Haulover Bay

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Don P
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Feb 2020
The East end is worth the drive. Haulover North has limited parking, so it is never too crowed. Take the path thru rhe woods and you emerge near the center of the beach. After getting in the water go to the left (West). Lots of varied corals and fish. When it"s windy or the surf is up, skip it. But when it's calm there is no better snorkel spot on St John.
Written April 25, 2020
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TravelerWithOpinions
Boston, MA427 contributions
Feb 2020
We had a very wonderful day snorkeling on the North Haulover beach. It is a short, pleasant stroll from the road to the beach. The beach is quite rocky (very little sand). There are some lovely logs to sit on. Facing the water (with the road behind you), the best snorkeling is to the left. Lots of varied coral and fish. We spent hours snorkeling, absolutely delighted. By 2 pm, we were the only people on the beach! Great views of Tortola too. This is a very special place.
Written February 29, 2020
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JCJake
Saint Paul, MN793 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We were there in early July. We hiked the short trail first to Haulover North. Beach was thickly covered in seaweed and the water was quite rough. We returned to the south side where the beach is narrow, rocky, but with some sandy areas. We did setup with intention of staying for a while. We knew the best snorkeling was along the sides but the day wasn't super nice so we didn't go terribly far. Nice, but not great and the sea urchins! The most we saw on our trip and very close to shore. I would not enter the water here at all without shoes of some kind. My son, who is more for the beach, wasn't impressed. This does seem much more for those who want to snorkel. While sitting under the Neso tent, he said something was getting him - fleas? ants? Flies? something. So after our bit of time snorkeling we packed up and headed to Hansen Bay.
However, if we were to return, I'd definitely recommend this spot on maybe a slightly better day (more sun) for a snorkel exploration. When we drove back from Hansen Bay there were more people here. There were only 3 groups which included us when were there.
Written July 17, 2019
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backtotheislands
Rockwall, TX1,190 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We finally made it to North Haulover on this trip and went back several times. The underwater beauty is breathtaking! I would suggest wearing snorkel booties because it is quite rocky. When you come off of the trail go right and look at the water. When you see no coral that is where you want to go in. It is a rocky beach, not sand, but the snorkeling is as good as it gets!
Written January 29, 2017
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Patrick R
Washington DC, DC62 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This east end bay is a great place to snorkel. The beach is mostly cobblestones and easily accessible from the road. The parking is limited. There are no facilities.

We worked across the grass beds in front of the beach and moved to the right. We went along the right side and around the point. We saw many, many fish, including some very large versions of the common reef fish (e.g. Parrotfish and Tangs). The reef was healthier than I had expected. I was most pleased that we saw signs of new growth. The rock formations, crevices and such were very interesting and fun to - carefully - swim around.

We saw a very large sting ray, an octopus, a trumpet fish and a very large porcupine fish, etc.

Plan for a full two hours.
Written November 1, 2019
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DHER1
Tulsa, OK62 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
If you venture to STJ (what the folks here or who have traveled here a bunch call the island) for more than a day, you must travel to the "East End," over a very steep hill, down a steep hill, and between the Haulovers, two bays (one South, one North) that offer excellent snorkeling in the Caribbean (South) and Atlantic (North), a short 5 minute walk between the two.

The highway comes close to shore on Haulover South, which looks back toward Coral Bay down to Ram Head. Rocky beach, but there is a very small sandy patch to the right that is big enough to get ankle-deep so you can get snorkeling gear on and pushed off into the water. Great reefs and all sorts of sea life, including a very large barracuda that patrols the bay (seriously). We saw octopus at this location, but very hard to spot in the rocks in the shallows.

Then walk across the street to a path through the forest to get to Haulover North and the Atlantic, with a view toward the BVIs. Most Excellent Snorkeling Ever! Another rocky beach, you have to look to the right again for a way in- more difficult this time, but once in, the coral and sea life is spectacular, and continues into the deep in the bay.

Have an adventure and head east. DON'T turn around when you see the steep hill, but you will need 4WD.
Written March 11, 2017
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clb455
Brevard, NC15 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
This was our favorite snorkeling destination of all the places we snorkeled in St. John. The coral is incredible, the fish colorful and abundant. If you are a snorkeler, don't miss Haulover Bay NORTH. The best snorkeling is on the left side! The beach is very rocky so make sure you protect your feet!
Written November 16, 2016
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Hillary S
Baltimore, MD72 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
I'd rate this higher, but we all found the rock entry to snorkeling pretty rough going in & out. Apparently the south beach is easier entry and a bit less choppy, but we heard the coral was more impressive on the north side. The sheer number and size of the purple fans was pretty impressive, and we saw some impressive brain & elkhorn coral as well. The fish weren't as plentiful as some of our other snorkeling, but we were excited to see our only squids of the trip!
Written June 5, 2016
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Laurie B
Boulder, CO338 contributions
Aug 2020
My husband and I snorkeled both the North and South Haulover spots. The North is a very difficult entry due to the rocks. We saw limited fish there. The South part was much better for snorkeling. There are rocks and small to medium size coral formations and plenty of fish. It wasn't crowded.
Written August 5, 2020
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CaneelLover
Thomaston, GA16 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a beautiful bay with the promise of an amazing snorkel. If you fail to take proper precautions, you will not make it past the rocks and/or sea urchins. We had read the 2 out of 17 reviews mentioning sea urchins and were attempting to watch for them. As I attempted to get to a place to put fins on, I stepped right on one. I highly recommend protective booties if you want to snorkel here.
Written March 14, 2019
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