Half Day Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles

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Summary
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  |  173 ReviewsReview This Tour
Excellent tour
January 19, 2022
Small group, personal service, no complaints whatsoever! Thank you for a wonderful tour - would recommend to anyone who wants to swim with turtles, stingrays, colorful fish in a smaller group on a beautiful sailboat
Reviewer: Nicola
5 Stars
Above and Beyond
January 05, 2022
My wife and I had a blast with Mike and Nicki. The trip out to Turtle Cove was beautiful, and we learned a lot about St. Thomas and the surrounding area. When we got to Turtle Cove and got in the water, Nicki made sure everybody had what they needed, and showed us the best spots to look at the coral and fish below. We saw sea turtles, fish, and a sting ray! We saw a few large groups that booked directly through a cruise line, and we were all glad that we were on a smaller vessel and not sharing with 100 of our closest friends. Nicki made rounds with delicous rum punch on our way back to St. Thomas, and we got to see the beginings of a beautiful sunset. Mike made sure everybody knew where they were going when we got back on land, and gave us all recommendations for how to spend the rest of our time in port. We would be happy to spend half a day just talking with Mike and Nicki - add snorkeling, wildlife, and a beautiful island and it's just about perfect!
Reviewer: Andrew R
5 Stars
Sail and Snorkel
March 27, 2020
Water was beautiful and the captain and Nicki were fantastic
Reviewer: Laurie Sparks
5 Stars
Wonderful snorkel trip
March 04, 2020
Our group had a total of 17 as 3 did not show. It was much nicer than being on those big groups we saw. We sailed using the wind, it was a beautiful ride. We saw a 3-4 turtles that even came up for air right near us. I’m happy they watch people don’t touch the turtles so they are left alone. We saw a couple stingrays and very colorful fish too. Captain Mike and his assistant , I think her name was Nicki were great. They were especially attentive to my 75 yr old mom. They even brought up a cushion from below for her to sit on. Then when it came time to snorkel they made sure she could come back up the ladder by going down a couple steps and coming back up before she got all the way in. They also gave her a see thru view inflatable device she could look through rather than using a snorkel and mask to make it easier for her. I also liked they rinsed you off with fresh water after coming out of the salt water. I would definitely recommend this tour if visiting St. Thomas.
Reviewer: Kim Weisbrodt
5 Stars
Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles
February 13, 2020
We had a GREAT day with Captain Mike and crew. They did a fabulous job all around. Although we only saw one sea turtle we still had a blast. The boat ride was actually my favorite part.
Reviewer: Roxanne Voorhees
5 Stars
Cptn Mike and his assistant....*****
January 29, 2020
What a great experience. Professional and intimate compared to the larger boats from other tours.
Reviewer: Sean Yong
5 Stars