Half Day Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles

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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Active, Beach/Water
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 to 15 minute walk, or a 15 to 25 minute taxi ride (not included, approximately $6 US per person each way) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided Complimentary drinks and snacks are included.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing a swimsuit under a comfortable cover-up and sensible, rubber-soled deck or walking shoes. Please bring a towel, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Please refrain from bringing sunscreen oils or aerosols.
Restrictions Although there is no age restriction, you must purchase a ticket for all children regardless of age. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and must be comfortable snorkeling in water which is over their head. Snorkeling is from the boat. Guests need to to be able to pull themselves out of the water using the boat's ladder. This tour requires a minimum of 6 participants to run.

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 (approximately $6 US per person each way), which is not included in the tour price.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  181 ReviewsReview This Tour
Excellent alternative
February 12, 2023
Great vessel. Friendly captain and assistant. Just the best.
Reviewer: Kathryn Dodge
5 Stars
Half day sail and snorkel with sea turtles
January 04, 2023
Great excursion. Tour guide was excellent. Small group of 25 on the boat instead of 80 on other boats I observed. Very secluded area with plenty friendly turtles.
Reviewer: Randy Reuter
5 Stars
December 22, 2022
The crew were amazing! We had a great time and got face to face with a family of sea turtles. Even the sail to and from the turtles was just stunning. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Ryan
5 Stars
Great Captain and First Mate
August 30, 2022
This was by far the best highlight of our 7 day cruise! The captain was so kind to wait for all the cruisers who were arriving a little late into harbor. The captain was excellent teaching all the youngsters how to stir the ship. The snorkel was excellent got to see stingrays, turtles, and even an octopus.
Reviewer: Dan
5 Stars
August 03, 2022
Small personal group. Hosts knew what they were doing and were kind and friendly. One of our kids, age 9, has some special sensory needs, and one of the gals took her and worked with her personally. Even was able to get her snorkeling!! Sailing was great. Even allowed kids to “captain” the boat. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Sharon Block
5 Stars
1/2 Day snorkel with the turtles review
June 23, 2022
We had the best time on this excursion! We had 8 people in our group. The captain and his assistant were very nice, they explained everything throughly, and made us all feel comfortable. At first we were disappointed thinking we were going out on a catamaran but it ended up being a sail boat. It was fabulous! We have never been on a sail boat before and we all enjoyed it! I would highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Sandi Thomas
5 Stars