St. John is home to 20+ snorkeling spots.
There are some amazing snorkeling spots in the Carribean. From Turks and Caicos, to Roatan in Honduras, to Grand Cayman to Bonaire. BUT, one thing that really separates St. John for these snorkeling spots is the variety. St. John has over two dozen unique beaches and snorkeling locations, each one different than the last.
Whether you want to remove your fins for some mangrove snorkeling in Hurricane Hole or Princess Bay, enjoy the underwater park at Trunk Bay, float in calm waters with the sea turtles in Maho Bay, or take a long swim around the cay at Cinnamon Bay – St. John has it all.
For those of you looking for an adventure, and love to try a new snorkeling spot (or two) each day – St. John is the easiest and most rewarding location to do so.
Ease of Entry
Right from the beach. No boats, tours, money to get there.
One very underrated aspect to snorkeling, is the logistics of getting to the location. For the majority of the snorkeling in St. John you can park your jeep, walk to the beach, jump in the water, and start snorkeling!
There are some incredible snorkeling locations in Belize, for example, but they all require a boat to access. This means scheduling a tour/bout guide, paying for it each day, and being set to a strict schedule. And hey! You’re on vacation after all! Don’t you want to march to your own beat?
Range of Difficulty
For those that have been a few snorkeling times, you usually want to make some progression with your snorkeling abilities. Maybe that means diving a little further underwater, snorkeling a longer distance to your destination, or fighting a stronger current. Safety is the utmost concern, but challenging yourself is important to some.
And for those of you that are brand new to snorkeling, Maho Bay and Trunk Bay offer an excellent environment to learn. Trunk Bay has lifeguards, and Maho Bay has the calmest snorkeling water I have yet to witness. Don’t be scared – jump in the water!
Away From the Crowd
Although St. John has increasingly gotten more popular over the years, the small Virgin Island still has enough beaches and snorkeling locations to spread the love. Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay may get busy during midday, but if you are an early riser or late to leave – you can often find yourself snorkeling all by yourself. BLISS. No need to elbow the pack of cruise shippers like you have to at Grand Cayman. You can have this island to yourself.
Oh yeah. Did I mention? St. John is absolutely beautiful! I mean breathtaking. The majority of the coast is an untouched national park, which means for beautiful landscape and views. The water is clear, the visibility is great and the sand is white. It’s perfect for those selfie snorkel shots – like the one below!
The Guide includes:
- 60+ pages of St. John tips, tricks, and secrets
- The best snorkeling and hiking locations on St. John
- Lists of the top restaurants, resorts, and activities
- St. John secrets straight from the locals