The workshop will be held on St. John, the smallest and least-developed of the three US Virgin Islands. Almost two-thirds of the 20-square-mile island is protected as a national park. It offers beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, hiking, etc.
The location of the workshop will be Maho Bay Camps, an ecotourism resort developed in 1976. We will have exclusive use of one of the two large open-air pavilions for the presentations and discussions. We have booked a block of tent-cottages for accommodation. Rather than private bathrooms, there are conveniently-located bath-houses are equipped with modern, low-flush toilets and pull-chain showers. The cost of the tent cottages is $75 per night. We have booked a very limited number of Harmony Studios (which include private bathrooms) for people with special needs. For more information, please visit the Maho Bay webpage and go to Maho Bay Camps.
Those participants who wish to invite their spouse or significant other are welcome to do so; the tent cottages are double occupancy. Those who wish to bring their families should consult with the organizers on a case-by-case basis.
The weather in the Virgin Islands is tropical. Year-round sun, balmy trade winds and relatively low rainfall make the Virgin Islands' climate monotonously perfect. The average temperatures range from 70s at night to 80s during the day; in December the average temperature is 78.1F.
Participants who wish to come before the meeting and stay after should contact Maho Bay directly. There is an on-line registration on the webpage, or you may call their toll-free number (1-800-392-9004). Please mention that you will join our group during November 28-December 3. The name of the group is "Int'l University Astronomers" and the group ID is IUA05.
Please access the Maho Bay Travel webpage for useful information for flight and travel advice. Basically, one flies into St. Thomas, takes a taxi to either Charlotte Amalie waterfront, or Red Hook. From there, there is a ferry to Cruz Bay on St. John. The ferry takes about 15-20 minutes (from Red Hook) or 45 minutes (from Charlotte Amalie waterfront). Please see the webpage for schedules.
We are looking into providing transport from Cruz Bay to Maho Bay Camps, and we will post information and distribute that by email when it comes available.