5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

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  • Location:St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

St Thomas Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Take a kayak and snorkel adventure through St. Thomas’ Mangrove Lagoon, an unspoiled region of mangrove forests, winding channels and first-rate snorkeling territory. You'll pass beautiful islands while snorkeling through crystal-clear waters, home to an abundance of wildlife including sting rays and the endangered brown pelican. St. Thomas' Mangrove Lagoon offers an eco-adventure you're not going to want to miss!

Highlights

  • Kayak through the unique surroundings of St. Thomas' Mangrove Lagoon
  • Marvel at the beautiful flora and fauna
  • Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters and learn about the diverse mangrove ecosystem

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What You Can Expect

St Thomas Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Snorkel in St Thomas!

The southern coast of St. Thomas is home to the attractive and protected Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary and Marine Preserve. An area of exceptional natural beauty, it embraces islands, rocky cliffs, sea grass beds, salt ponds and panoramic ridge lines. These areas preserve a rich habitat for coral reef fish and invertebrates and are home to nesting egrets, pelicans, blue herons and terns.

Led by your nature guide, you’ll travel through the protected Inner Mangrove Lagoon Marine Reserve to Long Point at Patricia Cay. Here, you'll kayak among the many small islands of the mangrove lagoon.

As you paddle through the clear blue water, keep an eye out for sting rays and spotted rays, as they often glide right beneath you. Occasionally they'll jump in the air and put on a show!

Next, it's time to don a mask and snorkel to explore the coral-fringed mangroves of the sanctuary. Don't worry if this is your first time snorkeling. The professional guides offer snorkeling instruction, point out the marine life and discuss the diverse mangrove ecosystem. Following the snorkel, you'll enjoy a leisurely 20-minute paddle back to the marina.

If you select the hiking option, you'll hike the pristine deserted island of Cas Cay. An important part of the Virgin Islands Park System, Cas Cay is a 15-acre wildlife preserve for white-cheeked pintail ducks, red-billed and white-tailed tropic birds, brown pelicans, oyster catchers, roseate terns, egrets, herons and sandpipers. Enjoy many breathtaking views of tidal pools and the island's unique blowhole from coral and shell beaches at the base of volcanic cliffs.

Customer Reviews

Sildana T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

If you take this tour, add the hike portion, You will not regret it.

Gerard V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great experience and well worth the cost. We were even offered and accepted the optional 30 minute nature hike when we called to check-in the previous day. That said, and although it might have been an unusually hectic day, we our group of 6 were shuffled around for over an hour and a half while the busloads of cruise ship passengers were being sorted out and set off with their guides. Since we were staying at a resort on the island I suppose they assumed we could wait - not having to get back to a ship. Even after the cruise ship passengers boarded their kayaks and set out with their guides we were still asked to wait for another group that was supposedly tied up in traffic. In the end it all turned out for the best as the late group never showed up thus affording us a private tour for our group of six. Our guide, John, was very informative and attended to all our needs. He led us out to a great snorkeling spot and identified many of the tropical fish for us. John even extended our kayak trek back to the landing after our snorkel stop. The only advice I would give to others is to book your tour on a day when there are no or few cruise ships in port.

Theresa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Guide was wonderful. Was awesome!! Can't wait to do it again. Beautiful.

fike28 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very professional and informative. Laid back and easy to do. Excellent gear, great for the entire family. Parking is tight so try and car pool.

Deborah F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was the highlight of our cruise! The staff are so welcoming, helpful, and patient! My husband and I had never Kayaked before and it was fun. Snorkeling was a wonderful experience and very easy. The optional hike was easy and quite informational. We would highly recommend this adventure.

Jonathan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing experience!! We saw an octopus, sting rays, barracudas, and beautiful fish while getting a great nature lesson! Highly recommended!

Cara T United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The whole tour was excellent--the locations gave us a private and natural experience and the locations for kayaking and then snorkeling were picturesque. The guides were awesome especially Jai who was so upbeat, welcoming hello my beautiful people! and so proud of his island and it's beauty. He spent extra time with the kids in the water and on the crab island where an area of the ground and even trees were covered in red-claw hermit crabs, explaining the creatures we were seeing. We really appreciated his hospitality, do this tour!

Mark B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great time with Brenda!! The tour was fun and we actually enjoyed learning. Brenda was friendly, efficient and VERY knowledgable! Thank you so much for a great Kayaking / Snorkel trip!!

Carrie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I booked this tour not wanting to go, because I have a fear of the ocean and sea creatures. But everyone in my group wanted to do it so I followed along. And I'm SO SO SO glad I did! The kayake adventure is thru the mangroves and does feel like your in the ocean at all, rather a lake or stream.

Ellen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Took my 12 and 16 year old daughters. Terrific guide and wonderful experience.

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