St. John: Snorkeling & Snuba

Snorkeling

From new, never snorkeled before to seasoned snorkelers there is something for everyone. Rocky coast lines, near shore reefs, off shore cays and sunken items like ships and planes provide beautiful and varied snorkeling opportunities. The conditions are; great visibility, fairly constant water temperatures of 79-83 degrees year-round, calm seas with little current and fantastic underwater scenery. In other words, perfect for snorkeling. View gorgeous underwater gardens of coral and visit with the residents; turtles, rays, octopuses, moray eels and an abundance of fish large and small. With the use of a mask, snorkel and fins you can float on the surface and admire the marine life below. Snorkeling is an option from beaches and also by boat trips.

    Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Adventure

  • Listen to our guests! We are ranked #1 in Trip Advisor: "Best Experience on St. John", "Do it early in your trip", "Amazing Adventure", "Great family activity", "Learn and have fun exploring St. John!", "Very interactive tour of the islands unique ecology with a great staff.", "Don't miss this!". Kayak on turquoise waters, hike along scenic Turtle Point Trail and snorkel over coral reefs and see colorful fish, turtles and sting rays. Consider upgrading to a 5 hour tour with lunch: The Best of Henley Cay and Caneel Bay! Limited availability, reserve early. Book online or call us toll free.


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    Island Wilson Excursions

  • Island Wilson Excursions

    Swim with sea turtles. Snorkel beautiful reefs surrounded by colorful fish. Experience the best the Virgin Islands have to offer. Capt Wilson has been a SCUBA instructor and a professional snorkel guide for the last 14 years. His boat, Deja Blue, a 30ft power catamaran with twin 250hp Suzuki 4-stroke engines is the perfect ride to get you where you're going fast and in comfort. Let Captain Wilson take you on an unforgettable day of exploring the undersea world.

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    Henley Cay Kayak & Snorkel Adventure

  • Henley Cay is one of St John's premier snorkeling spots! Kayakers and snorkelers love the challenge of a 20 minute paddle across Caneel Bay from Honeymoon Beach to Henley Cay, part of the VI National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The protected beach is fringed with colorful coral reefs teeming with schools of vibrant fish and marine life. Flocks of seabirds fly overhead and feed close-by. Consider upgrading to a 5 hour tour with lunch: The Best of Henley Cay and Caneel Bay! Perfect for wedding, corporate and private groups. Book online using promo code VINOW for 10% discount or call us toll free.


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    Eco Hike & Snorkel Tour: Lind Point to Honeymoon

  • Explore the best of VI National Park above and below the water. Depart from the Visitor Center in Cruz Bay and hike the Lind Point Trail. Learn about flora, fauna, cultural and historical trivia along the way. At Honeymoon Beach your guide will teach you to snorkel and identify the colorful sea life. The final portion of your hike takes you through a grove of wild cinnamon, the botanical gardens of Caneel Bay Resort and the ruins of a Sugar Plantation. Perfect for wedding, corporate and private groups. Book online with Virgin Islands EcoTours or call toll free.


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    Honeymoon Beach All-Inclusive Watersports Daypass

  • Experience St John's most romantic beach with the All-Inclusive Day Pass that includes: snorkel gear, life jacket, lounge chair, pool float, kayak, standup paddle board and locker. Enjoy island time in a hammock! Snorkel with sea turtles! The Honeymoon Hut sells cold drinks and souvenirs with food available. Taxi to Caneel Bay and walk 8 minutes to Honeymoon Beach or hike the Lind Point Trail from Cruz Bay. Perfect for wedding, corporate and private groups. $49 per adult and $10 per child. Book online using promo code VINOW for 10% discount or call toll free.


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    Best of Henley Cay and Caneel Bay Adventure

  • Enjoy the Best of Henley Cay and Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Adventures "combined" into a 5 hour tour with a picnic lunch! Henley Cay is among St John's most colorful snorkeling destinations. See coral gardens, schools of tropical fishes and marine life at this deserted island. Seabirds soar overhead and feed nearby. Explore the Caneel Bay Peninsula. Kayak turquoise waters, hike Turtle Point Trail and snorkel to see turtles and sting rays. Look for deer, wild donkeys, mongoose and hermit crabs. Departs daily from Virgin Islands EcoTours' Honeymoon Beach Hut. Book online or call toll free.


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Beach Guide

Rocky coast lines and near shore cays & reefs offer great opportunities to snorkel from beaches. Snorkeling from shore can be done with or without a guide.

St. John Snorkeling Favorites

  1. Trunk Bay
  2. Cinnamon Bay
  3. Saltpond Bay
  4. Waterlemon Cay
  5. Francis Bay
  6. Hawksnest

By Boat Charters

Charters for ½ or full day trips can take you out to two or three unique snorkeling locations within protected marine areas in the Virgin Islands National Park. Day charters often include lunch, drinks, snorkeling gear, a little history or stories by the captain and overall a combination of enjoying the weather, boating and snorkeling.

Fins, a mask and a snorkel

Some of the popular beaches have watersports booths that rent snorkel gear. You can also rent gear for a few days from a dive shop. A popular question by visitors is “Should I buy or rent a set”. Frequent visitors agree that you should buy a set. Here’s why. To enjoy snorkeling your gear needs to fit you well, particularly your mask. A leaky mask can ruin a snorkeling experience. When buying your mask test it out by holding it to your face without the strap behind your head and inhale slightly through your nose. Let go of the mask, it should say in place; this indicates a good seal. Your fins should fit you snugly when dry because when you get in the ocean the water acts as a lubricant. Snorkels are easier because they are mostly one size fits all. If you get a bag for your gear make sure its a mesh type bag so that water and sand can drain out. An underwater camera is a great accessory; you can pick up a disposable underwater camera at your local supermarket. Another neat accessory is a Fish ID Card; a small, waterproof card that includes popular marine animals you might see while snorkeling.

Snuba

For those of you who like snorkeling and are not divers there is a middle ground option called super snorkeling! There are several types of super snorkeling, however only Snuba is available on St. John.

Snuba enables people with the use of a mask and breathing tube attached to a tank of air floating on the surface to explore shallow coral reefs and marine environments while swimming under the water. Available to anyone from eight years old and up and doesn’t require experience.

St. John offers rest, relaxation and an adequate amount of sporting activities. Plan the activities you would like to do most and have a great vacation!

Tip: Don’t snorkel alone. Don’t touch or stand on coral, it is very fragile. Don’t feed the marine life non-fish food. Cereal, cake, bread, nuts, dog biscuits, leftover hotdogs from lunch are not part of marine creature’s natural diets and are considered unhealthy for them. Do wear sunscreen on your back or wear a t-shirt. You can easily spend 30 minutes to an hour floating along admiring the fish and that is plenty of time for the bright tropical sunshine to leave you with a painful sunburn.


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