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“Eco kayak snorkel and hike” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Mangrove Lagoon

Mangrove Lagoon
00802, St. Thomas
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Ranked #4 of 7 attractions in East End
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Forests, Bodies of Water
Activities: Kayaking, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: The southern coast of St.Thomas is endowed with the attractive and protected Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary & Marine Preserve of exceptional natural resources and is filled with scenic contrasts: manglar islands, rocky cliffs, shallow clear waters with sea grass beds, salt ponds and panoramic ridge lines. These natural areas provide a rich nursery habitat for offshore coral reef fish and invertebrates, and homes to nesting egrets, pelicans, herons and terns.
Annapolis, Maryland
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“Eco kayak snorkel and hike”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We sat there filing out paperwork, listening to 23 year old kids tellus about how they had to reset their lives to do this job, and great their photos will be and what a great price they are. so a three hour tour turned out to be two due to the amount of time we spent sitting there doing nothing and getting lectured. Guide Zulu spoke to us like we were five year olds. We were rushed through the snorkel section which wasn't too big of a deal since there wasn't much to see. We were forced to wear life vest to swim and snorkel. They recommend water shoes due to the difficulty of the hike and come to find out it is only so they can sell you stuff. The hike section we were rushed through and told to hurry only to arrive at the "blow hole" where they spent 15 minutes taking pictures with ONLY their cameras so they can try to sell you a $45 cd with pictures. Come on, a discs costs how much? At the finish of the tour, we were forced to listen to them try and sell us photos and then we were quizzed by 23 year old kids in the most patronizing way. Not a single tour guide was from St.Thomas or could tell us anything about the history, culture, flag, life. This was an Eco tour at it's worst!

Visited November 2012
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Very cool nature area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Mangrove Lagoon is a really cool area to see nature and wildlife on St. Thomas. We went on a snorkel venture one afternoon and saw many conch, lobsters, and fish. One of the islands is crawling with hermit crabs. You would think the ground is moving! This is a neat place to come and see a lot of wildlife and spend an afternoon.

Visited July 2012
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Franklin, Tennessee
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“Huge disappointment...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We have had some bad cruise ship excursions but they were never as bad as this.. We were in St. Thomas the year before and did an excursion with snorkeling but on little speed boats out to a nice beach and snorkeling area. This guide sent us (4 of us).. To a mangrove that was SOOO boring.. Then he kayaks over to the end where its blocked off from the ocean and there is NOTHING Living below but one lobster with a claw missing. Actually there was more stuff living.. Tons of Jelly fish..My kids were petrified. We got out to snorkel but with the life jackets on made it impossible to see anything.. I took mine off and dove down and saw NO corral or living things. It was a HUGE waste of money and surprised that there is not more outrage for this. We went to purser and ship to complain about it and we got nothing back.. Big disappointment.

Visited October 2011
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St. Thomas
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“Peaceful, quiet - a secret water garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

The lagoon is a retreat from busy island life. It is quiet, and you can almost pretend you are in the wilderness. You can actually hear yourself think here.
The birds, especially the herons are spectacular. Little crabs crawl around on the tree limbs.
The lagoon isn't for everyone, but if you are outdoorsy, finished shopping and want a little excercise, check out a kayak tour of this relaxing treasure.

Visited April 2012
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“Nature at its Best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Very natural, organic experience. A little piece of paradise. Calm, clear waters. Serves as nursery environment for wildlife.

Visited June 2012
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