Four Thousand Sixty Two Words About St Thomas

by Bradley
(St Thomas, VI, USA)

I found it hard to believe that no one has said anything about the snorkeling around St Thomas. I'm not really good with the words. But my photo-snappy-finger still works. So, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then here are a few thousand about St Thomas snorkeling. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Jun 02, 2014
Where Oh Where Did You Go?
by: debbieo

Thanks!!! Wow-to the pictures. Looks like you had a great time! We went there but did not have a good snorkeling trip. Could you share where you were in the water? That is a close destination and sometimes on sale for us in GA.

Hubby asks---what kind of underwater camera?

Jul 16, 2014
St Thomas Where to Snorkel.
by: Bradley

Hi Debbie,

Those shots were taken at different sites. Around St Thomas you usually find great coral on one site, tons of schooling fish on another, sea turtles on a third, etc. So you really need to snorkel many spots to get the best STT has to offer.

The only thing that holds true on STT (and probably everywhere) is the harder it is to get to the greater the reward. Most places close to the coast are medium to fair sites because of the high volume of inexperienced traffic they have visiting each year.

For healthy corals and with beautiful reef fish you need to visit the surrounding cays.

The camera is a old Canon SD750 (discontinued) with Canon housing. It has its quirks and drawbacks but can take a great photo in clear water in medium to close range.

Best regards from the Virgin Islands.

Jul 18, 2014
St Thomas Snorkeling
by: Charles

There is not a ton of great snorkeling on St Thomas, but the beach at Sapphire around Prettyklip Point is very good, and if you are an excellent swimmer you can swim from there to Shark Rock where you will see excellent coral. Also, swimming out from the beach at Secret Harbor along the left shore around the point there is some great deep-water snorkeling.

Jul 19, 2014
St Thomas Snorkeling
by: Bradley

It is really a bad idea to swim from Sapphire Beach to Shark Island. This is a medium traffic passage and boats will be moving fast and not expecting swimmers.

Better to get someone from the marina to dinghy you out and back.

If you absolutely must swim, bring a bright orange or white marker buoy with you to increase the chance of being noticed. But again, I'd advise against it.

Jul 21, 2014
STT Snorkeling
by: Ken Pounders

Snorkeling around St. Thomas is very good (if you have a boat). But if you want great snorkeling right off the beach take the 15 minute ferry to St. John. Better beaches and snorkeling.

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