St. John Beaches: Kiddel Bay

St. John Beaches:kiddel bay
Kiddel Bay

Kiddel Bay
Looking for a real “Off the Beaten Track” beach and great snorkeling?

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.

Snorkeling
If you snorkel out to on the western shore of Kiddel Bay, you will come to a reef, which extends out off the point. A series of rocks rises above the waterline. Below the surface you’ll find deep depressions, grooves, arches and tunnels full of colorful corals and sponges as well as a vast array of tropical reef fish and sea creatures. The arches and tunnels are about 10 – 15 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.

St. John Music Schedule Sunday 11/18

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Concordia
Bo
Sunday Brunch 10:00 am

Cruz Bay Prime
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Live Music
3:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Samba Combo
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
693-5254

Ocean Grill
David Laab
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
T-Bird
7:00 – 10:00

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club
7:00 – 10:00

Sun Dog Cafe
David Laab
11:00 am- 2:00 pm
244-9713

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Cool Views on St. John: Nanny Point

St. John Trails: Nanny Point
Tide Pool at Nanny Point

Nanny Point St John S Virgin Islands (USVI)Nanny Point offers outstanding views of Coral Bay and  the British Virgin Islands. This 2.2-acre parcel of land was donated to the Virgin Islands National Park Service by Stanley Selengut, owner of Maho Bay Camps and Concordia.

You can enjoy the view from strategically placed benches, easily accessible on a paved road or wander down to the point where a trail goes all the way to Drunk Bay.


St. John Live Music Schedule Friday 11/16

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Michael Beason
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00

Driftwood Dave’s
John W Lee
7:00 – 10:00
777-4015

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:00
776 6378

Island Blues
Slammin
776 6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:00
776-1100

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Base Hill: Another Cool St. John Overlook

St. John USVI Trails: Base Hill
Base Hill Overlook

You can reach Base Hill (pronounced “boss hill”) via a spur on the Johnny Horn Trail. See Trail Bandit Map. Download the 8.2 MB file “2010 St. John Hiking Map.

St John Live Music Schedule Thursday 11/15

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Treehouse
7:00 – 10:00
777-4220

Castaways
James
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Inner Visions
9:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00
693-5354

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

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St. John Off The Beaten Track Overlook

St John Trails: Brown Bay Spur
View From More Hill
Following the ridge

There are some really spectacular views to be had from the many overlooks we have here on St. John. Some are easy to get to, like the popular Trunk Bay Overlook. Some aren’t so easy, but getting there is half the fun. If you want to personally experience the above overlook from More Hill, you can, but as I already said, “it ain’t easy”.

I haven’t been out there since April of 2010 and I imagine the trail hasn’t gotten any better, unless there are some determined hikers out there that have continued to improve the trail. If you want to find it, better bring a GPS and some clippers and be prepared for some catch ‘n’ keep along the way. The trail is marked as the red outlined number 23 on the Trail Bandit Map, which can be downloaded free or purchased by going to the Trail Bandit’s website

Click here for more information about this “St. John Off The Beaten Track” trail

St. John Live Music Schedule – Wednesday 11/14

Aqua Bistro
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 8:00
776-5336

Castaways
Flip Flop Rock
8:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
Rich Greengold
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

Cruz Bay Prime
Sambacombo
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Mikey P
8:00 – 11:00
714-6169

Sun Dog Cafe
Wednesday Night Jam
Lauren & Mark Wallce
7:30-10:30
244-9713

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St. John Morning

St. John yellow sky
Sunrise over Chocolate Hole

Early this morning, just before the arrival of a gentle rain squall, the eastern sky had a definite yellow tint instead of the characteristic early morning red.

St John Live Music Schedule – Tuesday 11/13

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Erin Harts
6:00 – 9:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Karaoke & Open Mic
8:00 – 11:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Greg Kinslow
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Morgan’s Mango
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Live Music
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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St. John News

Coral Reefs Release Chemical Signal To Fish Bodyguards When They Are Under Attack By Toxic Seaweed

When under attack by toxic seaweed corals release a chemical signal to call their fish ‘bodyguards’ which then quickly attack the seaweed, according to new research. The alga in question quickly leads to the death of the coral if not removed.

 

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered that these “mutualistic” fish respond to the chemical signals that the coral releases in just a few minutes, comparing it to a 911 call. The fish that respond are gobies, they spend almost their entire lives in the shelter of only specific corals. Apparently receiving protection from their predators via the architecture of the coral and in turn working to keep the corals healthy…

St. John’s Hart Bay unsafe for swimming

Virgin Islands Daily News
Published: November 10, 2012

Hart Bay, located near Chocolate Hole on St. John, is unsafe for swimming and fishing, the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources said in a statement issued Friday.

The department releases weekly reports on 43 of the territory’s most popular beaches through its Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program. All other beaches on the DPNR list tested safe for swimming and fishing, according to the statement.

For more information, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082.

St John Live Music Schedule Monday 11/12

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Trivia Night
8:00
777-3316

Concordia
Ben Marr – Open Mic
3:30 – 5:30

High Tide
Erin Hart
8:00 – 11:00
714-6169

La Tapa
Samba Combo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Maho Bay Camp
Bo & Lauren
8:00

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

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A St. John Day at the Beach: Caneel Bay

Caneel Bay Resort
Caneel Bay Terrace

Caneel Bay St. John US Virgin IslandsThe Caneel Bay Resort is a cool option if you would like to combine a day at the beach with an upscale lunch or enjoy a cocktail or two in a comfortable setting. Visitors to Caneel Bay are welcome to enjoy the main beach, but are asked to leave the lounge chairs and other hotel facilities for Caneel Bay guests. In addition, visitors will have access to the gift shop, the public restrooms, can hike the Caneel Bay trails and stroll through the restored ruins of plantation times. Visitors can also take advantage of VI Ecotours the new Beach Hut on Honeymoon Bay where they can rent beach chairs, snorkel equipment and standup paddleboards.

Caneel Bay estate ruinsNote: There is a $20.00 parking fee for vehicles entering Caneel Bay, which can be used towards purchases at the Caneel Bay restaurants or at the gift shop.

St. John Live Music Schedule – Sunday 11/11

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Treehouse
7:00 – 10:00
777-4220

Concordia
Bo
Sunday Brunch 10:00 am

Cruz Bay Prime
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Live Music
3:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Samba Combo
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
693-5254

Ocean Grill
David Laab
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
T-Bird
7:00 – 10:00

Shipwreck Landing
Live Music
7:00 – 10:00

Sun Dog Cafe
David Laab
11:00 am- 2:00 pm
244-9713

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St. John Snorkels: Seagrass Creatures

Snorkeling the St. John Seagrass

Although most snorkelers head immediately out to the reef, there’s really a lot of cool stuff to be seen right off the beach in a sand and seagrass environment.

St John seagrass snorkel: conch
Conch

St. John Seagrass Snorkel: Sea Cucumber
Sea Cucumber

St. John Seagrass Snorkel: Sting Ray
Southern Sting Ray

St. John Snorkel: Trunk Fish
Trunkfish

St John Seagrass Snorkel: Starfish
Starfish

St. John Seagrass Snorkel: Sea Turtle
Green Turtle

St. John News

St. John’s own, Mimi Roller, finished in second place at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association’s Singlehanded National Championship Regatta in Long Beach, Calif.

ST. THOMAS – Mimi Roller’s busy schedule is paying off.

The St. John native and 2012 Virgin Islands Olympian has been sailing in regattas every weekend this year and the routine has led to yet another major accomplishment for the college senior. Read more from the Virgin Islands Daily News

Photos by Ed Gibney

Ed Gibney’s Islands and Cays Photos are always a treat. They certainly are unique as I don’t know anyone else who has landed on these islands, explored and photographed them.
See Ed’s Awesome Photos

Cool St. John Photos from Florida Photographer

See Tropical Trippical and In the Wild, by Tripp Vetrone

St. John Live Music Schedule – Saturday 11/10

Castaways
Mikey P at 9:00
Dance Party at 11:00
777-3316

Cruz Bay Prime
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

 Morgan’s Mango
Luba
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30
693-3304

Rhumblines
Lauren
7:00 – 10:00

 Skinnylegs
Treehouse
6:00 – 9:30
779-4982

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