Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Adventure
Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Adventure
Kayak, snorkel and hike; don't miss signing up for this award-winning St. Thomas Triple Play Tour!
The southern coast of St. Thomas is home to the beautiful Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary and Marine Preserve. Its exceptional natural resources are filled with scenic contrasts: manglar islands, rocky cliffs, shallow clear waters with sea grass beds, salt ponds and panoramic ridgelines. These natural areas provide a rich nursery habitat for offshore coral reef fish and invertebrates, and homes to nesting egrets, pelicans, herons and terns. Here, on your St. Thomas shore excursion, you will kayak with nature guides who take you through the protected Inner Mangrove Lagoon Marine Reserve, stopping to explain the ecosystem.
After kayaking, hike the pristine, deserted island of Cas Cay. As an important part of the Virgin Islands Park System, Cas Cay is a 15-acre Wildlife Preserve for white-cheeked pintail ducks, red-billed and white-tailed tropic birds, brown pelicans, oyster catchers, roseate terns, egrets, herons and sandpipers. A special and rare dry forest ecosystem of mampo, sea grape and ink berry begins at the south side volcanic cliffs and extends into a flat, sandy area with a red mangrove forest, complete with a village of hermit crabs. Enjoy many breathtaking views from coral and shell beaches at the base of volcanic cliffs and marine tidal pools, complete with a rare geologic blowhole.
Next on your St. Thomas, snorkel along the clear, protected waters of a coral-fringed mangrove nursery. Guides offer snorkeling instruction, point out the marine life and interpret the diverse mangrove ecosystem.
Please note: Your tour departs from and returns to the marina located near the Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary and Marine Preserve. Transfers to and from the marina before and after your tour are not included in the tour price.
Reviewer: Geremy Vincengt
Harley our guide was excellent. Quite knowledgable and went at our pace. All 3 events were good (snorkelling, kayaking, short hike). Few people on the trip made it superb. Suggestion: Same as other excursion. Make it known (as opposed to the fine print) that getting to the site is not part of the excursion. The taxi was $20 USD, there and back. Not too bad as there were 2 of us. For single travellers a meeting spot/time at the ship for transportation would be an ideal thing. Thank you for a wonderful trip.
Reviewer: Joann DeMassa
Great adventure - great guides and people all around - thank you
Reviewer: Robin E Ware
Loved kayaking out to the hike and snorkel area. The tour guide was excellent and provided a wealth of information. There is a short hike and then a good amount of time to snorkel. This was so much fun.
Reviewer: Holly Beck
My friend and I did the Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Adventure while in port in St. Thomas. We actually did an island tour we scheduled once we got off the ship -and after, we were dropped us right off at the location where our tour began. Haley was our guide and she was awesome. She was bubbly and fun, and seemed to know a ton about the vegetation and sea life in the area. The kayaking was fun, we had a nice walk (not really a hike) along the beach at our stop, and then we snorkeled. I didn't see a lot of colorful fish, but it was still a fun day. I love the small group (there were 4 of us total) so it was really nice. One of the other groups (probably off the cruise ship) had around 30 people.
Reviewer: Jerry Chermak
My family had a party of five which comprised the tour. Therefore, it was essentially a private tour. The main guide who grew up on the island was personable, knowledgeable and passionate about the terrain. A second guide was rather new to the island, but skilled in outdoor activities. They made a good pair. Kayaking was enjoyable, however, there is no reef there so snorkeling was fair not exceptional. Overall, a worthwhile trip with very competent and friendly leadership. Thanks. My best to Brad Miller. Jerry Chermak