St Thomas Mangrove Lagoon Cas Cay Kayak & Snorkel Guided Tour (2 1/2 hours)

 
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Pricing:

  • Adults: $69
  • Child (7-12 yrs): $39
  • Youth (2-6 yrs): Free

On this tour you will:

  • Kayak through St. Thomas' Mangrove Lagoon, an unspoiled region of mangrove forests.
  • Learn about the mangrove ecosystem and the ways in which it stimulates and supports wildlife—from the birds in the trees to the fish hiding in the roots.
  • Snorkel in clear waters, home to an abundance of wildlife including sting rays and colorful parrot fish.

 

 This water-focused tour is rich in wildlife and goes at a gentle pace. It begins as you make your way in a kayak through the protected Inner Mangrove Lagoon and Marine Preserve. Paddle along with your guide and pass through many manglar islands, which are made up of red mangroves that thrive and flourish in the salt water. Many birds make their nest in the mangrove trees and if you look up, you’ll have a chance to see blue herons, night herons, egrets, yellow warblers, hummingbirds, or even spot the endangered brown pelican. Look down into the clear water and you can see juvenile fish hiding among the roots of the red mangrove trees where they school together to stay safe from potential predators.

 As you paddle through shallower waters, the view from above gets even clearer and you will often see southern stingrays and spotted eagle rays gliding in the water below you. Occasionally they will even jump out of the water and up into the air, always a crowd pleaser. The kayak portion ends when you arrive at the southernmost tip of St. Thomas where a fringing, coral, and barrier reef made of shell rubble divides the crystal clear waters of the lagoon from the Caribbean Sea.

The snorkel portion of the tour begins there as you explore a coral-fringed mangrove nursery. This spot is perfect for beginners as the water is very clear and protected. Your guide will offer snorkeling instruction, point out the marine life, and interpret the diverse mangrove ecosystem so you understand the nuances and complexities of all that you see around you. There is also easy beach entry so you can unwind after your snorkel and soak up some sun at your leisure. 

If you have further questions on what to expect on this tour please call us toll free at 1-877-845-2925.

 

Virgin Islands Ecotours - Mangrove Lagoon location - Rte 32, East End, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Meet at Virgin Islands Ecotours Mangrove Lagoon Eco Marina
  • Outfit with your equpiment, mask and snorkel, kayak, paddle and life jacket
  • Paddle into the Wildlife Sanctuary & Marine Reserve winding shallow waterways
  • Keep your eyes out for sea birds and marine life including tarpin and sting rays
  • Upon reaching Cas Cay, enjoy a 45 minute snorkel in a shallow mangrove lagoon habitat
  • 20 minute paddle back to the Virgin Islands Ecotours EcoMarina
 
This tour departs from the Mangrove Lagoon Marina. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour.
 
Directions
 
From Town: Take route 30 East until it intersects with route 32
(also the Bridge to Nowhere), turn right (southeast) towards Red Hook and we are located one tenth of a mile on the right side of the road. We're the green building with the mask and snorkel at the curve in the road.
 
From Red Hook: Head southwest on route 32 towards town. We are located on the left side of the road. We're the green building with the mask and snorkel at the curve in the road.
The tour will conclude at the Mangrove Lagoon Marina, the same location where you departed. 

We kindly ask our guests to bring along the following items for their tour, so they can have as much fun as possible:

  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Clothing that can get wet, hat, sunglasses etc. for sun protection
  • Footwear that can get wet (watershoes or sandals), strap around the heel recommended.
  • Gratuity for your guide
 
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 instructions. There are also dressing rooms & clean toilet facilities available.

There may be the option to purchase a photo CD if there is a photographer on your tour. This photo CD will have up to 250-300 images of the entire tour experience. None of these photos are water marked and you will be able to email, download, print and publish them anyway you choose. In addition, we will include free our "Best Of" CD which includes hundreds of our favorite pictures that we have collected over the years—they are catalogued to help you learn, identify, and remember the creatures and plants that you saw on your tour.

This tour does not include gratuity for excellent service. The industry standard is 15-20% and is usually offered to the professional guides at the end of the guided adventure.

The store offers incidentals you may have left behind including towels, sunscreen, and sunglasses. We also sell t-shirts and wet/dry perfomance shirts, water shoes, and souvenirs to remember your adventure.

 

Your payment is 100% refundable until 24 hours before the date and time your tour is due to depart. If you cancel your booking with less than 24 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.
Virgin Islands Ecotours - Mangrove Lagoon location
Rte 32, East End, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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