St. John USVI Beaches: Kiddel BayExcerpted from St. John Off The Beaten Track ©2006 Gerald Singer
Looking for a real “Off the Beaten Track" Beach?
Frustrated when trying to find parking at a North Shore National Park beach?
Are the waves breaking on the north making for difficult swimming or snorkeling?
If you don’t mind sacrificing a sand beach for a cobblestone and coral rubble beach, an ideal alternative might be Kiddel Bay on the South Shore located just west of salt Pond Bay.
Note: I've often seen the bay spelled, "Kiddle Bay" but I'm quite sure the correct spelling is "Kiddel."
Park under the two huge tamarind trees and its just steps to the beach.
There are no facilities, but you can string up a hammock, bring a picnic and enjoy the fine snorkeling in the bay.
The Salt Pond
This area is extremely interesting. There are deep depressions, grooves and arches and tunnels full of colorful corals, and sponges where you will invariably see a vast array of tropical reef fishes. The arches and tunnels are about 15 – 20 feet deep and are usually full of small fish. It’s a great challenge for free divers who can swim through one or a series of tunnels depending on their skill. For less skilled snorkelers the rock lined coasts on both sides of the bay still offer plenty to see and to enjoy.
Another cool snorkel option is to continue the snorkel from Kiddel Bay to Grootpan Bay. Starting from Kiddel Bay, snorkel around the point, proceeding west along the rocky coastline to Grootpan Bay. Bring waterproof footwear with you and you can enjoy a nice walk back to Kiddel.