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Whistling Cay

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Type: Islands
Activities: Snorkeling, Viewing wildlife
Description: A snorkeling spot in St. John with schools of fish and the occasional shark.
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Newberg, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 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.... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 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.

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Trenton, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 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.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

My wife and I have been snorkeling around Whistling Cay a couple times now. We did the whole island this last time and were not disappointed, the best snorkeling we had on this trip. We saw a barracuda, large tarpon, a smaller sea turtle, a nurse shark, and many other fish. The nurse shark was on the north side of... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 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.

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Andover, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 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.

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north carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

You can rent a kayak from Maho and paddle to this rocky beach in about 20 min. The guide at the Maho activity center can give you advice on where to land and to snorkel. We snorkeled the left side and it was really good (barracuda, eagle ray) but it took a lot to fight the current and swim back,... More

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Seven Corners, Virginia
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104 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

I rented a kayak at Little Maho beach and paddled across the bay to this cay to do some snorkeling. It takes about 20-25 minutes there and 1.5 times that long to get back. One thing to note is that there's no sand there and you better bring some sort of watersport shoes or crocs with you. Otherwise, it'll be... More

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Long Island
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

One of the best spots in all of St. John. Well worth the effort to get too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2010

This must be some of the best diving in the area if you are looking to see some bright coral, Lobster, Black spotted eel. Have not dove since there and seen as much as there is right off the island.....EARNEST is a great dive guide, he knows how to take care of the coral and where are the hiding places... More

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