Historic Hassel Island Kayak, Hike & Snorkel

St. Thomas Kayaking, Hiking & Snorkeling Shore Trip on Hassel Island
Price: $105.00
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St. Thomas Historic Hassel Island Kayak, Hike & Snorkel

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.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Active, Beach/water
Shore Excursion Duration
3 hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Charlotte Amalie Harbor, which is a 10-20 minute taxi ride (not included) from the ship pier. Full details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
Food/Beverage Provided
Water and snack
Swim suit should be worn under a comfortable cover-up and sensible, rubber-soled deck or walking shoes are recommended. A towel, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.
Guests need to be 13 years or older and able to paddle for approximately 60 minutes. Hike is 30 min walk over hilly, uneven terrain. For snorkeling, guests need a basic understanding of swimming. Kayak maximum weight is 600 pounds total.
5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  6 ReviewsReview This Tour
Nice trip with individual care.
February 28, 2017
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: Rudy KUPPERS
5 Stars
Awesome Outing
April 26, 2016
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: Family of 4
5 Stars
Awesome tour
April 19, 2016
Our guide was fantastic!
Reviewer: Massive the traveling couple
5 Stars
Wonderful excursion, would do this again
March 14, 2016
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.
Reviewer: Love to vacation!
5 Stars
Perfect Excursion!
February 17, 2016
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!
Reviewer: Anne
5 Stars
Best Adventure for your Dollar!
September 04, 2012
Kayak across the bay to the ruins, breathtaking views. Visit the grave sight of the Hassel family. Tried to provoke a tarantula out of it's home. Enjoyed hearing a little bit of the history of St. Thomas & Hassel Island. Beautiful weather conditions & the snorkel was fabulous. We have great memories & beautiful pictures to share with our family & friends. Great start to our 8 night caribbean cruise!
Reviewer: tmjrazz
4 Stars