Many dive sites on Saint John are shared with its close neighbor Saint Thomas. However, there are some sites that are specific to the island.
During calm seas, Eagle Shoals is an unforgettable spot. There is a spellbinding cave known as the Cathedral, where bright sponges encrust the walls. You will see bizarre cavern dwelling species of many variations.
For a one of a kind experience, check out Tektite, the site of a truly novel experiment. In 1959, four aquanauts were placed inside a sealed chamber for two months so that NASA could record the results of their physical and psychological changes. Fascinating!
Do some unreal dives at the Virgin Islands National Park, which is a highly protected area. There are special regulations that apply, so do some homework before heading out, and be sure not to disturb the natural wonders within.
Plenty of turtles and sting rays hang out in shallower water, giving you plenty to see while snorkeling or on a shore dive. You may even see a passing whale or pod of dolphins, if your timing is just right.
On the reef, watch out for lionfish, an intruder from the Indo Pacific. Highly poisonous, you can look, but don’t touch!
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An idyllic Caribbean Isle, Saint John is blossoming with life. The smallest of the main Virgin Islands, only about 4,000 people live on the island, sharing its 20 square mile (50 square kilometer) area.
The island has been inhabited for hundreds of years. First, by the Arawak Indians, then by colonists. Plantations began popping up all over the islands, and ships came carting slaves from Africa. Slavery was abolished in 1848, though at one time slaves outnumbered settlers by a ratio of 5:1.
The United States bought the Virgin Islands in 1917 with the initial plan to put a naval base on St. John. Tourism won out, and people began pouring into the islands, still fueling the economy to this day.
After stretching out for countless hours on the pristine beach, go for a lovely hike on the Reef Bay Trail. You will go through the jungles, spotting waterfalls and colorful birdlife. Go to the Annaberg Sugar Plantation for a sobering history lesson. Now in ruins, it’s almost hard to imagine the strife that went on in this beautiful place.
The Virgin Islands National Park is incredible, with hiking trails and virgin beaches. Protected for future generations, you’re certain to fall in love.
Fly to Saint Thomas, then ferry on over to Saint John. Once on the island, taking taxis is the easiest way to get around.