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Snorkeling Jumbie Bay

Jumbie Bay is accessed from Northshore Road by a wooden stairway some 200 feet east of a parking area on the other side of the road. Beware of traffic. From the right side of the beach begins a shallow reef that extends, maze-like at first, all the way along the cliffs to Trunk Bay. The sandy bottom is eventually about 10 feet beneath you as you follow the reef. Seaward, the water becomes deeper with very large brain and star corals. Look for hidden lobsters or perhaps a nurse shark.

Going to the left from Jumbie, a little coral grows (including elkhorns) before a 5 - 10 minute swim brings one to 15 - 30 feet of water where abundant marine life covers the underwater slopes of the island and offshore boulders. From here you can see around the bend to Denis Bay and Perkins Cay. Both have some of the nicest reefs around but are a long distance from Jumbie. Denis Beach has "beware of dogs" and "keep off" signs, but by law one can go up on the beach as long as one doesn't go beyond the tree line onto private property. Wind chop can be a factor in the Jumbie/Denis area.

Courtesy of Virgin Islands National Park Service

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