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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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Sandpoint, Idaho
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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
4 helpful votes 4 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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542 reviews 542 reviews
229 attraction reviews
367 helpful votes 367 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,394 reviews 1,394 reviews
702 attraction reviews
724 helpful votes 724 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This snorkel trail is an innovative idea from the National Park Service. You snorkel and as you go along you see signs underwater explaining some of the fish and generally marine life taht you can spot. It makes for a fun hour if you come to Trunk Bay Beach. I recommend it.

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Chichester, New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

It helps you identify marine life as you snorkel from underwater plaque to plaque. It was a little stirred up due to the amount of people, but still was amazing. Costs to get in the park but they have facilities and activities. Can get crowded if many cruise ships are in St Thomas. It may take 20-30 min to go... More

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