|Guest cabin configuration:|
|2 Queen, 2 Double en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Children Min. Age||Water safe|
|Home port||Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands|
Captain Wayne commissioned Manna in 2013 and the yacht was built by Royal Cape Catamarans with a number of custom designs elements specified by Wayne to make the yacht even more comfortable for crewed charters in Caribbean waters. Royal Capes are known for maximizing every inch of space making the yacht feel larger than her length. The yacht accommodates up to 8 guests in four en-suite cabins with dry heads and has great headroom in the living spaces and cockpit area.
In the last two years during the off season the crew has sailed over 20,000 nautical miles abroad delivering supplies for humanitarian efforts in areas like Haiti along with providing aid for full time missionaries in the field around the world.
Home port: Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards, Caribbean Windwards
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards, Caribbean Windwards
Registered BVI fishing vessel, 10 Person Floating island, 4 Paddle boards , 3 person Hard Kayak, Water Ski , 2 Subwings, 3 person Tube
Wayne & Emily Keese
"Captain" Wayne and "Chef" Emily Keese are both originally from Texas. They met skydiving in the late 1990's and have always led an extremely adventurous life together.
Wayne began his adventurous lifestyle at the age of 16 when he found the love of flying an airplane. He joined the Army at the age of 17 and became part of an airborne unit which sparked his desire to skydive professionally. He later pursued his instructor's ratings and began Eagle Flight Skydiving in Granbury, Texas to share the sport with others.
Emily pursued a career as a pharmacist. As a way of giving back, Emily volunteers working with groups like Open Arms International in Eldoret, Kenya and Outreach organizations on the Amazon River assisting with the needed medical camps.
Wayne and Emily found a new love of scuba while honeymooning in Cozumel. They have both pursued their Padi Divemaster, Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response Trainer certifications. With several dive vacations, their love of the sea grew and they had a dream to purchase their own sailboat at some point.
In 2013, they commissioned Royal Cape Catamaran in Durban, South Africa to build S/V Manna, a true 53' ocean going vessel. After sailing "Manna" across the Atlantic and the love for the islands in BVI it was decided to share the passion with others by chartering her in the BVI for a few years before continuing on with circumnavigating. In the last two years during the off season they have sailed over 20,000 nautical miles abroad delivering supplies for humanitarian efforts in areas like Haiti along with providing aid for full time missionaries in the field around the world. During these new adventures Wayne and Emily both have earned their USCG 100 ton Master Ratings with Sail Endorsements. ..read more
Salty Dog "George" the ships mascot, is available to join the charter at your request. Otherwise he is landlocked and pampered for a week. George is a highly trained, socialized mixed breed that has turned out to be quite the sea dog. He loves to be out on the paddleboard and ride in the dinghy any chance he get or just sit next to you on the deck while you read a book. With his is quiet and well-disciplined behavior George has become a big hit with the kids and adults alike. For him to join your group you must make the request, as by default he will not be onboard, nor is he allowed in the cabins.
You will find the crew aboard S/V Manna to be awesome and extremely unique. Whether you're looking for a slow relaxing vacation or a fast paced adventure the crew onboard Manna has the knowledge and skills to deliver. You and your guest are truly in for the vacation of a lifetime.
Listed below are any confirmed reservations or unavailability, as well as current holds / options. Note: this calendar is not always 100% current. Please contact us for more information about available dates aboard this yacht.
Hours required between charters: 24 hrs
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Manna!
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
Thank you so much for the trip and honeymoon of a lifetime! We are so blessed to have you guys in our life. We cant 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.
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 cant 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
World class entertainment
But the best reason to come to the Virgin Islands is Wayne and Emily, and George of course!
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!
Cant 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 didnt make happen. Our wish was your command thank you. Emily your food was delicious. Wayne youre 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.
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. Youve got a fabulous home on the water. Thanks again for sharing. Well be in tough again, Im sure. The time with you has been a slice of heaven.
Terri and Haven
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
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 cant 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 cant wait to come and sail again.
Oh, my gosh-what a fabulous trip I had!! Thank you for being so awesome!
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
We dont want to leave! Not enough words to express our gratitude for all you have done to make Vickis 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 were 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! Toy
You both have been so wonderful to be with. Celebrating Vickies 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. Cheryl
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! Nic
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. Ive 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! Angela
Thanks for a spectacular week aboard the Manna. We had a great relaxing time: a perfect vacation.
Youve 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 its all about the almond cake.
Thanks and good luck with Manna for Missionaries-such a wonderful cause /calling.
We couldnt 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.
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 didnt know that it would be this good. I am so proud of you guys for getting out and living you 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
Brian and Connie
Last week we left home knowing we were on our way to a beautiful place but we didnt 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 everyones wishes ad 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