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National Park Underwater Trail

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Type: Trails, Reefs
Activities: Snorkeling
Description: 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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Milford, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The snorkel trail itself wasn't so special, however if you venture into the rocks to the right of the trail it is really cool. The reef is one of the best ones we saw on St John. A lot of different fish, and much bigger fish than we saw elsewhere. My kids saw a pretty large nurse shark. We went... More

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Southeastern U.S.
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171 reviews 171 reviews
53 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

As a former island resident and federal Park Ranger, what is NOT to love about a National Park Service location with an underwater nature trail?!!! The beach is among the most photographed in the world, the facilities are nice, and even with all the tourists, it is a lifetime “must see.” Parking can be tough at times. There is a... More

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Just a lot of fun. Not as exposed as the Buck Island Reef National Monument. This is a great place for a family of divers! Dive boats are available, usually large catamarans or trimarans.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This undersea trail is overrated. There is better snorkeling elsewhere on Trunk Bay and closeby beaches.

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Peterborough, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

If it is not crowded on the beach this is good for beginner snorkelers. Lots to see in a short snorkel. For more of a challenge try the rocks on the left hand side of the bay.

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Winchester, Tennessee
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Loved snorkeling in this underwater National Park. Upon arriving we were briefed on the do's and don't s of this underwater paradise. Then we received our equipment from the rental company. The masks and snorkels had been sanitized and the sand rinsed off the flippers. This was a great place for novices to snorkeling. You can walk straight in off... More

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Toronto, Canada
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644 reviews 644 reviews
277 attraction reviews
429 helpful votes 429 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The underwater trail is a unique a spect to the Trunk Bay experience. There are some informative underwater markers which describe (minimally!) the coral and aquatic life but the amount of live coral is somewhat disappointing. The area lacks any of the vibrant colored coral one would expect to see. Make sure to get as close as you can to... More

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Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

While many of the markers were obliterated by growth, this was a calm, easy circle snorkle teaming with marine life. We were lucky enough to have done it early morning, when we were the only folks in the water. I do not think it would've been as pleasant if we'd been bumping into other snorkelers, which I'm sure is the... More

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Oshkosh, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Very short and disappointing underwater trail. Underwater signs were mostly an infomercial for ecology.

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Sherman, Texas, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I liked the snorkeling, but the underwater trail/signage seemed to be superfluous. It wasn't really a trail either, just some random markers on the reef floor. The coral was really cool though. Crowded. Avoid if possible, there are better places.

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