We went to Trunk bay as part of an excursion we had with our cruise ship. We picked it as an alternative option to an excursion we had booked to Magen's bay, that got cancelled. We were glad we did. The 45 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas was very interesting and enjoyable in the sunshine. We arrived at St. John's and an open air safari bus was waiting to take us to Trunk Bay in the national park. The drive was about 10 minutes and we were able to have a couple of stops for pictures of the bay.
The beach is not that long or wide but is beautiful. The sand is white and smooth. The water a beautiful light aqua color and so clear you could see forever. We were given instructions about where the snorkle trail was and also a bit about using the equipment. If you haven't snorkled before they would give you a lesson if needed. We were able to see lots of fish and coral. Underneath the water they have plaques that describe what you're seeing. The water is so clear you can easily read them with your goggles on.
The beach wasn't that crowded. There were people who insisted on smoking and putting their butts into the sand. It was a shame to see people treat the area and fellow beach users with such disrespect. Otherwise, people were well behaved and the beach area clean.
There are outdoor showers with stone cold water and you have to hold the handle on to get the water to come out. I suppose this is to conserve water so people don't leave the water running. There are also washrooms and a snack bar.
If you have the opportunity to go to Trunk Bay do it even if you don't snorkle. It's gorgeous and worth the trip.
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