• Trunk Bay Beach, considered one of the 10 best beaches in the world is home to the underwater trail.

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Your Safety

There is much to see and do in Virgin Islands National Park. Almost all activities in which visitors become involved while enjoying and learning about the Park occur in the outdoors. The following are tips for a safe and enjoyable visit.

1. Think left while driving! Tradition, practicality and the law demand it. Use caution and drive defensively on our steep winding roads. The law also requires you to buckle up for your safety.

2. Never swim or snorkel alone, and know your limitation. Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Large shore-breaking waves can be dangerous - avoid body surfing, and respect beach closure advisories.

3. Do not climb on walls of historic ruins when hiking and exploring. The walls are unstable and bodily injuries may occur. In addition, avoid hiking in the mid-day heat and bring plenty of water.

4. Coral and other sea life may be dangerous to you, and you to it. Some coral is sharp and could inflict lacerations. Human touch and anchors easily damage coral. Even standing on dead coral, rocks and other reef surfaces may hinder new reef growth. Remember: "If it's not sand, don't stand!" Hazardous Marine Life (pdf 353 kb)

5. Do not eat unknown fruits or touch unknown plants. Some plants, such as the Manchineel tree are poisonous.

Did You Know?

visitor gets a little closer to one of the underwater trail signs in Trunk Bay.

The underwater snorkel trail at Trunk Bay is an excellent place for beginners or anyone wanting to learn about marine life. Plaques along the trail describe the various species of fish, and provide information about the coral reefs.