Tag Archives: St John Snorkeling

Salomon Honeymoon Reef Snorkel

St John USVI Snorkleing: Grunt and UrchinLate Afternoon Snorkel on the Salomon/Honeymoon Reef

Red Hind
Red Hind

elkhorn coral
Elkhorn Coral

garfish
Garfish

There is a large section of Reef between around the point between Salomon and Honeymoon Beaches, which provides good snorkeling and easy access from the beach. Although it’s always a pleasure to snorkel this reef, I’ve found that the time to see the most activity is in the late afternoon. On yesterday’s snorkel, every nook and cranny of the reef was really buzzing with activity.

Hawksnest Bay takes the prize for the best Elkhorn Coral, but the Salomon Honeymoon Reef might be a close second.

St. John News

May 15 Meeting Will Gather Input on St. John Schools
By Source Staff — May 7, 2014

A meeting will be held May 15 at the Julius E. Sprauve School cafeteria to gather public recommendations for a new school under consideration for St. John, according to a news release from Government House.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be sponsored the Office of the Governor and the Departments of Education and Public Works. Preliminary educational program requirements and key milestones in the process to date will be outlined….

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

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

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
340-714-6169

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Pickles
Michael Beason Open Mic
6:00 – 9:00
340-776-6908

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
7:00 – 10:00
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 -9:00
340-779-4982

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY:

AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WEST OF THE AREA WILL DEEPEN TODAY AND THURSDAY FORMING A CLOSED LOW NORTH OF PR BY FRIDAY AND THEN MEANDER NORTH OF SAINT THOMAS THROUGH SATURDAY. AS IT DOES SO… SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL BECOME MORE NUMEROUS AND INTENSE ESPECIALLY ON THURSDAY. THE STRONGEST STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING INTENSE RAINFALL…HAIL…GUSTY WINDS AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING. UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL BEGIN TO WEAKEN AND MOVE AWAY FROM THE REGION SUNDAY WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS GRADUALLY IMPROVING THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK.

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St. John Snorkeling: Waterlemon Cay

Waterlemon Cay, St. John Virgin Islands
Waterlemon Cay Snorkel

I’ve often heard that the Waterlemon Cay snorkel is the best on St. John. Maybe so, but it certainly is a popular one. Here are some photos from a recent snorkeling adventure.

(And by the way it’s WaterLEMON Cay, not WaterMELON Cay)

Brain Coral Waterlemon Cay
Brain Coral

Parrotfish
Parrotfish

peacock flounder
Peacock Flounder: Master of Camouflage

Tarpon

More about Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay

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St. John Snorkeling: Caribbean Spiny Lobsters

Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus)

Snorkeling the waters of St. John back in the days, these lobsters could be found in just about any hole or under any ledge on the reef. Now they’re a lot more scarce.

During the day, the lobsters hide out in the dark recesses of the coral reef and may be difficult to find. However, at night the lobsters come out of their hiding places and forage the reef, and if you snorkel at night, you’re very likely to see them out in the open.

Although Caribbean Spiny Lobsters look (and taste) very much like the clawed lobsters found in the waters of the northeastern United States, they are not closely related biologically.

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St. John Snorkeling: Sponges

Once upon a time, when I first came to St. John some 40 years ago, the reefs were extremely colorful. Much has changed since then and the abundant hard corals that provided so much of the color have been severely depleted and those that remain are often unhealthy. Now it seems that most of the vibrant colors of the reef come from sponges, which can be seen in a multitude of varying colors, shapes and sizes.

Sponges, in case you weren’t aware, are animals, as are most of the creatures that make up the coral reef such as all the hard corals, the so called soft corals or gorgonians like sea fans and sea rods, and the sponge-like tunicates that often encrust rocks dead coral. As a matter of fact, the only plants on the reef that come to mind are algae and sea grasses.

Sponges are the simplest of the multicellular animals. Lacking any real organs, they survive by taking in water through small pores, filtering out the nutrients and oxygen and expelling the rest through the more visible larger openings.

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