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Hassel Island Tours and Activities

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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 born. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers widened the channel again in 1919, further separating the island from St Thomas.

Today, it is primarily a national park and a popular spot with visitors to St Thomas. Hassel Island is best explored via a kayaking, hiking or snorkeling tour, all of which give visitors a combination of a history lesson and an eco-adventure. And although it is primarily governed as a national park, there are several private estates on the remaining land, including a 10-acre compound with three houses totaling 15,000 square feet.

The historic district encompasses the entire island and includes ruins from early 19th-century English fortifications and 19th-century shipping and coal stations. Important ruins of note include Shipley’s Battery (Fort Shipley), a key reminder of Britain’s presence and rule during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s, and the Creques Marin Railway remains, built in the 1860s.

Hassel Island was home to a U.S. naval station from 1917 until 1932, when the island was purchased by a family to provide water for its distilleries. By the 1940s, the family owned 125 of the 135 acres and was receiving (and turning down) hefty offers from Korea and Germany to purchase the island. It was ultimately sold to the Virgin Islands National Park in 1978, preserving it for visitors today.

Please note: Official tours to Hassel Island have been temporarily halted due to damages incurred during hurricanes Maria and Irma.

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5332 Raadets Gade, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Full Day, All-Inclusive, Sailing & Snorkel Excursion
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Full Day, All-Inclusive, Sailing & Snorkel Excursion

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Explore the waters around St. Thomas with a small group of just six people and a dedicated captain and crew. Your captain will steer the ship to some secret anchorage spots and local favorite snorkel spots, where you can slip into your provided snorkel gear and explore the underwater world. Relax on board, sip drinks from the open bar, and refuel with a provided lunch midday.
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Should I book Hassel Island tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Hassel Island can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Hassel Island 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Hassel Island costs USD 179.49. Guided Hassel Island tours start around USD 179.49 per person.
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What's the best way to experience Hassel Island?
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