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St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private
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St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private

By Virgin Islands Day Sailing
Recommended by 98% of travelers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 5-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 7h
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Live guide: English
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  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Soda/Pop


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  • Sapphire Beach Marina, 6720 Smith Bay Rd, Smith Bay, St Thomas 00802, USVI
    We're located in Slip S-18 at Sapphire Beach Marina. The slip is located on the backside of the marina. If driving, we have ample free parking. If arriving by taxi, have the driver drop you at the Marina office. Proceed to slip S-18. The Slip is on the back side of the marina from the parking area.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 225456P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please be at the meeting location at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Time listed are departure times. If you miss the sailing there will be no refund.
    • If you are arriving by cruise ship, you must reach out directly to the tour operator with your ships name and port times! Not all times will work with our schedule. No refunds will be offered on the day of departure if your times don't fit with ours..
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private?
    St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private price starts from $219.00. Discover and book St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private on Tripadvisor
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    St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private on Tripadvisor
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    • Virgin Islands Day Sailing
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    • roozter72
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic, small group, private sailing charter
      We had an amazing time on this charter. Wonderful boat and crew. Good music and fantastic snorkeling! I would absolutely go again!
      Written April 3, 2024
    • Mick J
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Skip the party boats! Refreshing, peaceful, and recharging. Views are breathtaking!
      Mark (captain) and Jess (marine biologist) were fantastic. Full of knowledge about the island and all the animals we saw while snorkeling. This is the trip to take if you want stunning views, relaxation, some tranquility away from the crowds, and great snorkeling! Thanks for a memorable 40th birthday Mark and Jess! Michael & Heather
      Written March 28, 2024
    • blakeleyn2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Book now!!! Seriously!!!
      This was an awesome addition to our vacation! We had never been to the USVI before, and booking this tour was the cherry on top to an already wonderful vacation. Mark and Jess were very skilled, knowledgeable, and hospitable. We felt right at home with them. They knew the history behind certain places, the best snorkeling spots, specific types of coral and sea life we were seeing, and even took us a different way back to St. Thomas just so we could see rare birds! The snorkeling was top notch- we saw many turtles, beautiful fish, and breathtaking corals. Lunch was served on a white tablecloth- seriously! This was a fantastic experience that we will remember for a lifetime. We will definitely book with them again when we return to the USVI and highly recommend them to family and friends!
      Written March 25, 2024
    • janalm2021
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best day on the water
      Absolutely awesome day on the water. Mark and Rusty were great. Snorkeling was lots of fun, saw turtles and beautiful fish. Food was delish too would do it again in a heartbeat.
      Written March 14, 2024
    • ChicoLou
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Doesn't get better than this
      Luckily we booked on a Tuesday when Jess, local marine biologist was crew. We learned so much! We sailed to 3 snorkeling locations and were served beverages and a delicious lunch (not sandwiches). Captain Mark is a skilled sailor and host. And, unlike other east end locations, the Sapphire Beach Marina has ample free parking. From start to finish we were out 6 hours on a beautiful day.
      Written March 7, 2024
    • ericy2323
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Great time and experience. The two person crew were awesome. Would absolutely go with them again. Simply beautiful!! The smaller group was a much better experience than larger ones we have previously gone on
      Written February 18, 2024
    • beckys955
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Skip the big party boat for this semi private trip
      My son and his wife had joined us from Vancouver BC for this USVI vacation and I felt badly we weren’t having better weather. Mark and Rusty saved the week! They took us to 3 secluded snorkeling spots. My husband said he got better advice on what to see where than we’ve had in all our trips. We saw turtles, a big barracuda and a glimpse of an octopus. We did have a short rainfall and the crew supplied us with rain jackets that kept us warm and dry. The lunch of chicken skewers and pasta salad hit the spot. Bar tender extraordinaire Rusty kept us supplied with painkillers, rum punch and local beer. We loved the almost private charter experience and it was a great way for my kids to end the week before they leave tomorrow. We hop to be back!
      Written February 8, 2024
    • mjgriebs
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Loved it so much we booked again!
      We had an absolutely fantastic day on the boat with Mark and Rusty. We did the day of snorkeling and lunch trip. First of all this was super convenient for us as it leaves out of Sapphire marina which is a very short walk from our condo. Mark and Rusty are fun, knowledgeable and accommodating. We snorkeled Lovongo and Maho and saw lots of fish, sting rays and turtles. We had a great lunch and the rum punch was delicious. Since we are going to be in St Thomas for 2 weeks we decided to book another trip before we leave. We just loved this day.
      Written January 23, 2024
    • Dreamer53736759556
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect Day
      Captain Mark and Rusty were amazing! So much fun and so much to see!!! The trip was relaxing and views were beautiful! Lunch was delicious and the Pain Killers were perfect!!! We had a beautiful day in paradise with our family. Thank you Mark and Rusty!!!
      Written January 20, 2024
    • jansX9066OI
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sailing enjyment
      We enjoyed snorkeling and island cruises. Mark & Rusty were both very helpful and good cooks too. We would recommend highly and go again if we get back here.
      Written January 16, 2024
    • michelesV2919LJ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thumbs Up!
      Great snorkeling! Being on a sailboat with a max of 6 people is the way to go, unless you like a loud & huge crowd, bumping into others when snorkeling, and getting drunk. Mark & Rusty were great and informative. Very relaxing.
      Written January 13, 2024
    • CarolynT1412
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Day Sail in St. Thomas
      The full day sail was great. Rusty and Matt knew the best places to go based on brisk winds and current conditions the day we sailed. An excellent grilled lunch with pasta salad was served and a variety of drinks were offered, without limit. Only disappointment was the condition of the coral reef where we snorkeled. Not their fault as this is a far reaching problem. Still saw some beautiful fish and turtles. The sailing alone was worth the trip.
      Written January 10, 2024
    • DayTrip19555943291
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Day
      What an amazing day. The crew was very helpful all day and very friendly. Would recommend to everyone
      Written January 8, 2024
    • Erin I
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day on the water!
      We booked a full day on the boat and had a great experience! The sailing was lovely, the snorkeling spots were fantastic and the food and service were excellent. Highly recommend!!
      Written December 26, 2023
    • debc131
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best day of our vacation…hands down!
      Our day sailing with Marc and Rusty was the best day of our vacation. They provided us with a top-notch experience, including a delicious lunch and wonderful service throughout the day. They both had incredible insight on what we were seeing and shared great stories with us. They also took impeccable care and making sure we were Set up for snorkeling. even the music was perfect for a day of sailing. We would 100% recommend this experience to a friend and would love to do this again in the future.
      Written December 17, 2023
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    CapnRusty
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    Mark is a displaced Colorado cowboy who was lured by the waters of St Thomas and effortlessly shares that enthusiasm with all during his charters, and that is the charm of a sail on the 'Francis Anne'. Happy to comply with almost any request, a day with him and his able Captain Will was like a daysail with old friends. I wish him fair winds and a following sea as he builds his business. If you want to experience the true spirit of a daysail in the islands, I recommend sailing with Mark. Cheers, Sue & Russ
    Written March 25, 2020
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    Thanks for the kind words. We had a great time sailing with you and Sue. Hope we get the opportunity to do it again some day. It was a pleasure to meet you two.
    Written March 27, 2020
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    Mikayla W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed a beautiful day sailing around the islands with Mark and Alex! They both provided amazing service - Alex snorkeled with us and showed us all of the sea life and Mark made a great bartender and cooked us a delicious lunch. We sailed on the first day of our trip and would highly recommend doing so, as they were able to give us great recommendations on St. Thomas and St. John for the remainder of our stay.

    We were contemplating a few other excursions and are so happy we chose this one. Would absolutely do it again the next time we come back!
    Written August 23, 2020
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    Thanks for your kind words, and for sailing with us. We had a great time spending the day on the water with you! Hopefully we can do it again sometime soon. Safe travels.
    Written August 24, 2020
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    Tina Roberson
    Sanford, FL1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020 • Friends
    This sailing trip was not your average excursion. It was way beyond what we expected. We originally booked another commercialized excursion But after reading the reviews for Virgin Islands Day Sailing we decided we had to book so we cancelled the other and that was the best decision we made. It was just my husband and I and another couple we were traveling with so we felt comfortable with the private tour and not being overwhelmed with a crowd. Captain Mark and Captain Alex sailed is around St. Thomas and St. John sharing so much local knowledge (a huge bonus for people who love to learn the history and local tid bits of new places)we swam with sea turtles, snorkled reefs, and they even taught us about sailing and let us help. We were overwhelmed with the hospitality they provided such as a home cooked meal aboard the Frances Anne equipped with white linens and all the extra touches. This was not your typical “here’s a sandwich and chips while on this excursion.” It was personalized and perfect! They never let us go empty handed and provided plenty of drinks and options. This was by far one of my favorite (if not my all time favorite)experience. We will definitively be back and looking forward to booking with them again. Thank you for a fabulous time.
    Written October 20, 2020
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    Thanks for the kind words Tina. We had a great time spending the day with you guys. We look forward to your next visit.
    Written October 21, 2020
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    Steve
    West Chester, PA1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I decided to take our family of 5 on a full day sailing trip during our trip to St Thomas, and can’t say enough about how great Captain Alex and first mate Danny took care of us! From great snorkeling spots to a perfectly cooked lunch, we loved every part of our sail. Captain Alex was incredible answering every question my kids (12, 10, 8) fired at him, and he kept them involved in every part of the sail. Danny did a great job showing us around the reef during our time in the water, and kept the rum punch flowing all day! And my favorite part was meeting and snorkeling with a 4 foot barracuda named Halle Berry! Great job guys. I highly recommend this sailing trip to anyone considering something to do while in St Thomas!
    Written November 8, 2021
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    Amanda V
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2022 • Couples
    Spent a day with my husband out on the sailboat from Virgin Islands Day Sailing. We set out at 9am with two other couples so there were just six of us total on the boat with Captain Alex and Rusty. As we sailed out to our first stop Captain Alex played music and spent time explaining what we'd do for the day and giving us information about the islands and the wildlife we saw (mostly birds). I had never sailed before and the tilt of the boat got a bit much for both my husband and I at certain points so maybe next time we'll take Dramamine for motion sickness just in case. There is snorkels and fins for those who needed it when we got to our first location. My husband and I hopped in the water and had an hour to snorkel at the first stop but only stayed in the water half of that time because it was overcast and the water was cold. After we got out the rum punch started flowing and we motored to a second location while I lay in the sun on the boat and warmed up. It took about an hour to get to the second location, Moho Beach, on St. John. The first stop was mostly coral and fish, this second stop was sea turtles and sting rays which we both saw several. After the second snorkel (again about an hour) we got back on the boat for more rum punch and lunch which was chicken kabobs and pasta salad. From there we slowly sailed back to St. Thomas to end the day! Great experience to meet new people and see locations we wouldn't have made it to otherwise!
    Written January 23, 2022
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    Bettii
    Bad Homburg, Germany2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    This was our first visit to St. Thomas and our day spent sailing on the beautiful "Frances Anne" was definitely the highlight of our trip. Mark and his crew were exceptional, not only offering a wonderful sailing experience, but also sharing their knowledge of the Islands and serving delicious fresh food and libations. Anchoring at one of the gorgeous beaches, we were provided with an oversized float to relax in the bluest blue waters and snorkel gear, to get up close and personal with the giant sea turtles and magnificent sting rays. A fantastic day at sea!! We highly recommend VI Day Sailing.
    Written February 8, 2020
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    Thanks for spending the day with and thank you for your kind words. We had and great time with you and Bill and can't wait to have you come back and sail with us again.
    Written February 9, 2020
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    Soraya T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    Mark and Alex were awesome !!!! This was my first snorkeling experience and it was a blast.I will start off by saying that Mark was very responsive and helpful in the process of setting up the tour. When we got there were also highly professional, knowledgeable and would check on us to make sure that we were enjoying our time. They provided all of our equipment. We had our two year old daughter with us and they were wonderful with her. They also made sure that there were floats and things that she would enjoy. The lunch was also very good and they were very careful not to include anything my husband would be allergic to. The actual snorkel experience was beautiful. Alex initially came with us in the water and made sure to explain how we could enjoy our experience while at the same time respect the turtles' space. I still think of that day fondly. We absolutely loved our trip. If you are planning to snorkel/sail I would highly recommend Virgin Islands Day Sailing.
    Written March 16, 2021
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    zhuzhu35
    Oaklyn, NJ17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our day spent sailing with Mark and Alex was possibly the best day of our whole trip. From Captain Alex's knowledge of everything Virgin Islands to Mark's rum punch, the entire day was perfect. We sailed out to Maho beach for our first stop and snorkeled with the sea turtles. We brought our own gear but the boat had plenty for everyone on board. They even treated us to a complimentary defogging of our masks. After snorkeling, we had a lunch of grilled chicken and pasta salad. The chicken was fantastic, I even asked Mark for his recipe. We then sailed to the next snorkeling location, Lovango Cay, and had a few libations on the way. Alex described it as an aquarium, and he was not lying. We saw plenty of fish and coral. When we had our fill of snorkeling, there were rum punches waiting for us. The sail back to Sapphire Marina was a little sad because we knew the day was coming to an end but the free flowing drinks and good company made for a great time. We shared our day with another group, but Mark and Alex did a great job of initiating conversation and by the end we all felt like we were old friends. Mark and Alex were professional and knowledgeable, they provided us with restaurant reviews and suggestions on how to spend the rest of our time on the island. VI Day sailing is going to be a must for any future trips and hopefully next time the shot ski will be completed.
    Written November 7, 2020
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    Hey David, Thanks for sailing with us and thank you for the kind words. We had a blast spending the day with you and Adrian. We love making new friends. Can't wait for your next trip. Looking forward to seeing you guys again.
    Written November 8, 2020
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    Mark B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We sailed with Mark and Alex on the 25th of May and they were amazing captains and hosts! Great boat, clean and outside of a great sail they were ell educated on sailing, the local surroundings and overall good conversation around the journey. They put us on the front mooring right for great viewing of turtles and a beautiful snorkel. I personally value the intimate and smaller journey and experience of 6 people over a large “Cattalemaraan”. No sea sickness, great hosts, food, beverage and interaction. Do yourself a favor book smaller and enjoy the experience with a small group of friends or family. Thanks again!!
    Written May 29, 2021
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    Kim V
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021 • Couples
    Capt. Alex & Mark were super great hosts to us. The boat was very nice and maxed out perfectly with 6 people for a comfortable day sailing. We loved our snorkel spots off Lovango and Maho Bay - swimming with turtles 🐢 at Maho was amazing.
    Grilled lunch with pasta salad was delish and the rum punches were awesome & plentiful. Super generous to us with everything. We highly recommend this sailing ⛵️ crew and would definitely go out again!
    Written April 20, 2021
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    Thanks Kim. We enjoyed getting to spend the day with you. Hope you can join us again soon.
    Written April 21, 2021
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