Whistling Cay, United States Virgin Islands

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Cinnamon Cay (left) and Whistling Cay (right), as seen from Cinnamon Bay, 2011.

Whistling Cay is a 19-acre (7.7 ha) islet, situated 300 yards (270 m) west of Mary Point on Saint John in the United States Virgin Islands. It is covered with trees and high cliffs in the north, where it reaches a 130-foot (40 m) elevation. A gravel beach is located on the southeast side of the island. It is separated from Saint John by the Fungi Passage, which has a depth of 21 feet (6.4 m).[1]

Whistling Cay can be reached by boat or kayak from Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay, or Francis Bay[2] and it is a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkeling.[3] During the 19th century, customs officials stationed on the islet would stop and inspect boats plying the passage between the British Virgin Islands and the then Danish Virgin Islands.[4] It is located within the Virgin Islands National Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griffes, Peter L. (2004). 2004 Atlantic Boating Almanac: Gulf of Mexico. ProStar Publications. Page 536. ISBN 9781577855125.
  2. ^ Potter, Susanna Henighan (2013). Virgin Islands. Avalon Travel. Page 93. ISBN 9781612383682.
  3. ^ Miller, Courtney (2008). The Rough Guide to the Caribbean. Penguin. Page 422. ISBN 9781405384476.
  4. ^ National Geographic Society (1992). National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks of the United States. Page 92. ISBN 9780870448850.


Coordinates: 18°22′12″N 64°45′25″W / 18.370°N 64.757°W / 18.370; -64.757