Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas

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1,071 reviews   (4.80)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: st thomas, st thomas

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


Come swim with the resident green sea turtles and tropical fish on this 3 hour , 15 minute snorkel & sail adventure in St. Thomas aboard The VI Cat. From your departure, set sail on our 54-foot US Coast Guard inspected catamaran to the idyllic Caribbean waters of Turtle Cove at Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge. Seeing the green sea turtles in their natural habitat truly is a life-long memory. Note this is Little Buck Island located off of St. Thomas.

What's Included

Local guide


Unlimited Drinks (open bar after in-water activities)

Use of Snorkelling equipment

What's Not Included

Gratuities (suggested)

Guest provides own transportation to and from the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove

Souvenir T-Shirts and Dri-Fit Shirts (available for purchase)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Any guests with medical concerns is encouraged to address them with their own medical professional prior to attending excursion.
  • Be sure to mention any allergies or medical conditions to the Captain
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Facial coverings are optional while onboard.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Must arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. Check-in with Cat Crew on Dock of Marriott's Frenchman's Cove. We cannot accommodate late-comers.
  • Open bar will begin after all in-water activities have commenced
  • Please arrive to the dock 30 minutes prior to excursion start time. To ensure an on-time departure, we cannot accommodate late-comers. Masks & facial covering available and encouraged.
  • Service animals allowed
  • The VI Cat's Standard Cancellation Policy: To receive a full refund, customers may cancel up to 24 hours before the excursion start date in the local timezone. No refunds will be given after that time period. "No-Shows" will be charged the full price of t
  • Use Google Maps. Type "The VI Cat" or "Marriott's Frenchman's Cove". 1. Pull into the Marriott Frenchman's Cove (the property with all of the colorful buildings). The Marriott Cove has a large stone/brick entrance. 2. Check in with the security guard at t
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All tours are listed in local time - Atlantic Standard Time Zone (PLEASE NOTE THIS MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN YOUR SHIP TIME)
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children MUST be accompanied by an adult • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Marriott's Frenchman's COVE is different than the REEF (which is still closed).
  • MUST arrive 30 minutes prior to trip departure time. We cannot accommodate late arrivals.
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • The Marriott's Frenchman's Cove is 7-10 minute taxi ride from the WICO cruise ship dock and 20-30 minute taxi ride from the Crown Bay cruise ship dock
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Wheelchair accessibility is best fitted for travel/non-motorized wheelchairs. If guest or vessel's Master determines safety issue, a full refund will be given.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Arrive at 12:30pm to check-in with The VI Cat crew on the wooden dock of the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove. Tour departs promptly at 1pm (AST - Atlantic Standard Time). Guest is to provide their own transportation to the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove. After checking in with security, follow signs that say "public access to the beach". Free parking can be found in a large gravel parking lot on the right hand side AFTER the security booth.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Little Buck Island
Board 'The Cat', a spacious 54-foot sailing catamaran for an exhilarating sail to the uninhabited Little Buck Island, located off of St Thomas. You'll snorkel at Turtle Cove, Little Buck Island, the National Wildlife Refuge, where you'll experience an unforgettable, fun-filled, marine life adventure.

Your friendly crew will provide snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vest), brief instruction and safety tips and if needed, a beginner's snorkeling lesson when you reach Little Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge. You may choose to swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, tan on the special deck of the catamaran, or relax in the shaded cabin area. However you choose to spend your day on the boat, you will no doubt have fun!

AFTER snorkeling, hop back on the catamaran for light snacks and open bar that offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Good time had by all!
Jamesad0130, 29-09-2022
10/10 experience! Loved the peaceful sail and the music selection. We didn't partake in snorkeling, but we weren't made to feel weird about it and the experience was still amazing! The drinks were on point, John was great, you can tell he loves what he does by his interactions with the guests. Lindsey was also excellent as was Captain Taylor. Amazing how well they work together to make sure the experience for all is memorable. Would definitely recommend this sail to everyone when here in St. Thomas. Great job to this fantastic crew!!
Fabulous experience
joshuajH1783VD, 28-09-2022
Loved the crew Lindsay, Taylor , and John. Had an excellent experience. They really made the experience special.
Turtle and stingray...
Linda_H, 29-09-2022
Turtle and stingray spotting. Good painkillers on the way back. Wished music was a little lower to hear the sails flapping.
Friends trip!
Simeon_M, 14-09-2022
Very fun! The staff was great, the water was beautiful! It was very hot but we enjoyed every minute of it. The drinks were great as well.
Boating excursions with a great vibe
Julzmslady, 13-09-2022
We loved the boat and crew so much, we went onboard for the sunset cruise and the snorkeling tour the next day. Both trips were a great experience. Every member of the crew were energetic, and committed to ensuring the guests had a wonderful time. Thank you to all of the crew- John, Joe, Mike, Jackson, Lindsey and Captain David! We could not have had more fun!

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