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Boater Information


Screen capture from Virgin Islands National Park Marine Map as displayed in Google Earth.  Clicking on the water, buoys, or colored areas will display information associated with that feature.

Virgin Islands National Park includes much of the water and sea floor surrounding St. John. If you are visiting by boat or operating a vessel in National Park waters, please familiarize yourself with the policies and regulations about these marine resources.

Virgin Islands National Park Marine Map.KMZ (version April 29, 2014) is a downloadable file (359 kb KMZ file) that when opened in Google Earth will show the location and information for:
1) Visitor Center Area
2) Where is the best snorkeling?
3) Where can I anchor a boat?
4) Where can I access the beach in a small boat?
5) Places to avoid when boating.
6) NPS Fee Pay Stations.
7) All mooring information (what the different sizes and colors mean)
8) Boundary lines for Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.

You may want to download the Google Earth program to view this file.

Do you have questions on how to use the KMZ file once you download it?
Click this link to download &/or view a short movie on how to use this map file in Google Earth.

References to non-U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) products do not constitute endorsement by the DOI. By viewing Google Maps on this page the user agrees to these terms set forth by Google.

Map Disclaimer:
The features of this map were exported to Google Earth by the National Park Service. For information, planning, reference and illustration purposes for Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument only. The location of marine features is based on the most current park knowledge, which may outdate the underlying imagery. These materials are not verified by a Registered Professional Land Surveyor and are not intended to be used as such. The NPS makes no warranty, express or implied, related to the accuracy or content of this map.

The Mooring Guide provides information about how and where you may operate and moor vessels in Virgin Islands National Park. (pdf 365 kb)

Anchoring Information A map and coordinates of areas appropriate to vessels of various sizes. (jpg 950 mb)

Superintendent's Compendium contains laws and policies specific to Virgin Islands National Park. (pdf 260 kb)

Fisher's Guide from the VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources contains information about fishing in the Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Mooring Permits This news article contains general information and points of contact for 2010 Hurricane Hole storm mooring permits.


Did You Know?

Fruits from the Machineel tree that grows along the coastine on St. John.

The Machineel tree, found along the coast, produces crab apple-like fruit that is poisonous. While the fruit is deadly [as Columbus’ men reportedly found out in 1493 when visiting the island], even sap from the Machineel tree can cause an irritating skin rash. The tree is also called Death Apple.