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Moon Schedule 2019-2020

Full Moon August 15, 2019 Names for the August Full Moon include Sturgeon Moon, Harvest Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon and Barley Moon. The Full Moon in August is hope for a plentiful harvest and sometimes called the Sturgeon Moon because of the great number of enormous sturgeon that were once found … Continued

St. John Star Gazing

Perseid Meteor Shower August 12-13, 2019 In 2019, the Perseids will peak on the night between Aug 12–13. The Perseids are one of the brighter meteor showers that occurs every year in mid-August. The exceptional meteor shower is space debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet and appears to hail in the sky from the constellation Perseus … Continued

Sunscreen Ban in the Virgin Islands

Research has shown that the ingredients in most sunscreen, octocrylene, oxybenzone and octinoxate, are damaging to marine life. With the huge numbers of tourists that visit the VI and swim daily in the water, the amount of sunscreen and its harmful ingredients has a huge impact on the local eco-system. On June 26, 2019, Virgin … Continued

Choose the Best Snorkel

There’s a new mask in town and it’s pretty different than what we’re used to. The “full face” snorkel mask showed-up on a few heads 3-4 years ago and has proven to be more than a passing fad. Early adopters did experience some setbacks, namely leakage and the inability to dive below the surface while … Continued

Bird Watching on St. John

With more than 200 species of birds in the US Virgin Islands, St. John’s vast national park land is the best place to explore and do some good old fashioned bird watching. Most of the birds you’ll see on St. John arrived on island accidentally, while about 2 dozen were introduced by humans. Here are … Continued

Caribbean Blue Tang

Prevalent in the clear waters that surround St. John, the Blue Tang Surgeonfish (Acanthurus coeruleus) begin as yellow juveniles, turn pastel blue as adolescents, and bright blue as adults. Called “Atlantic Blue Tangs” or “Caribbean Blue Tangs”, they can grow to be up to 15 inches long. When snorkeling, you’ll most likely see the yellow … Continued

Crustaceans

St. John is home to many fascinating critters, including some of the oldest known animals on earth. Crustaceans are invertebrates that live in the world between land and sea.  Dating back more than 500 million years, common crustaceans today include crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. All crustaceans have a hard exoskeleton that provides protection from predators and water … Continued

Explore Salt Pond

If you haven’t hiked to Salt Pond, you must! On the Southern point of St John’s Coral Bay side there exists a different world where lots of adventure awaits. It is a quiet part of the island where one can get lost in their thoughts and the beauty of their surroundings. The trail head begins … Continued

Annual Beach to Beach Power Swim

Don’t miss the Beach to Beach Power Swim on St John Sunday May 26th, 2019. Teams and individuals compete in the annual fundraising event sponsored by the Friends of the Park. Swimmers can enter on of three races as unassisted (no snorkel + fins) or assisted (with snorkel + fins). 1 mile short course (from … Continued

SUP St. John

From beginners to expert racers, St. John is perfect for the growing popularity of standup paddleboarding, or SUP. Numerous spots around the island will conveniently get you and your board on the water. The shallow, clear Caribbean water around St. John will ease newbie fears and delight more advanced paddle boarders. To SUP St. John, … Continued