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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Activities: Snorkeling
Description: The world's first marked underwater trail located near the shoreline...
The world's first marked underwater trail located near the shoreline, making it one of the best snorkeling spots in the Caribbean.
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Fun and an easy swim

While visiting Trunk Bay, i snorkeled the underwater trail. It is an easy swim and is a good place to start a beginner. There are usually a lot of people snorkeling, so the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Casey1919
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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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Kauai, Hawaii
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

An underwater trail is an awesome idea & it is pretty cool. One time is enough though. The signs are informative enough, but it seems they are set in sand pretty much. Not much coral or many fish around the trail to see. Keep going along the rocks past the trail for amazing snorkeling. Best is around the top of... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The world famous trail, well-marked, part of a beautiful beach area with snorkel rentals available at reasonable cost, demonstrates the terrible loss of coral in the Caribbean. The coral is bleached, lifeless in many areas--so sad, There were some colorful sea fans and a few fish, but relatively few, I was terribly disappointed.

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Sunny Northern CA
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I wouldn't visit Trunk Bay Beach purely for the underwater snorkel trail but instead consider it as a really fun dimension to a beach day. Toodling around the trail finding the underwater plaques and seeing actual sea life depicted in the underwater pictures was relaxing and quite fun. I had no expectations going in and had a fabulous time snorkeling... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I've been to a fair share of islands and I love snorkeling! Trunk Bay's Nat'l Park underwater trail is the best location I've snorkeled to date. The water is crystal clear and the signs are easy to read. The wildlife isn't that far below the surface and I could dive closer to the wildlife and got great pictures! Crystal clear... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The underwater trail is very underwhelming and hard to follow. It is, however, located at one of my favorite beaches in the world, the beautiful Trunk Bay Beach. It's also a very nice snorkeling spot. The underwater trail just doesn't seem to add much to the appeal of this lovely beach.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had to try out the underwater snorkel trail just because it's quite unique, but it was so crowded that it was hard to follow along without getting run into by several other snorkelers. The signs were difficult to read sometimes, as some sea stuff has gathered on them. Much of it seemed pretty degraded from the traffic -- too... More 

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

While visiting Trunk Bay, i snorkeled the underwater trail. It is an easy swim and is a good place to start a beginner. There are usually a lot of people snorkeling, so the bottom does not have a grand spectrum of sights, but there are enough for a novice to get excited about snorkeling. The beach is grand and with... More 

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Farmington, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The self guided underwater snorkel trail is not the best snorkeling on the island, but its a good first spot to check out. First of all, Trunk Bay beach is among the best on St John. The underwater trail itself gives the snorkeler maybe a dozen underwater stone markers to follow which have written explanations on them of what you... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Our children loved the underwater trail. It was accessible, even for our 5 year old. They enjoyed the information signs (though I often had to dive down to read them). The reefs are in good condition because the lifeguards patrol them thoroughly to ensure no one damages them. Busy beach, but worth braving the crowds if you want to introduce... More 

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Balboa Island, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I mean how many times have you followed an underwater trail? Seriously. The water is the perfect temperature. You're snorkeling anyway. Follow the trail and read the signs on the rocks.

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Address: Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. John  >  Virgin Islands National Park

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