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Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas

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iconOffered in: English
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Set sail on St Thomas' aquamarine waters during this 3-hour sailing excursion from Frenchman's Reef. Step aboard the 54-foot (16-meter) catamaran and meet your friendly captain and crew. Head for the serene waters of Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge, where you'll don the provided snorkeling gear and jump in to snorkel among the vibrant marine life. Snacks, pirate tattoos and unlimited drinks from the open bar are included.
  • 3-hour catamaran sail and snorkel adventure from Frenchman's Reef
  • Visit the uninhabited Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Use of snorkel, mask and flippers included
  • Snorkel among tropical fish, vibrant coral and grazing sea turtles
  • Snacks and unlimited open bar
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Snacks
Unlimited drinks (open bar)
Local guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Gratuities (suggested)
Souvenir T-Shirts and Dri-Fit Shirts (available for purchase)
Transportation to/from attractions
You provide your own transportation to the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock, 7338 Estate Bakkeroe Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to dock at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef to board the 54-foot (16-meter) 'Cat' for your 3-hour sailing and snorkeling excursion.

Find a comfortable spot on deck in the sun or shade. Meet the friendly captain and crew as you sail into the azure waters and watch the shoreline of St Thomas recede. On your way to the uninhabited Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge's Turtle Cove, get fitted for a snorkel, mask and flippers if you're interested in snorkeling. Alternatively, you can choose to lounge on board the boat or take a swim.

When you arrive at your destination, don your equipment and dive in. Admire multicolored coral reefs, inhabited by an abundance of tropical fish. Watch the Virgin Island's resident Green Sea Turtles gliding along, munching on the plentiful sea grasses.

After snorkeling, climb back on the catamaran for snacks and drinks - fruit and vegetables, water, a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic cocktails, wine and beer. Relax on the way back to the dock, enjoying the Caribbean sun and breeze.

Finish your tour after 3 hours and walk away with a complimentary pirate temporary tattoo to show for it.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The VI Cat
Tour departs promptly at 1pm. Check-in begins at 12:30 local time (AST - Atlantic Standard Time) on the dock of the Marriott Frenchman's Cove. You'll check-in with the crew on the dock. Once you arrive to the Marriott Frenchman's Cove by either taxi or driving, follow signs that say "public access to the beach". Free parking can be found in a large gravel parking lot on the right hand side after the security booth.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Little Buck Island
Board 'The Cat', a spacious 54-foot sailing catamaran for an exhilarating sail to the uninhabited Little Buck Island. You'll snorkel at Turtle Cove, Little Buck Island, the National Wildlife Refuge, where you'll experience an unforgettable, fun-filled, marine life adventure. Your friendly crew will provide snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vest), brief instruction and safety tips and if needed, a beginner's snorkeling lesson when you reach Little Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge. You may choose to swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, tan on the special deck of the catamaran, or relax in the shaded cabin area. However you choose to spend your day on the boat, you will no doubt have fun! After snorkeling, hop back on the catamaran for snacks and open bar that offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The VI Cat
Enjoy the relaxing sail back to the Marriott Frenchman's Cove, where your fun-filled tour will conclude.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most tours depart from the Marriott Frenchman's Cove at 1pm. Please travel independently to departure location 30 minutes prior to departure
  • The Marriott Frenchman's Cove is 7-10 minute taxi ride from the WICO cruise ship dock and 20-30 minute taxi ride from the Crown Bay cruise ship dock
  • Please note the Marriott Frenchman's COVE is a separate location from the Marriott Frenchman's REEF
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • All tours are listed in local time - Atlantic Standard Time Zone (PLEASE NOTE THIS MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN YOUR SHIP TIME)
  • Be sure to mention any allergies or medical conditions to the Captain
  • Wheelchair accessibility is best fitted for travel/non-motorized wheelchairs. If guest or vessel's Master determines safety issue, a full refund will be given.
  • Open bar will begin after all in-water activities have commenced
  • Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to trip departure time. Due to enhanced COVID-19 safety precautions, we are unable to accommodate late arrivals.
  • **Please note we will take guests temperature prior to boarding as per CDC recommendations. **Masks are required. **Must practice social distancing.
  • Any guests with medical concerns is encouraged to address them with their own medical professional prior to attending excursion.
  • Please note that you will be required to have a facial covering to board the vessel and that temperature checks will be performed prior to boarding. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time to ensure time for our safety protocols.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The VI Cat

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Make sure to ask your driver to come back and pick you up." See review
  • "If you aren't staying at the Marriot it's a little tricky finding exactly where to go, however the concierge was extremely nice and instructed us about the 3 elevators to take to go down to the beach." See review
  • "people in a small cove does not make for a pleasant experience." See review

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A total party!
Ben_H
, May 2021
We saw two turtles!! Exciting! And held sea urchins! (Not the black ones of course) the crew on the Cat was amazing. Such good service, super friendly, and really helped us get the most of our time there. I was expecting two stops but sailing back was an awesome experience that we will never forget!
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A great time
Juliana
, May 2021
This is a must do even if you can't swim. The crew was friendly and knowledgeable. The boat was full, but there was plenty of room to spread out.
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Simply spectacular! The best of the best!!
Barb_B
, May 2021
Simply spectacular! A class act. The crew is phenomenal; friendly, knowledgeable, considerate, and very safety conscious. All very much appreciated. Wide range of ages and snorkeling abilities among the passengers and the crew was receptive to all as well as being very well-versed on the VI area, marine life., and the ecosystem. Would highly recommend them to all visiting St. Thomas. On our next trip to St. Thomas, we will definitely plan to tour with them again.
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Turtle Cove Snorkel
kmaccc
, Apr 2021
Aside from the short period of rain it was amazing experience! The crew was professional and exceeded our expectations.
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Best experience ever
Cecelia_L
, Apr 2021
Awesome! The hosts were wonderful! On the way back, they made sure we had lots of drinks and the kids were happy with the nachos and dip. We plan to book this trip again.
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Loved this!
Rachel_B
, Apr 2021
This was a wonderful and impressive snorkeling experience. The crew was great and really went beyond to ensure we had a good time. We saw turtles, stingrays, so many beautiful fish and coral. Absolutely worth it.
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What a fun experience!
Selina_E
, Apr 2021
Kate, Serena and Joe were awesome! Our whole experience on the VI Cat was amazing and we would recommend anyone visiting to check out this excursion!
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Great time
Mary_N
, Apr 2021
Had a great time snorkeling with our 2 grandsons the crew was friendly and informative highly recommend
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Awesome staff!
Mindy_H
, Apr 2021
We saw some pretty fish and a few sea turtles! The snorkeling was so fun! Captain Joey, Dalton and Fernando were terrific!! I would definitely take this excursion again!
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AMAZING
Emmalyne_S
, Apr 2021
So beautiful! Caption Joe and his crew were the best! They were so nice and helpful and made the experience so much fun!
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