When visiting a coastal destination, don’t just explore the land—dive in and explore the wonders of the sea! All three of the US Virgin Islands—St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John—have tepid blue waters full of interesting marine plants and animals. These waters are ideal for swimming, diving, and snorkeling. Below, we list the top five most beautiful snorkeling spots in the US Virgin Islands that you need to visit.
In the northeast portion of St. Thomas is Coki Point Beach, a family-friendly beach and snorkeling destination. The beach has amenities like rentable beach chairs and parasols, bathrooms, and food vendors. Plus, the water is easy to enter and navigate.
Though the area is small, there’s plenty to see there, including remoras, parrotfish, blue tang, and squid.
Another one of the most beautiful snorkeling spots in the US Virgin Islands is Buck Island. The Buck Island Reef National Monument is a small island encircled by an elkhorn coral barrier reef. Aside from the corals, you can also see needlefish, eagle rays, and green and hawksbill sea turtles here. The snorkel trail is marked for convenience and covers over 700 acres of biodiverse water.
Cane Bay is famous for the Cane Bay Wall, a 13,200-feet-deep reef that’s a popular dive area. But don’t worry; you won’t need to descend thousands of feet beneath the salty waters to meet incredible sea creatures like reef octopi and red lobsters, which live closer to the surface. This location boasts a nearby scuba shop, where you can purchase or rent your gear and have professionals answer any questions you have about snorkeling.
If you want to see sea turtles, you can find them at Watermelon Cay in St. John. To reach the cay, park your car near the Annaberg Ruins and hike a mile across the flat terrain until you reach the sand and ocean. Beneath the waves is a treasure trove of reefs and seagrass. Due to the seagrass, you will find green sea turtles, parrotfish, crabs, and other plant-loving marine life.
On the east end of St. John, you’ll discover Princess Bay, a preserved bay that’s part of the Coral Reef National Monument. In the warm, shallow water is a massive mangrove nursery that protects the underwater life, such as the vibrant corals, droves of small fish, starfish, and conch. Because the water is shallow, this is an ideal location for those new to snorkeling.
If you want to visit the US Virgin Islands during snorkeling season, Seize the Day Charters can get you there. Contact us today to get in touch with one of our experienced brokers, who can help you find a luxurious US Virgin Islands boat charter that suits your budget and needs.