Big Maho Bay

St. John


Submitted By:
Gary Yewdall Sr

Submitter Comments:
This site is phenomenal for views, fish and solitude. There is a reef to follow at shallow depths on the right and left sides and as you enter the bay beyond the rocky shorelines, you enter an open sandy bottom. You will see thousand of silversides, large Tarpon, sea turtles, a variety of colorful fish, corals and a nurse shark that usually hangs out there. There is a dive shop at Little Maho Bay Camps to replenish your tanks, eat and purchase gear. My favorite spot in the world...literally!

 From Cruz Bay you have two choices. You can go up centerline road or North shore road. North shore is much more scenic and you can find many shore dives along your journey. Continue on past Caneel Bay, all the way past Cinnamon Bay and Big Maho will come up on your left. There is ample roadside parking and plenty of secluded beach.


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10/20/2012 mjrunderwater (Avg: 3.94 Review) - Excellent snorkel site. The beach is nice and there are trees to provide shade. There is not a great abundance of fish in open water, but this is a great site to see sea turtles, conch and cushion sea stars. There are more fish along the rocky sides of the bay, and it is worth the long swim to reach these areas. This is our favorite beach on the island.

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Diver Averages for  Big Maho Bay  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  5.00
Bottom Conditions:  5.00
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  5.00
Plant Life:  3.00
Facilities:  1.00
Solitude 4.00
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  3.94

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  5.00
Beginner Scuba:  3.00
Intermediate Scuba:  3.00
Advanced Scuba:  3.00
Night diving Scuba:  3.00

Number of reviews for this site: 1


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