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National Park Underwater Trail

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Lame addition to Trunk Bay

We absolutely loved Trunk Bay; it's beautiful, but the so-called underwater Trail did not add to... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2016
Jesse T
Atlanta, Georgia
via mobile
Not really a trail

There were only 3 underwater trail markers. Swimmers are advised not to swim around the island... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2016
Ventura, California
via mobile
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The world's first marked underwater trail located near the shoreline, making it one of the best snorkeling spots in the Caribbean.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good39%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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Virgin Islands National Park, St. John

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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

We absolutely loved Trunk Bay; it's beautiful, but the so-called underwater Trail did not add to our experience. Most of the placards were impossible to read and were in poor shape. This did not deter us from enjoying the snorkeling there, however. The map we...More

Thank Jesse T
Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

There were only 3 underwater trail markers. Swimmers are advised not to swim around the island because of the rip tides. But since our group was comprised of surfers and strong swimmers we decided to go for it. We saw 1 stingray and some pretty...More

Thank juliebergman
Reviewed 27 April 2016

If you visit St John, you must do the underwater trail at Trunk Bay. This is a really safe and easy way to learn about the ocean life in the Caribbean.

Thank mcallan1086
Reviewed 30 March 2016

The Underwater Trail is just a few concrete blocks at the resting on the bottom of Trunk Bay identifying the coral and/or fish that might be swimming nearby. Calling it a 'trail" leads to some disappointment, especially when kids are involved. However, Trunk Bay is...More

Thank Shoshanna E
Reviewed 21 March 2016

The only underwater trail on St John and the only one I have ever used. The trail is very informative and teaches snorkelers about the habitat while being part of it.

Thank jek1022
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Life guarded beach. Good snorkeling with fan/brain coral. Many colorful fish-different species. Informative. Beautiful site

Thank kathy147248
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Go experience it. It's really nice to have the sea bottom labeled instead of guessing what your looking at. It's a beautiful beach! Make the trip!

Thank Traveling_addiction
Reviewed 16 February 2016

It's so good to see a bit of color coming back to this reef. Wish I'd had a scrub brush to clean off the plaques, didn't see any new or unusual critters...still an awesome, beach, warm calm waters and decent snorkeling, especially for those new...More

Thank lgray8753
Reviewed 14 February 2016

For inexperienced snorkelers it seemed like a good area; however don't expect much guidance here. Signs were difficult to read. However the beach and waters were heavenly and you won't regret a day spent at Trunk Bay! We spent our Valentine's Day here and loved...More

Thank springstraveler1
Reviewed 13 February 2016

Upon entering the beach is beautiful blue waters. Renting the snorkeling gear is very reasonable for the day. The trail is self guided with lots of coral and fish.

Thank scubafuz
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20 October 2016|
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Response from Barry T | Reviewed this property |
No boats. You can rent gear and get a brief overview of the trail from the beach. Once you have your gear head on out. No boat needed. You can snorkel from the shore to the end of the island and back. It's a long trail.
6 May 2015|
Response from Missionjas | Reviewed this property |
Thirty feet in the deepest spot at the end of rock outcropping.