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St. John Snorkeling: A Cool Whistling Cay Snorkel Course

Not for Everyone!
You can snorkel around the point at Whistling Cay and return through the passage between the cliffs on the cay.

Whistling Cay St Jhn US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Passage Through Whistling Cay

Whistling Cay Map
Whistling Cay Snorkel Map

There’s a really cool snorkel route around the reef and rocks on the eastern side of Whistling Cay. It’s not for everyone though as you will need to be an experienced snorkeler for this one.

Beginning from the moorings head out north to the rocks on the eastern tip of the island. It’s really a beautiful snorkel, still very colorful and very dramatic.

Instead of returning the way you came, however, you can continue around the point and come ashore on the little passage through the rocky cliffs of Whistling Cay. The water on the north of the cay can be rough and you’ll need to take care climbing on to the island, particularly to avoid sea urchins and corals.

From land you can now walk through the passage and snorkel back to your boat avoiding the slight northerly current that sometimes makes getting back from the rocks on the point to the moorings a little more difficult than heading out.

Whistling Cay Satellite Image from Google Earth

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St. John Snorkeling: Whistling Cay

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.

Whistling Cay

Google Maps satellite view of snorkeling area


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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