Lying in Leinster Bay, on the north coast of St John, tiny Waterlemon Cay is surrounded by coral reefs and is the island's number one spot for snorkelling.
Just off the northern coast of St John, Waterlemon Cay is one of the most popular destinations for snorkelling in the US Virgin Islands.
Set in a brilliant blue sea, this small, vegetation-covered islet with its spit of white sand is a photographer's dream, while the clear, shallow waters are filled with a wide array of tropical marine life. You can easily visit the beach as part of a crewed yacht charter vacation, but you need to be aware that you may have to drop anchor further from shore, far away from the coral ecosystem.
Along the seabed you will discover more than 40 different species of both soft and hard corals, including mustard hill coral and purple sea fans, as well as hundreds of fish species such as surgeonfish, parrotfish and blue tangs native to the Caribbean.
The seagrass beds provide a habitat for turtles, rays and conch while closer to the beach you will spot a variety of starfish, including the large cushion starfish.
Set in a brilliant blue sea, this small, vegetation-covered islet with its spit of white sand is a photographer's dream.
Meanwhile, overlooking Leinster Bay are the ruins of Annaberg Plantation, dating back to the 18th century, which are also worth exploring and offer a spectacular vantage point with expansive vistas of Waterlemon Cay and the sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond.
Want to start planning a yacht charter itinerary around Waterlemon Bay? You can begin by taking a look at all crewed yachts available for private yacht charter in the US Virgin Islands.
Reach out to your preferred yacht charter broker for more information.
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