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Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel and Sail Adventure at Buck Island provided by The VI Cat

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 20/06/24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel and Sail Adventure at Buck Island
We are limiting the max on each tour. The Cat will remain diligent, alert & modify our procedures & practices to remain current with the CDC, WHO, local gov't & health organization protocols. Safety is the number 1 concern for The Cat tour & we respect each Guests’ health, happiness & well-being.
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Updated 20/06/24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Explore the waters of St. Thomas on this sailing excursion from Frenchman's Reef. Hop aboard a catamaran before heading out to Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge, where you’ll be able to jump in the water for a snorkeling session. Keep an eye out for marine life like colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, and green sea turtles.
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The VI Cat
Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock, 7338 Estate Bakkeroe Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas VI, St Thomas 00801, USVITour departs from the DOCK of the Marriott Frenchman's Cove Resort. Make your way to the shoreline, next to the pool. **USE GOOGLE MAPS AND TYPE IN "THE VI CAT" OR "MARRIOTT FRENCHMANS COVE".**
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    Tour departs promptly at 1pm, local time (Atlantic Standard Time Zone). Travel independently to the Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock, timing your journey to arrive by 12:30pm where you will check in with The VI Cat's Crew. Board 'The Cat', a spacious 54-foot catamaran for an exhilarating sail to the uninhabited Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge's Turtle Cove where you'll experience an unforgettable, fun-filled, marine life adventure. And free pirate tattoos to show off your experience! Your friendly crew will provide snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vest), brief instruction and safety tips and if needed, a beginner's snorkeling lesson when you reach Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge. You may choose to swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, tan on the special deck of the catamaran, or relax in the shaded cabin area. However you choose to spend your day on the boat, you will no doubt have fun! Once you arrive at Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge, see coral reefs with an abundance of tropical fish. Watch the Virgin Island's resident Green Sea Turtles as they glide along in their natural habitat grazing on sea grasses. After snorkeling, hop back on the catamaran for snacks and open bar. Tour returns to the Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock at 4pm.
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You'll end at
The VI Cat
Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock, 7338 Estate Bakkeroe Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas VI, St Thomas 00801, USVITour departs from the DOCK of the Marriott Frenchman's Cove Resort. Make your way to the shoreline, next to the pool. **USE GOOGLE MAPS AND TYPE IN "THE VI CAT" OR "MARRIOTT FRENCHMANS COVE".**
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Highlights
  • Experience the island’s popular wildlife refuge
  • Snacks and unlimited drinks from an open bar are included
  • Snorkel, mask, and flippers are provided
  • The departure location is easily accessible
Important Information
Departure Point
The VI Cat, Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock, 7338 Estate Bakkeroe Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas VI, St Thomas 00801, USVI
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Snacks
  • Unlimited drinks (open bar)
  • Local guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (suggested)
  • Souvenir T-Shirts and Dri-Fit Shirts (available for purchase)
  • Transportation to/from attractions (you provide your own transportation. The Marriott Frenchman's Cove is 7-10 minutes from the WICO cruise ship dock and 20-30 minutes from the Crown Bay cruise ship dock.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most tours depart from the Marriott Frenchman's Cove at 1pm. Please travel independently to departure location 30 minutes prior to departure
  • The Marriott Frenchman's Cove is 7-10 minute taxi ride from the WICO cruise ship dock and 20-30 minute taxi ride from the Crown Bay cruise ship dock
  • Please note the Marriott Frenchman's COVE is a separate location from the Marriott Frenchman's REEF
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • All tours are listed in local time - Atlantic Standard Time Zone (PLEASE NOTE THIS MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN YOUR SHIP TIME)
  • Be sure to mention any allergies or medical conditions to the Captain
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We will be in step with therecommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), local government and health organizations. We have all had to make significant behavioral changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To reopen The Cat, we will need to continue these practices. Here are some examples of ourpath to the “new norm”: ● Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces multiple timesthroughout each tour ● Requiring crew to stay home when sick ● Daily temperature checks of crew ● Enhancing deep cleaning every night of the entire catamaran ● Maintaining a 6’ social distance ● Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer ● Advanced sanitation of snorkel equipment ● Educating our staff on COVID-19 symptoms as well as preventative measures ● Encouraging everyone to wear cloth face coverings/buffs ● Implement Cat Cleanliness Best Practices ● Limiting the max capacity on each tour. We will remain diligent, alert and modify our practices to remain up-to-date. Safety has and always will be the most important part of our company and tour. We respect each person’shealth, happiness and well-being and are excited to welcome you back to St. Thomas and aboard The Cat.
  • **Please note we will take guests temperature prior to boarding as per CDC recommendations. **Masks are optional. **Please practice social distancing.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 80 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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bmsaway wrote a review 02 Aug
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We had the best time on this excursion. The boat staff was so friendly and so helpful. We have three kids and they went above and beyond to snorkel with them and cater to their every need. We saw turtles and so many other things. The boat was clean, we felt very safe. Can’t
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Ben B wrote a review 02 Aug
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Awesome trip! We saw all sorts of cool fish, coral, turtles and even a sting ray! Great crew and great drinks!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Bill W wrote a review Jul 2020
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The turtles!!! Awesome crew, great boat, cocktails after snorkling were great too! PS; Watch out for the Ranch Dressing.... :)
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from aryannachristine, Marketing Coordinator at Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel and Sail Adventure at Buck Island
Responded 2 days ago
YAY TURTLES! We are so glad Turtle Cove lives up to it's name for our guests. Thank you for the review, Quest600291. It sounds like you had a blast especially enjoying some cocktails on the way back, who doesn't love that?! We hope to sail with you again soon.
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Carrie M wrote a review Jul 2020
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The ride out and back was beautiful. We did see turtles. Two small turtles and some of the native sea life. It wasn’t as abundant as I assumed it would be. And looking at the advertisements I thought there would be more turtles and much larger turtles. But it was Still a great
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from aryannachristine, Marketing Coordinator at Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel and Sail Adventure at Buck Island
Responded 1 week ago
“A great time for all” what a wonderful note, Carrie M. We do our best aboard The VI Cat to make it a fun experience for all: families, singles, young, seniors, and the list goes on. Sounds like you had a great day sailing to and from Buck Island, viewing some sea turtles and enjoy St. Thomas’ famous “painkiller”. Thank you for taking the time to review us and we hope to sail with you again soon.
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Madelynn R wrote a review Jul 2020
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Our crew was so amazing (thanks again Brad, Fernando, and Ryan!). Unlimited drinks, good snacks, and amazing snorkeling sightings of multiple sea turtles and plenty of fish. All around total professionalism and so so much fun (: Not to mention incredibly clean & all sanitary
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from aryannachristine, Marketing Coordinator at Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel and Sail Adventure at Buck Island
Responded 1 week ago
We love hearing how safe we make our guests amid the current climate. Thank you, madelynnrobi, for making note of that for fellow travelers. It is our job to keep everyone aboard safe and comfortable. With that being said, it’s wonderful to hear about the cool sea life you got to view! Be sure to find us on Facebook- Friends of The Cat, and Instagram- TheVICat to stay connected!
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Great Staff & Awesome Adventure
The staff & Captain Morgan did an amazing job for our dinner cruise. We all know it's interesting times with COVID
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Great Crew and Excursion
Captain Joe, Nando, and Catie were fantastic on our excursion!!! They were very informative, professional and court
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The trip was incredible and the hosts were even better!
It was a great time. Motored over to Buck Island and then sailed back! You don't have to snorkel if you don't want
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Great Fun Sailing Event!
We had an awesome time at the Harbour Lights Dinner event. The ambience was great and there was lots of food to e
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Must do!
I highly recommend! We had a great time. Beautiful views, awesome staff, great evening trip.The drinks were super y
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Awesome Sunset Cruise
Our sunset cruise was wonderful!! The crew was the best; Captain Joe, Catie & Nando. They were super friendly & fun
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Fun evening!!!
We had a beautiful sunset sail. The staff came around every second with drinks and snacks. It was so much fun.
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Awesome Catamaran trip in St Thomas
Had a blast with Captain Ryan, Brad, and Fernando. This crew was awesome! Lots of fun and super attentive.
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Amazing Wedding Reception
We chartered The Cat for our wedding reception. This was the icing on our wedding cake. Ali in the office was so ni
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Great cruise, great dinner, great crew
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Highly recommended
Sailed with my daughter and what a wonderful experience it was. Thank you to Capt Ryan, Fernando and Mark. The vie
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Dinner cruise
What a great trip! Emma loved the cruise. Dinner was great. Definitely recommend. Drinks full all the time and got
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Amazing sunset sail and crew!
The sunset sail with capt. Ryan and crew members Brad and Fernando was fantastic, Capt. Ryan has us sailing smoothl
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