Best Leinster Bay Snorkeling

The 9th most popular snorkel dive spot in St John.

  St John


  July 20, 2016

On the northshore of St Johns, the snorkeling in Leinster Bay is known for its uncrowded waters, marine life and generally calm surf. While snorkeling at Leinster Bay, you can expect to see barracuda, turtles, spotted eagle rays and nurse sharks.

The popular Waterlemon Cay is in Leinster Bay and should only be attempted by advanced snorkelers.

To reach the Leinster Bay snorkeling from Cruz Bay, head northeast on North Shore Road (Route 20) past Maho Bay. Leinster Bay is on the grounds of the ruins of the Annaberg Sugar Mill and plantation. Park on Bay View Lane in the plantations parking lot across from the water. You can continue walking down the dirt road about 900 yards to access some of the better snorkeling dives along the rocky shoreline of Leinster Bay. If you are heading to Waterlemon Cay, at the end of the dirt road follow the Leinster Bay Trail for a closer approach to Waterlemon Cay offshore.

To reach the snorkeling on St John by air, you will need to first fly into the island of St Thomas using Cyril E. King Airport (STT). Then, you will need to take a taxi to one of the two docks with ferries heading over to St John.

Note: When snorkeling off St Johns USVI, be aware of potentially dangerous marine life including lionfish and sea urchins. Also, the coral reefs are in distress so be careful not to walk on or touch the coral.

Overall, Leinster Bay is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 16 snorkeling dives in St John.

Local Contacts:  Virgin Islands National Park (340) 776-6201; USVI Tourism (800) 372-USVI

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Cinnamon Bay Campground

Luxury Loding:  Caneel Bay Resort (340) 776-6111

Breakfast Restaurant:  Joes Diner, Cruz Bay; Tree Lizard, Cinnamon Bay

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  18.363446, -64.731102

Date Published:  12/24/2011

Date Updated:  7/20/2016

ID:  22925

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