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Hi, where the snorkeling will be the best: St. Thomas, St. Martin, or in Bahamas?

We would like to snorkel in one of this three stops, but not sure where.

Can you please recommend? Also, if you know good operators, and know their website/contact info, can you please share it?

 

Same question about SCUBA for newbies (we never experienced that, and thinking to try it, if it will not be to scary).

 

Thank you all for your replies.

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St Martin is generally not known for great snorkeling. I would have to say that the easiest snorkeling is in St Thomas, either at Coki Beach or Sapphire Beach. At both of these places you can snorkel straight from the beach. At Coki Beach you can snorkel in knee deep water and see tons of fish. Here are photos of both Coki Beach and Sapphire Beach. After fighting rough water in Aruba and Curacao my husband said he just wanted to snorkel in St Thomas from now on where it's so easy and you see more fish. You can easily catch a cab or tram to go to both beaches for the day.

 

http://familytravelfun.com/cokibeachphoto.html

http://familytravelfun.com/sapphirebeachphoto.html

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Just was wondering, is the tram just at the end of the pier when you dock to take to Coco Beach and if so is there a cost? How often does it run? Tks for any info as never been to St Thomas before and would like to get in some snorkelling.

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Hi, where the snorkeling will be the best: St. Thomas, St. Martin, or in Bahamas?

We would like to snorkel in one of this three stops, but not sure where.

Can you please recommend? Also, if you know good operators, and know their website/contact info, can you please share it?

 

Same question about SCUBA for newbies (we never experienced that, and thinking to try it, if it will not be to scary).

 

Thank you all for your replies.

 

We did Discover Scuba with the Coki Beach Dive Shop and it was great!!!

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We're reasonably experienced (not expert) snorkelers and these are our experiences with those destinations:

 

St. Thomas/St. John: Very good snorkeling and several options, depending on what else you want to do. Also good because if the water is rough on one side, it might/can be calmer on the other. St. John is a lovely island; Trunk Bay was fine, but Cinnamon and some others seem to be really good choices; the ferry ride from Charlotte Amalie to Cruz Bay is beautiful and practically counts as a coastline tour, but is not for the "faint of stomach."

 

St. Martin: No snorkeling for us. This is what we've heard from others and travel sources: There can be okay snorkeling at the Club Orient end of Orient Beach; some people like Pinel; Dawn Beach sometimes has okay snorkeling, and there are a couple of boat excursions that go to spots with decent snorkeling. We prefer St. Martin as a beach day for lounging, swimming, strolling, etc.

 

Bahamas: Nassau is our only Bahamas experience. We did an excursion that went out quite a ways. The water was very choppy and surgy that day, but the water was crystal clear and there were many fish, etc. However, we wouldn't do that one again because it was just flat exhausting to be out in the water for more than a short time. Of course, the water conditions are probably not always that rough.

 

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Snorkeling at St. John can be great. Best snorkeling seemed to be Waterlemon Cay. Trunk Bay can be good but really depends upon when you go (our recent experience was better than when we went 2 years ago) We rented a dinghy through Noah's Ark and drove it out to Waterlemon Cay. GREAT snorkeling. Would strongly recommend.

 

On St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach and Secret Harbour are nice spots. Plenty of fish. Have a great time. We miss it already and it's been just a few days!

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