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Address: Water Lemon Cay Beach Virgin Islands National Park,, Virgin Islands National Park 00830 ‎, St. John
Activities: Snorkeling, Viewing wildlife
Description: A short swim from Leinster Bay, you'll find some of the best snorkeling on...
A short swim from Leinster Bay, you'll find some of the best snorkeling on this small island, with its plethora of marine life.
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Not the easiest to get to but....

We had read about the better snorkeling around Waterlemon and wanted to go, but with a 7 year old we avoided the hike down the stone path. This year we rented a boat to take us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A near drowning incident was adverted by a boat reduce of four novice swimmers (with no fins and the ridiculous full face snorkel mask). Shortly after the full moon, the current was racing and swept these swimmers away from the shoreline, not even the island itself. People must exert caution when visiting this snorkel location. AGAIN, THIS IS NOT A... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We had read about the better snorkeling around Waterlemon and wanted to go, but with a 7 year old we avoided the hike down the stone path. This year we rented a boat to take us around the island and dropped in at Waterlemon at several sites for snorkeling. It was the best we have found on the island in... More 

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Middletown, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Ah, Waterlemon Cay. One of my wife's and mine favorite locations on St. John. Park at Annaberg and take the 20-30 minute hike (depending on how far you go) around the scenic bay. The beach area is narrow with small pebbles. The water is perfect for snorkeling as its in a protected cove with no waves. In the shallows you'll... More 

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Great place to go snorkeling. We saw a nurse shark, turtles, all kinds of different fish and sting ray. The beach is wonderful. It takes a little hike to get to but that made it feel like you were the only one there. Well worth the hike to see this bay!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Paved parking and toilets at Annaberg; some foolhardy or lazy folks try to drive a way up the dirt trail but it ain't worth it and backing up if the few spots at the end are full would not be fun. Just walk, already. Its a healthy hike with snorkel and beach gear but the view is beautiful. Unfortunately the... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The snorkeling was incredible. We swam with turtles, got to watch stingrays swimming and snorkrled over to the coral reef. It was the best

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Waterlemon Cay provided the best snorkeling we found on St. John, and we tried at least 5 other bays while there. Take the Leinster Bay trail as far as you can to minimize the swim out to the Cay. Then allow the current to assist you to swim counter clockwise around the small island. We saw multiple types of coral,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We have visited St. John three times and this is one of the must snorkels. Try to go with the wind down so there won't be much current. Be prepared to walk a bit and water shoes are better than flip flops. We have seen lots of turtles along with eagle rays. Not a difficult snorkel but some don't like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Still the best snorkel I have found on the island. Falls short of what you can find on a day trip charter, but short of that, worth the minimal effort to get there. The farther out you go the better it gets. Is seems the lack of big storms has really allowed a regrowth of coral.

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Murray, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Saw a turtle and got some great pictures of him without having and underwater camera. Snorkeled by the rocks and saw a variety of fish. Very peaceful not a lot of people. Hung our bag so no problem with the mongoose but did get stung a few times. Walk in and out was pleasant nice and smooth terrain.

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