Trunk Bay

U.S. Virgin Islands




Stuff of Dreams

Imagine a place where white sand meets water of a bright blue hue; where hiking trails take you through miles of a tropical rainforest; where an underwater snorkeling trail leads you on an aquatic adventure that gets you closer to marine life than you’ve ever been.

Good news: Such a place exists, and if you visit Trunk Bay, this fantasy will become a reality.

Total Relaxation

Trunk Bay is a part of Virgin Islands National Park, a blend of lush vegetation, mountains and beaches that covers about 60% of the island of Saint John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Besides lying out under the shade of a palm tree, visitors to Trunk Bay love spending their days snorkeling in the calm, clear waters.

A few amenities such as bathrooms, a restaurant and a gift shop add convenience for travelers, and chairs, umbrellas and snorkel gear are available for rent.

Getting Here

While many visitors may find themselves on Trunk Bay thanks to a cruise stopover, independent travelers can easily find their way here. Catch a ferry to Cruz Bay and simply hire a taxi to the beach.

Keep in mind that since the beach is part of a national park, you’ll have to pay a small entrance fee.

Trunk Bay at a Glance

City:Virgin Islands National Park

Country or State:U.S. Virgin Islands

Access:By ferry or cruise, then taxi

Best time to visit:April to June - low rainfall

High Season:December to March

Low Season:April to November

Beach Hours:Open 27/4; Facilities close at 4 p.m.


  • Restaurant and gift shop
  • Chair, umbrella and snorkel gear
  • Lifeguards from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Secluded