In the interest of clarity and to give a more accurate overall perspective of what a visitor to Water Island might expect I must respond to a recent post. I am happy the Mud_Shark had such a great day on Water Island and speaks of it in such glowing terms however he did NOT experience a typical day.
Water Island’s Honeymoon Beach is a small beach that is heavily visited by excursion boats. Many days the excursions start arriving around 9am and continue until near sunset bringing hundreds of visitors. This is especially true during high season and when the larger cruise ships are docked in Crown Bay. If a visitor is not on an excursion, the island is accessed via ferry as Mud_Shark described. This ferry is not what most visitors are expecting – it is a small boat carrying only about 25 passengers. On many runs transportation demand exceeds capacity which causes wait times of up to an hour while ferry makes subsequent runs. In the morning coming over to Water Island this is usually only an annoying inconvenience – in the afternoon as everyone is trying to return to the ship at a specific time it can be a real problem unless one has planned for this contingency. Travel, even short distances, in the islands can take much longer than expected.
With regards to the second beach identified as Limestone Beach – it is as Mud_Shark said, not a sandy beach. It is actually the windward rocky shoreline of the island with no designated swim area. It is accessible via a rough uneven trail and is it not recommended for swimming. There are no lifeguards anyplace on the island and the safety of visitors is of great concern to residents especially in the more remote areas.
These observations are not offered to discourage anyone but to provide some factual information. Trip reports tend to idealize the experience and not consider the practicalities and potential for everything not going according to “plan”. Hope this response helps someone!