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Waterlemon Cay / Leinster Bay

Snorkeling Waterlemon Cay in St John US Virgin Islands


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Waterlemon Cay / Leinster Bay is the #1 top snorkeling spot on St John; and for good reason. With a gentle hike and stunning cay, a mix of seagrasses and coral, sand and cobblestones – this destination delivers enough adventure for all ages, experience levels and abilities.

Getting there:
From Cruz Bay – head west ( left as you face St John) up the hill on Rte 20 ( North Shore Road). You’ll follow the twisting road for about 5 mi – passing Caneel Bay Resort, Hawksnest, Jumbie, Trunk, Cinnamon and Maho Bay beach. After Maho the road turns to a single lane. Follow it until you come to a “Y” intersection. Bear right – signs for Annaberg and Leinster/Waterlemon Cay. There is a parking area about 500 yrds down on your right. The trail starts at the end of the road nearest the shoreline. The hike is flat and approx. .5mi / each way.


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Waterlemon Cay / Leinster Bay
One of the top choices for snorkeling when visiting St John – is also the #1 “St John attraction” on Tripadvisor! The water is clear, corals are abundant, fish and sea life abound. Access to the water is fairly easy via a sandy beach or a cobble stone area adjacent to Waterlemon Cay.

Snorkeling is the reason most visitors come to Waterlemon. Each year thousands of people make the snorkeling pilgrimage. Waterlemon Cay is one of the best snorkeling  spots to see schools of fish, rays, turtles, star fish, conch and beautiful hard and soft coral reef formations.Snorkeling Haulover St John

Warning informationCAUTION! – Depending on the weather, tides and moon phase – there can be a strong current on the western edge of the Cay. Use common sense and never exceed your abilities and always snorkel with someone.