St John Snorkeling Options?

by Lisa

Is it worth spending a week in St John to snorkel? I have been to Hawaii Big Island and Cozumel and enjoyed them both. I am looking for something a little more convenient travel wise that is reasonable in price, with some quality snorkeling and more than one spot as I would be there for 7 days. Okay if it requires some boat trips to sites. Much appreciated.

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Sep 16, 2011
Snorkeling St. John
by: KP


My wife & I have a time share at the Westin. We have been there about 8 times. We took a break this year & went to Bonaire. Better snorkeling than most any place, but if you like the beaches go to St. John.

If possible stay on the north side if you are there in the summer as this is where the calm waters & good beaches are. Very easy to snorkel for any level right off of the shore. Rent a car or a rubber boat & you can hit several paradise beaches in a day.

At least once, preferably twice take a charter & visit Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda (the baths), Indians & Norman Island. There is also a good snorkel outing around (but not on) St. Thomas. We prefer our own boat with a captain so you can pick & choose where you go & how long you're there.

Feb 13, 2013
We love St. John!
by: Adrian

Shore snorkeling on St. John is excellent in a number of places. Most sites are fairly easy to get to as the island is small. If it is windy on one side of the island just drive to the other. Some sites are not regularly visited so you will be some of the only people there. There is shade at many of the beaches. The sites have quite a variety of environments. Waterlemon particularly has some sand bottom with starfish and baby barracuda and Waterlemon island itself to snorkel around. A wonderful time.

Jan 10, 2014
Important To Ask About Condition Of Reefs
by: Fish With No Water

We went to St. John last spring and snorkeled for hours each day. The access to reefs was great, but the coral often looked brownish and there were fewer fish than I would have expected. I hear that St. John has been hit by both storms and effects from climate change. Hate to bring up climate change, but think it important to remember to ask how the reefs, perhaps once fantastic, are in any one area.

Apr 03, 2015
St. John
by: Anonymous

We were in St. John in March 2012. We snorkeled at a few places and found the experience fairly uneventful. While it was great to see fan coral the colors were just not as dramatic as what we have seen on the Big Island. The reefs look bleached and unhealthy to us in many places. We snorkeled Waterlemon Cay, Cinnamon Bay, and Caneel.

We took a snorkel boat out toward St. Thomas and saw Spotted Eagle Rays and Spotted Puffers in addition to groupers and other smaller fish.

Maybe we'll go back after reading your new book!

Apr 05, 2015
Up To Date St John Snorkeling Info Coming...
by: Nicole & Galen

Hi everyone, yes, we recently spent 3 weeks on St John, USVI for research for a new snorkeling guide. You can see some pictures on our Facebook page.

While it is true that many of the reefs you can reach from the beautiful north shore beaches are no longer very healthy, there are still many healthy spots to snorkel on the island.

Our St John webpages will be up in a couple months and the eBook will be out around October of this year. So, keep an eye out for those.

Feb 28, 2016
St John Snorkeling Pages And eBook
by: Nicole & Galen

We have published both our St John Snorkeling Webpages and our St John Snorkeling Guide eBook. You should really go. We found it to be the best Caribbean snorkeling island we have visited yet.

Mar 23, 2016
Cruise Stopping in St Thomas in May
by: Eric

We are going to be on a cruise stopping at St. Thomas in early May and want to snorkel on St John, any recommendations on a boat trip? We are only in port from 11 am - 7 pm so I figure this is going to be more doable than renting a car and snorkeling from shore.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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