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“Great East Side but look out for the currents!”
Review of Whistling Cay

Whistling Cay
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Owner description: A snorkeling spot in St. John with schools of fish and the occasional shark.
Newberg, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great East Side but look out for the currents!”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

You'll need to rent a kayak at Cinnamon Bay to get to Whistling Cay. It's about a 1/2 hour kayak. I think it cost us about $60 for the trip. Land on the pebbly beach near the ruins. It's an old house someone in the 70's did some renovating on. Great to go inside and look out on the bay.

The snorkeling is pretty good right along that side of the cay. If you venture to the other side be aware of strong currents, waves, and deep waters. We didn't feel like the snorkeling was that good on the far side and it was hard to snorkel all the way back to where we came from.

We saw cuttle fish, a great barracuda and even a ramora which tried to attach itself to us. Pretty weird.

Visited May 2014
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent snorkeling!”
Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

You really need a boat or kayak to get here, but it's worth it. We like to rent a kayak at Cinnamon Bay and then kayak around Maho to get here. It is not recommended to attempt to swim to the Cay, there is a LOT of high speed boat traffic that uses the channel.

Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Trout W
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Trenton, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful snorkeling and crystal clear waters!”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

We came here on a private boat charter and greatly enjoyed it! Interesting corals and fish, and saw a sea turtle as well. Gorgeous scenery as well.

Visited August 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Kayak and snorkle”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

There is a small beach to park your kayak and some amazing soft corals and sea life around this small island. Peacock flounder in the sandy areas, an eagle ray right off the beach, a little gem of an uncrowded spot. Good for intermediate snorklers who are comfortable with a little current and wave action.

Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Chris S
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Andover, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Reef”
Reviewed 23 March 2013

An incredible array of fish and coral. The surf is rough and the current is strong, but it is worth it. I saw some sort of a fish that was longer than me.

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Alec T
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