On this 3 hour tour you will:
Get ready to kayak, hike and snorkel your way around historic Hassel Island in the Virgin Islands National Park. Discover the island's beauty and history firsthand as you kayak from Frenchtown to Hassel Island, paddle past colonial ruins, take a leisurely hike to Fort Willoughby, and go snorkeling at a secluded beach. This family-friendly active tour combines history and an eco-adventure of a lifetime!
Departing from the Frenchtown marina, board your two-person, easy-to-paddle kayak for a 20-minute paddle along the coast of Hassel Island. As you paddle, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the bustling Charlotte Amalie shopping and historic districts surrounding the harbor.
Coming ashore at the Garrison House, you'll hike along a 10-minute rocky trail to Fort Willoughby, a former Danish and British Fort built during the Napoleonic wars and one of the most intact British Naval Forts in the Caribbean.
After a snack and photo opportunities, kayak into Careening Cove where ships traveling from Europe were hauled and repaired. From here, it's only a brief paddle to the 19th-century Creque Marine Railway.
Your next stop is a secluded and picturesque beach which offers a choice of snorkeling with colorful marine life, enjoying a cool dip, or relaxing in the shade. A 5-minute paddle will bring you back to Frenchtown.
After your tour, if you have time, we recommend that you venture across the street and visit the neighborhood supported Historical Frenchtown Museum where you will be able to see many cultural items collected and presented by our residents of French ancestry who have been here for 500 years.
This is a limited availability tour, be sure to make your reservation early so you don't miss the date(s) you want. If you have any questions please call us toll free at 1-877-845-2925.
Your tour will leave from the CYOA dock in Frenchtown Marina. Our kayaks are easily seen on the fourth slip on the left as you walk onto the dock adjacent to the Hook, Line & Sinker Restaurant.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour.
If taking a taxi in St. Thomas, simply tell the driver you want to go to "the CYOA dock in Frenchtown" or "the Hook, Line & Sinker Restaurant in Frenchtown." If you say "Ecotours" or "kayaks" they might take you to our main location at the Mangrove Lagoon.
At the conclusion of the tour you will return with your guide to the same location at the CYOA dock.
We kindly ask our guests to bring along the following items for their tour, so they can have as much fun as possible!
As a part of this tour we include snorkels & masks, kayaks & paddles, life jackets, a mesh bag for items that can get wet, free lockers, beverages & snacks, a full safety briefing, and kayaking/paddling & snorkeling instruction.
All participants receive a one-year membership to the non-profit Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park. You'll receive emailed newsletters, a discount in the Friends store, discounts with the businesses in the Friends Affinity Program, an invitation to the annual meeting and discounts on Friends seminars with priority reservations.
Gratuity for your guide is not included.
This is a strenous tour and includes 20 minutes of paddling each way. Participants should be 14 years or over and in good physical condition.
Your payment is 100% refundable until 48 hours before the date and time your tour is due to depart. If you cancel your booking with less than 48 hours notice or fail to show up for your tour, then the full cost of the tour will be charged to the credit card used to guarantee your tour.