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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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Lake Forest, California
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168 reviews 168 reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 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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12 helpful votes 12 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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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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29 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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236 helpful votes 236 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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Richardson, Texas
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104 helpful votes 104 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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15 helpful votes 15 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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