Half Day Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles
Sale Price: $99.00
Snorkeling with Turtles & Half Day Sail Excursion
Climb aboard a Morgan 46-foot ketch for this half-day sail and snorkel St. Thomas excursion to the Marine Sanctuary, where you'll have a date with a giant green sea turtle.
To begin your St. Thomas excursion, you will sail past the cruise ships as you head for the open sea on a 25-minute boat ride. You may choose a seat in the center cockpit, designed for shade and to provide a firsthand view of how a beautiful boat is sailed. Or, if you want to soak up the Caribbean rays, spread out on the bow or the stern and relax while breathing the refreshing ocean air. The professional and courteous crew will greet you with complimentary drinks and snacks as the sails are raised and we catch the breeze. The crew has been on the island for years and will share some of the history and pirate lore during your three-mile sail to the sanctuary at Buck Island.
After the yacht anchors in Turtle Cove, the crew will offer professional instruction, quality snorkel gear, and the best flotation devices in the entire U.S. Virgin Islands. Then, follow the crew into the water, where they will assist and explain all the different species of sea life that you encounter. In addition to the turtles, you may see octopus, conch, urchins, starfish, squid, and a variety of tropical reef fish, as well as the coral reef of this deserted island during your one hour of snorkeling.
After your snorkeling and swimming, climb back on board for a quick, freshwater rinse on the aft deck. Then partake in a cold beverage including rum drinks, beer, and soft drinks, as the crew sets the sails and turns towards home.
Please Note: The tour departure location is within walking distance of the WICO (Havensight) Cruise Pier. Guests docking at Crown Bay will need to hire a taxi for an approximately 15 to 25 minute ride, which is not included in the tour price.
Reviewer: Brooke Kane
My boyfriend and I had the best time with this excursion! The guides were so welcoming, laid back, and down to earth. They were incredibly knowledgeable about the area and about the sea turtles. They were so great about answering any questions- big or small. They showed us how to safely use the equipment and when we went out to snorkel they showed us the sea turtles and other amazing things. My boyfriend had a go pro and the guide drove down close to the sea turtles to get a super cool shot. We definitely recommend this tour! So much fun!
Reviewer: Christi Sessions
This was something that I had wanted to do my entire life and finally got to do it and it was everything I hoped for. I booked this excursion instead of the one through the cruise line because it seemed like it might be a little different, although more expensive, and it was well worth it. The crew of Furry were awesome, Nikki went out in the water with us and showed us things we would probably have missed otherwise and when the captain turned off the motor we got to experience a true sailboat on the ocean, truly spectacular. We were only two of six passengers on this sailboat, we saw the excursion boats from the cruise ships and they were loaded with at least 30-40 people, everyone had to wear life vests and hold onto a rope while in the water, ours was truly a freeing experience where we were able to go where we wanted and when we wanted to go, I'm so glad that we paid the extra money, we definitely got our moneys worth.
The 2 crew members were friendly and knew their stuff. Even though the cove was crowded when we arrived they were able to find a spot for our boat of 24 people that was away from the other large catamaran groups. It was right near a few Turtles, some Rays, and a Coral Reef where we got to see colorful fish. The boat is a traditional sailboat so there isn't much in the way of comfortable seating, but unlike most catamarans we actually did cut the engines and sail a bit in both directions. The boat felt a little crowded at times, but all in all a decent excursion. Be sure to bring you paperwork with the phone number. They ran late and it was useful to be able to contact the captain directly.
The day was actually very good. Relative to the excursions offered by the cruise line, the price is significantly better and more importantly, the number of participants on this excursions is much less. That makes the experience better. The sailing was relaxing, the turtles were there and timing was on track.
Reviewer: Joanna Vann
I SWAM WITH SEA TURTLES ! I ENJOYED SAILING ON THE SAIL BOAT. IF YOU HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES THIS WOULD NOT BE THE EXCURSION FOR YOU THOUGH.