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vetteman04 July 9th, 2008 12:56 PM

Securing valuables at Coki Beach
Can anyone tell me if there is any area to store your personnal valuables, like a camera or watch at Coki Beach in St. Thomas. We are going with a group that will want to take pictures there and on the way back. We will all be snorkling so our things will be unattended.

beenie weenie July 9th, 2008 02:03 PM

I would ask Peter at Coki Beach Divers if you could store your stuff there with him. He's a very nice guy. BTW if anyone in your group is interested they offer a nice discover scuba excursion from the beach and the price is very reasonable. They also will rent snorkel equipment.

kevin c July 9th, 2008 07:14 PM

i would check to see if you can store anything while you are there. a few years ago while snorkling some things were stolen from some other people on the beach. we heard them yelling as the culprits ran away. just be carefull, and don't hesitate to go. it is beautiful.

Royal July 9th, 2008 08:29 PM

been to Coki Beach twice does anyone suggest another beach or is Coki the best? Can anyone compare this from the others. OR should I stay with Coki?

kevin c July 9th, 2008 08:41 PM

if you want to take a day trip to st. johns, go to trunk bay on the island of st. johns. the nicest beach in the world

Royal July 9th, 2008 09:29 PM

Thanks, how far is that from the ship? And also, any where I can get pics of this island?

beenie weenie July 9th, 2008 11:08 PM

Trunk Bay is sooooo nice. You just need to take a ferry from either Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook to St. John. Then it's a short cab ride to Trunk Bay which is part of a U.S. National Park. I don't recall any storage facilities at St. John though when we were there a couple of months ago.

If you take the ferry from Charlotte Amalie the ferry leaves from a location relatively close to where many of the ships dock at Havensight, (unless you happen to dock at Crown Bay by chance) But Charlotte Amalie is still closer than Red Hook. The catch is that if you take the ferry from Charlotte Amalie the ferry ride takes about 40 minutes, if you ferry from Red Hook it only takes about 20 minutes. We went from Red Hook, and I wish we had opted for the ferry from Charlotte Amalie because the traffic was horrendous due to a fire at a landfill which resulted in some closed road and evacuations.

Be aware that traffic around the havensight port area can get very congested and slow especially in the late afternoon. So plan your return accordingly.

If you decide to stick with Coki, do contact Peter at Coki Beach Divers and ask him if he has storage you can use. When we scuba dove with his company, he allowed us to store our valuables.

ragtiki2005 July 9th, 2008 11:33 PM

With regards to safety of your belongings on the beach, we usually take turns within our group. When 2 people are in the water, usually the other two hang back on the beach to watch the towels and belongings. Bob

Royal July 9th, 2008 11:52 PM

Thanks all,

Now which one is closer to Charlotte Amalie, which is where we are docked at............Cokie or Trunk Bay?

beenie weenie July 10th, 2008 12:04 AM

Coki is about a 20 minute cab ride from Havensight in Charlotte Amalie. Coki is one of the best places to snorkel on St. Thomas, and right next door is Coral World which is kind of cool, especially for kids. There are a lot of locals that hang out at Coki and try to sell you stuff, which can be intimidating. We just keep walking and politely say, no thanks. You will likely smell the faint aroma of somebody smoking weed towards the far end of the beach. There is also Magen's Bay which is gorgeous but not a great place to snorkel

Trunk Bay is on St. John (another U.S. Virgin Island) and is part of a U.S. National Park and is going to take at least an hour to get there involving a cab ride and a ferry ride but it is a beautiful place to snorkel and a very wholesome and clean atmosphere. The thing that is cool here is there is an underwater nature trail with plaquards that help you identify all of the sea life and plants along the way.

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