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St. Thomas Mangrove Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel 3-Hour Tour

1. St. Thomas Mangrove Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel 3-Hour Tour

Spend some time at St. Thomas' Mangrove Lagoon on a 3-hour tour that takes you kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling. You will not only enjoy yourself, but also learn why the ecosystem plays a crucial role in protecting healthy offshore coral reefs and local bird and reef fish populations. Paddle on tandem kayaks among the many small islands of the protected Mangrove Lagoon as your guide points out the marine life and interprets the diverse mangrove ecosystem. At Cas Cay, hike the pristine, deserted 15-acre island, which is a part of the Virgin Islands Park System, and enjoy the many breathtaking views from the coral and shell-laden beaches. Enjoy a hermit crab race and a hike to tidal pools, volcanic cliffs, and the scenic spot of a rare geologic blowhole. Then snorkel with an easy beach entry into calm, clear, and shallow waters, and see colorful marine life in the protected mangrove nursery.

Charlotte Amalie: Historic Main Street Food Tour

2. Charlotte Amalie: Historic Main Street Food Tour

Ten tastings are included on your guided walking food and cultural tour. Locally owned and operated restaurants, specialty food shops and the best mixed drinks in the Caribbean are just a few of the highlights included on this mouthwatering foodie experience. By the end of our tour, you’ll be navigating the streets of Downtown St. Thomas with ease knowing exactly where to go for that local island flavor minus the tourist traps. These tours also include historical information and fun facts about St. Thomas’ rich culture. You’ll learn about the island’s Danish history and influences and walk through our 350 year old city as you traverse transformed warehouses that now house jewelry stores and restaurants.

St. Thomas: Night Kayak in the Lagoon

3. St. Thomas: Night Kayak in the Lagoon

St. Thomas is steeped in pirate history, ghost stories, and folklore. Depart from the Mangrove Lagoon Marina and board a two-person kayak as you watch the sun dip down toward the horizon. Paddle through the winding waterways through the mangrove trees and hear spooky pirate and ghost stories. Enjoy the starlit sky as you look for stingrays, tarpon, and other marine life in the dark waters below your kayak. And keep your eyes peeled for flocks of birds returning to nest in their roosts with the setting sun. During several stops along the way your guide will take you back to the times when pirates, ghosts and jumbies (spirits of Caribbean folklore) roamed the islands. Your spine shivers as you hear the tales of some of the area's most famous pirates. From Blackbeard, Bluebeard, and Teach, prepare for a spooky experience when you kayak along the dark waters of the Mangrove Lagoon and hear tales of shipwrecks and the eerie legends that haunt the islands to this day—some of them are more than just a memory from the past. While passing the deserted and eerie Cas Cay, be sure not to pick up any spirit hitchhikers.

Charlotte Amalie: Virgin Islands Snorkeling and Boating Tour

4. Charlotte Amalie: Virgin Islands Snorkeling and Boating Tour

A maximum of 12 guests will enjoy a 4-hour trip to Turtle Cove and Honeymoon Beach. At Turtle Cove/Buck Island, there will be snorkeling gear available, allowing you to explore the coral reefs that are home to tropical fish such as snapper, hamlets, parrotfish, surgeonfish, and squirrelfish. You can even swim with turtles at this location. Once the group is finished snorkeling, you will be free to enjoy a cold beer or two. Following Turtle Cove, you will be whisked away to Honeymoon Beach/Water Island, a #1 beach on Trip Advisor. There you will enjoy the white sand beach and crystal blue waters, and can visit the world-famous Dinghy's Beach Bar. Depending on availability, you can also either MV Aquarius, a new 2018 31-foot Wellcraft powerboat, MV Poseidon a new 2019 38-Foot Ocean Cat, or SY Pisces, a luxury 47-Foot Leopard Catamaran.

Charlotte Amalie: Flavors of St Thomas Food Tour

5. Charlotte Amalie: Flavors of St Thomas Food Tour

Indulge yourself in making your own rum cocktails. Dine your way through Charlotte Amalie and take in a full lunch progressively enjoyed across a mix of famous and hidden gem foodie haunts in the capital city near both cruise ports. Savor Caribbean classics possibly featured on your tour: flavorful curried chicken, slow-roasted pulled pork tacos, and local rum. Push your foodie IQ by trying creole “fungi” and fried yellow plantain. Dig deep into the island’s rich past of pirates, rum, and even delicious homemade cakes. Let your local guide show you around this little slice of paradise and get you involved in the local food scene so you leave with the confidence and knowledge of a local.

St. Thomas Mangrove Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel Tour with Lunch

6. St. Thomas Mangrove Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel Tour with Lunch

Treat yourself to a uniquely themed 5-hour eco tour in St. Thomas' Inner Mangrove Lagoon Sanctuary and at the Island of Cas Cay. Explore the beauty of this fragile paradise as you go kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling. Begin by kayaking among the many small islands of the Mangrove Lagoon to Long Point and Patricia Cay. Enjoy breathtaking scenic views from the coral rubble barrier reef that divides Long Point, the southernmost tip of St. Thomas, from the deserted island of Patricia Cay. Here you will find a multitude of coral and shells, as well as interesting marine life including bristle stars, sea urchins, chitons, and perhaps even octopi in very shallow, clear waters. From this tranquil setting, enjoy a 10-minute paddle through romantic mangrove alleyways, looking out for nesting pelicans and eagle rays swimming in the shallow waters below. Be sure to paddle slowly as you pass over several shipwrecks en route to Cas Cay. Upon arriving at the wildlife sanctuary of Cas Cay, a deserted tropical island consisting of 15 acres of mangrove forest to the south and volcanic cliffs to the north, enjoy a hermit crab race. You will learn about the importance of the mangrove ecosystem, and how to identify the various tropical plants, as well as their edible and medicinal uses. Then, enjoy a 15-minute leisurely stroll along a scenic coral and shell rubble beach. Once reaching the south side of Cas Cay, explore the boulders flanked with volcanic cliffs. This spot is home to the famous Red Point Blow Hole. Here you will enjoy a picnic lunch from a local market with your guide and group. Hike the pristine, deserted 15-acre island of Cas Cay, which is a part of the Virgin Islands Park System. Enjoy the many breathtaking views from the shell-laden beaches. Snorkel a coral-fringed mangrove nursery with an easy beach entry in the clear protected waters. While snorkeling, you will continue to explore the waters around Cas Cay. Your guide will lead you on a 45-minute tour through a shallow marine habitat. Explore the sea grass and mangrove nursery habitats in calm, warm, and shallow waters teeming with colorful and abundant sea life. Complete your day kayaking through the mangroves back to the marina.

Saint Thomas 2.5-Hour Mangrove Lagoon Tour

7. Saint Thomas 2.5-Hour Mangrove Lagoon Tour

Kayak among the many small islands of the mangroves and snorkel in calm, clear shallow waters of a protected lagoon. Snorkel lovers will enjoy this water-focused tour of the Mangrove Lagoon. Nature guides will kayak with you through the protected Inner Lagoon Marine Preserve as you pass in between the many beautiful Manglar Islands that are made up of red mangroves. Spot many birds’ nests in the trees, such as that of the endangered brown pelican, blue herons, night herons, egrets, yellow warblers, hummingbirds, and more. Juvenile fish hide among the many roots of the red Mangrove trees. Paddlers glide in clear shallow water and often see southern sting rays and spotted eagle rays gliding beneath them with an occasional show of one jumping into the air. Arrive at the southernmost tip of Saint Thomas, where a fringing coral and shell rubble barrier reef divide the crystal clear waters of the lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Snorkel in a coral-fringed mangrove nursery that provides easy snorkeling, perfect for beginners, in the clear protected waters. Guides offer snorkeling instruction, point out the marine life, and interpret the diverse mangrove ecosystem.

The Best of St. Thomas Private Sightseeing Tour

8. The Best of St. Thomas Private Sightseeing Tour

Explore St. Thomas in a clean, comfortable, safe, 2018, new, 14 passenger bus, with just you and your family or group. Unlike a typical safari truck, this transportation has air conditioning, seat belts and doors. Enjoy a pick-up from the port and head up to the mountains to the most spectacular views of the island. In addition, see the islands historic landmarks. Get your pictures taken with the famous views and landmarks in the background and do some fabulous duty free shopping! Grab lunch at a delicious local restaurant and then swim and relax at beautiful Magens Bay Beach - one of the top 10 beaches in the world! Escape the over crowds on this exclusive small private group tour with just you and your family or group, up to 14 people. This allows for a more intimate tour and a great personal experience.

Bird Island Sunset Kayak Adventure

9. Bird Island Sunset Kayak Adventure

Grab your camera and get out your binoculars and go on a guided kayak adventure through the lush and shallow waters of the Mangrove Lagoon. The Wildlife and Marine Reserve in St. Thomas, is a protected ecosystem playing host to a number of indigenous birds and other wild and marine life. On this tour, you will observe and learn about the incredible diversity of species that inhabit the Virgin Islands and even learn to identify birds and marine animals yourself. Learn about migrating patterns and the habits and behavior of birds such as blue herons, night herons, egrets, yellow warblers, hummingbirds or even spot the endangered brown pelican. Expert nature guides will take you on a peaceful paddle at sunset through the dynamic Benner Bay estuary and St. Thomas' East End Reserve. This tour is for those who love to watch, identify and learn about birds, as well as those with a curiosity for what makes the Mangrove Lagoon such a unique and vital ecosystem. No experience is necessary. Come to learn and keep your eyes peeled!

Charlotte Amalie Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Charlotte Amalie Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download a vibrant MP3 Self-Guided Audio Tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Explore the popular cruise ship destination of Charlotte Amalie, the largest city in the US Virgin Islands where the shopping for handicrafts and lounging on gorgeous beaches is encouraged. As you walk around on this audio tour, you'll learn about its interesting history and about the love triangle involving Blackbeard as you wander through his Castle. You'll also see the Legislative Building, the Market Square, the Saint Thomas Synagogue, the Saint Thomas Reformed Church, the Frederick Lutheran Church, the mighty Fort Christian and the King's Wharf. Pick up some treasures at the small but packed Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative where hand craftsmanship excels from quirky jewellery to huge art works. An immersive tour not to be missed. Your tour. Your pace. Please note that this is a downloadable self-guided audio tour, therefore you will have no physical tour guide leading you through your travels.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 277 reviews

Our guide Elvin was exceptional! He was very knowledgeable about the lagoon and surrounding areas. He was interactive with every participant on the excursion and made sure that we all felt safe. The entire staff gave us stellar customer service and attended to all of our needs and answered any questions that we had. We enjoyed this adventure and hope to be able to enjoy doing this again soon.

This was a fun, slightly strenuous 3 triathalon...Sea Kayaking, flat, rocky island hiking and snorkeling (not the best part, little to see, no fins?). Our guides were awesome, and the mini candy bars and bottled water were welcomed! We are semi-fit 60+ years old and managed just fine. TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT!

Had a great time, great experience with very knowledgeable captain and crew mate. We loved everything.

Our guide, Devon was phenomenal! Very competent guide, good stories and very knowledgeable.

Our tour guide Elvin was amazing very informative and very pleasant to be with.