Magic Mangrove Paddle In Beef Island Lagoon

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Departure Time :
    Flexible
  • Departure Details :
    GroundSea Adventures, Tortola Pier Park

Overview

A gentle paddle safari by kayak or SUP (stand-up paddleboard) that weaves through an untouched mangrove lagoon on Beef Island, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. If you're looking for a short excursion in the BVI, this small-group local-guided tour is perfect. There's an abundance of wild nature in these mangrove forests, also known as 'the nurseries of the sea', which are home to juvenile marine life of all kinds including turtles, stingrays, baby sharks and barracuda. This is a wonderful way to enjoy the pristine BVI ecosystem, see raw nature up close and learn all about the sea, the land and the culture around you.

Highlights

  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Family friendly
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Led by a local guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small-group tour

Know More about this tour

Rendezvousat the secret starting point on Beef Island. Whether coming by car or taxi, we'll give you detailed directions onwhere to meet.After a brief safety talk, we'll fit you with all the equipment you need life vests, paddles and your choice of kayak or SUP.First weget used to the craft. SUP only takes about 10 mins to learn, kayaking much less, and we'll happily offer expert tips on how to proceed.Thenwe'll headoutside the fringing reefwith itsvibrant corals and sea fans. In thisdeeper water wemightsee turtles, rays and schools of bonito orjacks.

Once atthe entrance, we'll paddle into the lagoon itself. Here the water is shallow and clear. To maximize visibility we'll head to whichever edge is best protected from the breezeareas of completely still water offering a lens into the underwater world.A word onseeing fish: we don't ever feed the marine life. We respect the untouched nature of this ecosystem,preferring not tointerfere. For this reason, we can't guarantee that we'll see baby sharksbecause that is up tonature!

From the larger main lagoon we'll paddle into a shallow area full of baby mangroves. This is an excellent place to spot wildlife and crazy creatures like the caseopea andromeda. Next we'llhead through the most dense part of the mangrove forest, taking our time to see what's swimming around.Keep your eyes skyward too, looking out fornumerous types of birds from pelicans to mangrove cuckoos and even a pair of ospreys.

Midway through the paddle we'll enjoy walking aroundon a small coral island. The atollperfectly showsthe dynamic physical and biological processes thatcreate these lagoons and thiscomplex environment.It's also a great timefor visitors to ask your local guide questions and learnabout everything from the modern BVI to the real tales of pirates on the islands. We won't overload you, but if you have areas of interest about the BVI, we can offer informed insights.

Once back on the water, we'll continue nosinginto nooks, crannies and deep coves in the mangrove network. Soon, the loop is almost complete and after 20-30 minutes, you'll be back at thestart. The total excursiontime is about 1.5-2 hours.While seeing the marine life highlights - turtles, barracuda, rays and sharks - is something that attracts potential customers, by the end of the paddle, almost everyone is truly thrilled bythe locationitself andthe serenity of this immersive experience in nature.

Inclusions

  • Local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Equipment

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

Not recommended for participants with back problems

Not wheelchair accessible

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund