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“This is a fine snorkel spot but of course there are better ones in the island”

National Park Underwater Trail
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St Thomas Snorkel and Sail Adventure to St John
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Owner description: The world's first marked underwater trail located near the shoreline, making it one of the best snorkeling spots in the Caribbean.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“This is a fine snorkel spot but of course there are better ones in the island”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

This snorkel trail is an innovative idea from the National Park Service. You snorkel and as you go along you see signs underwater explaining some of the fish and generally marine life taht you can spot. It makes for a fun hour if you come to Trunk Bay Beach. I recommend it.

Visited January 2014
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Chichester, New Hampshire
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“Nice for a first snorkel trip”
Reviewed 24 December 2013

It helps you identify marine life as you snorkel from underwater plaque to plaque. It was a little stirred up due to the amount of people, but still was amazing. Costs to get in the park but they have facilities and activities. Can get crowded if many cruise ships are in St Thomas. It may take 20-30 min to go through it. In the area off the trail I saw baracuda, nurse shark, rays, and lots of colorful fish! Had to wander off the trail for that tho.

Visited December 2013
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Oklahoma city
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“Better areas elsewhere to snorkel”
Reviewed 21 December 2013

This is a underwater "trail" marked by signs that guide you with snorkeling. If the water is a little rough, the signs will be obscured. The beach itself is incredibly beautiful; however, there are much better areas on St. John to snorkel.

Visited December 2013
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McDonough, Georgia
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“Had a good time”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

This was a nice park with showers Lockers food restrooms and lifeguards. You have to pay to get in. Not a lot. The water was great. The trail was 3 buoys in a triangle about 100 yards apart. It is marked under water by plaques about 20 feet apart with something about the reef on them. It way ok but nothing great. It was set up for snorkelers. The picture shows a diver but I think they would be bored doing the trail. There is a reef next to the underwater trail. Divers might go out further then snorkelers,but I didn't go off the trail so I don't know what was around the reef. Get to the Park by taxi tour or rent a car. We got there @ 9:00 am and were the first there. About 40 people were there when we left. No cruse ship in port and late October might be the reason for small crowd. I'm sure it will be to full with a cruse ship in port. it was about 10 or 15 minutes from port at most.

Visited October 2013
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Wewoka, Oklahoma
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“Beautiful Trunk Bay but Snorkeling Just Okay!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We visited Trunk Bay during our stay on St John. The admit fee is $4pp with nice clean baths and showers, beautiful beach and the snorkeling trail is a bonus. Gear can be rented in the park gift shop. The trail is marked with floating buoys and underwater plaques that describe the fish and coral there, although some are covered with sand and difficult to read. The snorkeling is great for beginners, very easy swim and safe with lifeguards on the beach that supervise with a close eye and whistles. Unfortunately, the reef has been damaged by crowds and is not as vibrant as other St John locations, but there are still loads of fish and other sea creatures to be seen. Worth a stop if nothing else for the beautiful scenery and the National Park Service does a great job keeping the park clean.

Visited September 2013
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