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“Great experience, very knowledgable!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Virgin Islands Ecotours

Virgin Islands Ecotours
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St Thomas Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Ranked #4 of 40 Tours in Charlotte Amalie
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Owner description: VI Ecotours offers multi-eco kayak, hike & snorkel adventures in three locations: St Thomas’ Mangrove Lagoon, Historic Hassel Island in the Virgin Islands National Park in St Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie Harbor and at Caneel Bay in St. John’s Virgin Islands National Park. Half day and full day tours with lunch depart daily from each location. Paddling & snorkeling instruction provided. Easy to paddle, sit-on-top kayaks. Professional guides. Fun for beginners and families.
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great experience, very knowledgable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

I just returned from a cruise to St. Thomas (February 13, 2013) and decided to purchase a day excursion with Virgin Islands Ecotours in the Mangrove Lagoon. It was an incredible experience and a nice change from the bordumb of the cruise. The kayak experience was great... wear sunscreen! The hike was nice... short, and easy and ended with a beautiful view looking at St. John's. The snorkeling was good. Although only my second time snorkeling, it pails in comparison to other areas in the Caribbean. The coral area is small. I wouldn't recommend it for those experienced snorkelers as I think they may be disappointed but still a great experience for those novice to beginner snorkelers. We saw a barracuda, a parrot fish, a porcupine fish, a bunch of smaller fish the names of which I don't recall, and we had the opportunity to see the biggest sea urchin I've ever encountered.

The best part of this entire trip was the staff. They were extremely knowledgeable, very passionate about what they are doing, highly qualified, and very conscious of the environment and the importance of educating the public on the impact that environmental change is having on sensitive areas such as the Mangrove Lagoon and its sea life. They also were able to drive home the important role that the Lagoon has on the Island, from protection from storms to economic opportunity through tourism etc... these people were a refreshing change from the riff raff that you encounter on other very touristy types of excursions that the cruise offered... they are down to earth, very friendly, funny, and knowledgeable to the point of being over qualified for what they're doing! Nonetheless, they loved what they were doing, were very passionate, and all have a very bright futures!

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing, amazing tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

The tour guides are all young folks with a lot of energy and pep. They assign a photographer to accompany us the entire trip. For a reasonable fee, she provides a CD with every photo taken (hundreds) as well as "best of " pictures from other tours. It was well worth the money. We kayaked to an island where there was a huge congregation of crabs. HUGE. We even had a crab race with our selected crabs. We also hiked to a blowhole and got to smell a naturally growing nonie plant. My 7 year old daughter was too nervous to snorkel in deep water, so we stayed in a small cay. My son and husband went off into the deep water and saw some of the most colorful fish and crazy coral. Because it was a nursery, putting the feet down was forbidden...and they enforced it. The only downside was having to kayak back to the starting point. Us wimps were struggling, but I would do it again!!!!

Visited December 2012
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Longmont, Colorado, United States
1 review
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“Awesome Guides-Awesome Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

This is a must do in St. Thomas! Our Guides, Shawn-Zulu-Jelly-Aubrey, were fun, energetic and full of knowledge to share with the entire group. Equipment was in great shape and the instruction to use all of it superb. The DVD package is a must buy...there is no way my husband and I could have captured all that Aubrey did...way to hide out and capture such memorable moments!
Highly recommend this Tour!

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Charlotte W
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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
1 review
“Best Honeymoon Experience-First Time Snorkeling/Kayaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Our guides were Chris, Aubrey, and Sammy. Chris (I think) was the lead guide and gave excellent instruction throughout our little adventure. Aubrey took pictures and helped us through the snorkeling (our first time). Sammy was new and pointed out interesting features during our hike.
If/when we return to St.Thomas, we will definitely return to ecotours. Thank you so much for the amazing experience.

Visited January 2013
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Mars, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Great way to see the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

For our last full day of our Carnival Valor cruise, we decided to do a more active day of snorkeling, hiking, and kayaking. We seemed to get off to a slow start, but once moving, we had a wonderful time. The trip was active and interesting without being overly physically demanding. The snorkling gear was relatively comfortable and the sights were beautiful. We saw a mini barracuda, two sting rays, a caribbean reef squid, a puffer fish and many other beautiful, tropical fish. While kayaking, we learned about the mangrove trees, saw a sea turtle, and got to see a good portion of the lagoon. Our guides, Travis & Jason were excellent. They kept the info coming while making the trip very entertaining.

Visited February 2013
Thank Jessica M
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