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“Oversnorkelled” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Park Underwater Trail

National Park Underwater Trail
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Type: Trails, Reefs
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.
St Thomas, USVI
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Oversnorkelled”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Unfortunately this trail is being dessimated by so many visiting snorkellers and the vibrant coral and fish are nowhere near as present as they used to be. The up side is that it's still a really fun thing to do. The trail is along side the small island right in Trunk Bay and has educational plaques that teach people about the indiginous sea creatures...and how to respect them. You can rent gear here, but stop by St John Spice just off the ferry dock first and see if they have any. You can buy it there cheaper then you can rent it.

Visited August 2012
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Savannah, Georgia USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A must if you have children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The National Park Underwater Trail is at Trunk Bay. Get there early and park in the shade. Pay to go in (worth every penny) and get a good spot under a sea grape tree. The vendors there have snorkeling gear to rent, but it is as expensive as buying it before you leave home. Anyway, the underwater trail is wonderful. The main reason I like it is that novice swimmers are encouraged by the trail to keep swimming over the reef and out into water that they may fear otherwise. It is completely safe, so no worries, but a well maintained and thought out swimming adventure!

Visited July 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Nice Job NPS!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This underwater trail was better than I expected! Loads of crowds here and thoughtless snorkelers (I kid you not, I thought I saw the cast of Jersey Shore the way some of these tourists acted) but the NPS has done a nice job. The plaques are easy to follow. I even saw a fish try to camouflage itself on one!

Visited August 2012
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Crosshaven, Ireland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Thinking this is Trunk Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

The underwater snorkelling trail is educational. Some signs are covered by sand but still great beach.

Visited July 2012
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Raleigh
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17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“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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