You can enjoy an invigorating guided bike tour of the island; start from the fort, go around the island and end at beautiful Honeymoon Beach. Or visit Fort Segarra and Carolina Point Plantation ruins on your own while hiking around the island. How about taking a sail & snorkel charter from St. Thomas or a fishing charter. You can go to the beach to swim, snorkel or picnic, spend a day island hopping to St. Thomas or go line fishing from the deep-water dock in Flamingo Bay.
Military StructuresThere are several military structures on Water Island; mainly ammunition bunkers and platforms designated as possible light or gun emplacements. The ammunition bunkers are built into the north side of Carolina Point. Some structures are on private property.
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Note: Underground rooms and tunnels are dark and in some areas the flooring is broken with exposed pipes and wires; a flashlight and caution should be used when visiting.
Plantation RuinsWater Island's history of ownership post colonization is very interesting. It was uncommon to find non-white plantation owners, however numerous free colored men owned Water Island and operated plantations on it. Those plantations can be seen today. There remains are of great historical value.
Providence Point Plantation has been incorporated into a private home and it is presently privately owned. Remains include a cistern and bake oven, both clearly visible from the road.
A National Park Service Team under the direction of David Anderson excavated the Carolina Point Plantation in 1998. The Plantation is considered a valuable archaeological area because of its remarkable degree of preservation and historical significance. The remains include masonry foundations, cisterns, bake ovens, rubble walls of a great house, house-like structures and slave cabins. Click here for Hiking/Walking Directions to Carolina Point Plantation.
Note: Fort Segarra and Carolina Point Plantation are not set up as museums or parks. Please explore these buildings of historical and archeological importance in a responsible, respectful and careful manner for their preservation and for your safety.
Visitors to Water Island must take the small Water Island ferry (max. 25 passengers) which operates daily between Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas and Phillips Landing on Water Island. The ferry docks in front of Tickles Restaurant at the marina. Ferry service is reliable and takes about 10 minutes, one way.