Best Snorkeling Virgin Islands
No matter how much time you have to spend in the Virgin Islands, most of it should be spent snorkeling. Why? Because these islands are home to the best snorkeling in the world.
Best Snorkeling Virgin Islands – Coki Beach
Start at Coki Beach, home of Coral World. Because of the underwater environment surrounding Coral World, a marine sanctuary, you’ll see sea life here that you just won’t see anywhere else. Generally calm, clear waters and a sandy bottom makes Coki Beach easy for anyone to use. The water is typically less than 20 feet deep with no current, so it’s great for beginners. You’ll see beautiful, colorful corals, schools of angelfish, parrotfish, yellow tail, snapper,sargent majors, octopus, rays and more.
Best Snorkeling Virgin Islands – Sapphire Beach
Next, stop at Sapphire Beach on the east end of St Thomas. Sapphire Beach has a lot of reefs that are home to an unbelievable array of tropical fish–but the best part of Sapphire Beach is the grassy bottom that is home to hundreds–even thousands of turtles and rays! You’ll see bay rays, spotted eagle rays and even conch shells. Swim out to the small island off the beach, called Shark Island, and you’ll find a conch shell graveyard, lobsters, and maybe a shark or two. We recommend keeping your distance!
Best Snorkeling Virgin Islands – Trunk Bay
Take the ferry or charter a day boat and head to St. John. Stop at Trunk Bay and snorkel the National Park snorkel trail. It’s a self-guided snorkel trail with underwater signage telling you all about the sea life that’s indigenous to the area.
Next, visit Cinnamon Bay, a colonized patch reef with a variety of corals, sponges and colorful parrotfish. The beach is incredibly gorgeous and rarely crowded. It’s home to a campground, so you’ll find clean restrooms, showers, a water sports activity center and even a general store.
The waters surrounding St. Thomas are teeming with fish, corals, sponges and amazing sea life. You almost can’t go wrong, but we recommend Coki Beach and Sapphire as the two best places to snorkel on St. Thomas.