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  • Location: St John, US Virgin Islands
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Discover the Caribbean beauty of St John on a combination kayak, hike and snorkel tour of Caneel Bay. Kayak in the turquoise waters of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Virgin Islands National Park, snorkel in grass beds often frequented by sea turtles and hike the picturesque forest trails of Turtle Point. Choose from a 3- or 5-hour tour (the latter option includes lunch), with guided instruction and equipment included. With breathtaking views and informative commentary, this outdoor adventure is fun for nature enthusiasts and families alike!

Highlights

  • 3- or 5-hour kayak, hike and snorkel tour in St John
  • Paddle and snorkel in Caneel Bay within Virgin Islands National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Walk the trails to Turtle Point for breathtaking panoramic views
  • Learn about St John's abundant flora and fauna from an expert guide
  • Safety briefing as well as paddling and snorkeling instruction included
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon departure (3-hour option)
  • Upgrade your tour to a 5-hour option and enjoy a picnic lunch

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What You Can Expect

Best Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

Snorkel in St Thomas!

Meet your professional nature guide at Caneel Bay Resort’s Honeymoon Beach for a full safety briefing before taking to the sapphire-blue waters! Once you receive paddling and snorkeling instructions along with your lifejacket, hop on your kayak for a thrilling paddle around the bay teeming with colorful tropical fish. With Virgin Islands National Park as your backdrop, marvel at the coral reef – home to an abundance of marine life.

Next, explore five of St John’s best beaches on a hike across white sand, shaded by sea grape trees, coconut palms and tropical forests. You'll journey through the picturesque forest trails of Turtle Point, home to more than 800 native species of plants, while your informative guide points out local flora and fauna along the way.

Enjoy stunning views above the rocky outcrops looking toward Hawksnest Bay and the Durloe Cays, an area known for dolphin sightings, and keep an eye out for the wild donkeys, mongoose and white-tailed deer that frequent the area.

Then, snorkel a fringing coral reef in the shallow, clear waters as your guide points out the many different types of coral in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. While snorkeling in a bed of sea grass, don’t be surprised if you come face to face with a sea turtle or stingray! After your tour, return to Honeymoon Beach at Caneel Bay Resort.

Please note: The activities on this tour will be adapted to your preferences and athletic ability.

Option 1:
If you select the 3-hour option, choose from a morning or afternoon departure, including beverages and snacks.

Option 2:
If you select the 5-hour option, you’ll depart in the morning and enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch from a local deli.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We loved it! Austin took great pictures and had a fun personality! We got to observe tarantulas, swim with turtles and see many fish! It's a good variety of activity in a few short hours!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour was fantastic. Patrick our guide was knowledgeable, fun and really made sure we had some great experiences. Would highly recommend the 3 hour tour and Patrick.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I was skeptical to book any tours prior to our arrival but I am really glad we booked this tour through Viator. My boyfriend and I weren't staying in St, John so we took a cab from the Ferry terminal to Caneel Bay and walked about .75 of a mile through the resort to the top of Honeymoon beach where we were greeted by our tour-guide Patrick and his team! Much to our delight there was only one other couple who would be heading out with us they mentioned tour groups vary in size 4 - 10 people. Day locks were provided to secure our belongings and Patrick brought plenty of water bottles for our tour. We started out with a quick kayak trip to a private beach within the Caneel resort where we began our hike. The hike was great and Patrick was incredibly knowledgeable! I recommend hiking in sneakers or water shoes as it is rocky and muddy but people did hike in flip flops and were fine. After the hike we snorkeled and this was my favorite part because Patrick snorkeled with us! He made the sea turtles come to the surface and pointed out awesome things we wouldn't have noticed on our own. After snorkeling we headed back to Honeymoon Beach via Kayak. There were several restrooms to use along the way including a great restroom on the Caneel property. Upon our return they advised we could use any of the rental equipment chairs, paddleboards, etc for the remainder of the day! After our tour we went to Caneel Resort for lunch and then came back to Honeymoon beach for relaxing! I definitely recommend the morning tour which is what we did.

Two small cons to mention - the snack was 1 chips-ahoy cookie and by the end of the trip I was starving -- we were gone from 930ish-130ish. It was also chilly when we got out of the water post snorkel, would have been nice if Patrick had a few small towels handy.

All in all awesome tour - I wish Patrick could have showed us the entire island of St. John!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Unfortunately, our tour was canceled due to rough seas, but the staff who take care of Honeymoon Beach at Caneel Bay where the tour starts were fantastic. We spent the previous day at the beach there and enjoyed the all-day beach pass, which included paddleboards, kayaks, beach chairs and snorkel gear. Would highly recommend this spot.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing! Lots of fun. Our guide customized it for our group and it was fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great tour! Learned a lot from our guide Nate! Took us along a very scenic hike around caneel bay with breathtaking views!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

We had a great time and Patrick, our guide, did a wonderful job. We would recommend this tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

This was such a fun trip! Casey was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the island and the local fauna and flora. The hike was fun (breathtaking views!), the kayaking was easy, and while snorkeling we learned about different fish, saw a ray, a live conch, sea turtles...wow it was memorable! My girls are 9 and 10 and it was a trip they won't soon forget. Highly recommended.

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