Sunday, 25 August 2013

Spotlight St. Thomas - Sea Excursions

Landlubbers and seafarers alike will enjoy the wind in their hair and salt spray in the air while exploring the waters surrounding St. Thomas. Several businesses can book you on a snorkel-and-sail to a deserted cay for a half day that starts at $85 per person or a full day that begins at $125 per person. An excursion over to the British Virgin Islands starts at $125 per person, not including customs fees. A luxury daylong motor-yacht cruise complete with gourmet lunch is $375 or more per person.

Adventure Center. For a soup-to-nuts choice of sea tours, contact the Adventure Center. Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Hotel, Rte. 315, Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, 00802. 340/774-2992 or 866/868-7784.

Charter Boat Center. The specialty here is day trips to the British Virgin Islands and day- or weeklong sailing charters. 6300 Smith Bay 16-3, Red Hook, St. Thomas, 00802. 340/775-7990.

Limnos Charters. This company's popular day trip to the British Virgin Islands comes with lunch, an open bar, and snorkeling gear. Destinations include the Baths in Virgin Gorda and the sparsely inhabited island of Jost Van Dyke. Compass Point Marina, Rte. 32, Estate Frydenhoj, St. Thomas, 00802. 340/775-3203.

Treasure Isle Cruises. Jimmy Loveland at Treasure Isle Cruises can set you up with everything from a half-day sail to a seven-day U.S. and British Virgin Islands trip that combines sailing with accommodations and sightseeing trips onshore. Rte. 32, Estate Nadir, St. Thomas, 00802. 340/775-9500.

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