Get ready to kayak, hike and snorkel your way around historic Hassel Island in the Virgin Islands National Park. Discover the island's beauty and history firsthand as you kayak from Frenchtown to Hassel Island, paddle past colonial ruins, take a leisurely hike to Fort Willoughby and go snorkeling at a secluded beach. This family-friendly active tour combines history and an eco-adventure of a lifetime!
Departing from Frenchtown marina, board your two-person, easy-to-paddle kayak for a 20-minute paddle along the coast of Hassel Island. As you paddle, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the bustling Charlotte Amalie shopping and historic districts surrounding the harbor.Coming ashore at the Garrison House, you'll hike along a 10-minute rocky trail to Fort Willoughby, a former Danish and British Fort built during the Napoleonic wars - one of the most intact British Naval Forts in the Caribbean. After a snack and photo opportunities, kayak into Careening Cove where ships traveling from Europe were hauled and repaired. From here, it's only a brief paddle to the 19th-century Creque Marine Railway. Your next stop is a secluded and picturesque beach which offers a choice of snorkeling with colorful marine life, enjoying a cool dip or relaxing in the shade. A 5-minute paddle will bring you back to Frenchtown. All participants receive a one-year membership to the non-profit Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park. You'll receive emailed newsletters, a discount in the Friends store, discounts with the businesses in the Friends Affinity Program, an invitation to the annual meeting and discounts on Friends seminars with priority reservations.