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Snorkeling the seagrass beds between the beach and the swim buoys at Big Maho has become one of my favorite snorkels, especially if you want to see turtles. Keep in mind that this will not be like snorkeling over a coral reef where there is almost guaranteed to be constant activity. You’ll need a little patience. I snorkeled there with friends last week who wanted to see turtles and they were disappointed. In addition to the tarpon and green turtle you see in the video, we observed southern stingrays, conch, starfish and a remora swimming back and forth along the hull of a moored catamaran.

St. John Events

Skinny Legs hosts the Commodore Cup

Fund Raiser for KATS (Kids at Sea)
Skippers Meeting 6:30
Two Days of sailing (Saturday and Sunday)

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
340-776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
Locals on the 8s
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
340-777-3316

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce – Drumming
6:30 -8:30
340-776-6330

High Tide
Mikey P
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
340-776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

‘Best J’ouvert In Years,’ Community Says
By James Gardner — May 2, 2014

From the time the steel pan tramp started at 4 a.m. until the bands started winding down at 10 a.m., all anyone could talk about was how great this year’s J’ouvert celebrations were.

Facebook posts from residents all across the community began coming in early, as steel pan and other groups began moving up Veterans Drive before the sun even peeked over the hills. DJ Avalanche hit the ground around 4 a.m. with one of the bigger J’ouvert troupes, Carnival Kaleidoscope, while the bigger bands – Cool Session, Triple K, Volume and Poizon – began making their way up the route around 6.

As usual, this year’s festivities brought out residents of all ages, decked out in their finest – or skimpiest – attire. J’ouvert is one of the only celebrations in the territory where anyone can wear anything and get away with it, and this year was no exception: from young men wearing sparkling gold shorts to older women gyrating down the street in wigs, fishnet stockings and crop tops, there was no shortage of eye-popping costumes…. Read more

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR

…ROUGH SURF CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY AND SATURDAY…

MODERATE NORTH NORTHEAST SWELLS WILL AFFECT THE ATLANTIC COASTLINE OF PUERTO RICO…CULEBRA AND THE NORTHERN VIRGIN ISLANDS THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY RESULTING IN SIGNIFICANT BREAKING WAVE ACTION AND RIP CURRENTS.

…HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM AST SATURDAY…

* WAVES AND SURF: 5 TO 6 FEET IN NORTH NORTHEAST SWELLS WITH BREAKING WAVES OF 9 TO 12 FEET.

* TIMING: LATER TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS: ROUGH SURF CONDITIONS WITH SCATTERED RIP CURRENTS AND

MODERATE TO LARGE WAVES IN THE SURF ZONE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN

THE ADVISORY AREA…PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SANJUAN

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Tarpon

Tarpon

Atlantic Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus
These big silvery fish with what look like stainless steel scales and an overbite are generally five to eight feet long and weigh between 80 and 150 pounds. They are found throughout the Caribbean, the Bahamas and the Atlantic coat of the United States south of Virginia and can survive in estuaries, lagoons and rivers as well as in the ocean.

Although their bony meat leaves them undesirable as a food fish, their renowned fighting spirit makes them a favorite of sport fishermen.

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Whistling Cay, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)

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St. John Snorkeling: Whistling Cay Map

Whistling Cay Snorkel Map

The Whistling Cay Snorkel, especially around the rocks and underwater canyons on the western tip of the island is one of the best snorkels in St. John waters. The proximity to open waters, and the flow of water through the Fungi Passage and the Narrows attracts fish of many shapes, color and sizes. The underwater boulders, rock formations, canyons, steep grooves, arches and walls, covered with spectacularly colored corals, sponges and tunicates are fascinating to explore. My friend, Dan Silber, who came along on this snorkel along with his girlfriend Maddy, described the area as an underwater garden, I like to borrow from the Beatles and describe it as an octopus’s garden.

More about Whistling Cay:

SeeStJohn.com entry: Snorkeling Whistling Cay

Blog entry about the “Customs House” on Whistling Cay

Whistling Cay

Google Maps satellite view of snorkeling area

Tarpon

Tarpon

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Bar Jacksat Whistling Cay

Bar Jacks

Tarpon at "cleaning station"

Tarpon being cleaned by a Goby

Colorful Coral, Sponge and Tunicate covered walls

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The Caves, Norman Island, British Virgin islands

Banded Coral Shrimp

Caves Norman Island

Wall at the Caves

orange cup coral

Orange Cup Coral

yellowline arrow crab

Yellowline Arrow Crab

fire coral

Fire Coral

The Indians

The Indians

Mario

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Barracuda and Sergeant Major

Black Durgon

Tarpon

Yellowtail Snapper

Cup Coral

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