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Hawksnest Bay

Elkhorn and Blue Tang at Hawksnest Bay

Hawksnest Bay offers unique snorkeling. One of the largest stands of Elkhorn coral spread out like three fingers from the beach. Snorkeling around the fingers you will see other smaller corals, juvenile Elkhorn corals, sponges and seagans growing on or under the larger corals. Numerous juvenile fish and other reef creatures can be observed among the branches of the Elkhorn corals.
Depending on the tide Hawksnest offers a long lovely white beach, changing rooms, pavilions, and restrooms.

Please, do not snorkel directly over the reef. The Elkhorn corals are a federally protected species and extremely fragile.

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So many options for snorkeling, swimming or just enjoying the white sand and warm waters. 
Service dogs are allowed in Virgin Islands National Park and leashed dogs are allowed on trails. 

Title 36 part 2 section 15 of the Code of Federal Regulations provides the rules on dogs. 
* Pets are not allowed on beaches. 36CFR 2.15(a)(1)
This rule is in place to protect nesting sea turtles, shore birds and our visitors on the beach.
* Pets must be on leash no longer than 6' while in the Park. 36CFR 2.15 (a)(2)
* Pets can not be left unattended and tied to an object. 36CFR 2.15 (a)(3)
* Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste appropriately. 36CFR 2.15 (a)(5)

To report any dog issues call 1-866-995-8467.
 Service Animals

A service animal is one that is specifically trained to aid a person with a disability.
* Service animals are welcome in the park but must follow many of the pet rules.
* Service animals must be on a leash and under control at all times.
* Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste appropriately. 36CFR 2.15 (a)(5)

If you have any other questions about pets in the park please feel free to call the park 340-776-6201 or find a Ranger and ask them!!

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Hawksnest Bay offers three fingers of mostly Elkhorn coral reefs. It is not advisable to snorkel directly over the reef. The Elkhorn corals are a federally protected species and extremely fragile. Snorkeling around the fingers you will see many juvenile fish and other reef creatures in and among the branches of the Elkhorn corals.

Map to Hawksnest
Accessibility Information
Hawksnest Beach does offer accessible parking and beach ramps. Depending on the weather or recent storms the ramps may not be appropriate for wheelchair access.  

Last updated: February 11, 2019