US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands lie about 50 miles east of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea and are made up of three principle Islands: St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John.  All three islands can be accessed via cruise ships, while travellers to St. Thomas or St. Croix also have the option of flying.  Average monthly temperatures in winter range between 73⁰F and 84⁰F making the US Virgin Islands an attractive destination for those wanting to escape the cold, harsh winters of the north.  The warm waters, sunny skies and coral reefs also make it an attractive destination for snorkelers.  Hundreds of species of fish call the waters surrounding the USVI home including colourful parrotfish, the silver barracuda, blue tangs, snapper, porcupine fish and many, many more! But that’s not all – the USVI has an abundant amount of other marine life which includes sea turtles, sting rays, eels, lobsters, jelly fish, conch and starfish – all of which are sure to impress any snorkeler.

For more information visit Caribbean Guide's page on Snorkeling the Virgin Islands.

The USVI Snorkelinks:

Independence  St. Thomas- Slip the lines, leave your cares behind, and experience the freedom of sailing the Caribbean with Captain Pat Stoeken on Independence, a 44' clipper-bowed ketch. Indpendence is a big, comfortable boat, with room to stretch out in the shade or sun. Leave late or come back early … snorkel … swim … or do nothing … It's your day! Lunch, open bar, snacks, and snorkel gear and instruction are included.

Caribbean Sea Adventures St. Croix – Buck Island Reef National Monument is a must for every visitor whether you snorkel the underwater trail or just enjoy the beach! Proclaimed as a National Monument in 1961, Buck Island is considered to be "..one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea." Buck Island's main beauty lies in the surrounding coral reef ecosystem and its unique underwater trail. Relax and take in the scenery along St. Croix's gorgeous north shore on our way to Buck Island marine garden. Here you will snorkel for an hour and a half amongst endangered elkhorn and staghorn coral formations teeming with colorful reef fish. After snorkeling, we head to Turtle beach on the west side of Buck Island for some rest and relaxation. Turtle beach was rated one of the world's most beautiful beaches by National Geographic! You can sign up for a full day or half day charter on either a power boat or sail, any day of the week!

Big Beards Adventure Tours  St. Croix- Trips to Buck Island! Come with us on either a half days sail or full day sail excursion to one of the world's most beautiful beaches and snorkeling destinations! Trips leave three times a day.

Sadie Sea  St. John- Come join us on one of St. John's most recognizable boats for an experience that is second to none. Allow Captain Tom & First Mate Amy to guide you around the waters surrounding St. John and come see why it is called the "Jewel of the Caribbean". Sadie Sea is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed and inspected 40' Lindsey Trawler with shaded seating downstairs and a sunny upper deck to satisfy whatever your cruising pleasures may be. Sadie Sea can carry 37 passengers in U.S waters and is perfect for large groups or for a more intimate experience we can take a minimum of 4 passengers. Come to see what can be seen only from a boat and leave with a lifetime of memories and stories. We have many different trips to satisfy your tastes and adventure styles, or come up with your own itinerary and the boat is yours for the day.


Doubloon Pirate Ships  St. Thomas- We operate half day snorkel excursions from St. Thomas, USVI to Buck Island just 4 miles from the West Indian and Co. cruise ship dock. Doubloon bookings can be made on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line at their shore excursion desk. Our tour, Turtle Cove Sail & Snorkel, is approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours in duration where we experience excellent snorkeling among beautiful coral formations, tropical reef fish and wild sea turtles.

Double Fun Catamaran   St. Thomas- Your day will include a sail to the Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John where you will enjoy beautiful waters and colorful fish swimming over coral reefs. Refreshments and a delicious hot lunch will be waiting for you after the first snorkel stop. Your second stop will give you a chance to see more fish, turtles, coral formations and rays.

Oh Be Joyful Sailing  St. Thomas / St. John – Welcome to the wonder filled world of Oh Be Joyful Sailing aboard the good ship Ocean Spirit! Ocean Spirit is a 46 foot bavaria (think very fast sailing sloop). We Love to snorkel! We sail and snorkel the barrier islands of Pillsbury Sound whose reefs are still vibrant (it is our opinion that the snorkeling at St John National Park has sadly been over snorkeled). Oh Be Joyful Sailing will take you to secluded reefs so you won't be bumping into 50 other snorkelers. Captain Dave was previously a free lance disc jockey. The music you'll enjoy on your day with Oh Be Joyful Sailing will enhance your relaxing wonder filled day (your eardrums will not be battered with head banging garbage). We love to cook! On a full day sail, you'll enjoy a large fresh salad and your choice of Grilled Very Thick Pork Chop, Salmon or Marinated Chicken. Many of our guests claim that our lunch is the best meal of their vacation. On all our excursions we serve fresh Guacamole, Fresh Salsa and Tortilla chips. And of course its open bar all day long (specialty drinks are Bloody Mary's – Rum Punch – Pain Killers, beer, wine, fruit juice, soda, water). WARNING: SAILING WITH "OH BE JOYFUL" CAN BE HABIT FORMING [50+% of our business is repeat guests] WE AIM TO PLEASE !!!

Alaunt Charters  St. Thomas – Captain Ron and Mate Carol provide an all inclusive daysail on "Alaunt" our 53' ketch. Our day starts with a sail from Redhook, on the east end of St. Thomas to the Virgin Islands National park. On the way we provide a fresh fruit plate , banana nut bread, and beverages. While you are snorkeling at our first stop (chosen by weather and sea conditions) we prepare a wonderful Caribbean lunch. After lunch and another sail we stop for our second snorkel, usually at one of the surrounding cays. We provide excellent, up to date, snorkel gear, and flotation devices (inflatable vests or foam noodles). If you're a new snorkeler, instruction on how to use the equipment is provided. After your snorkel we have fish and coral guides to help identify what you've seen.

Fury Sailing Charters  St. Thomas- Join the crew aboard the newly refirbished sailing yacht Fury! We will take you on a 3.5 hour snorkel tour of the National Marine Wildlife Refuge at Buck Island to SWIM WITH THE TURTLES!! The beautiful reaf at the sanctuary is also home to a variety of sealife including stingrays, conch, octopus, starfish and an abundent array of tropical fish. Fury provides all the snorkel gear, flotation devices, beverages, snacks, fresh water rinse and free pick up and drop off at the Havensite Cruiseship Dock! Fury can accommodate up to 24 guests and there are no minimums so you are guaranteed to go sailing when you book! We are also available for Sunset Sails and Private charters. Check out our website at www.usvisailing.com or call 340-643-7733 for more info." Fury is rated the "#1 Thing to do" in Charlotte Amalie by tripadvisor

Hidden Reef Eco Tours St. John – Add an unforgettable element to your vacation with a Hidden Reef snorkeling and kayaking adventure on St. John. A beautiful drive with views of the VI National Park, the BVI and Coral Reef National Monument will take you to the more relaxed side of the island to meet your naturalist guide. Your senses come alive as you kayak through spectacular scenery then snorkel through a kaleidoscope of tropical fish and marine life including sea turtles, ancient reefs and flowing coral gardens. Hidden Reef is one of the elite few naturalist-guided tour providers currently allowed into the V.I. National Monument mangroves, enabling you to explore this diverse and protected ecosystem with a knowledgeable local expert. Families and adventurers alike are easily accommodated with trips to suit all levels of experience. Hidden Reef uses the best equipment including two-person, easy-paddle, sit-on-top kayaks, and provides all snorkeling gear. Limited seating requires reservations. Book this exciting activity by calling (340) 513-9613, or (877) KAYAK-SJ (877-529-2575).

Daysail Fantasy  St. Thomas- Sail with no more than six guests to the St. John National Park and surrounding cays with Captain Pam on Daysail Fantasy! Enjoy beautiful beaches and snorkel the famous protected reefs on St. John. A hot lunch and open bar are waiting for you after the first stop. Fishing gear, snorkel gear and instruction are all included. Just bring your bathing suit and sunscreen for a magical day!

New Horizons Daysail   St. Thomas- This is an excellent, all inclusive day-sailing excursion that gives the opportunity to snorkel at the National Park in St. John and off the coast of an uninhabited island. The crystal clear waters offer the sight of hundreds of colorful fishes and spectacular reefs. Included in the cost are: snorkel equipment and instructions, a premium open bar (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), Continental breakfast, two excellent snorkel and swim stops, and a hot Italian gourmet lunch. New Horizons departs daily from the Sapphire Marina at 9:15 am and returns via a very relaxing downwind sail by 4:00 pm. Call 800-808-7604 or 340-775-1171.

Daydreamer & Coconut  St. Thomas- Catch the Caribbean tradewinds for a relaxing sail in the Virgin Islands. Enjoy snorkeling in the Caribbean's pristine waters. Beautiful tropical fish, turtles and colorful coral reefs await you. Passengers of all ages enjoy a smooth sailing experience on our comfortable, multi-hull sailboats, Daydreamer or Coconut. Whether you relax on our expansive decks or explore the reefs, you'll have an experience of a lifetime! (All sails include open bar and we furnish all snorkel gear). Please call for seasonal departure times…

Big Blue  St. Thomas / St. John-Snorkeling, exploring, snorkeling, cruising, snorkeling, island hopping, snorkeling, sunning, snorkeling, sightseeing AND snorkeling. Your pace. Your day. Your way.

Jester Sailing  St. Thomas- Start with a continental breakfast, then we take an invigorating sail through the beautiful tropical waters to St. John and the surrounding islands and cays. Swim and snorkel off the colorful coral reefs. Relax and play on the pristine white sand beaches. Enjoy a freshly prepared gourmet lunch and sip on unlimited ice cold beverages and specialty libations…you'll love the "Jester Juice"!

Sail Safaris St. John- Sail Safaris offers sailing and snorkeling tours to the islands and cays off St John. We explore diverse reef systems in the Virgin Islands National Park and beyond. Our full day tour is great for families, couples and anyone with an interest in coral reef species and a desire to get off the beaten path. We specialize in guided snorkeling tours for small groups. Our catamarans can land right on the islands to explore, snorkel and picnic. Lunch and drinks are included in our low rate. Call us toll free for more info or to book your tour. (866)820-6906

Treazzure  St. Thomas- Come aboard "Treazzure", a 60 foot sailing yacht to experience the beauty of the Virgin Islands. On a daysail, experience snorkeling at some of the finest destinations in St. John and inner islands. Guided snorkel tour of the turtles and stingrays (weather permitting). For week charter into the British Virgin Islands: Anagada, the famous "Baths" at Virgin Gorda, Norman Islands' Indians & Caves snorkel stop are just a few. Guana Cay is a perfect example!!! Captain "Hollywood" Joe has over 30 years experience and knowledge of secluded bay and snorkel spots.

Daysail High Pockets  St. Thomas – A Cut Above! Join Captain Kathleen, a former Registered Nurse and gourmet cook, for an outstanding day aboard the classic elegant yacht, High Pockets. Featuring spectacular sightseeing under sail, amazing snorkeling in secluded coves and just plain fun! Amenities include quality snorkel gear with expert instruction, sumptuous lunch and a thirst quenching open bar. Sailing St. Thomas, St. John and the Virgin Islands National Park with no more than six guests. Private parties welcomed. Wedding proposal, anniversary, birthday… we specialize in the celebration of great occasions and the every day! Please visit our web site for more information.

Yacht Nightwind  St. Thomas – Nightwind is a 57 foot custom built yawl, built in Sweden in 1955 out of African teak. Nightwind is a US Coast Guard inspected vessel and is certified to carry up to 18 guests plus crew. Nightwind is located at Sapphire Beach Marina in slip S33. This provides for easy dockside boarding. We begin boarding at 9:00am starting you with a continental breakfast and an open bar ( juices, water, soft drinks and a fully stocked bar. Some of our offerings are Captain Rick’s famous rum punch that you can only enjoy aboard Yacht Nightwind, as well as Mimosas, Hibiscus, Bloody Marys or your drink of choice. We set sail for St. John sailing the beautiful azure waters of the Caribbean for an hour and a half or so to our first snorkel stop of the day. Where we sail depends on the wind and the sea. Captain Rick always seeks out the best spot that is calm and clear for your snorkeling pleasure. While you are snorkeling and swimming we put up an additional shade awning for those wishing to be out of the sun while allowing plenty of deck space for the sun lovers. After you have snorkeled and swam for about an hour you are served snacks and drinks while your lunch is being prepared. Then you enjoy your fabulous tropical Caribbean roasted chicken lunch. After lunch we sail for another half hour or so to our second destination of the day. There is snorkel and swim for another hour or so. The afternoon is highlighted by a delicious triple chocolate cake for your dessert. Afterwards we sail back to the Marina arriving about 3:30 – 4:00pm. This is our usual day sail excursion but can be customised especially for you. Contact us for details. All you need to bring are towels, suntan lotions (no oils or sprays please) and your camera for all the great photo ops you will experience. To book your Nightwind Day Sail, you may call us at (340) 775-7017 or go to our website.