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 looking forward to exploring 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 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 place 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 a few details concerning 3 of the best locations 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 Services

If you're looking for a business offering snorkeling gear, 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.

A second company catering to snorkelers is St. Thomas Diving Club. Their snorkeling excursions take place each afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and head out to Buck Island.

The table right below provides you with information concerning 3 places that provide snorkeling services.

Snorkeling Services Near Water Island
Name Type Phone Location
Independent Sea Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (340) 344-6397 1.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas Diving Club Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (340) 776-2381 2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas Scuba Snorkel Adventures Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (340) 474-9332 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie

To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this detailed guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

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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