St. Thomas Adventure Tours
St. Thomas Adventure Tours
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We specialize in small group kayak, snorkel and rock climbing tours. See colorful coral reefs away from crowds. Guaranteed turtle sightings on our turtle snorkel tours. Private tours are also available for small or large groups.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Steve s
4 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We did a jeep and snorkel adventure.
Picked us up right on time, and discussed itinerary - Perry made some suggestions and we set off on amazing adventure

First we snorkeled at a beach with more turtles than I have ever seen anywhere. We also saw sting rays,. Octopus, eagle rays and many many fish. The snorkel equip was high quality.

Then a tour of the whole other side of the island, a secret beach, and a stop at
Mountain top for a.shop and view.

Then a final stop for an amazing sunset view overlooking all of Charlotte Amalie.

Three pic Perry took we're outstanding.
GREAT. Trip, highly recommend.
Written November 29, 2022
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wheeze21
Cayuta, NY79 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We originally scheduled kayaking and sea turtle swimming but due to the rough ocean water we were unable to kayak. Their number 1 priority is to keep you safe! We did go snorkeling and saw ALOT of sea turtles, fish and even saw an octopus! There were a couple jelly fish but if you just swim away from them, they don't bother you. Sven is extremely knowledgeable about the fish and the coral. We ate lunch on the beach and then Sven took us on a little nature adventure about the different trees on the beach and one was even for medicinal purposes. All in all it was an amazimg time. If you go to St Thomas this is a MUST activity!
Written February 15, 2020
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Cyndi E
Birmingham, AL27 contributions
I booked this excursion through TripAdvisor before our cruise. Michelle called and sent a list of all the items that we needed for the day. Michelle was so helpful and super kind. She even had a special sandwich made for my husband who is gluten free. Sven was AMAZING!! He was knowledgeable of local wildlife and greenery. It was the BEST EXPERIENCE THAT WE HAVE EVER HAD!! You will not be disappointed that you signed up with this team. This company was awesome!
Written April 10, 2019
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jessica y
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Jun 2017 • Couples
Sven was an absolutely wonderful tour guide. You can tell he has a passion for what he does, and he is so knowledgeable. We did the ultimate kayak tour and started paddling out to the small key off the coast of St. Thomas. Before we knew it the sky had darkened and we were battling through a rain storm. Sven kept a cool head and would guide us to areas were we could rest. Our whole group absolutely loved it and felt quite adventurous kayaking through the waves and rain (it actually was quite nice since the rain and water was very warm). By the time we got to the small key were we were to snorkel, the rain had and stopped, and sunlight was streaming out through the clouds. We had a quick break with some sandwiches, which of course we devoured and tasted wonderful. Then we set off for our snorkel trip around the key - there was not another person in site! It was beautiful underwater. We were very impressed with how deep Sven could dive for and how long he could stay underwater. The dive cam he took was a beautiful wide lensed contraption. After the initial snorkeling we paddled to an area behind the airport landing strip. We were originally going to take a nice quiet swim to see some sea turtles but lo' and behold Sven spotted a dolphin in the bay. He told us if we were quick we could swim out into the bay and hopefully see it. I was very dubious about this since how could one expect to swim as fast as a dolphin? But our whole team suited up and swam into the bay. We were treading water for 5 mins with our hopes dying a little. We decided to go back to shore when the dolphin was spotted again. We decided to stay for try 2. Try 2 was also similarly unsuccessful, so we started swimming back to shore when the most wonderful thing happened....wonders of wonders a dolphin appeared! I have never seen a wild dolphin up close but definitely was not expecting it to be so friends. It started cavorting and swimming around. It clicked and chirped (is this the right word for it) and seemed to be enjoying the attention it was getting. I could not believe it. On our way back to the bay we caught sightings of some sea turtles which was just icing on the cake. All in all would definitely recommend this tour. Sven makes you feel very looked after and very well taken care of. He takes the time to explain things and makes sure everyone in the group is on board with whatever is going on. This tour is definitely a must do.
Written July 2, 2017
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jchopkins2015
Orange County, CA5 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Arrived at St. Thomas on the beautiful 'Oasis of the Seas'. Since we waited until the last minute to book our excursion on the ship, it wasn't a surprise to see the 'Kayak, Snorkel and Hike' tour all sold out two days before the event. However, fortunate for my daughter and I, we met another couple on a similar snorkel in the Bahamas the day before who suggested we give St. Thomas Adventure Tours a call. Boy are we glad we did!

Michelle and Sven were the best! As weather is unpredictable, it turned out the bay by the airport was very windy. Michelle called us and gave us the option to cancel, or they could improvise and take us to another local island that was protected from the wind. Although we gave up the kayaking, we were most interested in the snorkeling.

It turned out that nearby 'Water Island' was a great alternative. My daughter and I, along with the other couple, were the only ones on the adventure as the tour guides made good and gave us a wonderful time even though they couldn't have made much money on us, especially since they had to foot the bill for the water taxi over to the private spot on the beach at Water Island. Sven was our guide and took underwater pictures of the turtles, stingrays and other various fish and then gave us a photo album on Facebook. We were with him for nearly 2 hours on the snorkel, plus it was a great bonding time with my daughter.

As it turned out, the Ship Excursion company ended up with their catamarans of 80 people each coming over to our island - only more than an hour after we had arrived and had this special place all to ourselves. Since they were late to the show, they had very little time to enjoy this island and didn't even get to snorkel.

It is my belief that the cruise ships put the 'fear of god' into you not to book outside excursions as they aren't safe, in order to make sure they make their 30-50% cut off the top. Since these tour companies can't really make any money unless they are fully booked do to their poor margins, you end up being part of a massive exploration group like the one we took at Nassau where 80 of us jump into the water and couldn't even spread your arms without bumping into another person.

In the future when taking cruises, I will definitely get my lead from reading the TripAdvisor reviews as you can usually find that 'diamond in the rough' adventure and have it become a more personal experience. In conclusion, I would highly recommend you look up St. Thomas Adventure Tours if you end up visiting St. Thomas. They are super friendly, honest, knowledgeable, interested in your safety first and also very creative and capable of adjusting to the conditions nature gives you on the day of visit.
Written June 21, 2015
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Thank you for booking your tour with us and we are so glad that you had a great time! It was very nice to spend the day with your daughter, you and the other couple in your group. We take out small groups so that we can personalize the service and tour and I'm happy this made a difference for your enjoyment! Luckily, we don't see many boats come over to Honeymoon as we are usually able to time it so we avoid them, but as you said when they do it's short and sweet, so most of the time there is without any crowds. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on this forum. We hope your experience leads others to venture outside of the box of the cruise ship excursions and look to a tour based on reviews who can provide a small group setting. We would love to see you again next time you visit St. Thomas!
Written June 29, 2015
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Traveltime
Dallas, TX2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
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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.
Written August 10, 2021
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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.
Written August 23, 2021
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Nikiar
Washington DC, DC1 contribution
Dec 2020
Michelle was amazing! She was incredibly knowledgeable and got us right up next to the sea turtles. She took so many photos that were all really great quality. We very much enjoyed our time with her. It was a very special day.
Written January 2, 2021
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Thanks guys! It was a pleasure to spend the day with you. I enjoy taking all of the photos and capturing memories.
Written January 31, 2021
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Rhonda A
South Portland, ME1,066 contributions
Nov 2020
Four of us set out to snorkel with Michelle in search of turtles and other sea life. That morning the rain came down harder than expected and the bay was very murky. We started our snorkel but it was very hard to see the bottom. Michelle offered us a discount due to the conditions but said she wanted a bit more time to make sure we saw a turtle. We were more than happy to hang in and eventually the waters cleared enough to see turtles, sting rays and other fish. Michelle also dove down and picked up a sea urchin and a sea cucumber for us to hold. She has an underwater camera for great pictures, even some of us near the turtles. I really appreciate her concern that we did not get an A plus experience but we assured her we were completely happy. She gave it her very best to give us a good experience under difficult conditions. We also appreciated all the instruction of how to approach the turtles to keep them calm and undisturbed. She is careful to use reef safe sunscreen and keep our impact on the environment minimal. Lunch on the beach was delicious. Michelle was very careful re: Covid completely wiping down her car. I highly recommend this company. It was a highlight of our trip to St Thomas.
Written December 1, 2020
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Lindsey M
Voorhees, NJ45 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been scrolling through each and every snorkeling tour company on TripAdvisor or google, searching for the *right* one.

Well, I am so glad that I trusted that I was choosing the right company because my boyfriend and I had such a great time. It was a private tour!

Michelle met up with us and she drove us to the location. She emphasized that the car and scuba equipment were fully sanitized and safe, so I felt completely secure.

She is one smart woman! From the get-go, Michelle was teaching us about the island. The smallest things, that you wouldn’t notice, she had a plethora of facts on. Such as small holes in the ground. 😳🕷lol.

After she helped us put on our gear, we set out for the water. Well I had no idea what I was looking at or what to look for, but Michelle was right there to be our own aquatic-eco-narrator! Guys...the location is so beautiful. It was so relaxing and mentally stimulating at the same time. Every few moments, “ooo! Guys, over here, there is a such-and-such!” It is a real life I-Spy, haha. We saw an octopus! So for “the” moment, if you’re like me, we were hoping for (nature is not predictable, for the most part), appeared and ooommmggg, appeared ten times! She gave special instructions on how to address the turtles when speaking aloud about them in the water and about how to behave around them. TEN different turtles, guys. Ten. They’re so majestic in person. She has an underwater camera and captured us (safe and appropriate distance) behind the turtles among various other sea creatures. Again, nature is not predictable so I’m not saying you will def see ten. However, her method proves fruitful. She was able to point out turtles that she has seen many times, which goes to support her choice in location.

We took a lunch break, as she supplies lunch and water for you. When chatting, I asked her if she had gone to school for marine biology or of-the-like. She said no, that this is just a huge passion for her and her husband. To me, that speaks volumes in regards to the dedicated time put into this company.

After another round of admiring the sea life, we packed up and finished up the tour.

We highly recommend booking this company. Money well-spent! Thanks again, Michelle!
Written August 15, 2020
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Susy_Traveler
Houston, TX396 contributions
Mar 2020
Our extended family of 8 (ranging in age from 9 to 72) booked a private sea turtle kayak and snorkel tour. Everyone had a wonderful time and learned a lot about the ecology of the island! We saw many sea turtles, squid, octopus, crabs, and plenty of fish on our snorkel tour. The grandparents enjoyed a beach break while the rest of us kayaked, then we hand lunch and a short nature walk. Sven and Michelle took lots of great photos, both under and above water, which they edited and sent to us after the tour. Definitely recommended.
Written April 4, 2020
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