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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 3 days ago via mobile

St. John is incredible when it comes to natural beauty—both on land and underwater. Waterlemon Cay is a bit of a trek to get to, but it’s totally worth it for the snorkeling. On our most recent visit, we swam with six sea turtles, a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kassidy G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A secluded rocky beach. The reef is beautiful on one side of the cay, and seems to have been wrecked by the hurricane on the other side. Lots of beautiful coral, fish, sting rays, and sometimes turtles in the grass bed on the way out...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kg0811
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here twice now, once in 2001 and once this year, and both times it was worth the hike. The trail starts at the Annaberg parking area and it's a good walk out to the beach but worth it. I've swam to the island...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jbains
Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

This is a must do! Find some snorkel gear and get to Water Lemon Cay! We saw an octopus, beautiful fish, sea turtles, and the water was amazing. Mostly secluded area but it felt safe because I could see the bottom of the ocean the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mdalton15
Reviewed December 3, 2018

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
1  Thank samAAsc
Reviewed November 30, 2018

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
4  Thank GlobalFoodie0629
Reviewed November 27, 2018

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
Thank Harpguypie
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
1  Thank X4526DOjimc
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
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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.