Paddle through the beautiful mangroves and spot wildlife at your own speed
Upon arrival at Virgin Islands Ecotours, you will receive a safety briefing and a map of the mangrove lagoon. You will be outfitted with a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), life jackets (which are required to be worn while paddling and snorkeling), snorkel gear (mask & snorkel-no fins due to sanctuary requirements). Return by 4:30 required.
Explore and discover the Mangrove Lagoon in St. Thomas on your own with a self-guided SUP tour. Paddle through the serene and narrow waterways, discover secluded cays, a rare geological blowhole, and encounter a wide variety of wildlife in this beautiful area. We'll give you SUP tips and directions of sites to see, or you can head out on the water and discover for yourself.
Our self-guided tour is available all day long, so you set your own start time, duration, and pace. That means you can buy a meal or snack with cold drinks from our home base kitchen and pack it with you, and leave no stone unturned in exploring the shallow, protected waters of the mangrove lagoon and snorkel the waters in this beautiful marine sanctuary, it's all up to you.
The favorite paddleboarding parts of the sanctuary’s area is one mile square, so every point suggested on the map is within 20 minutes of paddling in safe and protected waters with meandering alleyways of mangrove forests and clear shallow waters.
What to Bring
• Sun Protection: hats, sunscreen, sun shirt, sunglasses
• Swim clothing
• Medicines, if necessary
• Shoes that can get wet
Included in this tour
We provide a paddleboard, life jackets, and paddles. If requested, we can offer paddling tips and techniques, and directions or suggestions of sites to see to help you get acquainted with the area.
• A dry bag for your personal electronic equipment