Snorkeling on St. John?

Old Dec 22nd, 2001, 09:10 PM
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Snorkeling on St. John?

My husband and I will be on St. Thomas and St. John for vacation soon. We both love to snorkel and have heard a lot about Watermellon Cay on St. John. How would we get there? How is the walk to the beach? I have a bad ankle and can't walk down steep paths, etc. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
Old Dec 23rd, 2001, 08:53 AM
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Karen, Watermelon Cay is north shore near the ruins. There is a one lane dirt road off the paved road that will get you about half way to where you can start your snorkeling. There is only room for 3-4 cars to park on the dirt road, from there it is about a 20 min walk on level but rocky trail, then entrance is through a rocky shore line, but the effort is worth it . any other questions let me know.
Old Dec 23rd, 2001, 09:11 AM
Lee A/T
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Hi Karen, I'm not sure if I remember a Watermelon Cay, but if you are refering to Waterlemon Cay on the north shore in Leinster Bay, near Annaberg Sugarmill ruins, then it will be a difficult walk if you are hurt . Have you thought about a zodiac approach? Hope you have a great trip! Lee in Austin,Tejas
Old Dec 23rd, 2001, 11:05 AM
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Not that bad of a walk if you can't four wheel up to the place mentioned above, then it is about 3/4 of a mile but no real uphills. you can cut off about 1/4 mile if you can four wheel it there. It is Water(lemon) cay and it is beautiful. About the best place on the island to snorkel. You can rent a dinghy to get there for about $50 a half day to get there. Through Noahs little Arks. Havent; done it myself but have been told they are a gas
Old Dec 24th, 2001, 09:28 AM
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The path to Waterlemon Cay isn't steep, but it is a pretty long hike. The dirt road that the others are talking about appears to be closed off now (just returned last night from a week on St John). You have to park in a lot off the road, which makes the hike a bit longer.
Anyway, there's great snorkeling at many different beachs. Check out Haulover Bay. Very easily accessible (no hike at all) & usually very peaceful. We had the beach to ourselves several days!

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