The cay is surrounded by a fringing reef, and is considered to be one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. A trail leads from the sandy beach at Leinster Bay approximately 1 km (0.62 mi) along the point, from which is a ten-minute swim to the cay, where there is a small beach. The cay boasts a wide variety of reef fishes and coral, however bleaching is prevalent, and the marine life has decreased in recent times. Many attribute the depletion of coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands to high rates of erosion and runoff caused by the construction boom on the Islands.
Local lore states that when dueling was outlawed in the Danish West Indies, the remote strip of sand on Waterlemon Cay became the preferred spot to engage in combat.
- "St John USVI Beaches: Leinster Bay". SeeStJohn.com. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
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