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 see below the water's surface you might enjoy Hull Bay. Within this enclosed bay is a healthy reef teeming with bright and even friendly fish. This snorkeling site is located in Hull Bay, North of Water Island.

Magens Bay is another snorkeling spot 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 location 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.

Some basic information concerning 3 of the most popular places to go snorkeling in this area are listed directly below.

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 Services

If you looking for someone that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to contact Independent Sea Tours. Though they mainly focus on sailing and fishing tours, this guide also has a few tours that include snorkeling as a bonus. They are situated in Morningstar Bay, East of Water Island.

Another company catering to snorkelers is St. Thomas Scuba Snorkel Adventures Snorkeling. St. Thomas has one of the biggest varieties of snorkeling locations in all of the Virgin Islands, and St. Thomas Scuba and Snorkeling Adventures (STSSA) is here to give you the chance to experience it all. Perfect for friends and families, the waters around St. Thomas are full of fascinating creatures and places ready for your exploration.

Some details regarding two companies that provide snorkeling services can be seen in the chart below.

Snorkeling Services Near Water Island
Name Phone Location
Independent Sea Tours (340) 344-6397 1.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas Scuba Snorkel Adventures Snorkeling (340) 474-9332 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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