Waterlemon Cay, Virgin Islands National Park

4.5
#1 of 26 in Nature in U.S. Virgin Islands
Must see · Island · Water Body
Take a short hike along a rugged trail to Waterlemon Cay, a remote snorkeling location. Swim out over the initially rocky shore to lush coral gardens teeming with tropical fish, rays, and turtles. You won't find room to sunbathe on the rocky beach, unless you’re okay with perching on a small boulder. Regardless, you can appreciate the natural world around you as you relax in the untouched environment. Bring plenty of food, water, and sunscreen along with you. PutWaterlemon Cay into our Virgin Islands National Park tour itinerary builder website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Create an itinerary including Waterlemon Cay
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Waterlemon Cay reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
923 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • I didn't think the snorkeling was all that great to justify the long hike over rocky trails. The insertion point is also very rocky with some sea urchins. You really need booties / fins combos...  more »
  • Many, many years ago a resident of St. John suggested I snorkel at Waterlemon Cay. It was totally worth it then and it was totally worth it now. The walk to beach is rocky and full of shells but cool....  more »
Google
  • I enjoyed this spot because it is less accessible. Less people. Plan on a .8 mile hike in and out along the rocks. Hiking isn't challenging but there is no defined path. Beach is not sand. Best to bring water socks for entry. Snorkeling is quite good.
  • Great snorkeling, have to be willing walk. Only carry what you need and be comfortable to carry it. Swim counter clockwise around the cay to catch the current back. Sharks, rays, barracudas, and plenty of fish. Not a tourist spot yet so very low key. Walk all the way to the point for the easiest access to the cay. Enjoy!

Plan your trip to Virgin Islands National Park

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.