Historic Hassel Island Kayak, Hike and Snorkel - a tremendous St. Thomas Triple Play Tour!
Depart from historic Frenchtown and paddle along the eastern edge of Hassel Island, part of the Virgin Islands National Park, with breathtaking views of the bustling Charlotte Amalie hillside. Paddle to the beach at The Garrison House and hike up a short rocky trail to Fort Willoughby, a former Danish and British fort built during the Napoleonic Wars. This is one of the most intact British Naval forts in the Caribbean.
After a snack and photo opportunities, walk back to the beach and launch the kayaks to paddle into Careening Cove, where historically ships traveling from Europe were hauled and repaired. From there, it's a brief paddle to the Creque Marine Railway, built in 1840s at a cost of $250,000. This building is being restored by the U.S. National Park Service.
A five-minute paddle will reward paddlers with a visit to a secluded and picturesque beach, offering a choice of snorkeling a beach side ledge, enjoying a cool dip, or relaxing in the shade. This tour features two-person, easy to paddle, sit-on-top kayaks.
Please note: Your St. Thomas excursion departs from and returns to the Frenchtown Marina in Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Transfers to and from the marina before and after your tour are not included in the tour price.
Reviewer: Rudy KUPPERS
My wife and I were the only ones on this trip. Our guide "Booby" (I think this is a seabird also local term fora pelican), was great, explained a lot regarding the island and the wild life. We enjoyed this greatly and would recommend it. The only problem was the added cost ($8) to get to their pier.
Reviewer: Family of 4
We picked this excursion for me, my husband and two boys (ages 13 and 10) as it seemed to have something for everyone. It ended up being perfect. The kayaking was fun and the perfect distance to get us all in the groove of working together with the paddles. It was interesting to learn about Hassel Island and some history of the Virgin Islands in general. The snorkeling was also perfect. We stopped in a spot with just our group of 6 - no one else was around. The water was a perfect temperature and there were lots of pretty fish to see. Heather, our tour guide was also great.
Reviewer: Massive the traveling couple
Our guide was fantastic!
Reviewer: Love to vacation!
This excursion was such a fun and exciting adventure but also a learning adventure at the same time. Our guide was very informative and excited about what she was doing. We kayaked, hiked, and snorkeled and she made all of it very fun! She explained all of the history about the island and different areas that we visited and was very informative.
Jason did a superb job guiding our kayak tour out of the St. Thomas harbor and over to historic Hassel Island. He was quite informative about the history of the island, concerned about our safety at all times and at the end, we were able to have a nice beach & snorkel experience at Hassel Island. In addition, Jason was very entertaining & gave us plenty of laughs. I would highly recommend this excursion!