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St. John Favorite Snorkels: Kiddel Bay

Kiddel Bay St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Kiddel Bay Snorkel
Kiddle Bay
Kiddel Bay

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

garbage warrior posterIsland 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.

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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.

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

Sunday Brunch 10:00 am

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

High Tide
Live Music
3:00 – 6:00

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

Ocean Grill
David Laab
6:30 – 9:00

7:00 – 10:00

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club
7:00 – 10:00

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

Weekly Music Scedule

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Hiking With the St. John Explorers Club

Tektite Trail Aubrey Goat Trail
View from the Aubrey Goat Trail
the route

I’ve been meaning to go hiking with these guys for some time now, but yesterday was my first experience.

Let me tell you, this is a serious hiking club going on some serious “off the beaten track” (why do I like that term?) hikes.

We met at Salt Pond Bay at 8:30 in the morning. and head out shortly thereafter taking the dirt tracks that lead to Kiddle and Grootpan Bays.

Our first stop is at Kiddel Bay where we relax for a while enjoying the cool ocean breeze and another beautiful St John morning.

Next stop Grootpan Bay the long cobblestone beach just to the west of Kiddel.

We walk the length of the beach lead by our fearless leader, Dick Corkhill, who discovers the entrance to the trail that will take us up to the hillside to meet the Tektite Trail.

St. John Virgin Islands Beaches: Grootpan Bay
Explorers at Grootpan Bay

Dick Corkhill, St. John Explorers leader
Our Guide
Dick finds the entrance to the Aubrey Goat Trail

This narrow steep path is called Aubrey’s Goat Trail, as it was probably made by goats, but kept up by a man named Aubrey who lives nearby and who used the trail to get to his goats that grazed on the grassy hilltops above.

The trail is steep and can be slippery when wet, but the explorers negotiate it ease. At any point you can turn around and gaze out onto a magnificent scenic panorama.

Aubrey Goat Trail

View from Aubrey Goat Trail

At the top of the hill, we walk along the ridge until we meet the Cabritte Horn spur of the Tektite Trail

Next we walk out to Cabritte Horn Point, passing by a deep gorge and an overlook with a dramatic view down onto a cove formed by large boulders just offshore of the rocky headland.

We walk along ridge to meet the Tektite Trail


Leaving the Cabritte Horn Trail, we proceed to the Tektite Trail intersection, where we head out to a shaded overlook above the Tektite snorkel and dive area.

After a brief rest we backtrack to the trail intersection but this time follow the Tektite Trail to the trailhead at main road just above and to the west of greater Lameshur Bay and from there we walk back to the cars at Salt Pond.

Explorers at Cabritte Horn Point

View to the west from Cabritte Horn Point

rest stop above the Tektite snorkel area

I have some prior commitments to do so I don’t continue on with the explorers for the second part of their weekly get-together, which for today’s hike is lunch at Miss Lucy’s and if I heard right, lots of cold beers.

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