Tours and Tickets by St. Thomas Adventure Tours
St Thomas Sea Turtle Snorkel Kayak Adventure Tour
With a naturalist guide in the lead, choose between a nature walk or kayak tour to bring you to a habitat frequented by St. Thomas' sea turtle population. Hear tips on how to snorkel (equipment included) or swim in the calm, shallow water without disturbing the turtles. Post-swim, retreat to a sunny beach for some time to relax, sip drinks, and refuel with lunch. A small group of 6 or fewer ensures an intimate atmosphere.
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Tricia B wrote a review Sep 2021
Joel and Martha wrote a review Sep 2021
My wife and I had a great experience ,Sven is very knowledgeable about the island and different fruit trees surrounding the beaches. He took us where there were several sea turtles. They came very close too us. Also very skilled in the water we felt extremely safe having him around. He provided tips and tricks to make the snorkeling experience great. One of the best experiences we had on the island. Thank you so much Sven.…
Date of experience: September 2021
Traveltime wrote a review Aug 2021
Dallas, Texas2 contributions1 helpful vote
Excursion review: I don’t like writing these but I have to help my fellow travelers not fall into the same scam we did. Visiting USVI was an amazing experience but there were two low-lights that were completely avoidable and I am paying this forward. Please stay clear of this excursion group, I would not suggest her or the resort she is based out of “Emerald Beach Resort” to anyone. Where do I start? First, my family and the family on the excursion with us all got sick. Not even an hour after our excursion, over dinner, everyone in the group all started getting red rashes all over our bodies where the provided equipment touched. Faces, arms, and armpits, primarily. This was our last excursion and the only excursion we took towards the end of our trip and it’s painfully obvious when everyone, every single person on the excursion broke out with nasty rashes at the same time, same day, after the same excursion. My son still has facial scaring from his rash 2 months ago. Long story short, the whole thing was a joke. She will not tell you, but she will take you to what she called a “no name” beach that is actually called Brewers beach and is known and definitely not some secret no name beach. It is no hidden gem and its literally walking distance from the airport (yuk). Lets call this the 1st $200 of your 2 beach excursion…. Save yourself that $200 and rent your own mask and snorkel for $15.00 at the resort or the million other places around or bring your own mask and visit that beach yourself. No one, not even a child needs a $400.00 guide for a public, drive up beach with $15.00 rentals available. On this tour, she took more pictures of what she wanted to view rather than pictures of our families up close and personal with sea life or reef. After this and a dry sandwich, you are taken to Coki beach. This is a super popular and crowed beach with cheap public rentals galore. The snorkeling was sub-par as she didn’t want to venture out past the 30x20 ft section where every child and group splash around was taking place. We watched other guides venture off on a real guided snorkel tour while we waded around in basically a pool with a reef on one side, bored and have wasted our money. We were at this same beach on our own the day before and while buying an ice cream, witnessed numerous signs for $15.00 rentals (masks and snorkel). We will call this the 2nd $200.00 of her excursion. This is a scam from a mainland born couple who know they can rip off tourist/travelers that don’t know any better and aren’t local. Now, having witnessed both STJ and STT, we feel completely taken advantage of and our reward, a rash for all of us and facial scaring for my son. For a group of 3, we could have paid $45.00 per beach for rentals and saved $310.00, had no time limits and not contracted some painful rash. We tried to contact them (it’s a business of 2, husband and wife) and for 2 months they will not call back, will only sent auto emails and acting like they have some system that processes complaints and charge disputes- and asking for things like Dr. bills and receipts. Who goes to the Dr. on an island over a rash. Unless you’re bleeding or a broken bone or have an emergency. They aren’t asking for the receipt to the ABC store / Dr. Pharmacy for calamine lotion, they are acting like we needed to go the emergency room and provide proof. Honestly, being a family that travels a lot and loves to see people having a great time, as you should…. save yourself the time, the money and possibly your health and comfort for a couple of weeks and either rent your own, bring your own, or find an excursion that understands and respects customers enough (especially during a pandemic) to properly sanitize and disinfect their gear after each party uses them. Telling me the sun and water kills the germs just doesn’t go very far when an hour later everyone is an itchy rashy mess and now you want to hide behind emails of a fake process and systems that you don’t have in place, just to stall and delay. Don’t think about contacting the flee bag resort “Emerald Beach Resort” where we got this group's info and booked our trip, they are the concierge at this uninspiring place. Warning you, don’t take your family, unless you’re cool with your 9yr old getting 2nd hand contact high, all while the security guards sit back and watch drugs being old on the beach and smoked in front of god and all, families, kids who ever, doesn’t matter 24/7. There is nothing to be done, it’s located on a beach primarily for locals and you have TVs that don’t work or show 2 channels if you are lucky, AC units that are broken most of your trip if they ever work at all and where you can spend an hour and a half waiting for food while gazing out to the beach and admiring the locals who may or may not have been sleeping on the resort chairs the night before…… 5 ft from your balcony. I wont even get into the fight at the resort from a wedding party that work up every child for 3 miles around and had families wondering if shots were about to ring out. I am pretty sure this sums it up, I have more details like how they wanted to charge us close to $400.00 to take an excursion to eat at Limeout. She is such a scam artist attempting this knowing you can get a $25.00 per person shuttle from the marina 2 mins from the Limeout Taco bar. People like this ruin the reputations for honest guides and tour services, holy moly, save your time and money.…
Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from GF578, Owner at St. Thomas Adventure Tours
Responded Aug 23, 2021
Dear baby75093, I'm sorry that you and your family members had a rash and did not enjoy the tour with us. For over eight years, St. Thomas Adventure Tours has provided an excellent experience on our small group, guided tours which allow guests to get up close to wildlife and leave with a photo album full of photos taken by us. Your review is the first and only one star review that St. Thomas Adventure Tours has ever received. Of the 390 other reviews, 378 are 5 star and the remaining 12 of them of 4 star reviews. Your review is vastly different from the other 390 reviews of our tours. I hope that anyone reading your review and our side takes that into consideration. You first contacted us six weeks after the tour to say that you all three had a rash caused by the tour. You did not try to reach us for two months. In fact, you waited almost two months to call us. Almost immediately, you threatened that if we don't give you a payout that you will write a bad review. This is blackmail and one reason why we and others should not trust your claims. The rash on your sons face is from a jellyfish sting. I pointed out the jellyfish we encountered and clearly said to keep a safe distance as they release venomous mucous in the water surrounding them. I was taking pictures from a safe distance; however you made your son go close to the jellyfish for a photo you wanted to have which was against my advice. See the photos (@baby75093 #8 and @baby75093 #6) of two members of your family right next to jellyfish and then the next photos (@baby75093 #13 and @baby75093 #14) - photos of your son right after being stung by the jellyfish with a red mark on his cheek. It is very likely that all three in your family came in contact with jellyfish venom. We properly sanitize and clean all of our gear. In over eight years, no other guests, including the only two other people on the tour with you that day have reported having a rash. You have assumed rashes on your arms/armpits are from our gear, yet two out of three in your family were wearing long sleeved swim shirts (rash guards) on the tour and didn't have any direct contact with our vests. The tour you took ended at 2:00 pm, yet you say your rash started "Not even an hour after our excursion, over dinner". A lot happened from 2:00 pm until dinner. After the tour ended, you came to me and said that you wanted to skip the ride back to your hotel, as you wanted to go to Lime Out on St. John (we were on the East end, closer to the ferry to St. John). By going to Lime Out, you encountered multiple surfaces which may have not been recently cleaned (vinyl safari seats, ferry seats, dinghy to Lime Out, floats at Lime Out, etc.) – all of this taking place right after the tour you took with us finished. You can not be sure that you got a rash from our gear and not from another surface or the wet clothes you stayed in. The tour you took is clearly described as a beach hop snorkel tour by vehicle. The two locations that this tour visits are beautiful white sandy beaches with tons of marine life to see - your family was inches away from multiple fish and sea turtles. See photos @baby75093 #3, @baby75093 #5, @baby75093 #10 and @baby75093 #11. Multiple highly ranked and long standing companies, like St. Thomas Adventure Tours, have been bringing guests to these exact two beaches for years for snorkelling from the shore. Let's get to the price. You did not have a car or snorkel equipment. The cost of the taxi alone would have cost you at least $70 to go get picked up from your hotel, go to both beaches (one at the west and one at the east side) and back to your hotel. You would have needed to eat and drink (minimum $40 for your family of 3) and rent beach chairs (two beaches @ $10 pp would be $60). With the $45 snorkel rental (@ $15 pp), that totals $215. You paid $375 for your family of 3 for a small group guided snorkel tour (only 5 people on the tour) with two snorkel stops, above an underwater photos, lunch, drinks, beach chairs and snorkel gear. That's an excellent value. Your review of your hotel and concierge service should not be part of the review of St. Thomas Adventure Tours. Long story short, you threatened to destroy the reputation of a 5 star business so that you could get money.
Joseph D wrote a review Jul 2021
Michelle was very knowledge about the area and the aea life. She swam with us pointing out the different types of fish. When we came up to the turtles she told us what to do and not to do. Both turtles ended up surfacing just a couple yards from where we swam.
Renee B wrote a review Jul 2021
A day to remember! It's hard to imagine a more knowledgeable guide than Sven. His kindness, patience and passion were much appreciated. We had a great time snorkeling with the sea turtles and our kayaking was great fun with the rain that was falling! On the way back to our hotel, Sven pointed out a hiking trail which turned out to be another highlight of our time on St. Thomas. Highly recommended tour and company!…
Date of experience: June 2021