This kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking tour departs from Frenchtown marina, where you’ll get situated inside your 2-man kayak for the 20-minute paddle to Hassel Island. Along the way you’ll get sweeping views of Charlotte Amalie Harbor, and your guide will explain the area’s history and enchanting colonial past
When you reach the island, beach your kayak by the Garrison House where you’ll prepare for the hike to Fort Willoughby, a fort that dates to the Napoleonic Wars and is one of the best preserved British Naval Forts in the Caribbean.
After the 10-minute uphill hike to the fort, recharge with a snack overlooking the water and snap a couple of photos, before returning to your kayak for the short paddle into Careening Cove. In this protected spot along the coast, ships sailing all the way from Europe were occasionally hauled out and repaired, and after a brief respite you’ll continue the paddle to the historic Creque Marine Railway. From here, it’s another short paddle to a beach where you can snorkel and splash in the water, or simply take a break on shore as you rest and relax in the shade. It’s only five minutes from here to Frenchtown and the action-packed St Thomas mainland, so drink in the scene and island serenity before setting out from the beach.
In addition to a memorable day on the water, all paddlers will receive a membership to Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, a local non-profit group that gives you access to discounts at affiliate businesses.