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  • Location:St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

St Thomas Shore Excursion: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Hop off your cruise ship and head over to the marina on Bovoni Road for a St. Thomas shore excursion on Mangrove Lagoon! Spend a few hours on this protected sanctuary and take part in an eco-adventure of a lifetime. Kayak and snorkel through the crystal-clear waters and take in breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and tropical marine life. A perfect way to see the beautiful sights of St. Thomas before heading back to your cruise ship!


  • Kayak and snorkel shore excursion in St. Thomas
  • Guided adventure in the protected Mangrove Lagoon
  • 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: Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Kayak through the mangrove lagoon of 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.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great excursion. Jason, our guide, was wonderful. My 10-year old daughter had a million questions, and he was happy to answer all of them. There was a strong current, so the kayaking was harder than I expected, as was the snorkeling. We didn't see too much snorkeling but did find one ray and some fish. The hike was beautiful, and the crabs and blow hole were a big hit. I would definitely recommend this excursion.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great time. We had a small group so really got to experience everything up close and personal. Guide Jai was great especially with my 12 year old son. The snorkeling was fantastic and a great first time experience for my kids and BF. Plan to do it again next year with my oldest daughter and her husband

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great Tour and great guides. We were so happy we booked separate from the cruise ships. We had a group of 12 and the cruise ship group came in after us with a group of 40.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

A great experience. The personnel were very accommodating and cared about what they were dong and the participant experience. The history the island and the stories about the wildlife made the trip interesting. Jake, our guide, was fantastic! He was personable, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He made sure everyone felt confident and comfortable and that we learned some interesting background about the wildlife, geography and history of the area. Couldn't ask for a better guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was one of our favorite excursions on the entire cruise. Learning about the Mangrove trees was fascinating. Kayaking and snorkeling were well worth it; we even saw and got some pictures of a juvenile Lemon Shark in the lagoon. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the environment and made the trip very fun. I would do this trip again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Because of the time difference between the ship and the land, we ran almost an hour late for our tour. However, our wonderful guide, Alexander, gave us a private and personal snorkel and kayak tour. He was terrific and we would definately book privately with him in the future!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

great trip and great team- travis was wonderful. we really enjoyed all parts pf the trip- the kayaking, the hiking, and the snorkeling. we could have had one huge problem if we would have taken the late itinerary- like we planned on the beggining.there's no way we could have been on the ship on time. so it's a huge mistake taking the afternoon excursion (we would have finished by 16:10- not enough time to be on board at 16:30 -the last time to return the ship). besides that- great great experience !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

It was a fantastic journey. The water was so clear and fresh and the fish were out of this world and the guides were fantastic - great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

My husband went on this tour and really enjoyed it very much. The guides were experienced and presented the information well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Great kayaking and snorkeling trip with Zulu. Zulu made it our own personal trip and would definitely book again.

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