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  • Location:St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

St John Day Trip from St Thomas: Island Sightseeing and Snorkeling at Trunk Bay

Explore St John's Cruz Bay during this full day trip from St Thomas. Discover the natural beauty of the island's national park during a guided tour in an open-top vehicle, then swim and snorkel along the underwater trail at Trunk Bay. All snorkeling equipment, a picnic lunch, ferry tickets and round-trip transportation from St Thomas hotels are included. 


  • Tour the national park in St. John by safari bus
  • Visit the historic Danish sugar plantation at Annaberg
  • Swim and snorkel at Trunk Bay at a world famous underwater trail
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most St. Thomas hotels

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What You Can Expect

St John Day Trip from St Thomas: Island Sightseeing and Snorkeling at Trunk Bay

Visit an old sugar plantation in St John

After an early-morning pickup at your hotel, enjoy a scenic drive to the East End of St Thomas to catch the ferry. 

Feel the pleasant island breeze and view the tropical surroundings during the short ferry ride to Cruz Bay, St John's capital.

Upon arrival, meet your open air safari bus and guide for a tour that includes the national park and a visit to Annaberg's historic sugar plantation. Stop for an included picnic lunch after a drive to explore the East End of the island.

After lunch, head to Trunk Bay for an afternoon of snorkeling and swimming. Following a safety briefing, get fitted for your provided snorkeling equipment and dive in. Make your way along the world-famous underwater trail among the schools of tropical fish and impressive natural coral formations. 

Feel free to use the facilities to shower and change on the beach before departing for the last stop of the day, Mongoose Junction, to shop for souvenirs. Then, board the ferry for your return trip to St John's, after which you will enjoy drop-off at your hotel. 

Please Note: This tour is not recommended for cruise ship passengers. US Customs and Immigration clearances can delay  disembarkation and make early pickup times problematic.

Customer Reviews

Elaine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour guide, Charles, was by far the best tour guide we and #39;ve had in our trip here to USVI. He showed us everything on the island, even pulling over to pull plants/spices/flowers off trees so we could truly learn the culture. And he gave us two full hours of snorkeling at the Trunk Bay! Best trip!

Ken M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The Trunk Bay snorkel and swim was amazing. Everyone in our group 14 enjoyed the beach and the beautiful water. Our tour guide was very informative and was very into the flora of the island. We enjoyed the open air ride to our different destinations and the easy-going banter of our guide. Extremely satisfying day!! My rating would be a five.

Kelsey P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The guides were full of life and lots of good laughs. This trip was a great way to see a lot of St.John and not feel rushed or over whelmed with information. The truck ride through the twisted roads was an adventure and the guides hand plenty of places for us to stop at. I feel we had plenty of time at Trunk Bay which was absolutely beautiful. If given the opportunity again this would be at the top of my list.

Brian E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent! From the time we started on the chartered boat, to the time we left was outstanding! Our guide on St John, Jupiter was knowledgeable, interesting, and engaging. The group of folks on our tour was eclectic, and fit well together although this was by chance. You can locate many of the historic points on a map, to go there. Much of the local lore and who's who isn't available without someone who lives there. What you certainly won't get on your own unless you're a botanist or horticulturist is trying a bay leaf, sugar apple, and morenga plucked right from the bush.
Snorkeling in Trunk Bay, or just hanging out, is fantastic! There's a trail, if you prefer that, or plenty to see on your own. Even if you don't snorkel bring a mask and an underwater camera if possible. There are several types of fish that will come around you when in just 3 feet of water. In spite of the unbelievably clear water they can be hard to see from the surface. We had what appeared to be a species of wrasse resting on our feet, when we were able to hold still. Plenty of angelfish and other shelf dwellers right offshore.
The timing of stops at each point were perfect. Not so fast that you had to rush, and not so long you got bored. Highly suggested tour!

Leidy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour started once we were picked up from our hotel, if you require pick up, make sure you call 24 hrs ahead of time to request. You then will be handed over to another person at Red Hook, unfortunately can't remember his name he is very funny and he will take your lunch order. Once this is done, you board the ferry into St. John. Once at St. John you will be handed to another guide, we had Jupiter, he was super hilarious, very knowledgeable. He made a few stops around like a small bakery Try the Apple Fritter, AWESOMENESS, remember that most of St. John is national park, the scenery is beautiful so be sure to have your camara handy. I would definitely recommend doing this tour.

Samik B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Loved the trip and everything about it. Guide was energetic and took very good care of us.

MaryAnn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was by far one of the best things we did! Our tour guide, Charlie, was amazing! By the end of the tour you didn't want to say goodbye. We really got a feel of what it's like to live on St. Thomas. This tour is a must and we would do it again in a heart beat.

Freida S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Snorkeling was awesome!

Justin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

The guide Charlie was outstanding. He was so knowledgable of the islands flora and fauna as well as the history of St John. It's was a lot of fun!

Tiffany P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Amazing tour with an amazing tour guide Jupiter! Lunch was pretty good and the best thing about this tour was TRUNK BAY!!

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