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snorkeler trunk bay
Trunk Jumbie SnorkelStarting from the western end of Trunk Bay, we snorkeled over the reef between Trunk and Jumbie Bay and on to the Point between Jumbie and Denis. Although much of the coral was in poor condition, the snorkel had enough interesting highlights and colorful patches to make for an enjoyable alternative to the Trunk Bay Snorkel Trail on the eastern end of the beach.

Trunk Bay reef

Reef at west end of Trunk

brain coral

Brain Coral

porcupinefish

Porcupinefish

orange spiny sea rod

Orange Spiny Sea Rod

nurse shark

Nurse Shark

orange sponge

Orange Sponge

St. John Virgin Islands Events

SunFire-Friday

Saturday 5/24

Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim

Friends of the Virgin islands National Park Beach to Beach Power Swim

You’ve done it before and now is the time to get ready for the 11th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim. The Friends of VI National Park is pleased to announce that the swim will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the crystal clear waters along the spectacular north shore of St. John, US Virgin Islands…. more information

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 5/23

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
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
Inner Visions
5:00 – 8:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind 11 to 14 mph.

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blue bell tunicates

Blue Bell Tunicates – photographed on the Trunk Bay Underwater Trail

tunicates and coralThese pretty blue creatures are blue bell tunicates. Like most of the creatures on the reef they are animals. They are found on the reef attached at one end to a substrate like corals, sea fans or rocks. On the other end they have a pair of openings or siphons. One takes in water, which is passed through the animal where oxygen and nutrients are extracted, the remainder being discahrged through the other siphon. They can quickly close off their siphons if they feel threatened.

St. John Events

St. John School of the Arts

Sis Frank Concert Series
A Night of Music, Dance & Drama
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $30.00

Performances by Eddie Bruce, Luba Dolgopolsky, Alesia Georgiou, Drapes Jensen, Shikima Jones, Jeune Provost, Abigail Rene, Kim Sammartano, Kazumi Schaub, Mike Sorzano, Kim Wild, Jude Woodcock and Special Guests!

Visit www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org for more information or call 340-779-4322

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
6:30 – 9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 9:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
340-776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-7755

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

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

International News 2 charged with migrant smuggling in Virgin Islands April 14, 2014 22:29 GMT KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Two Haitian nationals have been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to smuggle migrants into the U.S. The U.S. Justice Department alleged Monday that the two suspects conspired with others to smuggle mostly Haitian migrants to the U.S. island of St. John in 2010. The attempt ended tragically when a boat carrying 33 migrants smashed into a reef while trying to evade authorities. At least four children and four adults died. Most of the passengers on the vessel were Haitians seeking a better life. The two Haitian men were allegedly waiting for the boat in St. John and communicating with their co-conspirators by phone. U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe says a grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against the men Friday….Read More

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Sea Creatures: Sea Wasp

Sea Wasp or Box Jellyfish – Image from Reef Creature Identification by Paul Human

Sea Wasp Carybdea alata
I saw four of these nasty creatures yesterday during the late afternoon on my Trunk Bay swim. They’re small and translucent, so they’re hard to watch out for, but do your best.

According to Paul Human, they are “highly toxic; contact with bare skin can produce an intense sting, redness and welts. Pour vinegar on affected area…” For severe reactions seek medical attention.

Sea Wasp Video

Chocolate Hole SunriseChocolate Hole Sunrise
Another beautiful orange sunrise this morning. The full blast colors only lasted for about a minute, so I was lucky to get the photo.

The sea appears to be just about flat calm again like yesterday. Great day for power boats!

St. John Live Music Tonight
Beach Bar
October 18 and 19 (Fri and Sat)
Coral Creek- 8pm

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St John Virgin Islands Beaches: Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay Morning

The beaches are open again on St. John and Trunk Bay looks more inviting than ever. In the early mornings and late afternoons, you’re likely to have this incredible beach, one of the best in the world, according to beach experts, all to yourself.

USA Today writes:

Beaches of St. John
Aldeth Lewin, Special for USA TODAY 4:37 p.m. EDT October 11, 2013

“…Trunk Bay is the most popular beach on St. John. Run by the National Park Service, this almost-quarter-mile long white sand beach is the only one with an entrance fee ($4 per person), but the amenities provided are worth it. The beach has very nice bathrooms, bathhouses with showers, parking, a snack bar and sundries shop. Snorkel gear can also be rented at the beach, and lifeguards keep an eye on swimmers. Trunk Cay is the small island that sits in the middle of the bay. An underwater snorkel trail highlights aspects of the coral reef and the creatures that live there…” read more

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 Things to do on St. John

Where to Stay on St. John

 

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Hawksnest Bay closed for Govt. Shutdown

Barricade at Parking Lot at Hawksnest Bay

Trunk Bay Barricade

Barricade at Trunk Bay, but Some Cars in the Lot Anyway

Swimmers at Trunk Bay

And Some People are Swimming Anyway

Cinnamon Bay closed by VI National Park

Taxi Drivers Among Those Effected by Federal Government Shutdown – Cinnamon Bay Barricaded and Closed

Maho Bay Pavillion

You Can Park at Maho, but You Can’t Sit on the Benches or Use the Toilets

Annaberg Road Closed

The Road to Annaberg, Leinster Bay, Waterlemon Cay and the Johnny Horn Trail is Closed

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Cinnamon Bay Trail Overlook

View from the Cinnamon Bay Trail Overlook

Development

“Several new roads were being cut up the hillsides and Agnes (Sewer) told us that Paul (Boulon) was beginning to erect a few cottages (at Trunk Bay) to rent to winter visitors; we knew he had the plan in mind but, at last, he was putting it into action…. Tourists were coming. Nice tourists, probably… but to our way of thinking, even five more white people on the north shore would destroy that splendid something that had made St. John a paradise and given us the two happiest years of our lives. The coming exploitation was inevitable, and it would be a good thing for a batch of black people who were very close to our hearts and for the white people that came, it would be marvelous. But for us it was ruined.”

Desmond and Bet Holdbridge, Escape to the Tropics, published in 1937.

Moonrise
There was a spectacular full yellow-colored moonrise last night. The moon will be a bit smaller tonight, but if you happen to have an unobstructed eastern view, check it out. The moon will rise at 8:59 PM AST

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 81 degrees F
Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon
Chance of rain 20%
Sunset: 6:32 PM AST
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 86 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

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

Beach Bar
John Sutton
9:00
777-4220

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

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

Concordia
Bo & Lauren
6:30 – 9:00

High Tide
Mikey P
9:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

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

Shipwreck Landing
Mitch Woods
7:00-10:00

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Company
6:00
779 4982

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St. John WeddingsWedding Ceremony at Trunk Bay
St. John Destination Weddings

St. John News

Annual Vow Renewal Gives Couples Chance to Say ‘I Do’ Again
By Lynda Lohr — February 10, 2013

Say “I Do” again at the 11th annual Celebration of Love Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. Thursday at Trunk Bay Beach on St. John.

“It’s a very meaningful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, by honoring your partner and celebrating your relationship,” non-denominational minister Anne Marie Porter said.

Porter has organized the event for all 11 years. She said that during those years, about 800 couples renewed their vows. Last year, 72 couples participated….read more

St. John Live Music Schedule – Tuesday February 11

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

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
Chris Carsel
6:00
714-6169

La Tapa
Sambacombo
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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St. John Film Society Press Release:

St. John Film Society
2013 Season Premiere
Tonight at 7:30pm –  St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay

Featuring raffle prizes from: Arawak Expeditions and IGBA ReSource Depot

Arrive early, save a seat, buy raffle tickets, sip a glass of wine, enjoy an evening of film!

Raffle tickets two for $8 and one for $5 available for purchase at the January 15 screening (winners must be present).  Wine available for purchase 6:45-7:30pm.  All proceeds to benefit St. John Film Society.

Become a St. John Film Society Member and enjoy exclusive membership benefits: Just $35 for a full season of monthly films including one complimentary glass of wine and one raffle ticket per month, plus full access to the St. John Film Society film library.  Details at the January 15th screening.

THERE ONCE WAS AN ISLAND
Directed by Briar March, 80 minutes, Documentary, 2010

Among the world’s first climate change refugees, a unique Pacific island community considers leaving their homeland forever to escape life-threatening sea level rise.   There Once Was an Island presents the human face of climate change, challenging audiences everywhere to consider their relationship to the earth and to their neighbors.

What if your community had to decide whether to leave its homeland forever and there was no apparent help available?  This is the reality for the culturally unique Polynesian community of Takuu, a tiny, low-lying Pacific Ocean atoll within Papau New Guinea.  As a tidal flood submerges this fishing and agricultural community they experience the devastating effects of climate change, firsthand.

In this documentary, the three intrepid characters of Teloo, Endar, and Satty allow us into their lives and culture, showing us the human face behind environmental crisis. Two scientists, oceanographer John Hunter and geomorphologist Scott Smithers, investigate the impact of climate change on communities with limited access to resources and support, while the citizens of Takuu consider whether to move to an uncertain future in Bougainville or to stay on Takuu and fight for a different, but equally uncertain, outcome.

Virgin Islands News:

Travel + Leisure Magazine Ranks 3 V.I. Beaches ‘Best on Earth’
By Source Staff — January 14, 2013

Three Virgin Islands beaches have scored high rankings in Travel + Leisure magazine’s inaugural Best Beaches survey. The results published in the January 2013 issue highlighted Trunk Bay on St. John, Turtle Beach on St Croix’s Buck Island and Magens Bay on St. Thomas in their list…. read more

St. John Weather

High surf advisory in effect until 5:00 AM
Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning, then overcast with a chance of rain
High of 82 degrees F.
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 15 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 40%.
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 82 degees F
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:03 PM AST

St. John Live Music Schedule – Tuesday January 15

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Steven Sloan
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Erin Harts
6:00 – 9:00
Chris Carsel
11:00
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

Spyglass
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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High Surf Warning, High Surf Advisory, Coastal Flood Advisory

Jumbie Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands - high surf

Jumbie Bay

High surf caused by Superstorm Sandy came ashore on St. John just a short time before Superstorm Sandy slammed into the northeastern coast of the United States.

Trunk Bay

High surf comes ashore inundating Trunk Bay Beach

High Surf at Trunk Bay

Surf washes up to (ugly) Lifeguard Hut

Maho Bay St John

Sand from Maho Bay Beach washes across North Shore Road

 

National Weather Service

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR 417 AM AST TUE OCT 30 2012  …COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AST TODAY… …HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AST TODAY… …HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON AST TODAY TO 6 AM AST WEDNESDAY…  .LARGE…LONG PERIOD NORTHWEST SWELLS FROM HURRICANE SANDY WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD ACROSS THE LOCAL ATLANTIC WATERS AND THE CARIBBEAN PASSAGES. THE RESULTANT LARGE BREAKING WAVES OF 14 TO 18 FEET…AND LOCALLY MUCH HIGHER…WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE WEST THOUGH NORTH AND NORTHEAST FACING COASTS OF ALL LOCAL ISLANDS EXCEPT FOR VIEQUES AND SAINT CROIX THROUGH NOON TODAY…THEN CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WHILE GRADUALLY SUBSIDING. THE VERY LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CREATE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…WITH STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND SOME COASTAL FLOODING…ESPECIALLY IN THE MOST VULNERABLE LOW LYING AND EXPOSED AREAS.  PRZ001-002-005-008-010>012-VIZ001-301730- /O.CON.TJSJ.SU.W.0001.000000T0000Z-121030T1600Z/ /O.CON.TJSJ.CF.Y.0002.000000T0000Z-121030T1600Z/ /O.CON.TJSJ.SU.Y.0012.121030T1600Z-121031T1000Z/ SAN JUAN AND VICINITY-NORTHEAST-NORTH CENTRAL-NORTHWEST- MAYAGUEZ AND VICINITY-SOUTHWEST-CULEBRA- ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN/ADJACENT ISLANDS- 417 AM AST TUE OCT 30 2012  …HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AST TODAY… …COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AST TODAY… …HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 AM AST WEDNESDAY…  A HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AST TODAY. A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AST TODAY. A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 AM AST WEDNESDAY.  * WAVES AND SURF: VERY LARGE BREAKING WAVES OF 14 TO 18 FEET AND   LOCALLY MUCH HIGHER.  * TIMING: TUESDAY…AND THEN CONTINUING THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING   WHILE SLOWLY SUBSIDING.  * IMPACTS: EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…WITH STRONG RIP   CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED COASTAL FLOODING.  THE FOLLOWING ARE THE TIMES AND HEIGHTS OF HIGH TIDES IN THE AFFECTED AREAS. ALL TIMES ARE ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME:  MAYAGUEZ  1.6 FEET AT 10:07 AM TUESDAY MORNING.  AGUADILLA 1.4 FEET AT 9:39 AM TUESDAY MORNING.  SAN JUAN  1.8 FEET AT 10:31 AM TUESDAY MORNING.  MAGENS BAY 1.6 FEET AT 10:46 AM TUESDAY MORNING.  PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…  A HIGH SURF WARNING INDICATES THAT DANGEROUS…BATTERING WAVE WILL POUND THE SHORELINE. THIS WILL RESULT IN VERY DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS…AND DEADLY RIP CURRENTS.  A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA…PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION.  A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE.

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Friends of the National Park Beach to Beach Power Swim

Beach to Beach Power Swim 2008

The Caneel Bay Resort is offering a Dive into Relaxation Package for swimmers and spectators attending the ninth annual St. John Beach-to-Beach Power Swim. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, will take place on Sunday, May 27,2012. There will be three options for swimmers: Maho Bay to Cinnamon Bay, one mile, Maho Bay to Trunk Bay, two and a quarter miles and Maho Bay to Hawksnest Bay, three and a half miles.

The Caneel Bay Resort Dive into Relaxation Package will include: 30% off room rates, breakfast for two per day, a complimentary Sunset Cocktail Cruise for two and a special welcome gift.

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