• Location: Road Town, British Virgin Islands
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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Paddle through the mangrove forests of Beef Island on a stand-up paddleboard or kayak on a 1.5-hour excursion from Road Town. Known as the 'nurseries of the sea', these mangrove forests are a safe haven for juvenile marine life just learning to fend for themselves. Travel at a leisurely pace with your small group and local adventure guide, keeping an eye out for barracuda, baby sharks, stingrays and turtles. Use of all equipment is provided.


  • 1.5-hour kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding tour around Beef Island
  • Paddle through a mangrove forest that serves as a nursery for juvenile marine life
  • Look out for baby sharks, turtles and sting rays
  • Learn about the fragile marine ecosystem from your guides
  • Go ashore on a coral atoll

What You Can Expect

Magic Mangrove Paddle in Beef Island Lagoon

Clear smooth water ...

Meet your guide and small group at a secret rendezvous point on Beef Island; you'll receive detailed directions ahead of time. 

Listen to your guide as they give a short safety talk and orientation to the area, then get fitted with your kayaking or stand-up paddleboard gear. Even for a first-time paddler, either sport takes less than 10 minutes to learn, especially under the guidance of your experienced instructors. Take some practice laps and then head out for the lagoon.

Paddle over to edge of the lagoon that is protected from the wind. As you move, look into the clear, shallow water for fish and other marine life. Rest assured that your guides do not advocate feeding marine life; they leave the fragile ecosystem to its own devices. 

Continue into a shallow area full of baby mangroves, a nursery for unusual creatures such as the caseopea andromeda and others. Look skyward to see sea birds such as ospreys, mangrove cuckoos and pelicans. Underwater, look for turtles, stingrays, barracuda and tropical fish.

Midway through the tour, go ashore on a tiny coral atoll, a representative example of how the natural forces create these lagoons, marine forests and islands. Your guide can fill you in on the history of the BVI, from pirates to mega yachts.

End up back at your starting point after 1.5 to 2 hours of paddling.

Customer Reviews

sharon m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Had a great time. Trip was relaxing. We basically were all by ourselves. Our tour was our family of 3 and another family of 5. Definitely not full of tourists. Alex was fantastic. He was knowledgeable and patient. Scenery was beautiful. My 19 year old and 13 year daughters said it was their favorite port adventure of our cruise. The weather wasn't the best that day, but Alex did a great job managing our trip around the rain. Would definitely recommend and do it again.

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