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Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Set sail on St Thomas' aquamarine waters during this 3-hour sailing excursion from Frenchman's Reef. Step aboard the 54-foot (16-meter) catamaran and meet your friendly captain and crew. Head for the serene waters of Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge, where you'll don the provided snorkeling gear and jump in to snorkel among the vibrant marine life. Snacks, pirate tattoos and unlimited drinks from the open bar are included.
  • 3-hour catamaran sail and snorkel adventure from Frenchman's Reef
  • Visit the uninhabited Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Use of snorkel, mask and flippers included
  • Snorkel among tropical fish, vibrant coral and grazing sea turtles
  • Snacks and unlimited open bar
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Snacks
Unlimited drinks (open bar)
Local guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Gratuities (suggested)
Souvenir T-Shirts and Dri-Fit Shirts (available for purchase)
Transportation to/from attractions (you provide your own transportation. The Marriott Frenchman's Cove is 7-10 minutes from the WICO cruise ship dock and 20-30 minutes from the Crown Bay cruise ship dock.

Departure Point

The VI Cat, Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock, 7338 Estate Bakkeroe Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas VI, St Thomas 00801, USVI

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to dock at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef to board the 54-foot (16-meter) 'Cat' for your 3-hour sailing and snorkeling excursion.

Find a comfortable spot on deck in the sun or shade. Meet the friendly captain and crew as you sail into the azure waters and watch the shoreline of St Thomas recede. On your way to the uninhabited Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge's Turtle Cove, get fitted for a snorkel, mask and flippers if you're interested in snorkeling. Alternatively, you can choose to lounge on board the boat or take a swim.

When you arrive at your destination, don your equipment and dive in. Admire multicolored coral reefs, inhabited by an abundance of tropical fish. Watch the Virgin Island's resident Green Sea Turtles gliding along, munching on the plentiful sea grasses.

After snorkeling, climb back on the catamaran for snacks and drinks - fruit and vegetables, water, a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic cocktails, wine and beer. Relax on the way back to the dock, enjoying the Caribbean sun and breeze.

Finish your tour after 3 hours and walk away with a complimentary pirate temporary tattoo to show for it.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The VI Cat
Tour departs promptly at 1pm. Check-in begins at 12:30 local time (AST - Atlantic Standard Time) on the dock of the Marriott Frenchman's Cove. You'll check-in with the crew on the dock. Once you arrive to the Marriott Frenchman's Cove by either taxi or driving, follow signs that say "public access to the beach". Free parking can be found in a large gravel parking lot on the right hand side after the security booth.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Little Buck Island
Board 'The Cat', a spacious 54-foot sailing catamaran for an exhilarating sail to the uninhabited Little Buck Island. You'll snorkel at Turtle Cove, Little Buck Island, the National Wildlife Refuge, where you'll experience an unforgettable, fun-filled, marine life adventure. Your friendly crew will provide snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vest), brief instruction and safety tips and if needed, a beginner's snorkeling lesson when you reach Little Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge. You may choose to swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, tan on the special deck of the catamaran, or relax in the shaded cabin area. However you choose to spend your day on the boat, you will no doubt have fun! After snorkeling, hop back on the catamaran for snacks and open bar that offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The VI Cat
Enjoy the relaxing sail back to the Marriott Frenchman's Cove, where your fun-filled tour will conclude.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most tours depart from the Marriott Frenchman's Cove at 1pm. Please travel independently to departure location 30 minutes prior to departure
  • The Marriott Frenchman's Cove is 7-10 minute taxi ride from the WICO cruise ship dock and 20-30 minute taxi ride from the Crown Bay cruise ship dock
  • Please note the Marriott Frenchman's COVE is a separate location from the Marriott Frenchman's REEF
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • All tours are listed in local time - Atlantic Standard Time Zone (PLEASE NOTE THIS MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN YOUR SHIP TIME)
  • Be sure to mention any allergies or medical conditions to the Captain
  • Wheelchair accessibility is best fitted for travel/non-motorized wheelchairs. If guest or vessel's Master determines safety issue, a full refund will be given.
  • Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to trip departure time. Due to enhanced COVID-19 safety precautions, we are unable to accommodate late arrivals.
  • We will be in step with therecommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), local government and health organizations. We have all had to make significant behavioral changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To reopen The Cat, we will need to continue these practices. Here are some examples of ourpath to the “new norm”: ● Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces multiple timesthroughout each tour ● Requiring crew to stay home when sick ● Daily temperature checks of crew ● Enhancing deep cleaning every night of the entire catamaran ● Maintaining a 6’ social distance ● Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer ● Advanced sanitation of snorkel equipment ● Educating our staff on COVID-19 symptoms as well as preventative measures ● Encouraging everyone to wear cloth face coverings/buffs ● Implement Cat Cleanliness Best Practices ● Limiting the max capacity on each tour. We will remain diligent, alert and modify our practices to remain up-to-date. Safety has and always will be the most important part of our company and tour. We respect each person’shealth, happiness and well-being and are excited to welcome you back to St. Thomas and aboard The Cat.
  • **Please note we will take guests temperature prior to boarding as per CDC recommendations. **Masks are optional. **Please practice social distancing.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Any guests with medical concerns is encouraged to address them with their own medical professional prior to attending excursion.
  • Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to trip departure time. Due to enhanced COVID-19 safety precautions, we are unable to accommodate late arrivals.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The VI Cat

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.

Traveler Tips


  • "Make sure to ask your driver to come back and pick you up." See review
  • "If you aren't staying at the Marriot it's a little tricky finding exactly where to go, however the concierge was extremely nice and instructed us about the 3 elevators to take to go down to the beach." See review
  • "people in a small cove does not make for a pleasant experience." See review

Reviews

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Amazing experience
Felix_a
, Nov 2020
Amazing , amazing, amazing!!! Had such a a great time during this trip! Tha captain and staff were very friendly. They went out of there way to make sure we were having a good time and okay! Would definitely recommend them!
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Amazing day
Sarah_D
, Sep 2020
This was one the most amazing days I've had here. The crew was fabulous, the boat ride there and back was beautiful and smooth. The snorkeling was some of the best I've ever seen. Book this trip, you won't be disappointed.
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This crew rocked!
Mo_A
, Aug 2020
Joe, Katie and Fernando were all AMAZING!! Super friendly, super knowledgeable and just all around fantastic! They made sure we all stayed safe and Joe took extra precautions when he found out I was asthmatic. The boat was awesome and the crew made our entire day! So glad I decided to book!
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Great all around
Liz
, Aug 2020
Have a terrific time last week on this tour, hosted by Joe, ‘Nando, and Catie. Safety was emphasized throughout the trip. The water was perfect. We saw sea turtles and a variety of other ocean life. And the “painkillers” and other refreshments flowed freely after our swim. Children’s equipment was available. We highly recommended this tour.
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So many beautiful fish
Tabitha_K
, Aug 2020
Amazing! Crew was great! I had so much fun! The drinks and snacks were delicious! Sooooooo much fun!!!!
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So much fun!!
Tabitha_K
, Aug 2020
The crew (Catie and Fernando) was amazing! The captain was funny! We saw two turtles, a sting ray, and so many colorful fish. Thank you for a great experience!
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Highly Recommend
Teresa_S
, Aug 2020
We had such a great time. Captain Joe was nice and Katie and Fernando were very attentive to the guest. We saw a turtle, stingray and several beautiful fish. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone but especially anyone who has never snorkeled before. Overall it was a great experience.
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Do it!!!
Paige_D
, Jul 2020
We had a blast! Do this!!! So much fun and beautiful views! My husband and I went. I wouldn’t take any children that can’t swim.
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The amazing crew
Miranda_M
, Jul 2020
We had the best time! Captain joe was amazing at guiding us on the boat. Katie was refilling our drinks before they were even empty & Fernando guided us to all the sea turtles and helped us feel safe in the water! 10/10 recommend! We can’t wait to come back to visit !
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Awesome snorkel cruise!!!
Ryan_B
, Jul 2020
Katie, Fernando, and Captain Joe are awesome and did a great job keeping us safe, entertained, and relaxed. We had 16 people on the trip and everyone had a great time. Sailing back to St. Thomas is truly living in paradise. Thank you!
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