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Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel and Sail Adventure at Buck Island

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to dock at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef to board the 54-foot (16-meter) 'Cat' for your 3-hour sailing and snorkeling excursion.

    Find a comfortable spot on deck in the sun or shade. Meet the friendly captain and crew as you sail into the azure waters and watch the shoreline of St Thomas recede. On your way to the uninhabited Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge's Turtle Cove, get fitted for a snorkel, mask and flippers if you're interested in snorkeling. Alternatively, you can choose to lounge on board the boat or take a swim.

    When you arrive at your destination, don your equipment and dive in. Admire multicolored coral reefs, inhabited by an abundance of tropical fish. Watch the Virgin Island's resident Green Sea Turtles gliding along, munching on the plentiful sea grasses.

    After snorkeling, climb back on the catamaran for snacks and drinks - fruit and vegetables, water, a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic cocktails, wine and beer. Relax on the way back to the dock, enjoying the Caribbean sun and breeze.

    Finish your tour after 3 hours and walk away with a complimentary pirate temporary tattoo to show for it.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The VI Cat, Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock, 7338 Estate Bakkeroe Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas VI, St Thomas 00801, USVI
    Departure Time
    1:00 PM
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Snacks
    • Unlimited drinks (open bar)
    • Local guide
    • Use of Snorkelling equipment
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities (suggested)
    • Souvenir T-Shirts and Dri-Fit Shirts (available for purchase)
    • Transportation to/from attractions (you provide your own transportation. The Marriott Frenchman's Cove is 7-10 minutes from the WICO cruise ship dock and 20-30 minutes from the Crown Bay cruise ship dock.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
    • 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
    • Most tours depart from the Marriott Frenchman's Cove at 1pm. Please travel independently to departure location 30 minutes prior to departure
    • The Marriott 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
    • Please note the Marriott Frenchman's COVE is a separate location from the Marriott Frenchman's REEF
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • All tours are listed in local time - Atlantic Standard Time Zone
    • Be sure to mention any allergies or medical conditions to the Captain
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    What a great experience! Catamaran was awesome just riding out and enjoying the waves and wind! Crew was super cool and informative. Any experience level will enjoy the snorkeling. Layer back good time and great drinks on the return trip! Awesome time!

    Thank theandrewsnation
    Jim C, Manager at The VI Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your review, theandrewsnation. Happy you had a great experience. The VI Cat's 54' sailing catamaran is a wonderful way to experience the idyllic Caribbean waters. Hope you come back to see us on your next trip to St. Thomas. Have fun, Ali

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We booked the Doubloon turtle cove and snorkel trip on our Disney Cruise. It was great! Instead of the pirate ship we rode on the Castaway Girl 3 with Captain Ryan, Fernando, Caroline and Jules. The catamaran was very comfortable. We motored over to Turtle...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank mich-tn1
    Jim C, Manager at The VI Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your review, mich-tn1! Sounds like you and your family really had a wonderful time. Turtle Cove at Buck Island Wildlife Refuge truly is a special place as it is a protected cove for the endangered green sea turtles where they come and...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I had an amazing time onboard! The staff was amazing. Captain Joe, Eric, and Shamar made the first time experience really great. They made sure we were doing okay and that we had our cups refilled the entire time. Definitely suggest you take this tour.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank LaParis J
    Jim C, Manager at The VI Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for your recommendation and your review, LaParis J! Our Captains and Crew are the best in the Virgin Islands and ensure everyone is safe and having an enjoyable time. Looking forward to seeing you aboard again! Cheers, Ali

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Great snorkeling beautiful location and great crew we were the only ones there besides the fish. Would recommend to anyone who wants to see and snorkel a beautiful place!More

    Date of experience: October 2019
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    Jim C, Manager at The VI Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Turtle Cove at Buck Island Wildlife Refuge is truly a specular place as it is a protected marine sanctuary, home to the endangered green sea turtles. So happy we were able to be a part of your life-long memory making experience. Thank you for the...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Not really a big fan of writing reviews, but this was a great experience. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely do it againMore

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    Jim C, Manager at The VI Cat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for your service and thank you for the review, brandonmH7856SI. We strive to show everyone a great experience and are happy we were spot on with your tour. Looking forward to having you aboard the next time you're in St. Thomas. Have fun,...More

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    9 September 2019|
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    Response from Dip26ad | Reviewed this property |
    As far as I know the Cat can hold alot. We were on a trip with about 40 people, but the day before they had a trip with 80 people. It just depends on the day and how many reservations they have for that outing, either way... More
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    27 August 2019|
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    Response from raerenaebrenda | Reviewed this property |
    No far, the catamaran sails from the Marriott, which is about 10 minutes away! It was a great tour and the snorkeling was great!
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    lsunny
    4 August 2019|
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    Response from islandbeth | Property representative |
    Great question! Taxi far will be about $10 per person from the WICO dock to Marriott's Frenchman's Cove.
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