The first thing people will tell you about St. John in the US Virgin Islands is how you have to go snorkeling at Trunk Bay. And so, I did. I’m going to give you the low down on what I thought but first, here’s what you should know about it:
- The majority of the island of St. John is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, which means it’s highly protected and kept in pristine condition.
- This means that a trip to Trunk Bay isn’t entirely unlike visiting the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone (a lot of rules and regulations, park fees, and swarms of tourists).
- The National Coral Monument is the big draw (besides the pristine beach) and it’s what you’ll be snorkeling around.
- Trunk Bay actually has an underwater snorkeling trail that guides you along in the beginning and the underwater plaques contain info on the various species of fish and coral you’ll see as well as the local ecosystem.
- Trunk Bay has great facilities including restrooms, showers, a snack bar, and a gift shop where you can rent snorkel gear.
So now that you know all of that, here’s how my day went:
We saved Trunk Bay for the last day of our trip hoping for sunny weather and as soon as we saved few rays we high tailed it over there. We stopped at the famous overlook to take some pics first because, really, who can resist that view?