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Trunk Bay

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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The good news: this world-class stretch of white sand and turquoise water is St. John's most photographed beach, which features a marked underwater trail for beginning snorkelers. The bad news: because of its popularity, it can get very crowded with cruise ship passengers and members of sightseeing tours.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“snorkel trail” (153 reviews)
“snack bar” (206 reviews)
“beautiful beach” (453 reviews)
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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Reviewed yesterday

The white sand and gentle sloping makes this beach an ideal location for families. The marked underwater trail is good but the best snorkeling is closer to the island. Parking lot fills up early. Parking spots start to open back up around 2:00 or so....More

Thank Steveh3Texas
Reviewed yesterday

Came to St John's via St Thomas from a cruise ship. Ferry to St John's was great. We used the cruise ship offering which left directly from the cruise dock instead of having to taxi over to Red Hook to catch the main ferry. Trunk...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Simply beautiful! We snorkeled the coral reef trail and then some. While following a huge school of minnows I came across two large tarpons. Nice facilities onsite as it is ran by the Federal Park system. This is a must visit beach.

Thank jburf74
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is it; the perfect beach you see in movies, magazines, and postcards. Everything about the natural surroundings is what you want. The beach is soft white sand and the water is a million shades of clear blue. We just rented a couple beach chairs,...More

Thank Claudine F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The best time to go to Trunk Bay is at 7:30 in the morning because you miss the crowds that pour in around 9:30-10. (Hours of operation are 7:30-4:30. $5/adult). We didn't have to pay anything because we were there so early. We were the...More

Thank Texas154
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are new to snorkeling, this is the best place to start. If you've snorkeled before, this is a great new place to check out. We had been here before and knew it was the best place to get the kids used to snorkeling....More

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I am pretty sure the lack of parking is meant to encourage use of the local taxis but it was definitely the only negative to an otherwise brilliant day on a beautiful beach.

Thank Pong15E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I had a great time here! The beach is beautiful and the water is clear. We arrived at 3:00 pm, they close at 4:30 on a Sunday. We couldn't rent any snorkel gear or chairs, because the woman was renting out anymore....More

Thank Teshas2002
Reviewed 4 days ago

Love this beach! Best beach for beginning snorkelers. Water is always perfect. Snack bar, drink bar and bathrooms

Thank Z3982EFjamesg
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You have seen it in 1000 pictures, it is just as good in real life. The snorkeling is decent, great place to get started before your boat trip to the good spots (I recommend on Lion In Da Sun with Captain Rick).

Thank Tony G
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hello I will be on Charlotte Dock on April 4, we are 5 people and want to go to Trunk bay, how much is the ferry? round trip and is there any cost for entry to the beach? is the ferry going direct to trunk bay or we have to pay a cab over there? do you think trunk bay is better than coki point or Lindquist beach in St-thomas??? Thanks for answers!
24 March 2017|
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Response from Jeremy J | Reviewed this property |
hello. the ferry to St. John from St. Thomas is $14/person roundtrip. Once you arrive on St. John there are plenty of taxis. The taxi to Trunk Bay will be $7/person. Trunk Bay is part of Virgin Islands National Park, thus... More
Rick - Did you come in on a cruise ship? Do you mind sharing the name of the company you used for this excursion? We are coming into Charlotte Amalie on a cruise and we are interested in getting to Trunk Bay / St John to snorkel. I know we can navigate ourselves there via taxi and water ferry but would be interested in a guided excursion if it's not crazy expensive.
19 March 2017|
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Response from Shannon W | Reviewed this property |
We always fly in because there is so much to see! You can take a cab to the ferry and then another cab to Trunk Bay. The cab drivers will stop a few times along the way to allow you take some pictures. Trunk Bay has an... More
Snorkeling in Hawaii? Where's the best place? Thanks.
5 March 2017|
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Response from find-a-fish | Reviewed this property |
First, you need to narrow down which island you wish to visit. However, if snorkelling is a major priority, you've likely narrowed it down to Maui, Oahu or The Big Island. Maui is awesome, but your best bet is the Big... More