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Kayaking a Marine Sanctuary on St. Thomas, USVI

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Travel onwards just a little distance from the pleasure resorts and duty-free meccas on the north side of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and you can immerse yourself in the more pristine side of the Virgin Islands with kayaking experiences on one of the most bio-diverse and interesting bodies of water in the region: the mangrove lagoon and Virgin Islands Marine Sanctuary located on the island’s southeastern coastline.  

The best outfitter to take advantage of this location with is local Virgin Islands Eco-Tours, who also have their own private marina at Holmberg’s Marina from which you launch for outings that range from a minimum of two-and-a-half hours all the way up to five hours.  They provide both top-seated double and some single seat kayaks, and their guides are specialized in the plant and marine life of the area.  Along the way, they will point out the notable plant species and growth, and some of the bird and marine life, such as dwarf herrings, snowy egrets, eagle rays, great barracudas, jellyfish, mangrove crab or nurse sharks.  Typical plant life is dominated along much of the routes by the red mangrove.  Other aviary residents and migrant visitors include the endangered brown pelican, blue herons, night herons, egrets, yellow warblers, hummingbirds and numerous others. 

Some of the outings proceed as far as the southernmost tip of St. Thomas at Long Point, which is where the lagoon borders the Caribbean and is separated only by a coral and shell barrier reef.  Enroute, paddlers may also snorkel at certain points and view some of the inhabitants at closer hand in the shallow, clear waters.

Written by  Hal Peat.

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