By Lisa Schuler
We just returned from a seven day trip in January 2024, and here is our St. John USVI snorkeling report. It was our first time visiting the island, so we have no comparison to pre-hurricane reef conditions.
The following is a brief overview of our snorkeling experience.
Places We Snorkeled in St. John USVI
- Maho Beach
- Salt Pond Bay
- Waterlemon Bay
- Rendezvous Bay
- Tektite Bay
What We Thought of Snorkeling St. John
Out of the five places snorkeled in St. John USVI, we found the best experience and conditions to be at Salt Pond Bay (four snorkel rating). There was a very good quantity and variety of reef fishes, turtles, and octopus. Some healthy coral existed, but evidence of reef damage is extensive.
A close second was Waterlemon Bay (3-4 snorkel rating). While we did not venture out to Waterlemon Cay, the conditions in the bay were very good with a variety of reef fishes, a very large barracuda, rays, and turtles.
We snorkeled Rendezvous and Tektite Bays as part of a snorkeling and sailing excursion. The conditions were fair to good in some places, with a variety of reef fishes. We give both a three snorkel rating.
Lastly is Maho Beach. I took the advice from snorkel reports and sought out the far western edge of the beach along some rocks. We did not see any turtles this day, just some reef fishes so overall the snorkeling was marginal. I give it a two snorkel rating.
We enjoyed our experience at Salt Pond Bay so much that we returned twice.