Located on the western edge of St Thomas’ harbor, Hassel Island was once part of a peninsula. But the Danish government decided that separating it from St Thomas would create better water circulation in the harbor, so in the 1860s Hassel Island was ... 

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Robert E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

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!

Doing what: Hassel Island Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

Julianne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

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!

Doing what: Hassel Island Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

William G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

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.

Doing what: Hassel Island Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

Penny C

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

It was very good to learn the history of Hassel Island. The Kayaking was a good workout since you rowing against the current for half the trip. The Snorkeling was average but by the time you completed the hike and kayaking you were ready to get into the water. I would recommend this trip to those who want to be active on their vacation.

Doing what: Hassel Island Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

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