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On Caribbean cruise itineraries that include St. Thomas, shore excursions are all about the island’s abundance. That means that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sea, sand, sun, and sightseeing.
This U.S. Virgin Island is well known for its wealth of exceptional snorkeling sites. Any one of several St. Thomas shore excursions, you’ll enjoy sailing on sleek catamarans or romantic schooners to sites like Buck Island, Sapphire Beach Turtle Bay, or Christmas Cove, where you’ll snorkel amid vivid coral reefs and vibrant tropical fish, green sea turtles, and cute seahorses.
Whether you’re a seasoned scuba diver or want to try it for the first time, St. Thomas shore excursions can outfit you with all you need, from gear to guided PADI instruction. You’ll experience scuba adventures that include sunken shipwrecks and rich marine ecosystems of coral reefs and colorful fish.
If your idea of great watersports involves sailing, swimming, and steel bands, hop aboard smooth-sailing catamarans, glass-bottom boats, or graceful schooners. They’re all great ways to get with the island vibe as you sail to sheltered spots like Honeymoon Cove and sip refreshing rum drinks. You’ll swim, sunbathe, and beachcomb on Magens Beach, acclaimed as one of the top 10 most magnificent beaches in the world by the National Geographic Society.
Some St. Thomas cruise excursions to neighboring British Virgin Island, St. John, offer guided snorkeling at Trunk Bay, one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. You’ll also have a chance to discover the best sights, sun, surf, and shopping the island has to offer as you ferry over to St. John to embark on a narrated open-air tour that includes the National Park of St. John, the “Emerald of the Caribbean,” and a power boat cruise around the island. Or explore the island at your leisure, discovering landmarks and local cuisine, bayside boutiques, and breathtaking beaches.
There’s no shortage of culinary pleasures on St. Thomas. On a tour through historic Charlotte Amalie, you’ll be guided to off-the-beaten-path eateries to explore the Creole flavors of the island, see the workings of a local fruit farm, and learn to handcraft a special rum cocktail. A drive to Mountain Top, the island’s highest point, is the first stop on a garden tour of Villa Botanica. Fragrant with flowers and spices, you’ll sample bush tea and enjoy a tasting of Caribbean rums from your cruise to St. Thomas.