St. John

Volume 7, Issue 75; 05 May 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

We started today with a quick stop at the Grateful Deli and short ferry ride over to St. John.

We started today with a quick stop at the Grateful Deli and short ferry ride over to St. John. Last year the surf was up and most of the water was pretty murky, though I got in some quite enjoyable body surfing at Cinnamon Bay.

This year, with calm seas predicted, we went straight to Trunk Bay. Our hope, only realized in moderation, was to get there early before it became crowded. The beach was well populated, but it wasn't oppressively dense.

Trunk Bay
Trunk Bay

The snorkle trail (an underwater version of the nature trails common in other national parks) is very picturesque. There are a lot more hatchling fish around in May and the water along the island in Trunk Bay was absolutely thick with them. Deb and I wound our way out together along the trail. When Deb decided to go back in, I made an aborted attempt to circumnavigate the island, the far side seemed deep and rough and less fun than retracing my steps. I stumbled across a gorgeous moray eel on the way back and a small ray in the shallows, so I think I chose wisely.

We paused for lunch, in the shade as the noonday sun is fierce, before packing up to check out Cinnamon Bay. My quest for purple trigger fish was short-lived as there was precious little shade and the sun was, as has already been pointed out, fierce. I did see field of purple fan coral that was pretty impressive. And Cinnamon Bay must be one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the world.

Cinnamon Bay
Cinnamon Bay
Cinnamon Bay
Cinnamon Bay
Cinnamon Bay
Cinnamon Bay

Recalling from last year that Hawksnest Bay was idylic, we stopped for a brief photo-op.

Hawksnest Bay
Hawksnest Bay

The bay lived up to my recollection and next year I'll remember that it has a large and interesting looking coral outcrop. And plenty of places with abundant shade if you get there early and stake one out.