St. Thomas Snorkeling Excursion Reviews

Experience marine life and coral forms on a snorkeling adventure in St. Thomas. Coral ledges and bay walls offer superb views.
Captain Nautica - fun day had a real great day in the speed boat, then saw a turtle and fish ...
Sail Date: March 2015
Captain Nautica - fun day had a real great day in the speed boat, then saw a turtle and fish snorkelling. Would do this adventure again. I had a good day
Captain Nautica - fun day had a real great day in the speed boat, then saw a turtle and fish snorkelling. Would do this adventure again. I had a good day Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Castaway Girl Catamaran was fun even though we had rain during the cruise to the snorkeling spot.
Sail Date: March 2015
Castaway Girl Catamaran was fun even though we had rain during the cruise to the snorkeling spot. Not many fish were around. I would recommend that anyone that takes this excursion has good balance and can get on and off the boat...You ... Read More
Castaway Girl Catamaran was fun even though we had rain during the cruise to the snorkeling spot. Not many fish were around. I would recommend that anyone that takes this excursion has good balance and can get on and off the boat...You will need to be in good health to enjoy this excursion...Rum Punch was great! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We were on a "Catamaran" which offered us the opportunity to snorkel in Turtle Bay, followed by ...
Sail Date: February 2015
We were on a "Catamaran" which offered us the opportunity to snorkel in Turtle Bay, followed by time at a beach. The rum punch was OK and there were soft drinks.
We were on a "Catamaran" which offered us the opportunity to snorkel in Turtle Bay, followed by time at a beach. The rum punch was OK and there were soft drinks. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Took the Captain Nautica snorkeling tour, which was a small boat that took us out to snorkel at ...
Sail Date: February 2015
Took the Captain Nautica snorkeling tour, which was a small boat that took us out to snorkel at Buck Island. The snorkeling was ok - water was not as clear and the weather sucked, but the boat ride was nice and the captain was cool. His ... Read More
Took the Captain Nautica snorkeling tour, which was a small boat that took us out to snorkel at Buck Island. The snorkeling was ok - water was not as clear and the weather sucked, but the boat ride was nice and the captain was cool. His snorkeling equipment was good, but the ride there was fast and wet for some. I would say this is an intermediate snorkeling tour. If you haven't ever snorkeled and might need some handholding, or if you are a pansy about getting splashed or bumped on the trip there, or if you want one of those big party boats that serves watered down rum punch and play Jimmy Buffet songs, this probably isn't your tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We always book a sail and snorkel excursion so we have much to compare to.
Sail Date: February 2015
We always book a sail and snorkel excursion so we have much to compare to. This one was titled “Turtle Cove Catamaran Sail and Snorkel.” We sailed on the Castaway Cat it was one of the better tours we have been on. Captain Nathan, crew ... Read More
We always book a sail and snorkel excursion so we have much to compare to. This one was titled “Turtle Cove Catamaran Sail and Snorkel.” We sailed on the Castaway Cat it was one of the better tours we have been on. Captain Nathan, crew Bobby and Sam were friendly and experienced. We travel with our own snorkeling equipment including vests so we were the first ones in the water at Buck Island. fine The water was rough at the edges of the cove but it was clear and there were many fish. And we did see a turtle! Back on board, we were offered rum punch. There was no pressure for tips but it was mentioned as well as shirts for sail (we bought them.) Good tour. Take it if you like to snorkel. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Really fun day and a beautiful island.
Sail Date: January 2015
Really fun day and a beautiful island. We took a speedboat out to go snorkeling at two destinations. We were out there for a decent amount of time at each stop. The first stop was definitely lacking in fish. We had to swim pretty far away ... Read More
Really fun day and a beautiful island. We took a speedboat out to go snorkeling at two destinations. We were out there for a decent amount of time at each stop. The first stop was definitely lacking in fish. We had to swim pretty far away to see anything and I think we only saw one turtle. The second stop had a lot more fish and rays and turtles which was great! We had complimentary rum punch too! It was a great day in the ocean. After we got back we went shopping in downtown St. Thomas. TONS of jewelers. We had lunch at Glady's Cafe which was cute and had pretty good food! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took the Castaway Girl sail and snorkel trip.
Sail Date: January 2015
We took the Castaway Girl sail and snorkel trip. I had never been snorkeling, so I just wanted to try it. The crew was very nice, and we had a beautiful sail over to the place where we snorkeled. The crew member asked for our attention ... Read More
We took the Castaway Girl sail and snorkel trip. I had never been snorkeling, so I just wanted to try it. The crew was very nice, and we had a beautiful sail over to the place where we snorkeled. The crew member asked for our attention while he explained how to put the gear on, etc. but I was pretty far on the other side of the boat, so I couldn't hear a word he was saying. Thank God my husband used to be a scuba instructor, so he explained to me how to do everything or I would have had no idea. With so many people there really isn't anything to see under the water: just some random fish and a shipwreck, which didn't look very interesting. My husband warned me that would be the case on a tour like this with so many people, but for my purpose, just to try snorkeling, it was good enough, and I had a nice time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Book with Simplicity Charters for a 6 hour sail.
Sail Date: January 2015
Book with Simplicity Charters for a 6 hour sail. Search simplicity charters out of St Thomas. You will not be disappointed at all. We were treated with the utmost respect and had a blast. We are looking for another cruise to go back to St ... Read More
Book with Simplicity Charters for a 6 hour sail. Search simplicity charters out of St Thomas. You will not be disappointed at all. We were treated with the utmost respect and had a blast. We are looking for another cruise to go back to St Thomas to do this again. Four people were on this excursion versus about 100 on the cruise line excursion. Yes, we made it back on board with plenty of time to spare. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Beautiful sunny day in St.
Sail Date: January 2015
Beautiful sunny day in St. Thomas. Took the Captain Nautica Snorkeling excursion. Friendly crew took us first to Turtle Cove. Plenty of sea turtles to swim with. Second stop was at Shipwreck Cove. Great underwater photo op of shipwreck. ... Read More
Beautiful sunny day in St. Thomas. Took the Captain Nautica Snorkeling excursion. Friendly crew took us first to Turtle Cove. Plenty of sea turtles to swim with. Second stop was at Shipwreck Cove. Great underwater photo op of shipwreck. Also great coral reefs and plenty of colorful fish waiting to be fed and photographed. Crew was knowledgeable and very friendly. Had a great time. On the way back to the ship, another Sr. Frogs! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We rented mini boats which took us out on the ocean and to a lagoon area for snorkeling.
Sail Date: January 2015
We rented mini boats which took us out on the ocean and to a lagoon area for snorkeling. Guides were very helpful and friendly!
We rented mini boats which took us out on the ocean and to a lagoon area for snorkeling. Guides were very helpful and friendly! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
We decided to take a catamaran snorkeling trip on the CASTAWAY GIRL #3 and of all the snorkeling ...
Sail Date: December 2014
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
St ThomasST97 Turtle Cove Sail and SnorkelOk…We took a pirate ship to St Johns.
Sail Date: December 2014
St ThomasST97 Turtle Cove Sail and SnorkelOk…We took a pirate ship to St Johns. There we were given an excellent safety instruction and practiced pirate speak. We saw adolescent turtles eating the sea grass on the ocean floor and coming ... Read More
St ThomasST97 Turtle Cove Sail and SnorkelOk…We took a pirate ship to St Johns. There we were given an excellent safety instruction and practiced pirate speak. We saw adolescent turtles eating the sea grass on the ocean floor and coming up for air. We were instructed not to feed or touch the turtles. Which was fine, you will get plenty of turtle sightings here. The snorkeling for fish part was ok. The staff was good, the boat clean and in good shape and the humorous sales pitches were rather strong for tips or T-shirt sales at the end. Guests were told the staff only make money by tips the way their waiters are paid on the ship. We enjoyed ourselves and tipped them. But it was the heaviest tip suggestion we encountered. Our temporary pirate tattoos given to us are just now wearing off. The rum punch was also excellent. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We were fortunate in 2014 to sail with Bones twice!!
Sail Date: December 2014
We were fortunate in 2014 to sail with Bones twice!! We will never miss the chance when our cruising makes stops in St Thomas. There is not a better shore excursion out there. If you want to enjoy the tropical beauty, get up close and ... Read More
We were fortunate in 2014 to sail with Bones twice!! We will never miss the chance when our cruising makes stops in St Thomas. There is not a better shore excursion out there. If you want to enjoy the tropical beauty, get up close and personal with the ocean plus get the best service you won't want to miss booking with them. Captain Jason works his magic with each passenger. A shy child on our ship at the beginning of the day was confident and laughing at the end. Jason found ways to entertain and engage all ages. We were lead by Amelia on a beautiful snorkel where we learned about sea creature and even got to gentle hold a sea biscuit. Then we had plenty of time on our own to explore there were sea turtles, eels, and a colorful fish! Then we did some real sailing. It is amazing crashing through the vibrant blue with the wind and ocean spray. They music is great and they had lots of punch and drinks. Everyone got a temp tattoo and if you wanted to you could step up and help with the sailing. That worked up and appetite so we headed to a beautiful secluded beach to have a wonderful meal waiting for us. Then more fun and games in the ocean. Jimmy showed us how to open a coconut and many played a really cool skipping "rock" aka ball game. Others socked up the sun on the white sand beach. Al the day we saw other groups rushing here and there stopping for only a few minutes but on Bones we relaxed enjoyed and conquered!! So grateful Celebrity and Disney both offered us the chance to sail with Bones!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We had a great time in St.
Sail Date: December 2014
We had a great time in St. Thomas. Loved the island. Booked the Fast Cat excursion with the cruise line. Our crew, Steve, Andrew, Ralph and Amy (I think that was her name) were great. Took us to a VERY crowded snorkel location but still ... Read More
We had a great time in St. Thomas. Loved the island. Booked the Fast Cat excursion with the cruise line. Our crew, Steve, Andrew, Ralph and Amy (I think that was her name) were great. Took us to a VERY crowded snorkel location but still saw a lot of fish and sea turtles. After snorkeling, we had all the fruity rum drinks we could drink, which was great. Went to honeymoon bay which was also crowded and had only one place to get food, but was a nice location. The excursion should have included food for the cost. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Daughter in law and 2 grandkids went on a pirate ship for some snorkeling.
Sail Date: December 2014
Daughter in law and 2 grandkids went on a pirate ship for some snorkeling. Said it was a lot of fun.
Daughter in law and 2 grandkids went on a pirate ship for some snorkeling. Said it was a lot of fun. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We did the "Fast Cat, 2Island Snorkeling Safari and Beach Getaway" shore excursion.
Sail Date: December 2014
We did the "Fast Cat, 2Island Snorkeling Safari and Beach Getaway" shore excursion. The snorkeling was okay. (Last July, we went to the Moorea and Bora Bora in the South Pacific and no snorkeling spot can compare). We snorkeled ... Read More
We did the "Fast Cat, 2Island Snorkeling Safari and Beach Getaway" shore excursion. The snorkeling was okay. (Last July, we went to the Moorea and Bora Bora in the South Pacific and no snorkeling spot can compare). We snorkeled in a St. Thomas US National Park so everyone had to wear an inflatable vest which was cumbersome. Not many fish but the ones we saw were large and colorful. We saw 4 sea turtles and a ray. Try to get away from the crowd of snorkelers and view the sea life on your own without straying too far. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took a boat from St.
Sail Date: December 2014
We took a boat from St. Thomas to St. John and had a driver who gave us a tour of St. John and then took us to a beach where snorkeling equipment was provided should we want to use it. The beach had an underwater National park with markers ... Read More
We took a boat from St. Thomas to St. John and had a driver who gave us a tour of St. John and then took us to a beach where snorkeling equipment was provided should we want to use it. The beach had an underwater National park with markers to view while snorkeling. Quite a nice day Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
St Thomas is not a nice clean island, so the ride to the starting point was not pretty, and the ...
Sail Date: November 2014
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
- took ship tour St Johns Champagne tour.
Sail Date: November 2014
- 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 ... Read More
- 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! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did the Turtle Bay catamaran snorkeling adventure.
Sail Date: November 2014
We did the Turtle Bay catamaran snorkeling adventure. We saw quite a few large sea turtles and a medium size stingray and normal Caribbean fish. The "Skeleton Crew" we're very friendly and entertaining. www.coolboatsusvi.com
We did the Turtle Bay catamaran snorkeling adventure. We saw quite a few large sea turtles and a medium size stingray and normal Caribbean fish. The "Skeleton Crew" we're very friendly and entertaining. www.coolboatsusvi.com Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Went snorkeling and saw a lot of fish
Sail Date: November 2014
Went snorkeling and saw a lot of fish
Went snorkeling and saw a lot of fish Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took the excusion Shipwreck Sail and Snorkel aboard the Castaway Girl Catameran and had a ...
Sail Date: October 2014
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took this excursion because no previous snuba experience was required and kids were allowed; it ...
Sail Date: October 2014
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was the HIGHLIGHT of our trip--with the exception of the fast-paced, long walk to the end of ...
Sail Date: October 2014
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 ... Read More
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!!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Trunk Bay at St.
Sail Date: September 2014
Trunk Bay at St. John is sooo beautiful. Great facilities; showers, snack bar.
Trunk Bay at St. John is sooo beautiful. Great facilities; showers, snack bar. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises