Advanced snorkelers with the ability to free dive will love Kiddel Bay.
Snorkel out along the rocks on the western shore of the bay until you come to the reef that extends out off the point. A series of rocks rises above the surface.
The reef is characterized by deep depressions, grooves, arches and tunnels full of colorful corals, sponges and tropical reef fishes. The arches and tunnels are about 15 to 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 exciting snorkel option is to continue the 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 Bay…. excerpted from St. John Off the Beaten Track
St. John Events
Island Green Building Association
The Island Green Living Association will show the film “Garbage Warrior” at its Thursday, January 30, Green Thursdays seminar at 5:30 p.m. at Gifft Hill School’s upper campus auditorium.
“Garbage Warrior” is a 2007 film about architect Mike Reynolds, who invented the “Earthship” style of building. Earthships are buildings constructed with natural and recycled materials which are not tied in to utility grids, and are entirely self-sufficient.
The seminar will also feature presentations by St. John resident Kate Norfleet and IGLA board member Doug White, who themselves have used recycled materials to beautify their homes. GHS students, who recently built a bottle wall for their school garden with funds from an EPA mini-grant aimed at mitigating pollution through green infrastructure and sustainable materials management, will also speak at the seminar.
Those who attend the seminar will learn tips on reusing what most consider to be waste, like using wine bottles to build walls and paper to make pots. All are welcome to attend.
St. John and Virgin Islands News
Thatch Cay owners appeal permit extension denial
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: January 29, 2014
ST. THOMAS – The owners of Thatch Cay are appealing the St. Thomas Coastal Zone Management Committee’s 2012 denial of a permit extension today….
… Thatch Cay, a rocky 230-acre island about a half-mile north of Coki Point, is undeveloped.
The owners planned to build 101 homes and 24 support buildings on the island. The project included a community center, clubhouses, a yoga pavilion, spa, two dining areas, two tennis courts, sewage treatment plants, a reverse osmosis plant, generators, a 21-slip dock, 25 boat moorings and a helicopter landing area. Many members of the community have opposed the project for years, citing concerns about protecting the environment….
St. John Weather
Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 21 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.