at Trunk Bay
St. John’s Trunk Bay in the Virgin
Islands is an ideal snorkeling location. With an average water
temperature of 80 degrees year round and clear, calm waters, even
beginners will have no trouble exploring the Caribbean.
The visitor’s center at the Virgin Islands National
Park on St. John will provide a map which highlights the coral reefs
in the waters surround the island. On the North Shore at Trunk Bay,
you can begin an underwater trail complete with signage explaining
the species found within the reef. The trail leads around Trunk
Cay, and by the end of the self-guided tour, you will have an understanding
of the unique underwater plant and animal species of the Virgin
Snorkeling in Truck Bay is completely safe, but
there are a few things that you should know before you head to St
Know how to judge the currents.
Sometimes you aren’t aware that you are swimming with the current
until you turn around to swim back. Use the movement of soft corals
to determine the direction and strength of the current.
Know the underwater threats.
Sharks do not interfere with snorkelers. However, there are a few
things that do. Sea urchins have spines that are quite painful.
Fire coral – and really, any type of coral – should not be touched.
Your best bet is simply view the beauty around you and keep your
hands to yourself.
Know when to go. Some days, cruise
ships arrive and the North Shore becomes overly crowded with cruise
passengers lining up to snorkel. Even without a cruise ship full
of tourists, Trunk Bay draws a crowd from yacht charter visitors
and tourists staying on the island. Your best bet is to arrive early
in the morning or late in the day to ensure a carefree snorkeling