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This tour was the highlight of our 9 days in the VI. We were picked up at our hotel by Michelle. She and her husband Sven run this tour. We took the Ferry to Water Island. They take small groups, so reserve early. They had great equipment and made sure we understood how to use it for novices like me! We saw many turtles. NO fins and we wore life jackets to assure we stay on top of the water so we didn't disturb them. Great beach side lunch and the history of Water Island was very interesting. I love snorkeling now and can't wait to go back.
We got this excursion because Pam wanted to swim with the turtles. It turned out to be so much more. We met Michelle in front of Tickles Restaurant on St Thomas as planned. She was right on time. Michelle got us on a ferry boat to Water Island. Then we walked back to a quiet beach. During the walk, she explained the different plants and trees. She told us of the people who live on Water Island, and how they live. We got to the beach, and had lunch. It was wonderful. Cooked on a gas grill and the salads were great. I had a large Hot Dog, with all the trimmings. Cole Slaw was yummy. Michelle then explained the how to's of snorkeling to us beginners. Then for 2 1/2 hours in the water, showed us everything from Turtles, Sting Rays, colorful marine life, to a 4 foot Barracuda she called Barry.
This was a perfect trip because of Michelle's patience with us, and her knowledge of the ocean. She took all kinds of photos with her professional underwater camera and will send them to us. Thank You Michelle for all the time you spent with us. Just a note: Michelle went above and beyond to help my family do this excursion. We will never forget her for that.
This was an outstanding tour. Our guide Sven, was very knowledgeable. On the walking part of the tour we learned about the flota and fauna of the area. When we got to,the bay, we snorkels up and entered the water. We saw turtles almost immediately. We also saw numerous fish. Sven couldn't have been more gracious
Great day with the turtles! Our guides Sven and Pam were great . The tour is a small group tour , only 4people on ours so the guides can give one on one attention with instructions and pointing out turtles and fish . The lunch was good , we were surprised we got to pick from a menu because so many times you have to take your chances with what the host picks for you . Food was cooked fresh right on the beach . We saw a lot of turtles and fish and got some great photos. So glad we went on this excursion. Definitely recommend this tour .
A great tour. Our party of 4 adults and 5 kids had a marvelous time. The vendor promptly answered my questions regarding tour policies pre-tour. Michelle met us at the designated location exactly on time. We took a jitney from that point to water taxi to Water Island where we walked a short way to the beach, which was not at all crowded. En route, Michelle and her assistant regaled us with Island history and flora identification. The kids were especially delighted with the small lime-like fruit growing along the road that was a little sweet and tart. Lunch at Heidi's was delicious--the burgers were at least a 1/2 pound and the fish tacos were excellent. Michelle provided instruction on snorkel use and proper wearing of life jacket. I was sure my life jacket was plenty tight, but she cinched it up even more, and I'm glad she did. We snorkeled for an hour and a half and saw numerous turtles, some saw a barracuda and baby octopus, and we held a sea cucumber, which we all agreed was pretty disgusting. The kids, age 8-13 were absolutely thrilled by the entire experience. Michelle and Juco, her assistant, answered our questions, checked on how we were all doing and searched for things for us to see. We had several first-time snorkelers in the group and both leaders checked on them regularly to ensure they weren't having any issues. I highly recommend this tour with this provider.
This tour was epic! Our guide Devin was incredibly knowledgeable about Water Island and its history. In addition to swimming with the turtles INCREDIBLE, by the way!, he also helped us find other neat creatures, including a sea cucumber! After our snorkel, we had a great lunch at Heidi's highly recommend the fish tacos. Devin cracked open a coconut to share with the group, too! Highly recommended....can't wait to receive our photos from the day!
Great tour! My mom and I did the walking tour while my dad and husband did the kayak tour. We met up on the beach for lunch and snorkeling in a quiet bay with sea turtles. We even saw 2 nurse sharks not harmful to humans.... Jo and Sven took photos of both groups and sent them to us for FREE - what a great surprise! One word of caution - the kayak journey isn't for the faint of heart!
We just adored this trip and our guides. It was a nice intimate experience - we felt like we had a private lesson! The sea turtles were beautiful and did not disappoint! The ocean kayak experience was definitely intense and physically demanding, but we always felt safe with Michelle and Sven and felt like we got our workout in for the day and maybe a few more after that too, haha!. Highly recommend this experience for a physically active adventurer!
AWESOME! Our family of 6 participated in both the kayaking and walking/ boat excursion. Michelle and Sven keep the groups small and very personalized. We received both kayaking and snorkeling lessons and we saw a lot of turtles at a beautiful secluded island. The lunch was amazing with lots of variety to choose from. There was plenty of beach and snorkel time. This excursion offered everything that we wanted- adventure, snorkeling, kayaking, beach time, turtles, great food, great hosts, small personalized attention, and to top it all off- they photograph your day and give you the pics. We will definitely do again if we go back to St. Thomas. It was our favorite excursion of our vacation.
Jo and Michelle were our guides and I can't say enough nice things about them. They were so accommodating to my family and willing to answer any questions about anything we had. Very personable. Gave us some good information about the history and features of Water Island. As far as the actual excursion, it advertised swimming with sea turtles and that's what we got to do after a scenic water taxi ride over to the island. The beach burger joint was great too. Was a great outing for our first trip to the USVI. They even took pictures for us. I am still waiting on those though.