If you want to visit the number one snorkeling destination in St. John, an area that is teeming with tropical fish and beautiful corals, then look no further than Waterlemon Cay! Waterlemon Cay is a tiny island off the north shore of St. John and offers a healthy reef to explore.
The Hike to Waterlemon Cay
Once on the island of St. John, you will need to venture to the eastern side of Leinster Bay, which is located on the north shore of St. John. You will see a road leading to Annaberg, and here there will be a trail leading to Waterlemon Cay. The ¾-mile hike to Waterlemon Beach will take you about 20 minutes and is scenic and flat. The short hike is definitely worth it to see everything that Waterlemon Cay snorkeling has to offer!
Snorkeling Waterlemon Cay
Once you are at Waterlemon Beach, you can enter the water anywhere. The bottom is generally sandy, but those with sensitive feet may want to consider footwear. Right in front of the beach are sea grass beds where you can see turtles, Cushion Sea Stars and maybe even some rays. If you look to the right, there is rocky point. If you swim over here, you can see sponges and fish like Angelfish, Filefish, Cowfish, Blenny and Needlefish. From this rocky point, if you have the energy, you can swim toward the actual island. During your swim, you might even catch glimpses of Peacock Flounders flittering about. The outside of this island has plenty of marine life throughout the reef. Visibility is generally good for Waterlemon Cay snorkeling and you can see schools of Blue Tangs, Parrotfish and Wrasse throughout the reef.
Best Time to Visit for Waterlemon Cay Snorkeling
When planning your trip to Waterlemon Cay in St. John, consider traveling between April and June. Temperatures will be milder and there will be very little rainfall during this time. It also allows you to avoid the busy winter season where flights and accommodations will be more costly. You will enjoy warm temperatures averaging in the high 20s (mid 80s) when visiting Waterlemon Cay, so make sure to pack those beach clothes!
Waterlemon Cay snorkeling is the best that St. John has to offer. It is well worth the short hike to swim among Green Sea Turtles, rays and starfish.