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Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Half Day Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get access to the National Wildlife Marine Refuge on a sailing yacht during this half-day tour from Charlotte Amalie. Learn about the turtles' behavior and habits through guided commentary and watch them munch on sea grass before sailing out to Buck Island, where you can swim and snorkel to explore the underwater world. This convenient tour combines two of the most popular water activities in a single booking.
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Fresh-water shower on board the boat
  • Open bar with rum punch, beer, and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Learn about turtle biology and behavior
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All Fees and Taxes
Rum Drinks and Beer and Soda, bottled water and light snacks
Local guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Fresh Water Rinse
Gratuities ( 20% Industry Standard)
13 Restaurant , 5304 Yacht Haven Grande, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI

We meet at the Excursion Dock at Yacht Haven Grande Marina at the base of the Cruiseship Dock next to the Slushie Shack.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • FURY does not have an age limit or a child's rate.
  • Please provide Cruise Ship Name if applicable
  • Please apply sunscreen before departure times. No oils or spray-on please.
  • Bring all Medications with you. ie inhalers, nitro pills, etc
  • Must be able to climb a 7 foot vertical ladder without assistance to get in and out of the water. Otherwise guest must stay on the vessel during the snorkeling portion of our trip.
  • Restrooms are provided on board.
  • A maximum of 25 people per booking 15+10
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fury Sailing And Snorkel Charters
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.

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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 sanitization during Half Day Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half Day Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles.

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  • "This kind of experience is priceless so jump on board and do something you have never done." See review
  • "They were very big on safety and I would highly recommend this tour." See review

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star-5
Great Experience
Zachary_H
, Jul 2022
Great day on the boat and snorkeling. Saw multiple turtles in the boat and one while snorkeling. Captain Mike is entertaining and accommodating. Good activity for adults and kids. Rum punch at the end was a bonus! A+ experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for choosing Fury Charters!🍀🍀🍀
star-5
Snorkel with the turtles
Denise_L
, Jul 2022
Great snorkeling adventure! Saw turtles, octopus and plenty of colorful fish. Definitely would recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Denise. Fury Charters thanks you for taking the time to write this review. Come back soon!🍀🍀🍀
star-5
Amazing trip!!
Ken_B
, Jul 2022
Sailing rather than motoring is definitely the way to go! Amazingly relaxing. The captain and first mate ( mark and Nikki) were incredibly attentive. Very professional.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Fury Charters thanks for the nice review. We definitely sail as much as possible. Green as you can get. 🍀🍀🍀
star-5
Awesome sailing adventure
Barbara_F
, Jun 2022
Captain Mike & crew Nicki were great. Very helpful, informative and fun. Attentive to smallest details.Saw turtles, barracuda and other fish. Wonderful day at sea! I can’t wait to go again. Thank you, Barb & Erika
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Fury Charters thanks you for taking the time to write a review. Hope to see you all back here real soon!🍀🍀🍀
star-5
Fury Sail & Snorkel Good Times!
Michael_K
, Jun 2022
The crew aboard the fury was excellent! Very attentive to our every need, snack and refreshments available at any time. Only 20-24 people aboard the sailboat at any time, which is much better than the 50-100 we saw on some other sailboat tours. I highly recommend the fury sail and snorkel tour to any family looking to have a relaxing sail to buck island for snorkeling.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Fury Charters thanks you for your great review!! Have a great summer!🍀🍀🍀
star-5
Black Lightning - dont try touching turtles.
Chip_G
, Jun 2022
What a great trip. A few things with the schedule, worked out perfectly. There were a number of other folks on the trip - none had as much fun (they were not even that old). Sail out was great...got to the turtle area...idiots on party boats showed up, the Captain looked into his crystal ball and knew the deal so we moved to another area with a ship wreck in it. Had a great time there. A little bit past and we went to the original turtle habitat area just as the party boats were pulling out - like clock work. Had a great swim (why the heck do grown ass adults use noodles to float around in? There is an UNDER THE WATER that is part of the activities!!!!!) We did have an issue with sudden "Black Lightning" crashing into my partners head...this may be a penance for trying to touch a sea turtle...I am not sure. Could not recommend highly enough to go out on the Fury, great team running the boat. Great times and a great afternoon for everyone.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Don’t touch or harass our Turtles. Fury Charters takes that rule seriously. Not sure what Black Lightning means but I’m glad you had a great time.
star-5
Snorkeling with sea turtles- must do! 👍🏻👍🏻
Rebecca_S
, Jun 2022
It was everything we had hoped for and Capt Mike and Nikki did not disappoint! An experience these landlubbers will never forget- We definitely recommend this trip!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for joining Fury Charters for the 1/2 day Turtle sail and snorkel. Mike and Nikki have been doing this trip together for over 10 years and it shows. Please come back and see us soon.
star-5
Highly recommended!
Dawn_P
, May 2022
Amazing true sailing experience for the first time! It was a bucket list item! Perfect day! Captain Mike and Nicki treated us like royalty!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for choosing to sail with FURY. Our crew aims to please. 🍀
star-5
Outstanding Sail and Snorkel trip by Captain Mike and Crew, Nikki
Robin_D
, May 2022
Had a fantastic day for sailing on board the sailboat the Fury with Captain Mike and his crew, Nikki. Great sail out to Buck Island to snorkel. Saw green sea turtles, rays, and bountiful fish around the reefs. Great trip back. I highly recommend this trip!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for booking with us! See you soon!
star-5
The sail itself was...
Jeremy_W
, Apr 2022
The sail itself was awesome. When we reached Buck bay we were able to see some sea turtles and lots of bright tropical fish.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the kind words. Hope to see you back in the Virgin Islands soon!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
perfect sailing afternoon
David_Y
, Apr 2022
A quintessential sail to see dolphins and sea turtles while enjoying our picturesque sailing experience around beautiful St Thomas. Our hosts were very informative and made us feel comfortable from start to stop. Even though our cruise ship arrived later than we expected, they made sure we were still able to make the trip. A wonderful afternoon.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your kind words. Momma and baby dolphins were a nice bonus that day!!! amazing!🍀
star-1
Rude captain
Catherine_G
, Apr 2022
Boat ride out and back- one stop and two turtles. We were fed pretzels and granola bars on the way back, washed down with pink water (the lady Niki working the boat was awesome and apologized for the lack of rum in the rum punch) but whatever, we weren’t going to complain- our group of 5 friends made the best of it. The captain (I think his name was Mike) said look for the tip jar on the way out. I left shortly behind my friends, with only a $50, and there was no tip jar to be seen as we walked down the pier towards the supposed jar. None of us saw it, nor had small bills. We also felt that after the overpriced tour ($120 each) it wasn’t necessary. We were inside a local shop when the captain came in- saying we needed to tip. Having just purchased something I handed a $10 my other girlfriend had only $2. He took the $12, scoffed at it, and told us we were “tight”. He proceeded to walk up to a nice man that had been part of our excursion and talk badly about us, and how stingy we were. We were embarrassed, humiliated, and it was extremely unprofessional. A total damper on our entire vacation. A couple of my friends are single moms and it was horrible how it made them feel.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Let’s start by saying that we take all reviews seriously. That being said, there are a few inconsistencies in this review. It is true, We do sail out and back to Buck Island. We do serve complementary snacks. Fact. Where we have the issue is the Rum Punch story. We’ve been serving the same Rum Punch for 16 years and have never been accused of watering this drink down. (Pink Water) Nikki Didn’t apologize for the weak punch cause it never happened. In fact if a guest wants a floater of rum on top of their punch, Nikki is the first to top that drink off!! Lol! For those of you that have been to the Virgin Islands sailing with Fury, know that Rum is cheaper than the punch!!! Most of our 900 reviews mention how good the Rum Punch is. These 5 women drank quite a bit of it in fact and were having a great time! Upon departing the vessel it was all hugs and kisses from these ladies but notice there was no tip for Nikki, our stellar first mate. This is how she makes her living. The other 15 guests tipped out very generously, so we know we did a great job. So yes. I approached these women and asked them if there was something wrong with the trip or if they just forgot to tip the crew. They said they didn’t see a tip jar. Just Nikki collecting tips with her hands. They then came up with $12. (1%%) They said that’s all they had in small bills. The rest were large bills. To all of you in the service industry, that is what we call “a slap in the face”. We usually autograt parties of 5 or more for this reason. But we didn’t that day for some reason. A standard 15%-20% gratuity for this group should have been $90-$120. Nikki got $12. To make matters worse, These guests told stories on the boat about how they get together every year for a girls trip flying First Class, renting nice Villas and eating at great restaurants. Last year it was Greece, this year was the Virgin Islands. Next year…who knows. I then tried to give the $12 back and they got upset, saying there were struggling single mothers. I had to laugh and just walked away. Nikki is an actual single mom and she makes her living in the tourist/service industry which, as you all know, has been a tough go since the hurricanes and Covid. She doesn’t take exotic vacations every year with her friends. I’m sorry if they felt embarrassed and I put a “damper” on there entire vacation but if they really look at what happened that day, after sobering up, they would have written a different review. Thank you for taking the time to read the response and wish you all safe travels!!
star-5
Sailing Adventure
Karin_N
, Apr 2022
It was a beautiful ride on the sailboat. It was a real treat to hang our feet over the boat being splashed with the caribbean sea water. Captain Mike and 1st Mate Nicki were very attentive to the passengers, and it was nice to have the snorkeling instructions and the snorkeling was good. We only saw two turtles, but who cares, it was a wonderful adventure that I highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Hope to see you back soon!
star-5
Amazing time !!
Mike_R
, Mar 2022
Captain Mike and Nikki were awesome . Very knowledgeable about the islands and helpful snorkeling . Great afternoon !!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for the review. Had a great time with your family!
star-5
Super snorkel sail
Nicholas_D
, Mar 2022
Awesome trip with a great crew. Fun sailing to a beautiful snorkeling spot. Saw turtles and had plenty of time to explore the reefs. Plenty of drinks on the sail back. Was a pretty awesome day!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We do enjoy our jobs!
star-4
Fun sailing and hunting turtles1
Carol_G
, Mar 2022
A fun half day of sailing with Mike and Nicky. They were prepared for everything - even the brief showers'! They are very experienced sailors and Nicky even got in the water and gave us a snorkel tour with great information and a hunt for turtles.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for the review and for joining us on Fury Charters.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Do this excursion!
Tessa_K
, Mar 2022
We had a great time on our half day sail and snorkel! We saw three sea turtles and loved exploring the reef! Mike and Nicky were great and had us laughing. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great way to set sail from the island and see some sea turtles!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for the review. Hope to see you back here soon!
star-5
Amazing Excursion
Peter_G
, Feb 2022
Captain Mike and Nikki were absolutely great! We saw several turtles, tons of fish, and a stingray! Also, the excursion wasn’t crowded like other snorkeling trips I’ve been on. I would totally recommend this excursion.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you. We try to provide a more personal excursion for our guests.
star-5
Refreshing!
Sheppard_D
, Feb 2022
The sailing! Hitting the big swells!!!! Great to be with family! Capt. Mike and Nikki were great !!!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Sailing! That’s what we do as most of the fleet motors out. We make it a point to shut the engines down and let our guests experience the magic
star-5
Wonderful excursion!
Perla_S
, Jan 2022
The captain and Nicki were fabulous hosts. They were very attentive and kept an eye on me in the water due to some heath concerns. I felt very safe in the water. Loved seeing the turtles and other marine life. I highly recommend this tour!!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you Perla. We had a great day showing you the sights!

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