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Best snorkeling on the island in my Opinion

Best snorkeling on the island in my Opinion. Short hike to calm waters and lots of fish, coral... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Springfield, Massachusetts
Family trip with Kids 10/8 GREAT BUT GO PREPARED.

This was a snorkeling adventure we'll talk about for our lifetime. Please note that while our kids... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
State College, Pennsylvania
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A short swim from Leinster Bay, you'll find some of the best snorkeling on this small island, with its plethora of marine life.
Water Lemon Cay Beach Virgin Islands National Park,, Virgin Islands National Park 00830 ‎, St. John
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Best snorkeling on the island in my Opinion. Short hike to calm waters and lots of fish, coral, octopus, etc. definitely worth The drive ! Not much cover there so I recommend bringing umbrella.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a snorkeling adventure we'll talk about for our lifetime. Please note that while our kids are young they are very strong swimmers. Here's what you need to know. 1. Walk to the Cay using the coastline trail at the bottom of the hill...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to waterless with Big Blue Excursions. Wonderful snorkeling nice calm water and good viibility one f many great snorkel spots in St. John

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

About 25 minute walk to the end of trail. Lots of small fish, turtles and larger fish as well. Not much shade so wear sunscreen.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sharonearly
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

The hike to Waterlemon Cay is probably a little over a mile each way, level, and an easy walk. Visit the ruins while you’re here and enjoy being away from any signs of civilization. During our hike we noticed a couple large boats washed way...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

I went the first week in August and was not disappointed. If you want to get close for a short swim out it’s about a one mile walk from the parking lot. If you don’t mind a longer swim you can go a 500 or...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Robyn P
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

Love the snorkel around Waterlemon Key. It never disappoints. You take a 20 minute hike (wear closed toe water sandals or sneakers) on a rocky beach to get to the launching site. The swim out to the key is easy. We snorkeled all around the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank nm1717
Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

This is a very unique place and I would highly recommend visiting this beach area. It is somewhat difficult to get to if you do not have a boat. We parked in the ruins of the old sugar plantation and took the trail by the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank est0ns
Reviewed June 28, 2018

Anchored here before. Third time hanging out in this beautiful protected bay. The marine park beside whistling key was full of life and made for an excellent snorkel trip. Paradise.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

We snorkeled Waterlemon as part of our Sweet Pea catamaran excursion. Thanks to Captain Pat, we were able to see lots of sea life that we wouldn't have noticed without his guidance. We saw starfish, cuttlefish, a moray eel and plenty of other reef fish....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Megan M
August 26, 2017|
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Response from gigi2005 | Reviewed this property |
I'm assuming you're cruising into St Thomas. By the time you take a ferry to St John (which is doable) I don't think you'll will be able to do waterlemon cay.The cruise ships just do not allow enough time on the island ....
June 28, 2017|
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Response from find-a-fish | Reviewed this property |
Hi Actually, I think you may be asking the wrong reviewer: I have lots to share from our three weeks scouring St. John shore snorkel sites, but we did not swim right at Tektite (drove by it to snorkel a nearby site). If you... More
March 26, 2017|
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Response from Mwietro | Reviewed this property |
I am a traveler, not a guide or outfitter. When we were there, we did not see any Scuba divers.
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Jeff D
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Waterlemon Cay (30 Replies)
First trip to St John in July> Do I snorkel Waterlemon Cay Clockwise or counterclockwise to minimize current on return trip?
May 31, 2012|
Response frommichigankree|
Counterclockwise! Best snorkeling EVER!!! Don't forget your underwater camera!
State College, Pennsylvania
Trip review, 5/19 to 5/26 (2 Replies)
Just got back from St. John. Thought I'd post some things before I get busy and forget! We rented a Jeep Wrangler from Thrifty on STT. No problems. As has been widely posted, they aren't directly at the airport, but picked us up within 10 minutes, took about a 5 minute ride to their place, and we were ready to go in another 15 minutes. The Jeep was fine all week, no problems. I was glad it was just the two of though; I think if we had more people (or a child) we definitely would have...More
May 27, 2007|
Response fromJennifergo|
Thanks for the great info! We are going for the first time in July and I'm sure your tips will help!
howard j
London, United Kingdom
Leinster Bay and beyond. (9 Replies)
This morning got up early and drove out to Leinster Bay with the intention of taking the trail, if open, to Brown Bay. Firstly the drive on the North Shore Road was easy. The condition of that road until Maho is excellent. At Maho it goes down to single lane. After Maho out to both Francis and Annaberg the road is in good condition. The vegetation backing on to Maho has been annihilated. It is one huge jumble of broken tree limbs. The mangroves that lined the road to Annaberg are as...More
November 26, 2017|
Response fromEd S|
Howard thanks for all the great updates!!! So very much appreciated.