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Snorkeling near Salt River?

 
EngRMP
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Hi folks,

I'm looking at Google Earth... west side of the opening to Salt River. I see a road (maybe dirt) leading to a beach. And, it looks like there is sand and coral in splotches, in the water. Anyone know if the snorkeling is good there?

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Topic starter Posted : October 8, 2009 12:32 am
antiqueone
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We take our dogs there for walks sometimes and there is alot of trash along the road. The snorkeling there is really not too impressive. Towards the bay to salt river, there are some rocks where the smaller fish are easy to enjoy. To get out to the reef is quite a swim.

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Posted : October 8, 2009 12:54 am
aquaponics
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poor snorkeling there, but GREAT diving on both sides!!

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Posted : October 8, 2009 1:16 am
mminstx
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Does Google Earth pick up the seedy-looking guys that sometimes crash out there under the palms? Sorry, I mean lime? 😉

Try snorkeling around the Frederiksted Pier area. It's nice.

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Posted : October 8, 2009 11:54 am
margaritagirl
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If you park where Columbus landed then walk up the beach you will see some old pier pilings sticking out of the water there is good snorkeling there. We have seen barracuda, lobster, fish, rays, eels, etc.
That is really the only good spot that I know of in Salt River.

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Posted : October 8, 2009 12:54 pm
Cory
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Some great snorkeling over there, on both sides of the inlet entrance. My biggest problem are the 1/2 dozen 5-6 foot barrcuda that like to stalk you....waiting for you to catch their dinner! I cought my first lobster over there...a 4 lb'er!!

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Posted : October 8, 2009 2:00 pm
EngRMP
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Hey, thanks folks,

Yes, Cory, that's where I was looking... at the inlet... it looks like groups of coral. Google Earth shows so much detail that I'm wondering if it can be used to find good snorkeling areas.

I was snorkeling at Buck a few years ago and almost ran right into a group of three barracuda. They're so still when they hover that they're almost invisible. They look like they'd let you bump into them just so they could scare the poop out of you.

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Topic starter Posted : October 8, 2009 11:51 pm
terry
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They won't hurt you as long as you leave them alone. And then they will usually swim off.
The only time I have ever heard of a problem was when a lady was wearing a ankle bracelet that was shinny and had danglees.

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Posted : October 9, 2009 1:42 pm
chockman
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I wanted to dive the Pier later this winter when we arrive,looking for those Sea Horses. What is the status of the Pier since the Cruise ships have returned ? Is the sea life still good there ?

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Posted : October 9, 2009 5:22 pm
robbySTX
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Lock your car!
Was there last February with a group of people......one of the people thought they had locked the van and within 20 minutes it was cleaned out!!
They took cameras and money....dumped the rest on the road leaving the beach.............

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Posted : October 11, 2009 11:24 am
terry
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The diving at the pier is still great. There have been many sea horses, frog fish, and a few bat fish. There have been two big yellow frog fish at the dolphins.

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Posted : October 11, 2009 3:08 pm
chockman
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Thanks for the reply. Definitely diving it this go around.

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Posted : October 11, 2009 4:33 pm
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