Virgin Islands Expedition Company

Virgin Islands Expedition Company

Eco Tours • Gear Rentals • Hiking & Camping Tours • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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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
About
From Kayaking, to Standup Paddleboarding to Guided Hiking Tours we are your expert guides to an exciting St. John adventure. Our island-wide tours showcase the amazing sea-life above and below the water. Our 10-passenger Safari Truck transports you from our shop in the heart of Cruz Bay to your adventure. We also do daily and weekly rentals of snorkel gear, paddle boards and kayaks. Join us on the island known as Love City and let us show you this unspoiled gem.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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2022

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Melinda S
Chagrin Falls, OH5 contributions
Jul 2022
We booked a Half Day Kayaking/Snorkeling Tour for a three generation family group of 12 people and we could not have been happier with VI Expedition Company as our choice. Our guides Dan and Sam were so cheerful, friendly and knowledgeable. They made sure everyone was comfortable and engaged every step of the way. They were especially wonderful with the kids. We had one reluctant snorkeler and Dan was so patient and creative in getting her comfortable with the snorkeling equipment and into the water. Sam found interesting sea creatures to show the older kids. They even made the ride across the island on those crazy steep, twisty St. John roads in the back of the truck fun!! We can easily give VI Expedition Co. our highest recommendation.
Written July 9, 2022
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PirangaOlivacea
Columbus, OH1 contribution
Mar 2022
Absolutely perfect outing. Booked a whole day (8am-4pm) snorkeling & kayaking expedition to Hansen/Horseshoe Reef & Hurricane Hole, led by business owner & guide Liz. She brought great energy, knowledge, & skill on the trip, able to expound on centuries of St John island history and ecology/biodiversity/species identification alike. She was patient and encouraging with the kayaking, which felt so easy under her guidance. A delightful picnic lunch from North Shore Deli was also provided which made for a perfect mid-day refuel. The day culminated in an amazing relaxing snorkel through the mangrove forest shores at Hurricane Hole, a truly unique & beautiful ecosystem. We absolutely recommend VI Expedition Company to anyone visiting St John!
Written March 6, 2022
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We love the full day tour and agree that it is the perfect outing. Thank you for providing such thoughtful feedback about your experience. Thanks for trusting me with your St John adventure day. Sincerely, Liz
Written August 1, 2022
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Ed K
6 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
One of the true highlights of our recent vacation. Can’t recommend Mike and his team enough: the Hurricane Hole trip via kayak and then snorkeling is fun, relaxing, and so different. I can’t swim and have to wear a life vest to be able to snorkel, but Mike always made me feel safe. The kayaking is easy and lets you take in amazing views, all while Mike tells you about the history of the island and how the mangrove ecosystem works. Then he takes you to actually snorkel the mangrove coves, and honestly, even if you’ve done lots of snorkeling before, this is an amazing and unique experience. The diversity of fish, corals, etc in a setting you would not expect (shallow waters on the underwater roots of mangrove trees) is not to be missed. This is something you have never seen before and you can see it with a great, experienced guide and at a very affordable price. Highly, highly recommended!! Thanks again sincerely to Virgin Islands Expedition.
Written July 9, 2021
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HemisphereRambler
Bolingbrook, IL697 contributions
Jan 2022
Fortunately, Dan was able to coordinate a last-minute half-day Hurricane Hole kayak/snorkel for the 12 of us. Friendly with excellent communication. Arranged a hotel pick up and we headed east on the curvy, steep St. John roads. If you are nervous about these roads, leave the driving to Virgin Islands Expedition Company. The kayaks are well made, sea worthy tandem sea kayaks, not the sit on top variety. The paddling was manageable for all of us and Dan did a great job explaining the area's history past and recent with the hurricanes. We snorkeled as well and they pointed out a wide variety of sea life along the mangroves. Big bang for your buck, would recommend them and may use the outfitter for a multi-day excursion in the future. Thanks Dan!
Written January 24, 2022
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Jenn P
Redding, CA8 contributions
Jun 2022
Liz is an excellent guide and owner. She texted us the evening prior to our excursion to confirm details and answer questions. She was a courteous driver along the 45 minute drive to and from our snorkeling sites. All the equipment was clean and in working order. Liz obviously takes pride in her work and is well informed and provided historical context to the sites both above and below the water. Her ability to detect and share the amazing diversity of life at our snorkeling sites was extraordinary. The lunch provided was perfect portion size and we were grateful she had a bit of extra water to share since we finished ours just before the tour concluded.
We did the full day Hurricane Hole snorkeling tour and would recommend to anyone seeking a water adventure that was safe but no where near ordinary.
Written June 5, 2022
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“Safe but nowhere near ordinary.” This is exactly what we set out to do when creating the framework for Virgin Islands Expedition Company. It has made my day to learn that it has shone through for you on your recent adventure with me. Thank you for trusting me to guide you through such a meaningful experience. If you are in the Virgin Islands again, we would love to show you another beautiful area of this amazing island. Sincerely, Liz
Written July 25, 2022
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LisaAnneOhara
Arlington, VA29 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Liz and Sam are a seamless team who made our St John water adventure both exciting and relaxing. Liz did all the “behind the scenes” booking like a pro, and made planning this excursion stress free. Sam has the most relaxing and calm demeanor. He fits right in with vacation mode ~ making sure all the guests’ needs were attended to and showed us the sites of St John both on dry land and on the water. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the island as well as a great free diver. He made sure to point out all kinds of unique sea creatures hidden in places we’d never know to look. Kayaking to Hurricane Hole and snorkeling near the mangroves ranks high on my all time favorite vacation excursion.
Written March 30, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your experience with VIEXPCO on Tripadvisor. I am so happy to hear that we were able to provide one of your favorite vacation excursions ever! Wow. What a compliment. Please reach out if you find yourself in the Virgin Islands for another adventure. Sincerely, Liz
Written July 28, 2022
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Jami M
1 contribution
Mar 2022
St. John has so much to see and do, it can be difficult to plan the perfect day for everyone in the group. Virgin Islands Expedition Company made it easy - all we needed to do was show up. No worrying about directions or finding the trail or wondering where the best snorkeling was. They do all that for you. Our family signed up for the Salt Pond and Ram Head full day hike and snorkel. Virgin Islands Expedition Company provided the transportation and all of our snorkel gear. We started off on the hike and finished up with the snorkel. As a full day excursion, the Virgin Island Expedition Company also provided a tasty picnic lunch on the beach. Our guide Sam did an outstanding job filling us in on local history and lore as well as the natural environment. It was great to have a guide who could answer all our questions about the island on the spot - no need to look at our phones and check Google. We only needed our phones for great pictures! Sam also knows his way around the reef and amazed us by finding a flamingo tongue snail within minutes of entering the water - so beautiful! We had one of our best days on this trip. If you are looking for adventure, we highly recommend Virgin Islands Expedition Company .
Written March 23, 2022
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It sounds like a beautiful day of hiking and snorkeling in the Virgin Islands! We understand the value that local knowledge and outdoor leadership has when experiencing a place for the first time. I'm so happy that we were able to facilitate a family adventure day for you. Thank you for the thoughtful review. Please come see us if you are in the Virgin Islands again. Sincerely, Liz
Written July 28, 2022
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Korr I
Columbus, OH1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
If you’re visiting St. John, chances are that you love snorkeling and appreciate the fact that the island offers protected reefs within their national park. The VI Expedition Co. is one of just a few outfits that’s allowed to bring groups into the Coral Reef National Monument. That visit, and our entire expedition to be honest, , was just breathtaking. Liz is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to marine life and island history. She leads a fun trip - she’s entertaining and curious about her visitors and where they come from, which helps build a great group rapport. We worked with Dan to get our trip scheduled, and he was super helpful and knowledgeable as well. We always come back to St. John, and I can guarantee that we’ll be back for another expedition with Liz and Dan. Thanks for a memorable experience!
Written November 26, 2021
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Your feedback means so much to us! We strive for fun and meaningful experiences so knowing that you got that is really useful information. Please come back and join us on another adventure. We love to see you again. Thank you, Liz Beal
Written December 6, 2021
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Lisa F
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Friends
My husband and I booked a 1/2 day kayak and snorkeling trip to Hurricane Hole. We had our own tour with Mike on a Tuesday afternoon. Mike was great!!- very friendly and down to earth. He did a great job sharing history regarding St. John and sharing information regarding the mangroves and the wildlife that resides there. We had a beautiful day and and such a relaxing trip. The fish and the coral were fabulous.
Written July 15, 2021
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Tom Smith
1 contribution
May 2022
We took the half-day tour of Hurricane Hole on the east end of the island. Due to the local topography, the water is very calm and we saw almost no-one else. The paddling was easy and the snorkeling experience was breathtaking. Dan, our guide, explained the unique coral formations on the mangrove roots, and pointed out many fascinating life forms underwater. We also explored a more traditional reef that was in shallow water, allowing us to get close up views.

Dan also taught us a lot of history, from pre-Columbian times through the formation of the national park.

The company was very professional and easy to work with. 10/10, will call them again if we return!
Written May 6, 2022
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Hurricane Hole is a great place to paddle, snorkel, explore, and enjoy the Virgin Islands. Thank you for trusting us to show you around this fascinating area. Please call us if you do book another trip down. We would love to have you join again. Sincerely, Liz
Written July 25, 2022
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