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  |  194 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great day!
August 01, 2023
This was a great excursion. There were only a small group with us which was a nice break from all of the people on the cruise! The guides were amazing, friendly, and knowledgeable! They knew where the turtles were (and were not) we got to see a dolphin and lots of fish! It was just an overall really fun day that was relaxing and just what we were hoping it would be!
Reviewer: Melissa
5 Stars
Fantastic Crew and Experience!
July 24, 2023
We had a fantastic time with Captain Mike and Nikki on the Fury! They were knowledgeable, fun, and most of all so caring! Our daughter was getting sea sick and they tried every remedy possible to keep her from getting sick. They were absolutely fantastic! The location was wonderful and we absolutely loved the pool noodles to help everyone float. It made snorkeling effortless. We saw sea turtles, coral, amazing fish, and sting rays. We would 1000% do it again!
Reviewer: Nancy H.
5 Stars
Family Cruise Vacation
July 12, 2023
We included this excursion as part of our Eastern Caribbean Family Vacation cruise. Captain Mike and Nikki (1st mate) of the Fury could not have been more accommodating. We had a great sail and snorkel. Would do it again next time we are in St. Thomas.
Reviewer: Stephen Copley
5 Stars
Best snorkel experience!
June 07, 2023
I loved this excursion. Not only did I get to see and swim with a turtle or two, I also saw a beautiful coral reef and colorful fish! Captain Mike and his first mate were so much fun! We got to spend about an hour in the water. We arrived as the cruise line excursions left. There were 26 people on our tour. The cruise line tours had about 40-45 people and were probably only in the water about 20-30 minutes. We felt so lucky to have found this! I highly recommend!
Reviewer: Sonee
5 Stars
June 06, 2023
It was our favorite part of the trip! We only saw one turtle but we saw lots of other fish, sting rays and a barracuda with his ugly teeth.the sail boat was beautiful! Oh and get the beer instead of the punch😂😎. I didn’t like the rum punch.
Reviewer: Julie Hyatt
5 Stars
Beautiful day sailing and snorkeling
June 01, 2023
This was one of our favorite excursions on our cruise! The smaller group size what so nice, staff on the boat were very knowledgable, helpful but still let you enjoy the views. We were two couples of varying experience sailing and snorkeling and each one of us felt safe and had a great time. Length of the tour was nice and access from the ship to meeting location was very easy. I highly recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Ashley
5 Stars