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13 Top Snorkeling Locations: St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island and Nearby Cays in the US Virgin Islands

A green sea turtle swimming on the surface while a snorkeler safely observes

Embarking on a snorkeling adventure is a gateway to the mesmerizing underwater world. Our breathtaking, turquoise waters offer high visibility for easy exploration of vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of marine life.
We have put together some of our favorite snorkeling destinations (not in any particular order!) that are accessible by land and sea from St. Thomas and St. John. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, these Caribbean gems are a paradise for snorkelers and will leave you in awe of the incredible beauty that the USVI has to offer. All Seas the Day Charters USVI boats are conveniently stocked with snorkeling gear for each of our guests to use.

Lovango Cay, USVI

Only accessible by boat, snorkelers can escape to the unspoiled oasis of Lovango Cay, a small island located nearby to St. Thomas and St. John. Snorkelers will be captivated by the pristine coral gardens, an abundance of colorful reef fish and the chance to encounter majestic eagle rays and other awe-inspiring marine creatures.

Maho Bay, St. John USVI

Maho Bay is a haven for snorkelers to dive into the warm Caribbean waters and seek out gentle, green sea turtles of all sizes. As always, just remember to look and not touch! Snorkelers of all experience levels will enjoy their opportunity to swim alongside these beautiful creatures that have made this calm bay their home.

Trunk Bay, St. John USVI

By boat or land, you’ll step into paradise when you arrive at Trunk Bay, one of the most famous beaches in the US Virgin Islands. When you dive into the crystal-clear waters, you’ll witness nature’s masterpiece. This iconic beach is a snorkeler’s dream and is renowned for its underwater snorkeling trail, complete with informative signs about the sea life you’ll encounter along the way.

Secret Harbour, St. Thomas USVI

Escape large groups and discover the tranquility of Secret Harbour on St. Thomas, USVI. At this hidden, idyllic cove the turquoise waters are calm. Your chances of encountering a school of tropical fish are high. Keep your eyes open for friendly stingrays and sea turtles as you explore this unique landscape below the water’s surface. 

Waterlemon Cay, St. John USVI

For those seeking seclusion and tranquility, Waterlemon Cay on St. John is a hidden gem. Accessible only by boat or a scenic hike, this snorkeling spot offers a chance to see pristine coral reefs, encounter playful sea turtles and marvel at the colors. If you hike in, don’t forget to check out the nearby ruins for added historical exploration.

Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas USVI

The picture-perfect Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas is a traveler’s delight with its pristine sands and inviting waters. Just beneath the surface lies a diverse marine ecosystem in a world waiting to be explored. Encounter incredible sea turtles, graceful rays and an array of colorful fish, all in the backdrop of breathtaking coral formations. 

Buck Island, USVI

A short boat ride from St. Thomas or St. John, Buck Island offers a unique snorkeling experience with its vibrant and untouched coral gardens. Swim alongside schools of tropical fish, explore above a sunken ship and try to catch a glimpse of a friendly sea turtle or two. Buck Island is a snorkeler’s playground.

Brewer’s Bay, St. Thomas USVI

Brewer’s Bay offers a serene snorkeling experience away from the crowds. Its pristine waters and thriving coral reefs provide an excellent opportunity to spot tropical fish, lobsters and even the elusive octopus. Also common to spot in the water at Brewer’s Bay are many green sea turtles.

Honeymoon Beach, Water Island USVI

Easy to visit on a semi-private or private Seas the Day USVI Charter lies the peaceful paradise of Water Island. Snorkelers can explore the wonders of Honeymoon Beach encountering a variety of marine life, including colorful parrotfish and an array of other tropical fish. It is very common to spot sea turtles all throughout the bay. 

Christmas Cove, Great St. James USVI

The enchanting Christmas Cove, known for the popular floating restaurant Pizza Pi, is also a snorkeling hotspot that’ll prove an unforgettable experience. This protected bay is home to an array of colorful coral formations, playful sea turtles and graceful stingrays. Even keep an eye out for playful dolphins that occasionally grace these waters.

Coki Point, St. Thomas USVI

Prepare for a snorkeling extravaganza in the waters of Coki Point, a popular destination for both locals and visitors. When you dive in, you’ll marvel at the kaleidoscope of coral reefs, tropical fish and even sea turtles that call this wonderland home. The snorkeling here is perfect for both beginners and experienced snorkelers due to its calm and clear waters.

Honeymoon Beach, St. John USVI

Yes, that’s right, another Honeymoon Beach! Indulge in a perfect blend of snorkeling and relaxation at Honeymoon Beach on St. John. Dive into the inviting waters and explore the colorful marine life then unwind on the soft sandy shore, taking in the breathtaking coastal scenery.

Salt Pond Bay, St. John USVI

Nature’s aquarium awaits at Salt Pond Bay on St. John. This bay is home to beautiful coral reefs teeming with colorful corals of various shapes and sizes. These reefs provide habitats for numerous fish and a variety of creatures including stingrays, lobsters, green sea turtles and you may even spot an occasional hawksbill sea turtle.

These are just a few of the many amazing snorkeling destinations in St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island and nearby Cays in the US Virgin Islands. Our favorite place is on the water, let Seas The Day Charters USVI get you there. 
When snorkeling, please remember to practice responsible snorkeling habits and marine conservation while enjoying each experience. Respect marine life and their habitats by avoiding touching or damaging the coral reefs, and never chase, touch or harass the animals you encounter.



June 2, 2023

  • Best Family Value
From $1495 $1295

Experience a full day of sailing, snorkeling and beach hopping on a private boat charter. This full-day private boat charter is ideal for up to 8 guests who will enjoy the comfort and amenities aboard a Gemini Legacy catamaran. For groups larger than 8 guests, please call.

Depart on this USVI boat charter from Red Hook, St. Thomas, Cruz Bay, St. John or Lovango Resort and Beach Club.

From $130

Embark on a 4-hour shared boat charter experience to Buck Island and Water Island USVI from St. Thomas! Snorkel and swim with turtles at Turtle Cove and explore coral reefs that are home to tropical fish such as snapper, hamlets, parrotfish, surgeonfish, squirrelfish and other sea life. Then enjoy the beautiful white sandy Honeymoon Beach at Water Island.

Depart on this St. Thomas boat charter from Havensight, St. Thomas—conveniently located near the cruise ship docks.

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From $1195

Enjoy a private luxury catamaran boat excursion and discover the beautiful, quiet beaches of St. Thomas. Snorkel with stunning coral reefs full of fish and turtles. This boat charter is the perfect way to spend a day on the water in St. Thomas! Private boat charter for up to 12 guests.

Depart on this St. Thomas boat charter from Havensight, St. Thomas—conveniently located near the cruise ship docks.