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. 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.
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.
This was our favorite excursion that we did. The captain, mate, and sailboat were top notch and the rum punch hit the spot. The turtles and snorkeling were great!
Our sail with Captain Mike and Jessica was great! They were welcoming and very nice to us and our 2 girls. It was so nice to go as a small group and made the experience more personal. Our daughters really enjoyed seeing the turtles along with other fish. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
Reviewer: Janeane La Casse
Enjoyed the sail out to the snorkel area. Our guide "Captain" and his mate were great and quite helpful. I was disappointed in how few fish there were where we anchored and the large number of other boats/snorkelers all in the same area. I was impressed when our Captain spotted a snorkeler in trouble from one of the other excursion boats. He quickly got into the skiff he had towed along with us, rescued the snorkeler and brought her over to her excursion boat. I don't even think they noticed what was happening. Thank goodness for his alertness and quick actions! I saw no turtles that day but really enjoyed getting out into the beautiful warm water and seeing the view from our sailboat.
Reviewer: Jodene Glaesemann
This was mostly sailing. Snorkeling - we saw two turtles, two sting rays. Wished we had seen more. We did snorkel over a coral bed which was like being in an acquarium - so many fish all around. Very cool! This would be best for people who prefer sailing to snorkeling. Crew was great!
Reviewer: Dave S
Captain Mike and Jess were absolutely outstanding at making this half day sailboat ride and snorkelling at Turtle Cove absolutely perfect. Our party of 4 adults and 5 young children had a marvelous time from the tone we got underway just a few hundred feet from the cruise ship! Jess was a wonderful hostess and snorkelling guide while taking time to talk to each guest. Well done! I would go back again!