- Kayak from Frenchtown to Historic Hassel Island
- Learn about the colonial history of Hassel Island
- Hike the trail to Fort Willoughby
- Relax and snorkel on a secluded beach
- Professional guide
- One-year Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park membership
- All equipment provided
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What You Can Expect
Coming ashore at the Garrison House, you'll hike along a 10-minute rocky trail to Fort Willoughby, a former Danish and British Fort built during the Napoleonic wars - one of the most intact British Naval Forts in the Caribbean.
After a snack and photo opportunities, kayak into Careening Cove where ships traveling from Europe were hauled and repaired. From here, it's only a brief paddle to the 19th-century Creque Marine Railway.
Your next stop is a secluded and picturesque beach which offers a choice of snorkeling with colorful marine life, enjoying a cool dip or relaxing in the shade. A 5-minute paddle will bring you back to Frenchtown.
All participants receive a one-year membership to the non-profit Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park. You'll receive emailed newsletters, a discount in the Friends store, discounts with the businesses in the Friends Affinity Program, an invitation to the annual meeting and discounts on Friends seminars with priority reservations.
The Hassel Island Kayak, Hike, and Snorkel Tour was among the best things we did in St. Thomas. Our guide was excellent, the tour was informative, and the snorkeling was incredible. This will be one of the things you tell people about St. Thomas.
We started our tour by kayak and took a short trip to Hassel Island. After securing the kayaks, we hiked along some trails and our guide, Heather, pointed out native plants, artifacts, and historical sites. She provided us great details of the sites we visited and described what a day on Hassel Island would have been like. We also took in some nice vantage points at various locations on the island.
Next, we got back in the kayaks and traveled to a secluded beach for snorkeling. Again, Heather did a nice job leading us to interesting underwater places and pointed out coral, an octopus, many colorful fish, and anemones. The water was warm and we never felt rushed to get back. The snorkeling was the best we experienced on St. Thomas.
After a quick snack, we kayaked back to the pier as the sun started to set. I would do this tour again, but I would prepare a little differently. Wear shoes with a sole not flip-flips for the hike because there are spiny needles that fall from the trees and get buried in the sand. The needles will puncture your skin. Also, parts of the hike are rock and steep, so shoes would be beneficial. I was afraid of tipping the kayak and losing my camera, so I left it at the pier. Next time, I would put my camera in a plastic bag and take it to the island. The kayaks are two-seaters and we had no problems navigating. We never came close to tipping, so I wished I would have taken my camera.
All in all, it was a very memorable experience and I highly recommend it!
This tour was incredible. Request Jai as a guide if you can. We had such a personal experience on this trip, from the kayak to everything we learned on historical Hassel (hazel) island and while snorkeling. On our seven day cruise this last week, this was probably our best experience. Thank you!
What a great combination of tasks to enjoy. Kayaking, hiking and snorkel. Our guide Sean was great. He had an impressive knowledge of the history of Hassel Island and St. Thomas in general. Even more impressive was his knowledge of The local plants, animals and sea-life. Beginging to end...WELL DONE.
I wish I could remember our tour guide's name, but he was amazing. First of all we showed up late because of our taxi issues and I had called to notify of the situation, they were very patient and very nice about it. We (my husband and I) ended up being the only ones on the tour, which allowed the guide to be more flexible about the length of time we were in each spot. I did appreciate him asking us because of it just being the two of us, what we would really like to spend more time on. He was very knowledgeable about the island and sea life, whatever questions we had about history of the island he answered. My husband loves history so he enjoyed it very much. The tour guide really took the time while snorkeling to show us different sea life species we hadn't spotted. We were very impressed with the tour company, because most tour companies probably would have cancelled a two person, but they didn't. With that being said, they didnt hold back on the tour either, actually the tour ended up extending over the time scheduled. My husband and I would definitelly recommend this tour, again we were very impressed with the professionalism and expertise of the guide.
Shawn, our guide, was very helpful and knowledgable. We were able to go at our own pace and learned alot about the kayaking and the island. Unfortunately the water was too rough for us to kayak to other parts of the island we would have liked to see.