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St. Thomas Mangrove Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel 3-Hour Tour

1. St. Thomas Mangrove Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel 3-Hour Tour

Spend some time at St. Thomas' Mangrove Lagoon on a 3-hour tour that takes you kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling. You will not only enjoy yourself, but also learn why the ecosystem plays a crucial role in protecting healthy offshore coral reefs and local bird and reef fish populations. Paddle on tandem kayaks among the many small islands of the protected Mangrove Lagoon as your guide points out the marine life and interprets the diverse mangrove ecosystem. At Cas Cay, hike the pristine, deserted 15-acre island, which is a part of the Virgin Islands Park System, and enjoy the many breathtaking views from the coral and shell-laden beaches. Enjoy a hermit crab race and a hike to tidal pools, volcanic cliffs, and the scenic spot of a rare geologic blowhole. Then snorkel with an easy beach entry into calm, clear, and shallow waters, and see colorful marine life in the protected mangrove nursery.

Charlotte Amalie: Historic Main Street Food Tour

2. Charlotte Amalie: Historic Main Street Food Tour

Ten tastings are included on your guided walking food and cultural tour. Locally owned and operated restaurants, specialty food shops and the best mixed drinks in the Caribbean are just a few of the highlights included on this mouthwatering foodie experience. By the end of our tour, you’ll be navigating the streets of Downtown St. Thomas with ease knowing exactly where to go for that local island flavor minus the tourist traps. These tours also include historical information and fun facts about St. Thomas’ rich culture. You’ll learn about the island’s Danish history and influences and walk through our 350 year old city as you traverse transformed warehouses that now house jewelry stores and restaurants.

St. Thomas: Night Kayak in the Lagoon

3. St. Thomas: Night Kayak in the Lagoon

St. Thomas is steeped in pirate history, ghost stories, and folklore. Depart from the Mangrove Lagoon Marina and board a two-person kayak as you watch the sun dip down toward the horizon. Paddle through the winding waterways through the mangrove trees and hear spooky pirate and ghost stories. Enjoy the starlit sky as you look for stingrays, tarpon, and other marine life in the dark waters below your kayak. And keep your eyes peeled for flocks of birds returning to nest in their roosts with the setting sun. During several stops along the way your guide will take you back to the times when pirates, ghosts and jumbies (spirits of Caribbean folklore) roamed the islands. Your spine shivers as you hear the tales of some of the area's most famous pirates. From Blackbeard, Bluebeard, and Teach, prepare for a spooky experience when you kayak along the dark waters of the Mangrove Lagoon and hear tales of shipwrecks and the eerie legends that haunt the islands to this day—some of them are more than just a memory from the past. While passing the deserted and eerie Cas Cay, be sure not to pick up any spirit hitchhikers.

Sea Trek and Coral World Ocean Park General Admission

4. Sea Trek and Coral World Ocean Park General Admission

Come to Coral World Ocean Park and experience the beauty and magic of life under and above the Caribbean Sea. Stay dry while gazing into the ocean from 15 feet under in the Undersea Observatory or take the plunge “moonwalking” through ocean gardens with Sea Trek. Sea Trek is the world's premier underwater helmet diving experience. Imagine walking in zero gravity while surrounded by incredible aquatic life – that's Sea Trek. Following an orientation, a guide will lead you along an underwater trail through the coral reef that surrounds Coral World’s Undersea Observatory. The tour lasts for approximately 30 minutes. Fish and other sea creatures swim right up to your visor. Because the animals are not captive, you never know what may come your way.

St. Thomas Island: Shopping, Sightseeing, and Beach Tour

5. St. Thomas Island: Shopping, Sightseeing, and Beach Tour

Enjoy a fun day of shopping, sightseeing, and beach activities with friends and family on this St. Thomas Island trip. Depending on the tour option you choose, shop in downtown Charlotte Amalie, visit Mountain Top, or stop at a beach for free time in the water. Your trip starts with pickup at directly from your desired address. Then, head to downtown Charlotte Amalie for duty-free goodies if you chose the tour with shopping. After a few hours, enjoy a scenic ride up to the highest point at Mountain Top, some 1,547 feet above sea level, enjoying spectacular views of the beautiful scenery and neighboring islands along the way. Once at the top of Mountain Top, relax with one of the world-famous banana, mango, and strawberry rum daiquiris, and head down to any of the 3 beaches the world-famous Magen's Bay Beach, Sapphire Beach, or Coki Point Beach. Enjoy a range of activities, including snorkeling, jet skiing, and parasailing before beginning the return to your ship or hotel. On your way back stop by the Red Hook ferry dock and 2 of St, Thomas' marinas for a chance to see how the locals of the island spend their days.

Saint Thomas 2.5-Hour Mangrove Lagoon Tour

6. Saint Thomas 2.5-Hour Mangrove Lagoon Tour

Kayak among the many small islands of the mangroves and snorkel in calm, clear shallow waters of a protected lagoon. Snorkel lovers will enjoy this water-focused tour of the Mangrove Lagoon. Nature guides will kayak with you through the protected Inner Lagoon Marine Preserve as you pass in between the many beautiful Manglar Islands that are made up of red mangroves. Spot many birds’ nests in the trees, such as that of the endangered brown pelican, blue herons, night herons, egrets, yellow warblers, hummingbirds, and more. Juvenile fish hide among the many roots of the red Mangrove trees. Paddlers glide in clear shallow water and often see southern sting rays and spotted eagle rays gliding beneath them with an occasional show of one jumping into the air. Arrive at the southernmost tip of Saint Thomas, where a fringing coral and shell rubble barrier reef divide the crystal clear waters of the lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Snorkel in a coral-fringed mangrove nursery that provides easy snorkeling, perfect for beginners, in the clear protected waters. Guides offer snorkeling instruction, point out the marine life, and interpret the diverse mangrove ecosystem.

Saint Thomas: Coral World Ocean Park Ticket

7. Saint Thomas: Coral World Ocean Park Ticket

Come to Coral World Ocean Park and experience the beauty and magic of life under and above the Caribbean Sea. Stay dry while gazing into the ocean from 15 feet under in the Undersea Observatory or take the plunge “moonwalking” through ocean gardens with Sea Trek. See eels, giant lobsters, scorpion fish, and other fascinating sea life in the Marine Gardens and go for a swim with the playful sea lions. Enjoy the sounds and colors of the Rainbow Lorikeets and hand-feed these friendly birds. You can also encounter turtles and sharks in the water or feed the stingrays. However you choose to get up close and personal with the marine life, birds, and land critters, your visit will be truly memorable. You can also enjoy Coral World’s unique gift shops and eateries. Coral World is adjacent to Coki Beach, offering some of the best snorkeling in the Virgin Islands. Admission allows all day reentry from the beach and access to showers and locker rental.

Saint Thomas: Shark Encounter at Coral World Ocean Park

8. Saint Thomas: Shark Encounter at Coral World Ocean Park

On the exhilarating Shark Encounter at the Coral World Ocean Park you can enter the world of these fascinating, magnificent, and misunderstood creatures. After your orientation session, a guide will take you to the Shark Shallows where you will have the opportunity to enter the pool with a variety of juvenile sharks that inhabit the waters of the Virgin Islands. Become a shark fan instead of a foe as you experience the thrill of viewing the sharks up close from above and below the water as they circle the pool. Your general admission ticket will give you full-day entry to Coral World Ocean Park, where you can experience the beauty and magic of life under and above the Caribbean Sea. Here you can gaze into the ocean from 15 feet under in the Undersea Observatory, plunge through ocean gardens with Sea Trek, and sea tiny seahorses, giant lobsters, scorpion fish, and other fascinating sea life in the Marine Gardens. You can also swim with playful sea lions, hand-feed the sociable Rainbow Lorikeets, and encounter turtles, sharks, and stingrays. A percentage of the proceeds for this activity are allocated towards shark conservation efforts.

Charlotte Amalie: Flavors of St Thomas Food Tour

9. Charlotte Amalie: Flavors of St Thomas Food Tour

Indulge yourself in making your own rum cocktails. Dine your way through Charlotte Amalie and take in a full lunch progressively enjoyed across a mix of famous and hidden gem foodie haunts in the capital city near both cruise ports. Savor Caribbean classics possibly featured on your tour: flavorful curried chicken, slow-roasted pulled pork tacos, and local rum. Push your foodie IQ by trying creole “fungi” and fried yellow plantain. Dig deep into the island’s rich past of pirates, rum, and even delicious homemade cakes. Let your local guide show you around this little slice of paradise and get you involved in the local food scene so you leave with the confidence and knowledge of a local.

Bird Island Sunset Kayak Adventure

10. Bird Island Sunset Kayak Adventure

Grab your camera and get out your binoculars and go on a guided kayak adventure through the lush and shallow waters of the Mangrove Lagoon. The Wildlife and Marine Reserve in St. Thomas, is a protected ecosystem playing host to a number of indigenous birds and other wild and marine life. On this tour, you will observe and learn about the incredible diversity of species that inhabit the Virgin Islands and even learn to identify birds and marine animals yourself. Learn about migrating patterns and the habits and behavior of birds such as blue herons, night herons, egrets, yellow warblers, hummingbirds or even spot the endangered brown pelican. Expert nature guides will take you on a peaceful paddle at sunset through the dynamic Benner Bay estuary and St. Thomas' East End Reserve. This tour is for those who love to watch, identify and learn about birds, as well as those with a curiosity for what makes the Mangrove Lagoon such a unique and vital ecosystem. No experience is necessary. Come to learn and keep your eyes peeled!

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What people are saying about Charlotte Amalie

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 257 reviews

Such a great experience! Shelaya was the best tour guide. She was knowledgeable about the island food and history. I would highly recommend this activity for some delicious food in St Thomas.

It was a small intimate group and our guide was super knowledgeable. The food and drinks were amazing. I’m super glad I booked this tour.

Food was excellent and our guide was knowledgeable. We were the only two on the trip which was unusual but nice!

The staff was very informative and the experiences were wonderful

It was informational and alpt of fun with great food!