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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 interesting!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Balboa Island, California
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Balboa Island, California
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214 reviews 214 reviews
81 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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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Richardson, Texas
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60 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

It's really sad to see that the snorkelers have killed the coral reef around the little island, except for a small patch at the very end (red/pink buoy)

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Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Snorkeling the NPS Underwater Trail was fun, interesting & relatively easy for beginning snorkelers. Rental gear is nearby & the trail is easily accessed from the beach.

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Avon, Ohio
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562 attraction reviews
1,203 helpful votes 1,203 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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
12 helpful votes 12 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
82 helpful votes 82 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 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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