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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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Unique, Interesting but Not Spectacular

As far as I know, this is the only marked underwater trail in the world and has a number of interpretive signs underwater describing what one is seeing as they snorkel between... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Avon, Ohio
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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

As far as I know, this is the only marked underwater trail in the world and has a number of interpretive signs underwater describing what one is seeing as they snorkel between three buoys. The trail is located at the eastern end of the spectacular, world class Trunk Bay Beach between the shore and the small island of Trunk Cay... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

At the national park, there is one beach that allows cabin rentals for folks with overnight stay. Let me help you out with this decision. It’s not very nice and is almost comparable to being thrust into the bad camping adventure in a small shack. I would highly recommend that for you sleeping in one of the hotels or rental... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Beautiful beach. Fun & safe snorkel. Lifeguards present on the beach and usually in the water on paddle boards. The coral on the reef has seen better days but there were several beautiful fish. Overall it was fun.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Go for the beach which is lovely. As noted by others, the underwater trail is underwhelming and used to be much larger and better maintained

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Los Altos, California
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31 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

One of the other reviewers posted some really nice photos that gave me a clear idea of what to look for here. This wasn't very well advertised in the park at all so it was nice to know what to keep an eye out for. There aren't a lot of the signs installed, and most of them were fairly obscured... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

As an avid snorker and scuba diver, this location was good but certainly not excellent. On the morning we visited, the variety of fish was limited. That being said, the coral were quite memorable. Never before in the Caribbean have I seen such a variety of beautiful intact coral. Overall, this is a great site for novice snorkelers to explore... More 

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La Grange Park, il USA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This is a great snorkeling trail that gives you a better understanding about what you are viewing underwater. It was very educational and easy to read. It wasn't busy when we were there so it made for a relaxing snorkeling experience.

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We visited Trunk Bay in St. John’s off Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. The picturesque setting of Trunk Bay is simply breathtaking. Powdery, soft white sand and swaying, exotic palms and sea grapes stretch for more than a quarter mile along this charming bay. Here the crystal clear, calm water of the Caribbean Sea shimmers in glorious hues of... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Spend a great day at the beautiful beach at Trunk bay. Snorkel around the island (Trunk Cay) just off shore. We went on a day there were no cruise ships so the beach was not crowded at all. It was $4 per person to get in. We packed a cooler bag with beers and sodas and brought snacks. Made for... More 

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Milford, Pennsylvania
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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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