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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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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. The Marriott Frenchman's Cove is 7-10 minutes from the WICO cruise ship dock and 20-30 minutes from the Crown Bay cruise ship dock.

Departure Point

The VI Cat, 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.

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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.

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

Reviews

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star-4
Good boat. Mediocre snorkeling
papaJimbo
, Feb 2021
The boat and crew were nice. The snorkeling was 2 star. Most of the coral was dead. I thought it was way overpriced- especially since I don’t drink alcohol. Then they pander for big tips 🤨
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star-5
Birthday Excursion 2021
Valentine_Baby
, Feb 2021
This crew was the most personable and educated set of people my family and I could have sailed with. The boat was extremely clean, even with multiple large parties aboard together there was still enough space to social distance and still enjoy our families. Great hospitality and constant awareness of all the passengers, service of drinks and healthy snack choice for our sail back put the cherry on top. Captain Alex even took the time out to give me a birthday shoutout, I would refer them to anyone and plan to sail them again for their sunset cruise the next time I'm back.
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star-5
A new love for the Ocean
Jessika_F
, Feb 2021
Great experience. It was my first time snorkeling and I have a slight fear of the ocean being that I DO NOT know how to swim. Kate was AMAZING! She talked me through a panic attack and I was able to overcome my fear. By the time I started feeling really comfortable it was time to go. Nice day date for couples and families. Captain Joe was also a great host. Would recommend even with little snorkeling experience. Loved it.
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star-5
Do it.
Madeline_M
, Feb 2021
Honestly one of the best things we did in the USVI. Crew was awesome (especially Katie) and the experience was incredible. Me boyfriend and I ventured off from the group and saw a sea turtle, big sting ray, tons of fish and coral, and got to explore some really neat areas.
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star-5
Amazing and efficient!
Misti_S
, Feb 2021
It was an amazing excursion! So much fun! The staff was very efficient and knowledgeable! Would definitely go on this tour again and recommend it to everyone!
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star-4
Good experience!
DFF
, Feb 2021
The experience was good, we got to see the fish and turtles. I would recommend it. The only thing that I would recommend them would be to put the volume up higher when playing the music and at least offer people one drink on the way there.
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star-5
Loved this experience!!
Melody_F
, Feb 2021
Loved this day! Amazing crew! Excellent value. Not all snorkeling trips are the same so do your research. This was all we expected and more!!
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star-5
Excellent Catamaran Snorkel Tour
Laurie_M
, Jan 2021
Enjoyed seeing the various water life, including turtles, stingrays, The staff was very professional and accommodating to all ages!
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Great Snorkeling Adventure!
Jason_F
, Jan 2021
My wife and I had a great time. I snorkeled while she decided to stay on the boat due to a headache that she woke up with. The captain and crew were excellent. The snorkeling was great. I saw about 6 turtles, countless fish including 2 barracuda and a stingray. The VI Cat was immaculately clean to the point I asked the captain if it was a new boat. He said it was actually several years old.
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star-5
Awesome Experience with Awesome Guides!
Benjamin_C
, Jan 2021
This was our second excursion with The VI Cat, and it was every bit as great as the first. Captain and crew are knowledgable, helpful, and a lot of fun. We were able to see turtles, coral, amazing fish, stingrays, etc. Definitely book this trip!
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