything we did.
Harrison 9 yrs
I loved the water sports and tubing. I also loved George, snorkeling and subwinging.
Truman 12 yrs
I loved diving the Kodiak Queen and the Chimney. Water skiing was fun , too!
Grant 16 yrs
I loved diving the Wreck of the Rhone and the Kodiak Queen. It was fun tubing and waterskiing.
Carter 14 yrs
After Charter Follow up review-
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?
Best vacation we’ve ever taken as a family
How would you describe your Captain and crew? Were they Courteous? Helpful? Friendly? Attentive? Knowledgeable?
Wayne and Emily were awesome. Very patient with the kids, knowledgeable about the area, fun tour guides and very welcoming hosts. George the dog was fun to have on board as well!
Tell me about your meals? Did the menus meet your expectations? Did your Chef and Crew pay close attention to your Preference Sheets?
Great meals. With picky eaters we can be a challenge but Emily knew that some of us didn’t eat seafood while others love it. She always had options for us. I think most people want more gourmet meals but with kids, she adapted nicely and had some homestyle dinners that the kids loved (spaghetti, pot roast, etc.)
How is the yacht? Is she clean and well-maintained? Were your cabins comfortable? Was the cockpit comfortable? Was there enough shade?
I was worried that our family of 6 would get sick of spending so much time in close quarters but there was plenty of space for each of us. Outdoors at the front and back, the indoor sitting area and our cabins gave us plenty of space for alone time or hanging out with eachother. Very clean boat, Emily did a great job keeping it that way.
What did you like most about the yacht? What did you like the least?
With 4 kids, I was concerned that they’d each have plenty to do. Lots of toys on the boat. The dinghy was strong enough to pull water skis, wake boards and tubes so the kids were never lacking. Wayne was always willing to take it out and entertain the guys.
Wayne was a great divemaster as well. We went on 8 dives over the 11 days of our trip. He knew of some great spots that weren’t crowded where the non divers could snorkel above us so they didn’t feel left out.
How did you find the pace and the itinerary of your vacation?
I’m glad we did 10 days. 7 would have felt rushed. We fished for 1 day (we shouldn’t have spent money on fishing licenses).
July 1-8, 2017 Birthday Celebration
I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday trip and you two made it even more special. I hope you enjoyed having us as much as we enjoyed you tow. We look forward to doing this again- Spanish Virgin Islands!! (in the future but we hope sooner than later).
Cheers to new friends. Bob says “greatest 6,5,4”!!
Bob and Jo
Thank you to both of you for a trip of a lifetime. So many memories, so many laughs. This was our first trip to the Virgin Islands and not sure we can top it! Thanks Captain and Admiral!
Come join us at Mardi Gras and ditto to the Spanish Virgin Islands!
Jill and Vince
Ya’ll run a tight ship!
John and Pam
June 11-17, 2017 Graduation Celebration through the Islands
Capt. Wayne and Emily,
Just wow! What an amazing vacation! It exceeded all our expectations, which were set pretty high. Where to start… trip planned to celebrate Melanie’s graduation. Two teenagers on the boat for the first time, Was I crazy? But no, between Emily’s amazing cooking and Wayne’s never-ending energy it truly was an amazing vacation. The dives were incredible. The girls loved the Subwings. First time waterskiing, up on the first try, incredible! Hiking, paddle boarding with George our constant companion. And just when we thought we would drop dead from activities, late night card games with Wayne and Emily. We will always remember the laughs and stories and especially Wayne’s toasts. Thank you Wayne and Emily for an incredible vacation we will never forget. Emily, you should write your own cookbook. Hope to be back for the Spanish islands. Going to miss those morning sunrises. Amazing memories but even better? New friends.
Didn’t think the islands could get better than our first few trips but thanks to Wayne, Emily and George we were definitely shown otherwise. Between the peaceful cruising around, scuba diving and other activities we’ll have enough stories to talk about for a long, long time. Can’t thank you enough for a vacation of many firsts, laughs and toasts. Thanks for an amazing trip!
Megan and Melanie
Wayne, Emily and my buddy George,
BVI is an amazing place. Our family has visited many Islands but never by boat.
What a difference!! This trip was full of daily adventures. All exciting with stunning views. Scuba diving was amazing, seeing the girls water ski for the first time, and boating with George were very special memories. Excellent food at you on-board dining table was an awesome touch. To put the final touches on , Captain Wayne taught us many new toasts we will enjoy for a lifetime. Thanks for an amazing family vacation.
June 3-10, 2017 Covering tons of diffrent islands Island
This was an Island hopping trip in its truest form. Starting in St Croix and including stops in St John, St Thomas, USVI and BVI. With loads of sailing, over 150 miles and some of the most interesting stops along the way...
Wayne and Emily,
Thank you for making our first cruise such a memorable one. You are great hosts who were so amazing!! Your knowledge was so interesting and we appreciated all your kindness you showed along the way.
George and Marilyn
We had a wonderful time! You two were so accommodating and gracious. Wonderful hosts!!
Tracy and Pat
Thank you for the repeat visit! I’m saddened by the prospects of never seeing you again unless you make it to Kansas City.
Thank you for this amazing trip. It was a ton of fun.
Nolan ´13th Birthday while aboard´
May 13-20 Manna to the rescue that saved one groups vacation!
When another boat canceled this group´s vacation at the last minute. Manna came to the rescue with less than an hour from dropping prior guest to take on the Challenge of an unplanned charter. They did it with precision and with the spirit of yachting. Without question absolutely amazing! S/Y Manna and crew, you´re nothing short of the best. Thank you so much.
Wayne and Emily,
Thank you so much for your hospitality this week as you shared your home with six strangers. It was such a treat to get to explore and experience BVI alongside you both. Wayne you’re an excellent captain and added much to the humor and adventure of this trip. Sweet Emily, you have such a servant´s heart and a gift of making people feel at ease in your home and in your company. You definitely added to the laughter also. Thank you again for taking us in with such short notice.
Sam and Sydney~
Emily and Captain “The Dude” Wayne,
Thanks for saving our family vacation! We couldn’t have lucked into a better situation. Best week ever!
Dan and Tracey~
Thank you both for such an amazing week! We all had the best time on your boat. Each of you are so special. We admire you so much for how you enjoy the lives of others. I think we all can learn a thing or two from your selflessness. You helped create a vacation we will never forget. Next time will bring our little fur baby to hang out with George.
Carson and Marisa~
May 5-12 2017 Scuba Diving & Treasure Hunting
Group of four (Two couples) comments after a very enjoyable and relaxing week aboard S/Y Manna;
Wayne and Emily,
What an absolutely amazing experience/trip. We are so blessed to be on your boat sailing the BVI and getting to know you both. We immediately felt comfortable and spoiled. Emily your cooking was fabulous and hospitality over the top. Thank you both for taking us to all of the cool spots throughout the islands, for telling us the history of the area and being patient with our “minor drinking”. We are all discussing our next years trip with you as no one compares. Wishing you safe charters to come.
Ethan and Joanne
Wayne and Emily,
Thank you for a wonderful week aboard Manna. We were so comfortable on your beautiful boat and your hospitality was far beyond our expectations! Emily your food was fabulous and always planned with perfect timing. Wayne, thank you for always being ready, willing and able to entertain us with whatever activity was our whim of the moment. We hope to stay in touch and come aboard another time.
Marshall and Carolyn
April 5-18, 2017 Puerto Rico & The Spanish Virgin Islands
We knew when we planned this trip we would have a good time. But we never dreamed it would have been this amazing and wonderful!. Each day was a new adventure and memories created that we will never forget. Thank you for everything! From the all the great Scuba Diving, snorkeling, sub-winging, shopping, games, laughs and the amazing food! We really can’t say enough, thank you!
Dalton and Jamie~
What a perfectly named vessel for our experiences this week: Manna! We were fed bountifully in every way possible -physically, spiritually, recreationally, and emotionally! The food was fantastic; the company was inspirational; the play was refreshing, and the pace was restful and soothing! We’ve never feasted better on a trip! Our deepest most gratitude thanks to you and your vessel.
Fair winds and Gods speed,
Ron and Katherine~
Once again the most wonderful, exciting, and relaxing trip! Thank you so much for a needed to make your guests feel welcomed and pampered- yet like we are at home! The lobster hunting in the Spanish Virgin Islands this time was really a special treat and we hope to get to do it again! The food as usual was first class and five star. We only return home to start planning the next trip! Thank you thank you thank you! Can’t wait till the next trip.
Dan and Regina~
Mar 11-17, 2017 Caribbean Texas style
Wayne and Emily,
Thank you for being such gracious hosts aboard manna. We had an awesome adventure! We loved getting to know you both. Captain Ron, I mean Wayne, thank you for taking us snorkeling, skiing, wakeboarding, sub-winging, and who could forget the tube ride!!! The boys loved it! Thanks for making this a special trip for them. Emily, we absolutely loved that Texas meal package. It was all delicious. Again, thank you thank you for making this trip a wonderful experience. We want to come back if you’ll have us. We love your servants heart. Take care, travel safe and please let us know when you’ll be coming thru Houston.
David and Karen~
Thank you, Wayne and Emily, for an adventure on the water!
Wayne and Emily,
I have had the time of my life this past week. Thank you so much for pouring into us, taking care of us, and sharing stories. I couldn’t have imagined a better trip with a better captain and crew. I am so thankful for everything you have done for us this week from cooking the food to pulling us behind the boat. I hope and pray we cross paths in the near future. Again, thank you for your hospitality and genuine care you showed me and my family.
Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2017 Looking for that spice of life!
Perfect is not a good enough word to describe your ability and passion to lead us on an amazing vacation journey. Kim and I would like to thank you for a fabulous week. It is one we will forever remember! So appreciative of your accommodating our needs, as we know how challenging it is to satisfy our six people. Your infectious enthusiasm and flexibility made our trip that more special. We couldn’t have asked for a better vacation on board manna.
Steve and Kim~
Thank you so much for being such wonderful hosts. We’ve done this trip a few times and I’d say it takes a lot to impress us but we were more than impressed with the food, the dives, the sailing, and the water sports! You were always ready to assist us with everything we needed and wanted.
Nico and Elyse~
Thank you for the amazing adventure! We had such a great time! Wayne, the dives were so beautiful and thank you for your patience with the wakeboard. Emily, your food was so good, we love your spices, LOL! And those desserts, yummmmm, our diets start tomorrow. Thank you for your hospitality and for spoiling us, we loved this vacation! We wish we could have met George, maybe next time. Thank you! Thank you!
Adam and Shevaun~
Feb 19-26 2017 Six adventurous guest in BVI
While, we had a great trip! You both were awesome adjusting to our rather eclectic motley crew. I appreciate very much all of the flexibility and accommodating the varied interests. May there be many jet skis in crew dog George’s future! Woof… Smooth sailing to you both in the future and thanks again for your hospitality.
Owen and Mary~
I had such an amazing experience on manna. All of the food, the diving, the water-skiing, wakeboarding, riding the subwing, and especially hanging out with George! We got everything we could have possibly wanted out of this trip. Thanks for being so generous and accommodating. Next time we’ll take the cannon down towards Venezuela and take on some pirates!
Thank you for the amazing experience! From delicious meals, beautiful dives, water toys, and laughs-we had such a good time!!
A poem for Wayne and Emily -----Mike~
At the end of this sentence, rain will begin.
At the rain´s edge, a sail.
Slowly the sail will lose sight of islands;
into a mist will go the belief of harbors
of an entire race.
The ten-years war is finished.
Helen´s hair, a gray cloud.
Troy, a white ashpit
by the drizzling sea.
The drizzle tightens like the strings of a harp.
A man with clouded eyes picks up the rain
and plucks the first line of the Odyssey.
By: Derek Walcott
Feb 12-18 Half board with 8 guest
Words cannot describe the truly amazing and fantastic time we had! Food, friends, sun, and sailing the seas with the best! My memories will be forever in my heart and soul. I now know good people walk the earth but the best sail the sea! Thank you for being so gracious and accommodating for every little thing. Truly the best vacation anyone could ask for. Hoping for repeat!
Wendy and Bill~
Thank you for our fabulous vacation. Your food and hospitality are second to none. We had the best time ever!! We will to see you in the future. Wishing you both the best.
Rod and Stacey~
Thank you so much for the amazing week! We have been on many trips in the past and none of them come close to this one. It was amazing as well as the cocktails. Fun times had by all! Hope to see you soon.
Jill and Dave~
Amazing! Sums up our entire week. The food and cocktails and company were top notch and this was the best vacation ever and we will see you again.
Pat and Julie~
Email received a few weeks later;
Hello Emily and Wayne,
I just wanted to thank you once again for taking us into your home and making us feel so welcome. This was a vacation I had been dreaming about for years and I had extremely high expectations, and you far exceeded them.
I am attaching some music (Meat & Taters) for your listening pleasure.
The first song is Caribbean Love. It was the first song I wrote that had any Caribbean flair.
The second is called heaven and it is basically a dream I had of taking a boat through the Caribbean, that incidentally, you helped come true.
Just a note to say thanks again for our best vacation ever. We have only been home a few days and hated to put on “real” clothes for work on Monday. You run a terrific business. We have always talked about moving to the Caribbean some day after our moms no longer need us. After our visit it seems we can make that a reality. We would love to sail Puerto Rico with you sometime. If a short week comes up or you have a last minute opening, Pat and I can usually make a quick trip. We would love for our kids to experience your Manna as well.
Feb 4-11, 2017
What a fabulous week it has been! A dream really! We loved sailing away with you. Emily, thank you for your delicious healthy meals. Wayne, thank you for keeping us up on all the history and fun facts. Loved, loved, loved the showers. The beaches were amazing! I had never felt more welcome and on someone else’s boat or home. Robert fell in love with snorkeling and wants to come back and dive. We love you!
Rob and Amy
Where do I start? This has truly been a trip of a lifetime. I have loved every minute of it. Just wait, we will be back with all the kids also. I can’t wait for them to meet you. In this last week, I have grown to love both of you. You two are amazing! I would love to make a trip to Haiti with you. I love your spirit and the light of Christ you share! I wish you both the best in all you do. Can’t wait to meet up with you again. Thank you for making this the most amazing trip I have ever been on. And the food! Holy Cow what I would do to just take Emily home! In fact, please come visit us. We would love to have you. I’ll give you a phone number when I get a new phone since mine is on the bottom of the ocean. Love you both.
Thanks so much for an amazing week! I’ve been wanting to take this trip for years, and I’m so glad I found you two! I had high expectations and you exceeded all of them. Thanks for everything. I loved it all.
I was not sure what to expect when we booked this catamaran. I can say it was the best vacation I have ever been on. We owe it all to you and Emily. You are so accommodating and took us wherever we wanted to go and do whatever we wanted to do. Emily’s cooking was amazing! Breakfast, lunch and dinner and also snacks were perfect. This trip that they did my expectations about far. I can’t wait to come back and bring the kids. Thank you so much for putting up with us and making it the perfect week! Love you both.
This was a last-minute decision to come on this trip and I’ve found glad we came. By far the best vacation I have been on. The beauty, food, fun is almost indescribable. I loved your faith and passion that you have for life and what you do. You both are amazing.
Jan 22-28 2017 USVI & BVI
We have had the most amazing week on Manna and feel completely spoiled by the two of you. This trip was filled with beautiful scenery, relaxation, wonderful food, cocktails, and best of all the company of an amazing generous couple. We hope to continue a friendship with you.
Darla and Greg
This was an amazing vacation. Both of you are such good hosts. Food was fantastic. Conversation was superb. Learned so much about that this part of the world and what makes it so desirable for people. This is a trip that will not be forgotten. Loved our pirate outfits and blowing the conch. Lots of fun! Every day was perfect and I hope we meet again. Thank you for sharing with us your life.
Carol and Scott
Thank you so much for being great hosts. We enjoyed your company and all the great food. Thank you for showing us the BVI and excellent snorkeling. Greg is going to practice on his snorkeling skills in our pool. Thank you for sharing all your experience and adventures on the islands and for sharing your missionary work at Haiti. We both look forward to communicating and keeping in touch. God, bless you both.
Sherra and Greg
Jan 4-11 2017 Wedding & Honeymoon
Captain Wayne had the honor and privilege of officiating the first Wedding ceremony aboard the decks of S/Y Manna. It was a most beautiful and moving ceremony, with local entertainer Michael Bean Gardner performing a live Love song specially for the young couple.
Thank you so much for the trip and honeymoon of a lifetime! We are so blessed to have you guys in our life. We can´t wait to start planning our next trip. We can never thank you enough for the preparation and planning for our big day. You are so special to us!
Thank you as for giving Hannah and I a wedding and trip we will never forget. You guys are a blast to be around and have some wonderful friends. We hope that we can come see you again. Thank you for such great hospitality and taking the time to teach me the basics of diving. Words cannot express how Thankful I am for all that you guys have done.
New Years 2016/17
And what a new year it is been! Thank you for an amazing week on sailing vessel Manna. From perfect stops throughout the BVI, snorkeling, subwing, delicious food, amazing drinks, music, and games. We loved wakeboarding and touring on the dinghy but especially loved bar hopping on Jost Van Dyke and being pulled around on the tube a rama!! It could not have been a more activity packed week and yet it was relaxing as any I could ever imagine. Thank you for letting us usher in 2017 with style and such fun. Forgot about Allie´s birthday celebration. Best 15th birthday and pirate show a girl could have with a great cake!
Pam and Frank~
Thank you for such an amazing trip and for an amazing time. Also thank you for the smooth trips and amazing food.
Spicer~ 10 years old
Thank you for such an amazing week! We have experienced so many new things and firsts as a family and it has all been so fun. Thank you for showing us all around the islands and showing us the ropes. It has been a blast and we can´t wait to come back again!
Allie~ 15 years old
Thank you so much for an amazing week! There was a perfect balance between relaxation and activity, so we got to experience so many different islands while also getting lots of rest. Thank you so much for all your hard work making this trip so incredible. Happy new year!
Holland~ 17 years old
Dec 17-23 2016 Single Guest
There are many reasons to come to the Virgin Islands:
World class entertainment
But the best reason to come to the Virgin Islands is Wayne and Emily, and George of course!
June 13-22 2016 Spanish & USVI Captain only
Sailing on Manna was a dream come true for us. We have been in love with Royal Cape Catamarans for over 10 years and are so happy that she is as wonderful as we´d imagined. Captain Wayne and Miss Emily made this an amazing vacation for our family including kids 11 & 12. Beyond the incredibly well appointed boat, they were full of surprises with unique grown-up toys like the sub-wing and UAV drone, and exciting activities like diving in Christmas Cove, waterskiing in Megan´s Bay and exploring coral nurseries. Having previously chartered in the BVI many times, we found it fun to explore new locations in the Spanish and USVI. Each day was a new adventure with Captain Wayne giving us several options to choose from to ensure that each of us got to hit our bucket lists for the trip. Thanks so much for sharing your time and wonderful home with us. You made us feel special and we will certainly recommend a Manna vacation to all of our friends!
Steve and Denise
Thank you for your amazing hospitality and patience with us. Captain Wayne thank you for letting us subwing and playing cards with us. Emily thanks for cooking amazing meals for us. Also you make amazing desserts. George you are a great dog and you brought lots of joy to this trip.
Thank you so much for everything. The boat sailed so smoothly, the food was great and I even won a game of monopoly. Captain Wayne was so patient when letting us subwing.
Thank you for such an awesome trip. I have never been on such an amazing adventure and I am so glad it was this one. What a trip, the fun, humor, and all the great swimming spots. Thank you so much!
June 4-11 2016 Winning bid for Charity
Manna donated a week all-inclusive vacation to ´Ian´s Friends Foundation´ as part of a fundraiser to be auctioned off with proceeds going to research for children´s brain tumors. Below are the comments from the guest that won the bid.
Can´t thank you enough for making our trip so wonderful! From the minute, we got up in the morning until the time we went to bed the 2 of you were a joy to be with. You made our family trip one of the best! There was nothing we desired that you didn´t make happen. Our wish was your command thank you. Emily your food was delicious. Wayne you´re a great captain and I love the stories. You are however too good at monopoly. Thanks again for everything. Wish only good things in your future.
Thank you for making this week so fun. It has been one of the best weeks at my life. Emily your great cook and I enjoyed your food. Wayne, you are a pretty cool cat. You are funny and really good at monopoly.
Thank you so much for an amazing week. I had a great time getting to know you both and enjoyed every minute. George, I will miss you bad. Thanks again for a great week.
May 14-21, 2016 Slice of Heaven
We had a wonderful time. So much better than I had envisioned as I don´t have the best sea-legs. You both are dear friends and this trip was awesome! Beautiful scenery, fabulous food. Emily´s culinary gift was amazing. To prepare such wonderful dishes in limited space and time. Captain Wayne you made our trip a forever great memory. Captains drinks, keeping us abreast of where we are going and history of the islands. I am thankful God put you in our path.
Dave and Renie
What a great time we have had with you both. The Captain, Wayne, was such a great Captain from running us in the dinghy or just sailing. And Emily your cooking was 5 star. The week came to an end way too soon. Manna is such a comfortable boat and we know you are so enjoying living the dream in paradise. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Jim and Shelly
Thank you so much for an amazing week. Loved every minute. You are such gracious hosts. You´ve got a fabulous home on the water. Thanks again for sharing. We´ll be in touch again, Im sure. The time with you has been a slice of heaven.
Terri and Haven
May 1-8 2016 Spanish Virgin Islands
My wife, Nan and I would like to thank you for a wonderful week on Manna. From the moment we arrived on May 1st until the minute we left on May 8th everything was perfect. We felt like we were the center of attention. Your boat is beautiful and our cabin was so cool and comfortable. The meals prepared by Emily were absolutely fantastic! Our sail trip to Culebra and the island of Culebrita was filled with swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in the most beautiful waters imaginable and then going ashore for sightseeing and entertainment. We think Captain Wayne knows exactly what his guests expect and then exceeded our expectations by taking us to uninhabited pristine beaches and beautiful coral reefs to explore. WOW! We had a magical time. We will be back! Until then we thank you for the very best, most relaxing week we have ever had on a trip like this! We highly recommend the crew and yacht for the best of the best!
Kim and Nan Fuller
What an amazing week, so many wonderful memories, great sailing to awesome beaches, snorkeling and diving. Loved all the toys, card games and fantastic food!! You guys are wonderful hosts. God bless you both.
Linda and Dave
April 9-16, 2016 All Girls trip
Thank you so much for a wonderful time at the BVI. The food was outstanding and Wayne did a good job keeping us entertained on the water and shopping You are the best!!! See you in 2 years!
Thank you so much for such a great time. This was truly a trip of a lifetime. I will keep you in my prayers. Thanks again for everything.
Thank you very much for the best trip to the BVI. The food was excellent and snorkeling at Peter Island was amazing. See you in 2 years!
I can´t explain how wonderful the trip was for me. The hospitality was out of this world. The best time of my life. I enjoyed helping on the boat-thank you for allowing me to. Everything was amazing.
Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality. This trip was the best vacation I have ever been on. You guys were great and I can´t wait to come and sail again.
Oh, my gosh-what a fabulous trip I had!! Thank you for being so awesome!
March 26 through April 2 Tandem Charter with S/Y Manna and Ultima Life
Thank you so much for bringing us aboard Manna with you. This vacation has been amazing and you two have done a great job exceeding our expectations. Emily your food was amazing and I am sure we will be cooking some of your meals again. Captain Wayne, you were always ready to tell a joke or story and knew a ton about the BVI. Thank you so much for making this vacation even more amazing than we thought it could be. We would love to sail again on Manna. Bayard
My favorite part was playing with George. I had a fun time with him. I hope I see him again. Love, Dinghy Captain Paige - 6 years old
Thank you for teaching me to water-ski. It was amazing. Andrew
Thank you for giving us the experience of water skiing, snorkeling and fishing. I will remember this trip for a long time. Graham
Thank you for the great week. I dont think I have ever seen so many ear to ear grins over the course of a week-from the water skiing, to diving, to dinghy driving. I am sure George will be happy to be free of his morning baths. Enjoy sleeping past 6 am in the weeks ahead. Arrgh, Russell
We cannot thank you enough for making our first (but not last) trip to the BVI so memorable. Thank you for keeping up with the all-day activity of 4 kids and adapting to their early wake up times. We loved every minute of this trip. Stephanie
Mar 16-21, 2016 Birthday Celebration
Where do I begin to express our thankfulness for the opportunity to celebrate my 60th birthday aboard your awesome home ´The Manna´? This is truly one vacation that I will remember for many years to come. Being onboard with my husband, children and best friends has truly been a blessing. This awesome experience would not have been possible without the hospitality of you two. You willingly gave up your cabin for us and treated us royally. Those pleasant dispositions you have! Emily, every meal was a hit. You really went all out! Wayne, no request was denied. You are a 1st Class Captain. We loved your giving spirit and willingness to please. God is good to provide such beautiful scenery for us to enjoy. From sun up to sundown, his majesty surrounded us. After being on ´The Manna´ it´s hard to return to New Orleans and everyday life. No doubt memories of this time will sneak into my mind and cause me to think of you two and I will smile. Love you guys!
We don´t want to leave! Not enough words to express our gratitude for all you have done to make Vicki´s 60th birthday celebration so special. The memories we made aboard Manna are ones my family will treasure for many years. Each of you went above and beyond to make us feel at home aboard your home. We truly appreciate your southern hospitality and your hard work. Emily, we love your cooking, the meals are 5 star! Wayne, no request was denied! You both aim to please and you certainly did! We are family now!
Cheryl and I have been on many vacations and travelled the world and it seems though we sometimes are more stressed when we return because we have to either make all the decisions or we´re in a hurry to catch excursions with many other people. We call it the Cattle Call. Not the case here, truly left our worries at home and just relaxed. The boat was fabulous; food better and if you can believe it the captain and 1st mate were even better. We felt safe, well informed at where we were, where we were going and what we were going to do. Best vacation ever!
You both have been so wonderful to be with. Celebrating Vicki´s Birthday has been a blessing! We got to celebrate with 2 heaven sent people! So glad God works in mysterious ways. So glad our paths crossed. This vacation has been so exciting, fun and adventurous! The meals, swimming, snorkeling, games have been so much fun. Thanks for a wonderful vacation and adventure. May God keep you both healthy, happy and safe travels. Hope to share more adventures with you both. Thank you for sharing you home! Keep the Faith.
Thank you guys so much for the hospitality and wonderful experience this week.
Emily you have been my ´Momma on Manna´ and where do I start on the Food!
Wayne thanks for your knowledge and patience with us and hopefully you can take my dad up on his offer to be your ´Deck Hand´. Everything has been great but what made it special were you guys. Hope to see you soon!
Emily & Wayne, Thank you all so very much for making my mothers 60th birthday one to remember. Also, thank you for not throwing my father overboard. I´ve never quite had a vacation this relaxing or adventurous. I may be leaving sunburned, scratched, and dehydrated [Symbol], but it was definitely worth it. Thank you for all the memories!
New Years 2015/16
Wayne and Emily,
Thanks for a spectacular week aboard the Manna. We had a great relaxing time: a perfect vacation.
You´ve been so generous and the perfect hosts, from dive trip to bouncy raft to all the wonderful meals.
Emily your food was outstanding and you will have to incorporate all the new recipes into your repertoire. But really it´s all about the almond cake.
Thanks and good luck with Manna for Missionaries-such a wonderful cause /calling.
We couldn´t have enjoyed our time with you and the Manna more. You are both delightful hosts and created a perfect atmosphere of casual relaxation. It exactly what we needed.
Thank you Wayne for your good- natured, confidant hand at the helm and Emily for the wonderful meals and pampering. All the best to you on your further adventure in life. This was a great one in ours.
Thank you for guiding us through this beautiful part of the world. I will never forget this trip or your hospitality.
Thank you so much for the incredible week aboard Manna. It was the perfect way to end a hectic 2015 and makes me hopeful and optimistic for 2016. Good luck with Manna for Missionaries and keep us posted. Thank you for sharing your world with us.
We have taken over 25 cruises on the large ships, but this one takes the cake and by the way Emily´s cakes are to die for.The intimacy of this trip is like a 9 day long super excursion that you would take on a regular cruise. The feeding frenzy rivalled the large cruise ships. I have 8-10 extra lbs to show for this. We have enjoyed spending time with you both (and George too)
Mary and Paul~
Where do we begin and how can we begin to thank you for such a special week in your magical world. We are truly blessed to have crossed paths with you both (and George) . Your elegant, casual, thoughtful gifts for sharing your treasures-Manna, Virgin Islands, BVI, best recipes EVER, tales of the sea are deeply appreciated and will forever be Remembered . Thanks so much for your warmth, wit, courage and friendship.
Victoria and Skip~
We knew that it would be good, we just didn´t know that it would be this good. I am so proud of you guys for getting out and living your dream. Your hospitality, food and beautiful Manna exceeded our expectations. You gave us a week we will never forget. Just great all the way around.
Tom and Debbie~
Another wonderful trip. The meals were five star, the rooms are awesome and thanks for giving up your room for us. May God continue to bless you.
Brian and Connie~
Last week we left home knowing we were on our way to a beautiful place but we didn´t know that we were going to meet 2 new friends. We want to thank you for opening up your home to us and showing us your world This has definitely been a special week for us. Your hospitality was above and beyond anything we could have expected. We look forward to coming back soon.
Rick and Cindy~
Thank you so much for allowing us to come back on vacation with you. A week on Manna was the perfect solution, the most relaxing vacation ever. The food was incredible as always. You are both wonderful hosts , accommodating everyone´s wishes and making sure everyone had a great time.
Robin and Wayne~
This has been one of the best vacations we have ever been on. It was so relaxing . Everything was wonderful The food was yummy and we enjoyed every stop. Thank you for your hospitality. We feel so blessed to have been a part of such an awesome experience. May God bless you in your journey.
Doug and Shanelle~