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“OPleasant underwater signage, but better snorkeling elsewhere”

National Park Underwater Trail
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St Thomas Snorkel and Sail Adventure to St John
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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.
Chicago, Illinois
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342 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 394 helpful votes
“OPleasant underwater signage, but better snorkeling elsewhere”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Try Waterlemon Cay, Three Buoys at Leinster Bay, Haulover if weather calm, among others, for better fish and coral.

Visited December 2012
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St Thomas, USVI
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45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Oversnorkelled”
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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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A must if you have children”
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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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice Job NPS!”
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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Keller, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Thinking this is Trunk Bay”
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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