Tour code: 5199PRTSTTHI
When your cruise ship docks in St Thomas, spend your time on shore hiking, snorkeling and kayaking in the Virgin Islands National Park. During this 3-hour shore excursion, explore the pristine natural surroundings of the protected Hassel Island with an expert adventure guide. This tour includes a 1-year membership to the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park group. 

Highlights

  • St. Thomas shore excursion to Hassel Island
  • Kayak, hike and snorkel adventure in the Virgin Islands National Park
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

St Thomas Shore Excursion: Hassel Island Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

Snorkel, hike and kayak in St. Thomas!

Once your ship pulls into the Frenchtown cruise port, make your way to the Frenchtown marina to meet your tour guide and group. 

Listen to a short safety briefing and basic paddling instruction, then hop into a 2-person kayak and set off toward Hassel island. As you glide out of the bustling marina, get views of the shopping and historic districts of Charlotte Amalie that surround the harbor from your vantage point on the water. Paddle for approximately 20 minutes to your destination.

When you reach Garrison House, beach your kayak and climb out. Get your land legs back with a 10-minute walk up a rocky trail to the former British and Danish Fort Willoughby. This structure, built during the Napoleonic wars, is one of the most intact British Naval forts in the Caribbean. Relax there with a snack and take the opportunity to snap some photos of the imposing building.

Back in your kayak, paddle into Careening Cove, a site where broken-down ships from Europe were historically repaired. Continue on to the Creque Marine Railway, dating from the 1800s. 

Stop at a protected beach, where you can relax on the beach, wade in the shallows or go snorkeling. Slip on the provided mask, snorkel and fins and float among the colorful living coral and schools of native tropical fish. 

At the conclusion of your tour, receive a 1-year membership to the to the non-profit Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, which includes discounts at some local businesses.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
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.

Customer Reviews

Randy O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

plain and simple one of the best timess ever!

Adam B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A big thanks to Jai for being an awesome tour guide! The day started off with a little rain and a lot of wind, but he was cool, calm, and collected and we were still able to see and do everything we wanted. He knew a lot about St. Thomas and its history, and was great at answering impromptu questions. There were only four of us on the excursion, so that made it even better. The kayaks were wonderful and my boyfriend and I even made sure to get the brand name because we've been looking to buy some and these were perfect. Snorkeling was great, even though we didn't have as much time due to the morning weather issues. We definitely enjoyed learning about Hassel Island and its history, and Jai made it really interesting. Thanks again for a great start to our cruise!!

Elizabeth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We were the only couple on the tour, so we had personal service. We were thrilled with the historical knowledge of Brenda, our guide. She instructed us on the proper method of kayaking. We were able to see the historical remains of the railroad on Hassel Island. We hiked to the top of the hill to see the fort. It offered an outstanding view of the entire bay and of St. Thomas. Along the way were enjoyed the interesting floral and fauna. We found interesting insects and corals. Brenda was very helpful in answering our questions. We had a most enjoyable and educational experience.

TOM

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Our guide Cat was great and took care of us well as we were the only couple on the tour. Kayaking was short but adventurous as the winds were strong that day. The island has a lot of historical interest and the climb to the top is great for views. A small but interesting reef awaited us at a secluded beach...the snorkeling was wonderful.
Loved the combination of activities. Very close to town.

Israel Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!! We LOVED our guides. They were kind, helpful, knowledgeable, and FUN! The ruins were beautiful, a must see! The water was clear and our guides free dived to point out spectacular fish and coral. They were so much fun, we wanted to hang out with them all day! They made sure we were safe and well hydrated. I can’t say enough good things about this excursion. Loved it! oh and the hike is easy, don't let that scare you away.

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