Best snorkeling adventure we've ever experienced. The schooner is a pirate ship with two stops. First for snorkeling the second for bbq lunch and beach/swim time. 6.5 hours Make sure to take Dramamine for the seasickness.
St. Thomas - Fast Cat Turtle Bay Snorkel & Honeymoon Beach
Got on a nice boat and made our way to Turtle Bay. The water was beautiful and clear and we were able to see turtles, a stingray and many fish while snorkeling. I wish we had more time to explore since we were only there for about an hour. We then went to Honeymoon beach. Please be aware that you will have to get out in the water (chest deep) and walk to the beach (there is not a walkway off of the boat to the beach). I was not very impressed with the beach. It was rocky, the water was not very clear and there was a lot of sea weed.
It was a grayish day, so we made a last minute decision to go on a snorkeling excursion. We had planned to do it from a beach, but figured a boat trip would be more fun. And it was. We were on the Fast Cat Turtle Cove and Honeymoon Beach excursion.
The trip out to the snorkeling site is a thrill in itself—they get going fast and you get some air going over waves. When you get there, they give you the rundown on what to do and how to stay safe, and out you go. They offer two guided tours (they split you up), but my daughter was having trouble with her mask and had to go back to the boat for help, so we missed out on that. Even so, we saw sea turtles, octopi, swordfish, and "a bunch of Dorys." Also—they were great with her when she was having trouble. I was at my wit's end, but they got her settled down and back in the water within minutes.
Then it was off to the beach, with unlimited rum punch (and coke for the kids) available. And man was it available. They kept coming around with big pitchers of it. It was delicious. The beach was quite nice, although the water wasn't the pretty turquoise I'd been hoping for. We were all starving, so we put in an order at the grill shack there and played on the beach while it cooked. We got a hot dog, a super hot dog, and a bacon cheeseburger for $22.
There was more punch on the way back, and good music, too. Fun was had by all—even the 8-year-old.
Coki Point Beach had excellent snorkeling from the beach on the right side of that bay. We brought our own equipment, rented chairs and put them under trees for shade, other's rented umbrellas. Tons of fish and very calm water, so that you could just float and hundreds of fish of different colors would swim by very frequently.
Would love to go back and explore some more! The island life and people there is something I could get used to.
The excursion was nice. The weather was overcast, but we still snorkeled, saw lots of fish, a sea turtle, a sting ray and enojoyed the Honeymoon Beach.
The crew aboard the Virgin Breeze was the best!! You can tell they love what they do and want to share it all with you!!
Aboard "The CAT" Young friendly staff, fun ,approachable, informative. It rained before/after our trip(beyond control), Very helpful in the water, My b/f not a strong swimmer..but he got instruction, and did great. Saw one turtle, many colorful fish,coral, Fun ride back with snacks/drinks
We docked at St. Thomas at 10:30am, and the tour started at 11:45. It gave us some time to shop at those street vendors and stores at Crown Bay. The Sail to Christmas and Honeymoon Coves excursions was fun, the crew members were super nice, and we did see four sea turtles. The BBQ lunch was delicious. However, the excursion is 6 and half hours long and there is no time to go to the downtown area to shop before getting back to the ship. If you want an excursion and time for shopping, don't choose a whole day excursion.
This was a fantastic shore excursion. A great boat ride to get to turtle bay to snorkel. Beautiful, clear water with lots of turtles, sting ray, and fish to see. The boat was fast, but a lot of fun!! Then we stopped at a beach for a while. Rum punch was served after the snorkeling.
No question - take the Christmas Cove and Honeymoon Island tour. Swimming with sea turtles and gorgeous fish is only part of the fun. The rum punch, delicious lunch, and relaxing beach round out the day. The crew is fun and friendly but also safe and professional. I have taken many snorkel tours. This is one of the great ones!
Sapphire Beach - This was a short tour which took you by open air truck over the highland to Sapphire Beach. I down-rated this because although the beach was beautiful, it wasn't great snorkeling. I don't think they should call it a snorkeling tour.. The beach is small and as we were leaving a few more tours were coming in. I'm not sure where they put all those people! The view was nice driving to and from the ship. The price was right.
Excursion St Thomas
We booked the NCL Twice as Nice Snorkeling. We were on a caterraman, that we boarded right off the ship early. They took us to Buck Island. The ride was pretty rough as the day was windy. We have been on quite a few snorkeling trips by far this was not a good trip. I was not feeling to well from the 45 minute ride in the rough water, I was on the verge of sea sicknesses. Our first stop was to see the turtles, we did see some, the second stop I did not get off to snorkel, on the way back they gave free rum punch , sodas, and snacks. The young lady talked a lot about the sea life and protecting the environment, she talked pretty fast, my thoughts was lets get on and snorkel.
We booked with Castaway shipwreck and snorkel. The crew was great and knowledgeable however, because it was a guided snorkel, the water was crowded and you kept getting kicked and bumped into. The water also wasn't clear enough to see very well. The sail back to the ship was terrific though. The only reason i don't recommend this tour is simply because it was 30 minutes in the water of mostly trying to get out of the way of others. My face was in the water about 10 of the minutes. I found it very frustrating.
We went on our own to Sapphire Beach and are glad we did. Just be ready for the rip off taxis that charge you per person to get where you want to go after they take on lots of other people. In our case, we were driving around for 25 minutes before the clown even headed over to Sapphire Beach.
The beach is nice and shaded and there is enough to do for members of the group that do not want to snorkel.
Excellent snorkeling on the Turtle Bay Catamaran excursion. The boat had lots of room, was very comfortable. One of the guides took us to an area where most of the sea turtles were and we saw a couple on the ocean floor eating. We saw lots of colorful fish and had plenty of time to explore. On the way back they served rum punch or soft drinks. Also chips and salsa. Played music and everyone onboard had a great time. Excellent excursion. I would highly recommend.
Did a snorkeling with Castaway Girl catamaran. Excellent crew, good snorkeling, very nice boat. We went to 2 sites to snorkel and we saw a sting ray, turtles, squid, shark, and fish. Great excursion. Plus you just walk to the end of the pier and the catamaran is right there by the ship.
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