Explore protected areas on and around St. Thomas by kayak, on an eco-tour, or on your own. The Mangrove Lagoon Preserve is the most popular area that you can explore on a guided eco-tour. The preserve has a complex series of small islands fringed with red mangroves. It is also home to Cas Cay, a small island where you can swim, snorkel, and take a coastal walk along a trail to Red Point Blow Hole. You can explore this area on your own too, by renting a kayak.
Some watersports shacks on beaches in St. Thomas offer kayak rentals. You can use them to paddle within the bay. There is also the opportunity to enjoy a night kayak in St. Thomas. Night kayaking is a cool experience. Kayak in the evening for a chance to see nocturnal marine animals. Guides accompany you when night kayaking and point out interesting sights. Some kayaking outfits use clear-bottom kayaks with LED light systems to help make the night kayak experience possible. Here are some of the fun kayaking and ecotour options available in St. Thomas, USVI.
Coral World Ocean Park
Spend the day at Coral World Ocean Park and get up close and personal with the beauty and magic of Caribbean marine life in a stunning setting. Learn about life on a coral reef from the unique Undersea Observatory and about local conservation efforts in one of our interactive presentations. View sharks, stingrays, dolphins, turtles, tropical fish and colorful rainbow lorikeets! There are several gift shops, cafes lockers and shower facilities. Additional activities include Dolphin Swim or Moment, Dolphin Trek and Dolphin Kayak, Sea Lion Swim or Encounter, Shark Encounter, Sea Trek and SNUBA. Located next to Coki Beach. Variable schedule due to COVID; visit our website or FB page for latest schedule.
Bird Island at Sunset by Kayak in Mangrove Lagoon
Enjoy an unforgettable sunset paddling quietly through a bird sanctuary in St Thomas Mangrove Lagoon. Visit an egret and pelican rookery at Bird Island and paddle through a winding maze in the shallow waters of a submerged mangrove forest. An Expert Nature Guide will guide you on a peaceful paddle through the dynamic Benner Bay estuarine ecosystem and St Thomas East End Reserve’s. Discover the diversity of birds that inhabit this Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary and Marine Reserve.
Cas Cay Kayak Hike and Snorkel Adventure Tour 3 Hours
Explore Cas Cay, a pristine and deserted island! Kayak through the narrow mangrove waterways, while making your way to Cas Cay. Hike around Cas Cay exploring the tidal pools, volcanic cliffs, and a geological blowhole. A guided snorkel tour introduces you to marine life in the clear, protected waters.
Mangrove Adventure Kayak & Snorkel Tour 2.5 Hours
A unique, guided, multi-eco experience awaits you! These award winning tours take guests of all ages and experience levels kayaking in the Mangrove Lagoon. Explore a mangrove forest and try your luck with a hermit crab race. A short walk along a coral and shell beach brings you to impressive volcanic cliffs, tidal pools and the famous Red Cliffs Blow Hole! Snorkel in a clear shallow lagoon.
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Check off another item from your bucket list with this adventure of a lifetime! This tour begins when you board your two-person kayak and paddle through the shallow waters of the Mangrove Lagoon. Wind your way through the tunneled waterways while the moon rises over the mangroves. Your guide will point out wildlife including birds flocking to their nests. Look up and see the star-filled skies and peer into the waters below your kayak and learn about the marine life that is supported by this vital mangrove ecosystem.
Mangrove Adventure Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Tour 5 Hours
A unique, guided, multi-eco experience awaits you! These award winning tours take guests of all ages and experience levels kayaking in the Mangrove Lagoon. Explore a mangrove forest and try your luck with a hermit crab race. A short walk along a coral and shell beach brings you to impressive volcanic cliffs, tidal pools and the famous Red Cliffs Blow Hole! Snorkel in a clear shallow lagoon. Guided tours depart daily: Perfect for wedding, corporate and private groups.
Night Kayak in the Mangrove Lagoon
Looking for a really unique adventure? Then you will love our Night Kayak Adventure with Pirate and Ghost Stories. From Blackbeard, Bluebeard, and Teach, prepare for an experience with a dash of history, a pinch of the macabre, and a spooky twist when you kayak along the dark and winding waterways of the Mangrove Lagoon. Enjoy the starlit sky as you look for stingrays, tarpon, and other marine life illuminated with lights below your kayak. You will go back in time and relive those days when pirates, ghosts, and jumbies still roamed the islands.