West of Christiansted on the northshore of St Croix USVI, the snorkeling at Cane Bay is known for its seven mile long coral wall just offshore. At Cane Bay, snorkelers will find a shallow reef about 15 yards out. For the most part, this reef consists of stand flats with some small coral formations. There is limited marine life, such as parrotfish, trunkfish and blue tangs. The Cane Bay is really known for its scuba diving, which has caused it to become known as a place for snorkeling.
Beginning snorkelers can use the dive shop boat ramp to access the reef and then turn right or left before the surf break. Only people experienced with snorkeling at Cane Bay should go beyond the surf break.
Expert snorkelers could swim out 300 feet to the edge of the Cane Bay coral wall in 40 feet of water where you will see elkhorn and brain coral. At this point, the wall drops from 40 feet down to 3,200 feet deep. Large deep water sea life can be scene at the wall.
Note: do not leave your belongings unattended on this beach to avoid theft. Talk to the on-site Cane Bay Dive Shop about holding your bag with valuables.
Here are some general notes about traveling around St Croix. First, if you plan to be snorkeling at multiple dive sites on St Croix, you will want to have a rental car so that you are not at the mercy of the St Croix Taxi Association. Those taxi costs, especially for multiple people, add up quickly. When renting a car, you will want to make your rental car reservation several months in advance to make sure there is actually one available when you arrive. Multiple reservations might not be a bad idea, but just make sure to cancel the extra reservation when you actually get your car. There several popular island-only rental car companies, too. Second, do not leave your valuables unattended anywhere due to theft on the island. The hotel safes are known not to be all that safe, either. Carry valuables with you or leave with someone you trust. Third, make sure to arrive on island with low expectations for the beach resorts, especially, the Carambola Beach Resort and the Chenay Bay Beach Resort. Check out the hotel review websites and make your own educated decision.
Overall, Cane Bay is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in St Croix.