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Doubloon Turtle Cove Sail and Snorkel (ST08) Summary

St. Thomas (St. John)

Escape to Turtle Cove at Buck Island on a classic schooner and snorkel amidst wondrous marine life in the crystal-clear Caribbean water.

This port adventure was first found on 06-25-2014 and was last updated on 09-22-2019.

To learn more about this port adventure including the latest pricing and age restricstions please visit DCL's webpage for this excursion.
Doubloon Turtle Cove Sail and Snorkel (ST08) Review Summary
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Jennifer Sailed: December 30, 2017
Submitted: March 10, 2018
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We booked this excursion in the hopes that my 11 year old son could see a Sea Turtle, his favorite animal, in the wild. We were a little worried he wouldn't have much of a chance to see one, as we were on the first cruise back to St. Thomas after Hurricane Irma and we'd heard many Sea Turtles had left due to the storm or were otherwise impacted by the hurricane. Luckily, he did see one Sea Turtle snacking on kelp and swimming around the lagoon which basically made his entire year.

It ended up being a trip highlight for the entire family, including for my husband who was a little unsure of doing snorkeling. The crew was fun, engaging and knowledgeable. We had what I felt was just enough time snorkeling and we saw many fish along the reef as well as the turtle. The water was chilly but felt nice, even in January. The boarding area is right next to the ship, which was super convenient and allowed for doing a little shopping before getting back on the boat.

I would definitely do this one again and it was worth the price paid. The only issue we had on the entire excursion, and it was a minor one, was that we were getting flippers and they gave me one size and my teen son a smaller size, his hurt his foot so he asked about it and the guy told him "its fine you need one that is snug". I mentioned to the guy that he actually had feet 1/2 size larger than mine but they gave him smaller flippers than they gave me, and was he sure they should be painful (I would classify the question as politely challenging it, but was in no way rude). He said "fine but he'll have blisters" and gave him the other flippers. They fit great and he did not get a single blister. I honestly think he blew off my son's initial attempt to get a different size because he was a young teen and was annoyed at the question, but I'm glad we switched.
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Kerri Sailed: November 15, 2014
Submitted: August 1, 2015
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We enjoyed this half day sailing with our two children, ages 12 and 9 in November, 2015. The boat staff was friendly and knowledgeable and made the trip fun. Had read reports the ride to the cove might be rough, but it was not out of the ordinary for what I'd expect in the open ocean on a small boat. Nice ride along the coastline to see some of the big houses. There were several other boats in the cove when we arrived but the staff had food to attract fish, which was fun for the kids. Tip: when they stay stay with the guide, that's where you want to be. We did see other marine life, but the most was when the guide was in in th water and had food to feed. Half day trip was about the right length for our family. Restroom facilities on the boat are very small, do not plan to change clothes or anything in there. Some folks didn't listen to the marine head instructions, and the facilities clogged with paper, so flushing was a problem by halfway through the trip. There were sodas, rum drinks and a very light snack (prepackaged crackers, nothing fancy) provided post-snorkel for the trip back. There is a pretty heavy sales pitch for tips and t-shirt sales on the cruise back. Just be prepared for that. Everyone got a free pirate tattoo, which was fun for the kids. If we cruised again we'd probably do something different but for the price and our swim skills, this one was a good fit for us. The pick up and drop off is at the next dock over from the cruise ship, so it was very convenient to return to the room, grab some food on deck and head out again for an afternoon of exploring on foot.
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