If you’re catching up, check out our first day in the US Virgin Islands here!
On Sunday we decided to stay on St. Thomas to do some kayaking and snorkeling. We decided to sign up for the St Thomas Mangrove Lagoon Cas Cay Kayak & Snorkel tour with Virgin Island EcoTours. We ended up getting super lucky and were the only ones on our tour! Our guide, Jake, was excellent and did a wonderful job personalizing the tour to our interests. We hopped into kayaks and started paddling through the Mangrove trees. They actually grow in open ocean, so though it looked like we were surrounded by islands, we were actually in open waters!
Our first snorkeling stop was in deeper waters deep in the Mangrove trees. We saw an absolutely stunning star fish, and got comfortable with snorkeling. There were lots of cauliflower-like jelly fish which I particularly enjoyed. There were also loads of pelicans dive bombing the water for fish, and we had a blast watching them!
After getting back into the kayaks, we headed into another area that had stunning snorkeling – a shallow coral reef. What an incredible sight! There were all different colored fish hanging out on the coral, along with lobseters, conchs, puffer fish, dozens of types of coral and just so much beauty! I really loved this stop. We learned so much about the biodiversity we were seeing in each place, and Jake was great about giving us plenty of time and freedom to explore. We also had a great chocolate break – our lips were so salty from all the snorkeling!
Finally, we paddled across a small lagoon and landed at our final snorkeling spot. This last place was a bit deeper, and the fish were quite a bit larger. The tour group has also been working to rebuild some of the reefs in the area and we saw evidence of the returning fish. I particularly loved the angel fish here, but the electric blue fish were beautiful, too! Again, we spent plenty of time exploring and learning about the island and animals.
All in all, I can’t say enough excellent things about our experience with Virgin Island EcoTours. We learned so much, and had an excellent morning kayaking and snorkeling!
We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on Sunset beach, which was extremely close to our hotel. When the sun made us sufficiently tired, we headed over to Cruzan Beach Club, a restaurant that sits right on the water. Such a beautiful view!
We enjoyed happy hour pricing on run drinks, and a delightful celebratory meal for my mom’s birthday. It was the first time she celebrated her birthday in a bathing suit – there’s a first time for everything! Not something a November baby expects, though.
We ended the evening pouring over the gift my sister and I gave to my mom – a new cookie cookbook! Needless to say, we were pretty dissapointed that we didn’t have an oven at our disposal. I’m anticipating a few new treats for the holidays this year 🙂