Snorkeling Around Water Island

Water Island's almost unknown status bodes well for snorkelers who want to experience an underwater world that has been unspoiled by human hands.  Indeed, pristine sites and almost perfect conditions are what you'll have access to when you plan a day of snorkeling here.

The best way to make this happen is to take the ferry from the Crown Bay Marina.  The trip takes about 10 minutes, and then you'll be able to hit the beach, put on your mask, snorkel, and fins, and begin exploring.  You can choose any beach on the island and find success thanks to crystal clear waters that are also quite warm year-round, shallow reefs and rocks, tide pools here and there, and calm conditions.

Bring your own kit if you don't want to wait a second longer than necessary to begin your underwater adventure, but if you don't have one you'll find a small number of stores on the island that rent them out for about $10(USD) a day.  If you're renting a villa, you might find the gear stored for your use in a closet.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to explore what's down below you might want to visit Hull Bay. Within this enclosed bay is a healthy reef teeming with bright and even friendly fish. This snorkeling site is located within Hull Bay, North of Water Island.

Magens Bay is another place you might enjoy. Snorkeling is not so great within the fishing zone, but if you are a strong swimmer you can head out to deeper waters and encounter a bit of coral, fish, and squid.

A third site to consider is Bolongo Bay. Due to the variation in visibility, snorkeling here can be good one day but not so good the next. Be on the look out for interesting rock formations.

The following chart provides you with more details regarding 3 of the best places where you can experience snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Water Island
Site Location
Magens Bay 1.5 mi. North of Central Charlotte Amalie
Bolongo Bay 2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie
Hull Bay 2.7 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to contact Tribal VI Day Sails. Offering endless activities and custom packages, sailing aboard the 40' trimaran "Tribal VI" is an experience you'll never forget!

View this table for information concerning the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Water Island
Name Type Phone Location Island
Tribal VI Day Sails Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (340) 998-5106 2.5 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Water Island

To learn more about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive Caribbean snorkeling page.

Almost nothing can compare to a day of snorkeling in the waters that surround Water Island, so make sure to make this sport at the top of your vacation “To Do” list.


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