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“Inexperienced Snorkelers Taking Its Toll” 2 of 5 stars
Review of National Park Underwater Trail

National Park Underwater Trail
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Activities: Snorkeling
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Owner description: The world's first marked underwater trail located near the shoreline, making it one of the best snorkeling spots in the Caribbean.
Raleigh
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“Inexperienced Snorkelers Taking Its Toll”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

All the other reviewers' comments about this being a great place for beginner snorkelers are spot-on, unfortunately. On our last day on the island, we went early on a "cruise ship day" to get our snorkel in before the crowds hit. We were disappointed by the condition of the coral and the lower quantity of fish in this area. The beach and setting were so pretty we stayed through the coming and going of hundreds of cruise ship visitors. I lost count of the number of times the lifeguards had to use the loudspeaker to tell beginning snorkelers to stay off the rocks and coral. It was very sad thinking about how much this beautiful snorkel location has suffered due to the damage caused by large numbers of inexperienced snorkelers. When we return to St. John, we will continue to stop at the beautiful roadside overlook (simply incredible), but then continue on to snorkel at other beaches that are less heavily used and still thriving.

Visited August 2012
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San Luis Obispo, California
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“Trunk Bay Virgin Islands National Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Spent two weeks here on the island of St John. Wanted to experience as much of the National Park on St. John while I was there and I can say I did as much as you can do and still get in some relaxation. The Visitor's Center in Cruz Bay was for me a disappointment. The Rangers working there are not overly friendly, however I think this has more to do with the Island Culture which is the same way. Bough a year pass at Trunk Bay for the family. National Park pass is not accepted. The displays were not much to remember either. The trails are in good shape and I did a few miles on the trail system at the various historic spots around the island. We did some snorkeling at some of the beaches as well. Trunk Bay beach lives up to it's reputation, as the best beach in the world, and is better the earlier you get there, depending on your tolerance for crowds. PArking can be impossible if you wait till midday. Taxis will take you to the Bay for a steep price. If you are here for very long, rent a car and get to the other side of the island, it is much more beautiful and peaceful.
Attractions: Beautiful Beaches, great trails, warm water, wildlife if you look for it. Lots of history
Distractions: Cost of doing anything is very high, so plan ahead. Crowds at popular spots.

Visited July 2012
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Tallahassee, Florida
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“Interesting but fish are the big attraction”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The trail was composed of some concrete footings with brass or bronze plates describing fish, coral and other points of interest on the reef. It added an interesting aspect to snorkeling and most of the plaques could be read from the surface. However, the reef is teeming with fish and they are the main attraction; the trail just provides a tad more information and interest.

Visited February 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Not crowded; good snorkeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

I'm guessing that cruise ships come in on certain days, but Trunk Bay was not crowded on the day we went (Sunday). Good, easy snorkeling. A fair number of fish.

Visited June 2012
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Lake Forest, California
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“You gotta go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Colorful fish, coral and plants all in gorgeous clear blue water. Not to mention it happens to be in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. What's not to love about this place? What are you waiting for? Go now!

Visited May 2012
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