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Known for their snorkeling, hiking, and watersports opportunities, the Caribbean trio of US Virgin Islands serve as an ideal destination for outdoor adventure—choose the island that suits you best or book a private tour to hit them all. Sightseeing tours in St. Thomas give visitors the chance to explore bustling Charlotte Amalie, Coral World Ocean Park, and idyllic Magens Bay. Meanwhile, boat tours allow easy access to St. John, home to the nearly untouched Virgin Islands National Park and an abundance of sea turtles. And just off tiny St. Croix sits Buck Island, where you can kayak through a mangrove lagoon.

Top 15 attractions in US Virgin Islands

Sapphire Beach

Located on the eastern end of St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island. Featuring stellar views and a long stretch of pretty white sand, it’s an ideal beach for relaxing and sunbathing, snorkeling, and a variety of water sports. Numerous amenities and rentals make for an easy and enjoyable day out.More

Mountain Top

Located at the top of St. Peter Mountain is the oldest, highest, and one of the most popular attractions on St. Thomas, the aptly named Mountain Top. Mountain Top features a massive duty free shop, a bar known for its banana daiquiris, and an observation deck that offers sweeping views over Magens Bay from 1,500 feet (457 meters.More

Magens Bay

Thanks to its curving arc of white sand and its bright blue water, Magens Bay is St. Thomas’ most popular beach. The area is surrounded by forests and palm trees, and the bay offers calm waves for swimming and kayaking. For stunning views of the bay’s unusual rectangular shape and mile of beach, head to the nearby Mountain Top lookout.More

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Located along the southeastern shore of St. Thomas, Secret Harbour Beach Resort is set in a secluded cove in Nazareth Bay. Featuring a pretty white sand beach and crystalline waters, it’s a popular spot for sunbathing, snorkeling, and other water sports, such as scuba diving, paddleboarding, and kayaking.More

Water Island

Water Island officially joined the US Virgin Islands in 1996. The fourth and smallest isle of the four, it is by no means boring. At roughly 490 acres (200 hectares and home to approximately 175 inhabitants, Water Island remains relatively undeveloped and is a less touristed destination in the island chain offering idyllic beaches and lazy-day vibes.More

Coki Beach

Coki Beach is considered St. Thomas’ party beach and is always full of families, revelers, and vendors. Snorkelers and scuba divers love the clear water and sea creatures here, while beach-goers enjoy the white sands, sunshine, and wandering vendors who offer drinks and snacks, souvenirs, sunscreen, and hair braiding.More

Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach is both convenient and out-of-the-way, a good choice for those who want to avoid the crowds at spots like Trunk Bay, but still appreciate a few on-site amenities. The beach is accessible by trails and serves as an area for watersports enthusiasts. Travelers can grab a kayak for a paddle up the coast before diving in to snorkel alongside the tropical fish that school around the rocks.More

Drake's Seat

For one of the best views on St. Thomas, make the drive to the mountaintop perch at Drake’s Seat. Here you can keep lookout over Magens Bay and the British Virgin Islands, just as Sir Francis Drake was said to do from this very spot in order to catch pirates, privateers and invading naval ships approaching from the north via Drake’s Passage, also bearing his name. Today, this lookout point sports a stone platform with a bench atop it, and it’s a popular top for tour groups. The crowds mostly disperse by evening however, making Drake’s Seat an ideal spot to take in the sunset.More

Coral World Ocean Park

One of the top family-friendly attractions in the US Virgin Islands, Coral World Ocean Park combines both indoor and outdoor observation facilities which showcase the region’s diverse and plentiful marine life. Highlights include the hermit crab, starfish, and sea cucumber touch pool and the 50,000-gallon Deep Reef Tank, home to moray eels, tarpon, and plenty of sharks.More

Honeymoon Beach

Set offshore from St Thomas on a tiny isle known as Water Island, Honeymoon Beach is a peaceful cove characterized by a long, soft stretch of sand that curves against the sea, framed by palm trees and lush greenery. A popular swimming and snorkeling spot, Honeymoon Beach provides a respite from busy Charlotte Amalie and serves as a good alternative to St Thomas' popular Magens Bay. Travelers will find restaurants, bars and bathrooms set conveniently adjacent to the beach, which is accessible via trails.More

Virgin Islands National Park

The majority of St. John is covered by the Virgin Islands National Park, a stretch of preserved wilderness that offers protection and preservation for fish, corals, marine life, and tropical and migrating birds. The park also protects the island’s reef, with public access at the mangrove bay of Hurricane Hole, east of Coral Bay. Snorkeling is a popular activity all along the coastline.More

Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay’s talc-soft sands, turquoise waters, and lush green backdrop make it one of the most photographed and most famous beaches on St. John Island. Just offshore of this earthly paradise, a marked-out underwater trail serves as a popular snorkeling spot, with information about coral formations and sea life. It’s a great activity for beginner snorkelers, kids, and older adults.More

Maho Bay

Maho Bay, perched on St John’s northern shore, is named after the Maho tree, which you can identify by its heart-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers. The coconut palm-lined stretch of sand allures with its calm, shallow waters and a coral reef just offshore popular for snorkeling.More

Waterlemon Cay

The tiny island of Waterlemon Cay on St John is a favorite among snorkelers. The sandy beach of Leinster Bay serves as the starting point for a 10-minute swim to Waterlemon Cay; it's less than a mile to the island and worth every breaststroke. The cay is home to a wealth of coral and marine life, which is what ranks it so high with travelers. Sadly, the island has seen a recent reduction in coral and reef fishes, attributed to high rates of erosion and run off from local construction.During the swim, keep watch in the sea grass for the first glimpses of marine life in the area. It’s not uncommon to see turtles, stingrays, sea cucumbers and giant starfish 20 feet below.The south- and east-facing sides of Waterlemon Cay are bordered by the region’s shallow fringe reef, whereas the west and north sides are deeper. The reef is the best spot to look for the main abundance of colorful fish and other marine life; look for large parrotfish and schools of bright blue tangs. Some snorkelers swear they can hear the crunch of parrotfish “teeth” as they grind their beaks on rocks and dead coral at the surface. Turns out parrotfish digest coral and algae that are ultimately excreted as fine coral sand, helping build the beaches we love so much.Snorkelers will find a lot of colorful coral, sea fans, sea plumes and other colorful fish on the deeper side of the reef. Keep your eye out for eels in deep holes and you may even luck out and see an octopus or two.More

Salt Pond Bay

Perched on the scenic southeast coast of St John, Salt Pond Bay shimmers with crystal clear waters fronted by a rocky, white-sand beach. The beach offers an escape from the crowds of Cruz Bay, with calm waters for swimming, tide pools filled with marine creatures, and a coral reef in the middle of the bay for snorkeling.More

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Parasail Experience in St Thomas

Parasail Experience in St Thomas

St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private
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Private Luxury Catamaran Yacht. Full or Half Day Charter - Sail, Beach, Snorkel.
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Tree Limin' Extreme Zipline

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The Baths and White Bay
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The Baths and White Bay

Snorkel Cat Adventure

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Recent reviews from experiences in US Virgin Islands

A perfect Day at sea
VIKKI_H, Jul 2022
St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private
Spent a day sailing ⛵️ and got to see sea turtles and enjoy a great meal.
Wow! Great Time!
james_d, Jul 2022
50' Luxury Yacht. Private Full or Half Day Catamaran Snorkel, & Beach Experience
Thomas with excursions and activities.
First-timer Must Do!
Bruce_C, Feb 2020
Budget St John Island and Trunk Bay Beach Tour
It will let you know what other places you might want to visit.
Awesome snorkeling adventure with a great crew!
Brett_B, Apr 2022
Snorkel St. John Tour from Sapphire and Margaritaville
For those who complained about this, I am sure there are some private charters that will serve you bacon, omelets, English muffins and such).
Swimming with Sea Turtles in USVI
Cassandra_B, Sep 2021
Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas
I definitely recommend when you are short on time, but want to see a different part of the USVI and get in some great snorkeling.
Great snorkeling with incredible lunch and service
Matt_N, Jul 2021
Snorkel Cat Adventure
The crew took us to a couple good spots to see lots of sea life.
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