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St Thomas Shore Excursion: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour

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St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
St Thomas Shore Excursion: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Kayak and snorkel in St Thomas' Mangrove Lagoon on a shore excursion from St Thomas' cruise port. The region's serpentine channels of clear, calm water are perfect for swimming, boating and spotting local wildlife like stingrays and brown pelicans. Learn about the region's natural resources from your local adventure guide, and opt to extend your tour with a hike on Cas Cay, a deserted island.
  • Kayak and snorkel shore excursion in St. Thomas
  • Guided adventure in the protected Mangrove Lagoon
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship
  • Morning and afternoon departures available
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Hotel/port pickup and drop off
Kayak and snorkel tour
All gear and equipment
Use of lockers
Water and a candy snack
Professional guide
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Virgin Islands Ecotours ~ Cas Cay Kayak, Hike & Snorkel, Kayak Rentals, Night and Sunset Kayak Tours , 6526 Estate Nadir, St. Thomas Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary & Marine Reserve, St. Thomas, VI 00802, USVI

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This activity will end right where it started.Pick-up is 45 minutes before tour start time (example, 12:45pm pickup for 1:30pm tour start time)
Make your way to the southern coast of St Thomas, home to the protected Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary and Marine Preserve. Meet your local adventure guide to embark on one of St Thomas' most rewarding snorkeling and kayaking tours in the preserve's rich ecosystem.

Travel through the protected area to Patricia Cay and Long Point, where you'll board your kayak to glide through the may small islands in the mangrove lagoon. While paddling, look out for spotted rays and stingrays as they glide beneath your boat. 

Put on your provided snorkel gear and explore the underwater world. Follow your guide's lead and feel free to ask any questions or directions, especially if it's your first time snorkeling. Peer through your mask at the coral-fringed mangrove roots and listen as your guide points out the vibrant surrounding marine life. Hop back in your kayak for the short paddle back to the marina.

If you select the hiking option, visit Cas Cay, an unspoiled deserted island. Home many endangered or threatened bird species like white-cheeked pintail ducks, brown pelicans, roseate terns and herons, this island is part of the Virgin Islands Park System. Visit the island's coral and shell beaches, volcanic cliffs, blow hole and tidal pools. 

Worry-free shore excursion:

We will ensure that your activity ends with ample time for you to get back to the cruise port before your ship departs. In the unlikely event that your ship has already departed, we will arrange transportation to your next port-of-call. Please see Viator's terms and conditions for full details.
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Virgin Islands Ecotours
Worry-free Shore Excursion: This shore excursion includes a taxi ride to our marina at the Mangrove Lagoon. We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to St. Thomas for your ship’s departure. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Mask required at check in, not required for paddling or snorkeling
  • Adhering to social distancing guidelines
  • Additional sanitation measures taken on site for COVID-19
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Virgin Islands Ecotours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 St Thomas Shore Excursion: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour?
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
See all safety measures taken by St Thomas Shore Excursion: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St Thomas Shore Excursion: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour?
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 St Thomas Shore Excursion: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Thomas Shore Excursion: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by St Thomas Shore Excursion: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour.

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  • "Was very nice kayaks and snorkeling gear were provided our guide was very personable and informative!" See review

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star-5
Awesome tour
Marsha_N
, Jun 2022
Great guides in Jelani, Andy, & Angie. Waters were calm which made for a relaxing snorkel. The guides were great at finding sea life and sharing with the group
star-5
So much fun!
Brandi_R
, Apr 2022
Our guide made the trip a lot of fun! Swish was very knowledgeable of the plants and wildlife. He made sure to capture the entire trip on camera so that we can take our memories home to our family.
star-5
Fun with ECO Tours in St Thomas
Christy_C
, Apr 2022
Great day on the water, kayaking through the mangroves and snorkeling in the water! We had a great time!
star-5
Great adventure
Debbie_S
, Mar 2022
Swish, Patrick, and Kyrell were all amazing! Great tour by Kayak, short hike and snorkeling. They explained fun points of interest. Made sure we made it to our cruise ship on time. Had lots of fun.
star-5
Good family excursion
Leonard_T
, Nov 2021
Excursion was as advertised / our family group all enjoyed it. Fun to kayak & snorkel & we enjoyed the short hike
star-4
Pictures
Jennifer_S
, Jul 2021
I paid 30.00 and no one texted me the pictures. 254-229-8206. My name is Jennifer Svacina. I was in yesterday at 2:00 tour
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello, Yes we did text you the link which was sent to your cell phone twice right after your tour. Please call the office at 340.779.2155 and give your email address if your phone isn’t working properly. Thanks for coming n the tour with us!
star-5
Fun excursion
Janet_A
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour guide who was very knowledgeable about the area and wild life. The snorkeling was good we saw some beautiful fish too
star-3
Kayak
Anthony F
, Jan 2020
Guide Eli was very good and the equipment was fine. We kayaked for about a 1/2 mile to a small island to do a walk on hard shells, note wear hard sole sandals/water shoes. Snorkeling was good along the mangroves. Not a bad tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! You must be in super shape because it’s a mile of paddling each way and you thought it was a half a mile ;) We look forward to welcoming you back some time!
star-5
Best part of our cruise!
Jill_F
, Dec 2019
Loved the laid back atmosphere of this group. The kayaking was fun - we had a beautiful, sunny day and the water was perfect. The snorkeling was fun and easy, too. The best part was the nature hike. JB is a natural storyteller. He had interesting stories to tell and let us be hands on with sea urchins and the small purple clawed crab. Absolutely loved the stories! Cold water and chocolate snack were much appreciated as well. Thank you for a great tour!
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star-5
Highly recommend Mangrove Lagoon Kayak & Snorkel tour & guide Sabrina
Kathleen_S
, Dec 2018
I really lucked out on this excursion. I arrived at the pick-up location early and was concerned when I was told by a cab dispatcher that they might not show for one person. I was later joined by a couple, and we were taken to the starting location. We had only 3 of us plus Sabrina for the tour, so it was absolutely amazing. She is extremely knowledgeable and more than happy to share her knowledge. Because of the small group, we had more time to snorkel. We were given the choice of single or double kayaks, so as a solo, there were no concerns. This was the best excursion of my trip!
star-4
ST Thomas
Clarence_W
, Jul 2018
Was very nice kayaks and snorkeling gear were provided our guide was very personable and informative! The only negative was that it wasn’t a very nice snorkeling spot! Overall it was worth doing!
star-5
We really enjoyed this tour with...
Louise_O
, Apr 2018
We really enjoyed this tour with Skylar and the team. Very knowledgeable guides who took us through the mangroves to the island of hermit crabs, there was so many! We walked to where the sea met the rocks, again this was a fantastic photo opportunity. We saw many fish whilst snorkelling including stingray, barracuda, conch and lobster. If you visit St Thomas, definitely take a trip out to these guys. High recommended
star-5
We had a fantastic time with the...
Sue
, Jan 2018
We had a fantastic time with the combination of kayaking, snorkeling and also a small hike to Red Point. Our guide Ronnie was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about marine life, biology and the mangroves. We really enjoyed the small group of 8 versus 30 plus on the cruise ship. The small group was like a private tour. We were able to get to Red Point and take tons of photos of the waves crashing on the red rocks and making these wonderful huge splashes before the big cruise ship tour got there. The marine life was amazing to see in the roots of the mangroves and also at the sunken boat with a lot of fish resting there. The frozen chocolates was a special treat from Ronnie that we needed for a great source of energy for the kayak going back. Overall, I would recommend this trip if you prefer the smaller group and like a sense of adventure of kayaking to an island, hiking and seeing nature, snorkeling and kayaking back.
star-4
Getting a taxi took us 20 minutes...
Tracy_H
, Mar 2017
Getting a taxi took us 20 minutes and 25 minutes to get there, so allow enough time if leaving from a cruise ship. Michael and Richard were great guides! Very informative and willing to answer any questions. I wish there would have been some place to test the mask out because mine had a smallannoying leak. The hike was well worth it, we saw a lot of sea life in the tide pools.
star-5
We had a wonderful time on this...
MICHAEL C
, Apr 2016
We had a wonderful time on this excursion, I had my husband and three adult children with me, and we all had so much fun. The staff was great, and the two guides were awesome. I would suggest this excursion to my family and friends!
star-5
We have our own kayak but kayacking...
Mark G
, Dec 2015
We have our own kayak but kayacking in the mangrove lagoon was simply amazing! an unforgettable experience, the tour leader was also very kind and explained in detail.
star-5
Great excursion. Jason, our guide...
alicia
, Oct 2015
Great excursion. Jason, our guide, was wonderful. My 10-year old daughter had a million questions, and he was happy to answer all of them. There was a strong current, so the kayaking was harder than I expected, as was the snorkeling. We didn't see too much snorkeling but did find one ray and some fish. The hike was beautiful, and the crabs and blow hole were a big hit. I would definitely recommend this excursion.
star-2
The mile long kayak was pretty but...
David T
, Sep 2015
The mile long kayak was pretty but unexpectedly long. Snorkeling without fins was difficult and with the quantity of individuals on the tour there were many feet to the face. The water was shallow so you came upon obstacles that were difficult to navigate around.
star-5
Great time. We had a small group so...
Colleen B
, Jul 2015
Great time. We had a small group so really got to experience everything up close and personal. Guide Jai was great especially with my 12 year old son. The snorkeling was fantastic and a great first time experience for my kids and BF. Plan to do it again next year with my oldest daughter and her husband
star-4
They were very accommodating. The...
Ruth b
, Apr 2015
They were very accommodating. The ship let us off late and they easily rescheduled us to the afternoon time or would have refunded us the cost. We really enjoyed the entire tour. Very fun. For some reason the water wasn't as clear as it normally was and we thought the coral would have been more colorful. The tour guide was fun, friendly and knowledgeable. She and they were very helpful in that we lost a pair of shoes on the island while snorkeling. She tried hard to find them. They gave us a pair of shoes to wear when we left. They found them later and mailed them back to us at no cost to us. Top notch customer service.

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