St. Thomas Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
We decided to take a catamaran snorkeling trip on the CASTAWAY GIRL #3 and of all the snorkeling trips that we have done through the years, THIS WAS BY FAR THE BEST. It was very organized with someone in the water directing you where to go and what to look for and of course on the way back to the ship, plenty of rum punch. I would recommend this trip and the price was very reasonable. For some reason I only found this trip on the Princess web site and not in the written brochures.
St Thomas is not a nice clean island, so the ride to the starting point was not pretty, and the tour HQ was minimal (port-a-johns). The kayaks were in good shape however, and the staff very nice. A rather long paddle to a small island, a 1/3 mile hike on the island to the east shore and back, 45 minutes snorkeling, then the same paddle back made for a full half-day. It was a long swim from where we left the kayaks to the best snorkeling area and back, but good fish watching. They issued us real life vests, so those who got tired could do the sea otter thing and float on our back to rest. The wildlife reserve was pretty, but surrounded by typical St Thomas hillside mess.
- took ship tour St Johns Champagne tour. This was the best thing we did. The crew was great. The snorkeling was great. The rum punch was great. Saw lots of fish great sail back into port. We had hope to get back in time to do some shopping (since we couldn’t in St Marrtin) and maybe go up to Paradise point for a bushwaker. Well we off loaded went to the place to pick up the ship transportation. There were already 2 groups there. Since it We was a ship tour I wasn’t too worried when our crew took off with another group. We were out in the open with no shade, no water, and no bus! Had anyone taken a cell phone we could called the ship. We waited a long time ---how long OVER AN HOUR!
We took the excusion Shipwreck Sail and Snorkel aboard the Castaway Girl Catameran and had a wonderful time. The crew (Captain Mark, Jen, Joe, Mike, and Ben) could not heve been more attentive and informative. On the boat ride to our snorkeling site, they distributed all snorkleing equipment to everyone and made sure that everyone was hydrated witg water or fruit punch. They also provided information about both St. Thomas and St. Johns. Once at the snorkeling site, we broke into groups and were led around by one of th crew members. We saw several pieces of the shipwreck, red snapper, dory fish, sea eninimi, colletor urchins, and black shiny urchins. On the ride back to the ship, the crew served a snack of pretzels as well as rum punch, fruit juice, water, and sodas. They liquids were free flowing not like on some excursions where you only get 1 drink.
We took this excursion because no previous snuba experience was required and kids were allowed; it was a bad experience. The guide was always in a rush, since no experience was required we expected the guide to have some patience and this was not the case, on the first issue, no matter what, you are removed from the activity without any attempts to rejoin. For us, this was a bad experience since my two kids were removed from the activity because some water got into their goggles, so instead of making an effort to solve the issue and rejoin them into the activity, they were removed from it, probably because everything was in such a hurry so none had time to deal with anything. BTW, we all are good at water sports so few more minutes and a good guidance would have changed everything.
I suggest requesting more experience for this activity or making sure that the guides have the patience and experience to deal with novice and kids.
This was the HIGHLIGHT of our trip--with the exception of the fast-paced, long walk to the end of the dock in the hot heat and no shade.
We snorkeled and then went to Honeymoon Beach. The tour operators were PHENOMENAL and the beach break was fun. The water was a bit murky, but we saw lots of turtles, a few squid, and a couple of rays. Great rum punch too!!!!
Trunk Bay at St. John is sooo beautiful. Great facilities; showers, snack bar.
It was good. Would recommend.
Crew of the Castaway Girl were friendly and catamaran was nice however the snorkeling was just ok.
Private charter sail on 44' ketch- took us to St. John snorkeling, open bar (beer/rum, water, soda)
St Thomas is a beautiful port and it's easy to see why so many shops there. The downtown area with shopping can be quite crowded. Shopping includes the typical diamonds,jewelry, booze, etc. If you want local arts and crafts, this is not the place for you.
We took a snorkeling excursion booked with the cruise line. They tour met us at the pier and then walked us way down the beach to a dock to board the boat. They take you out to a small island a few miles offshore with a shipwreck under the water. Think a 1970's small freighter wreck, not 1800's pirate ship wreck. The water is very clear but the wreck is deep, not shallow. It was not snorkeling along a reef as we expected. Still pretty cool though.
On the way back they provide free snacks and drinks.
This was our last and final port...boo! We went snorkeling with Virgin Breeze at Turtle Cove. We only saw a few small turtles but it was a fun experience. My husband cannot swim and he even tried to snorkel. The equipment was suffice and the life jackets were great! We only went for 1 hour so my only complaint is that it be longer. They took us to Honeymoon Bay, a secluded beach that is a little piece of paradise! We only got to stay for 1 hour and that was NOT long enough. They served free drinks on the way out and in. It was a great excursion. We were able to go back to the ship for a quick shower and lunch and then shopped around the ports and found some great deals. Overall, highly recommend this port! Beautiful!!!
We chose "Capt. Nautica" for snorkeling. Our captain was Rick & his mate was Max. Both were great. Max was very helpful and Rick was excellent. Rick was very courteous, friendly, and helpful with the snorkeling. He was very safety oriented. I would trust him with anyone. Unfortunately the waters were murky and there very few fish or turtles to be seen. Only saw yellow tailed snappers when Rick through in some bait. I think St. Thomas is too developed to have waters clear enough for decent snorkeling with a large quantity of fish. I would skip snorkeling in St. Thomas.
This was fun. Although, the boat was late getting us and we were told 2 island snorkeling and only did one and a beach. The people in charge of the FastCat were great. St. Thomas is beautiful. We walked up to Blackbeards and the view is spectacular.
Our boat captain provided us with some great snorkel stops!
I did a private snorkel with st. Thomas adventures. Squid (the lady that took me out) was truly amazing and full of knowledge for only being there two years. we spent most of the day with her and she took us to three different locations. truly wonderful the underwater creatures we saw. Turtles, numerous fish (trunk fish, lobster, missed the sting ray by a second) saw the imprint in the sand. she let us feed the fish, saw an amazing rare flying Gurnard, simply beautiful. and the Tarpon wow scary at first but they don't bother you. (they were as big as me) loved how the pelicans would dive down next to you to get their food. the whole experience was wonderful. I can now say i snorkeled in the Caribbean sea and the Atlantic ocean in the same day
Captain Nautica's Ultimate Snorkel Expedition was fabulous visiting 2 locations for an hour each. I saw at least 20 turtles and multiple rays and barracudas. Lots of fun. Remember to bring tip money which is not included but deserved.
Great boat ride out to a couple of areas both different one where sea turtles hang out and some fish the other a barge that was sunk and is now starting to grow coral and then near the island some nice easy snorkling with a nice array of fish.
CAPTAIN NAUTICA SNORKEL
A blast, it was like 2 tours in one We had a fast boat ride to shipwreck cove where we had a hour in the water to explore. Lots of fish, coral, sea urchins etc. Then a short ride to turtle bay and another hour in the water and got to see lots of turtles. Hurricane Hunter was a great captain. They also had snacks and water.
Great exercise, enjoyed seeing hermit crabs. Spectacular view. Saw lots of different fish while snorkeling.
Island Wilson Excusions is simply the best way to see the Virgin Islands. We have done several trips with Captain Wilson and he never fails to deliver a perfect day. He knows the best places to snorkel and can name everything that you see. The boat is beautiful and well maintained and you always know you are safe. Previously we have gone to the BVI's with Captain Wilson, but this time we stuck around St John and had outstanding snorkeling. We usually leave the itinerary in the captain's hands as we know he can trust him to show us so many things in a day, but get us back to the ship on time too. We tend to be worriers, but not on our days with Island Wilson Excursions. Already booked for next year!
We took a cab to Coki Beach, which cost us $9 pp each way, where we rented a couple of chairs for $5 apiece and a locker for $5. At noon, we were greeted by our guides for the waverunner/snorkel tour. We rode for aboue 25 minutes out to the snorkel sight, which was near a private island and offered views of nearby St. John island. We then took a nice 25-minute ride back to the beach.
We took a fast catamaran to an island to snorkel with turtles. THis was my favorite day of our cruise. WE saw around 6 turtles, a few sting ray, and tons of colorful fish and coral. The Virgin Breeze was the name of our catamaran. They were very friendly and knowledgeable. After we were done snorkeling they gave us "pain killer, rum punch" YUMMY! they knock you on your butt though. We went to a beach break called Honeymoon beach. This was a secluded beach and so beautiful. I would recommend this excursion to anyone.
St Thomas – Two of us booked a ship excursion here and the other four headed off to Magen’s Beach by trolley bus picked up outside the ship. The ship excursion in truth was pretty rubbish. We booked the power snorkel to Turtle cove. We had to wait around some time before we headed to the catamaran and eventually got on board about and hour later. This was bit of a drag. The ride was nice and when we arrived those who were using the power snorkel were briefed and split into two groups – the deal being you only got about 15-20 minutes with the power snorkel and then had to hand them to the other six people as they only had six of them. The power snorkel isn’t really worth it to be honest. You don’t go much quicker than on your own steam and you waste so much time switching over that you could have seen snorkeling instead – which would have been a bigger deal if there actually had been any fish! There were NO fish so very disappointing. Would not recommend. Also there was no Caribbean vibe on the boat as the crew were not locals but youngsters on working holidays. They were lovely but lacked the personality of other boats.
After the excursion we picked up a taxi and headed to Magen’s Beach. All rides are $8 each way, taxi or trolley bus. The beach was stunning. It is a public beach with lots of picnic benches and bathrooms, which were good. Hardly any bars so bring your own stuff. We had made a picnic that morning from the buffet and were glad we did. We loved it here and were the last to leave for the ship as we wanted to stay as long as possible.
We have visited St Thomas multiple times and always find the island to be beautiful with wonderful water and snorkeling. Turquois Beach is the most beautiful beach/water on the island.
At St. Thomas, you can get to the beach right away without an extra ferry or bus ride. We did the kayak, hike, snorkel excursion. It was wonderful but too short. You take a drive through the island (about 20 minutes) before you arrive at the excursion location. They give instructions, water bottles, and snorkel gear. You get to kayak through the mangroves, take a short walk through the island, and then snorkel. When snorkeling, you have to go swim pretty far out to see any fish or coral. By the time you swim out that far, they call you back to kayak again. They also have a photographer follow you around to take pictures. You can bring a camera with you, but make sure its water proof as water gets in the canoe. There are also lockers to stow your belongings in if you have things you don't want to kayak with.
Awesome beach area, Lots of great things to see underwater. Worth the two hours snorkeling off the ship..The water was clear, blue/green and warm..80 deg?
We booked a Princess tour to St. John--the champagne catamaran sail and snorkel. It was lots of fun and the beach at St. John was beautiful and secluded. Afterward they served rum punch and champagne and it was a fun sail back. There was enough time left afterward to go downtown for shopping--St. Thomas has some of the best shopping in the Caribbean so that's not to be missed!
the catamaran left from right by where the ship docked. after a short ride out we were ready to snorkel. There were large sea turtles and lots of fish at the reef. The water was very clear and calm . After about 45 min of snorkeling we got back on the catamaran for a short ride to honeymoon beach. During the rest of the trip there were complimentary rum painkillers and beer. The beach was nice, very secluded and calm water. The water here is so salty that you can float very easily!
All the St John excursions were booked with the cruise line. I had researched briefly on google what to do to get to St John without cruise line assistance. We took a taxi from cruise ship to Red Hook--about 30-35 minute drive and cost $11.00 per person plus tip each way. Then we purchased a round trip water ferry ticket from Red Hook to St John--cost $28.00 for two people. Runs on the top of every hour. It was 15 minutes by Ferry to St John. Then we caught a taxi at ferry port to Trunk Bay--cost $6.00 per person plus tip each way. It is a US National Park Beach, so there is a $4.00 per person adult admission price. There are restrooms and clean water showers. Beach is only open until 4:30 PM each day. There were refreshments available to purchase. You can also rent chairs. I do not think we ended up spending a whole lot more than the cruise line passengers excursions.
Trunk Bay was amazing!!! Crystal Clear water, white powder soft sand beaches, and a guided snorkeling path. I had my own equipment, however, I think there was equipment available to rent. The temperature in St. John was cooler than St John. It is also far less crowded. We actually caught up with the cruise line passenger excursion. However, since we went independently, we were able to spend more time at the beach :))
The Sea Blaster snorkeling excursion was a bargain at $55. You board the Sea Blaster and the friendly crew lead us to Turtle cove where we saw dozens of turtles big and small in their natural habitat. We then went to the reefs where we followed the stingrays and could barley keep up with them. We also met Casper the friendly Barracuda, who liked to hang out by the boat.
My husband and daughter did mini boats with snorkeling. They loved it and said well worth it.
We went on a fast boat that soaks you - so much fun! Then stopped at turtle cove and snorkeled for 40 min. Then boarded and sped off to honeymoon beach, a coral reef, to see sting rays and fish. We snorkeled again for 40 min. Wish we could have spent more time with the turtles. Restroom was not operational.
Trunk Bay on St John was our favorite island until we met Cast Away Cay. Loved the ferry ride over and back from St Thomas wish we had more time to snorkel.
This was part of the cat sail and snorkeling activity.
Island Wilson Excursions is the best. We are so happy we found Captain Wilson we have used him numerous times. We initially chose him because of his timely, thoughtful emails in response to my many questions and concerns. Our instincts were correct as he has provided a special day each time. We have been treated to snorkeling, sightseeing, history, bar hopping, and most importantly, a safe and fun way to see the VI's. Deja Blue, the boat, offers a fast and smooth ride, making it easy and comfortable to experience many things in a day. Capt. Wilson will take you wherever you request, but we always put the itinerary in his hands. He remembers where we have been (and our likes and dislikes), so each trip is a new, scenic adventure with a kind and funny friend. He also takes pictures during the trip and many of ours have ended up framed or as screensavers, daily reminders of our special trips.