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National Park Underwater Trail

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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If you are an american and have never been to St John in the Virgin Islands, you owe it to yourself to go at least once.

Navigate the warm water beach at Trunk Bay with snorkel and fins to see an abundance of tropical... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2017
John A
,
Vermont
On of a kind

At least as far as I know, this has no comparison. A unique way to snorkle and view the coral and... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
NHtrailrnr
,
Wolfeboro, NH
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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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“trunk bay” (35 reviews)
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Virgin Islands National Park, St. John

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

Navigate the warm water beach at Trunk Bay with snorkel and fins to see an abundance of tropical fish—not in a tank—but in the open ocean water.

Thank John A
Reviewed 12 September 2017

At least as far as I know, this has no comparison. A unique way to snorkle and view the coral and undersea world, but with a little structure.

Thank NHtrailrnr
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Great for beginners and it's calm. Kids would love it. Plaques on sea floor provide info on fish and flora.

Thank patriciaanntp
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Trail is at Trunk Bay beach. Snorkeling trail is good with markers in the water to follow. Can't get lost and easy to navigate. Large school of silversides with tarpon and bar jacks looking for a free meal. Take a Go Pro if you have...More

Thank Joseph B
Reviewed 30 July 2017

There is better snorkeling around. We did a private charter and it's hard to appreciate this site after all we did. Worth doing if you have your own snorkel & mask, but I wouldn't rent for this site. Just sit and enjoy the beach.

Thank DianaL229
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This underwater trail has signs explaining about fish and coral. Easy to follow. However, more fish can be found closer to the island. Trunk Bay is beautiful.

Thank Steveh3Texas
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Perfect day of snorkeling for the novice. An easy trail wherein you can't really get in trouble. There is a lifeguard shack which had 2 lifeguards watching the "trail" at all times. Great place for kids to start their snorkeling experience.

Thank Randy H
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Snorkeling and the beach are always fun but if you're looking for good snorkeling, go elsewhere around St. John. There are multiple other stops. The beach is lovely and there are services available so it's a great place for a day at the beach.

Thank Wendy C
Reviewed 22 April 2017

this trail is good for beginners as it is marked and there are lifeguards at this beach. however, there isn't as much to see here as some other beaches

Thank mels850
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The trail is fairly well marked with buoys. About half of the signs are covered with sand. Fairly crowded. You have to swim a good ways to get to the trail. Water by the trail was a little murky and colder than expected. Trunk Bay...More

Thank nphiker15
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mnfam019
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.
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SLC90813
6 May 2015|
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Response from Missionjas | Reviewed this property |
Thirty feet in the deepest spot at the end of rock outcropping.
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