Northeast of Cruz Bay on the northshore of St Johns USVI, the snorkeling in Cinnamon Bay is popular for the patch reef and boulders with coral and sponges. While Cinnamon Bay can be very crowded with snorkelers, the quality of marine life has dropped in recent years due to a series of storms. Also, Cinnamon Bay is known to be the windiest spot on the northshore, so make sure to head out very early.
In the bay, a popular snorkeling attraction is Cinnamon Bay Cay. The eastern side of Cinnamon Bay Cay is known for its crustaceans. The north and northwest side of the cay has deeper waters with coral heads and sea fans.
For some of the best snorkeling at Cinnamon Bay, try renting a sea kayak and head out to either Mary Point or Whistling Cay.
To reach the Cinnamon Bay snorkeling from Cruz Bay, head east along North Shore Road (Route 20) to Cinnamon Bay.
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, Cinnamon Bay is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in St John.