Fort Willoughby and Careening Cove

Half-Day Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Tour on Hassel Island

Product ID: 28949

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Key Details
3 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Explore the beauty and history of St. Thomas by kayak
  • Paddle to historic Hassel Island
  • Hike the trail to Fort Willoughby
  • Relax, swim, and snorkel on secluded Garden Beach
  • Learn about the colonial history of Hassel Island from your expert guide
Kayak, hike, and snorkel around historic Hassel Island in the Virgin Islands National Park on this half-day tour in St. Thomas. Kayak from Frenchtown to Hassel Island, paddle past colonial ruins, hike to Fort Willoughby, and snorkel at a secluded beach.
What to Expect
Explore the beauty and history of St. Thomas as you enjoy a half-day of kayaking, hiking and snorkeling at historic Hassel Island.

Depart from Frenchtown Marina aboard a two-person kayak for a 20-minute paddle along the coast of Hassel Island. As you paddle, you'll be rewarded with incredible views of the bustling Charlotte Amalie shopping and historic districts which surround the harbor. Come ashore at Frenchman's Reef and enjoy a short hike to Fort Willoughby, a former British fort built during the Napoleonic Wars and one of the most intact British naval forts in the Caribbean.

Afterward, kayak into Careening Cove and on to Creque Marine Railway, the world's oldest surviving marine rail and slipway where your expert guide will share the history and significance of this unique site.

Conclude your tour with a visit to Garden Beach where you can relax in the shade, cool off with a swim, or enjoy a guided snorkel amid colorful local marine life.
What's Included
  • Services of an expert local guide
  • Use of all necessary snorkel, kayak, and safety equipment
  • Dry bag for valuables
  • Beverages and snacks
What's Not Included
  • Optional activity costs
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point

This tour departs daily at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM from the CYOA Dock in Frenchtown Marina (next to the Hook, Line & Sinker Restaurant). The kayaks are easily seen on the fourth slip on the left as you walk onto the adjacent dock. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour's scheduled departure time. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Please wear a swimsuit, cover up, and footwear that can get wet. It is recommended that you bring sun protection, a towel, and extra money for incidental purchases. Full bathroom/changing facilities are available with complimentary lockers.

This is a strenuous tour which includes 20 minutes of paddling each way. Participants should be 16 years of age or over, know how to swim, and be in good physical condition.

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Product ID: 28949