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

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

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icon3 hours 15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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 after in-water activities)
Local guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Gratuities (suggested)
Souvenir T-Shirts and Dri-Fit Shirts (available for purchase)
Guest provides own transportation to and from the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
The VI Cat , Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock, 7338 Estate Bakkeroe Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI

Each guest is to provide their own transportation to the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove. Check in with security and make your way to the DOCK and follow signs that say public access to beach. Arrive 30 minutes prior to trip departure time We are cannot accommodate late arrivals.

1:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
Arrive at 12:30pm to check-in with The VI Cat crew on the wooden dock of the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove. Tour departs promptly at 1pm (AST - Atlantic Standard Time). Guest is to provide their own transportation to the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove. After checking in with security, 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, located off of St Thomas. 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 light 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's Frenchman's Cove, where your fun-filled tour will conclude.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. Check-in with Cat Crew on Dock of Marriott's Frenchman's Cove. We cannot accommodate late-comers.
  • Use Google Maps. Type "The VI Cat" or "Marriott's Frenchman's Cove". 1. Pull into the Marriott Frenchman's Cove (the property with all of the colorful buildings). The Marriott Cove has a large stone/brick entrance. 2. Check in with the security guard at the security booth. He will ask that you park in the large, flat gravel parking lot on the right **after** the security booth. 3. After parking, walk down the hill, in the road, towards the pool and follow signs that say public beach access. 4. Look for the wooden dock located off of the beach. 5. You will check in with The VI Cat crew on the wooden dock approximately 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • The VI Cat's Standard Cancellation Policy: To receive a full refund, customers may cancel up to 24 hours before the excursion start date in the local timezone. No refunds will be given after that time period. "No-Shows" will be charged the full price of the excursion. In the event The VI Cat cancels the excursion due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, customers may receive a full refund or rebooking.
  • Marriott's Frenchman's COVE is different than the REEF (which is still closed).
  • 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 accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • The Marriott's 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
  • 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 • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Open bar will begin after all in-water activities have commenced
  • 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.
  • MUST arrive 30 minutes prior to trip departure time. We cannot accommodate late arrivals.
  • Any guests with medical concerns is encouraged to address them with their own medical professional prior to attending excursion.
  • Facial coverings are optional while onboard.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The VI Cat
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 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 policy on social distancing is:

  • 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.

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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
  • "Hit a little rain on the way back but not too bad." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Saw turtles & had lots of fun!
Rob_A
, May 2022
A well organized & run excursion to see sea turtles that didn’t disappoint! The crew were professional & fun which made the trip even better. The rum drinks were great too!
star-5
Great crew!
Rachel_E
, May 2022
Joe, Mason and Katie were an awesome crew. Fun time! Great weather! We only saw one turtle but that’s wildlife for you! They explained things very well for everyone.
star-4
Honeymoon Beach snorkeling
Robert_B
, May 2022
The crew did an excellent job. Open bar an fresh veggies were yummy. This was the first time I saw sea turtles while snorkeling.
star-5
MUST GO!
Evelyn_G
, May 2022
Captain joe, Andrea & Katie were amazing! Super informative and took well care of all of us & the boat is big, spacious and beautiful with snacks & drinks (non-alcoholic + alcoholic.) I’m currently pregnant and wasn’t feeling well on the boat, Katie and Andrea were super supportive. I had an amazing time overall! Didn’t get to see many turtles but the experience of snorkeling in clear blue warm water with my partner was magical! Not to mention I’m not a great swimmer, I felt really safe with the life vest & noodle lol! Just stay calm & enjoy! Thank you once again team, I look forward to booking “The Cat” in the future again! <3
star-5
Just perfect!
Jeannine_M
, May 2022
We had a great time. The crew was so nice. The drinks and snacks were perfect. We saw sea turtles as advertised. I highly recommend this little 3 hour tour.
star-5
Greatest experience ever
Porsha_W
, May 2022
What an amazing experience. This is something I feel everyone should experience. There is nothing in the world more beautiful than what you witness here
star-5
Great time!!
Meredith_A
, May 2022
Crew was great and informative! Saw several turtles. Great customer service and fun ride back!! Boat was great!
star-5
Awesome experience
Jody_M
, May 2022
The crew were great-very knowledgeable about sea life. Found us some turtles to swim with. Talked to everyone on board.
star-5
Great experience!
Tracy_B
, Apr 2022
Great experience! First time on a group tour. The crew and captain where wonderful. Very informative of the sea turtles and coral reefs.
star-5
Crew was amazing and very...
Renee_S
, Apr 2022
Crew was amazing and very attentive. Would highly recommend. Beautiful views of the island. Lots of fun.

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