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Review of Hurricane Hole

Ranked #52 of 93 things to do in St. John
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Owner description: A storm-protected bay in the arms of mangrove trees with a lively and colorful nursery of fish.
Roselle, Illinois, Usa
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2014

Best snorkeling we found on the island, as long as you have a boat to get there. Shallow waters make for flat calm conditions, and the mangroves offer varying 'theaters' for viewing a wide variety of marine life. Watch out for the enormous urchins, but enjoy everything else.

Visited January 2014
4 Thank Jake Z
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Hartford, CT
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Peeking into Mother Nature's nursery...”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

When I first heard about snorkeling in mangroves, I thought it would be kind of creepy with all of those tangled tree roots. I imagined dark, creature from the black lagoon type of environment... boy, was I wrong! The first time I went, it must have been around May and sea grass had grown in great columns from the seafloor. The water was very clear and the columns made it seem like a mermaid's palace. Absolutely magical to swim with baby sharks and all kinds of juvenile fish. A little difficult to get to, either trying to find an opening from the road (be careful!) or by kayak.

Visited June 2013
9 Thank Tuxedocat
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41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Oh my never knew it could be so beautiful”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

Snorkeling in the Mangroves is awesome, it is not stinky and water is crystal clear. However you need to hire someone to take you there snorkeling. Worth the money, don't touch anything it is amazing and it should stay that way for generations to see. Lots of coral, sea turtles, and this is like the nursery for all baby fish. Make it a day trip if you can, we only did a half day and it was too short, to much to see in such a short time.

Visited May 2013
6 Thank Sharon O
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Coral Bay, St. John
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22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Adventure snorkel on St John”
Reviewed 3 May 2013

I've explored Hurricane Hole from a kayak and from the shoreline just off East End Road. Kayak out to the mangroves across Princess Bay - is a whole lot easier than swimming!

Investigate Otter Creek and Water Creek ( along the eastern shoreline) - they are the tiny coves lined with mangroves. Water ranges from about 20' to 2'. As you might guess the mangrove roots are a haven for all sorts of marine life! Well worth the effort - if you are looking for a unique adventure and love snorkeling!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Onislandtimes
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Elysburg, Pennsylvania
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126 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Snorkeling the Princess Bay Mangroves of Hurricane Hole”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

Many people don't know about mangrove snorkeling. It's very shallow but houses lots of tiny fish, shells, star fish and conch shells. It makes for a very interesting snorkel and the water, being shallow, is very warm.

Visited February 2013
3 Thank BandBinPA
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