I’m posting this same set of questions in the St. John and Virgin Gorda forums:
My wife and I will be visiting the Virgin Islands for the first time in May 2011. We’re both avid snorkelers but this will be our first time in the Caribbean. We’ve done a lot of snorkeling in Hawaii.
We’re splitting up our trip for 5 nights in St. John and 3 nights in Virgin Gorda. We’re looking to have the best snorkeling experiences we can on the two islands.
On St. John, we’re planning to snorkel various north shore beaches, including Waterlemon Cay and other commonly-recommended sites. I’m looking at taking a full-day snorkel trip with Fly Girl. Question: will taking a boat trip with an outfit like Fly Girl, which will visit other cayes off of St. John, offer quality snorkeling that I couldn’t get from the shores of St. John? Or would it all be for the pleasure of the sail (which we also love)? Any additional recommendations?
On Virgin Gorda, we’re planning to snorkel the usual suspects (The Baths, Mahoe Bay) and also take an additional boat trip with Double D charters. I’m torn on destinations: Anegada or Norman Island. I’ve read that the snorkeling on Anegada is anywhere between transcendent or disappointing. But the beach at Loblolly Bay looks like heaven and the thought of lobster on the beach there is hard to resist. The trip to Norman Island stops for snorkeling at The Indians and at the wreck of the Rhone, both of which I read are highlights of the BVI (although I don’t know if the Rhone wreck is too deep to see while snorkeling). Any recommendations?
Is there anything else, snorkeling-wise, that I should also look to include on the two islands on our trip?