Water Island is the fourth largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is a quiet 492-acre island, located in Charlotte Amalie harbor.
The earliest known settlers where the Taino Indians dating back to the 15th century. When Europeans settled on the island they named it because it has lots of fresh water, which was lacking on many of the nearby islands. The United States bought the island in 1944 to protect the submarine base on St. Thomas during World War II. In 1996 the United States transferred ownership to the territorial government. It is now a residential island as well as a place for visitors to enjoy.
On average, the temperatures are always high. The rainy season is in May and November and the coolest month is January.
Water Island: Things to see and do
- Rent a golf cart and explore the island.
- Relax on the beach.
- Go kayaking, hiking, or biking.
- Explore the shoreline at Limestone Bay.
- Spend an afternoon fishing.
- Visit the remains of military fortifications such as Fort Segarra. Fort Segarra was built as part of the US’s defense strategy during World War II. You can explore the tunnels of this uncompleted underground fort.
- Have lunch and drinks at Honeymoon Bay.
Water Island does not have any marinas. The ferry to Water Island from St. Thomas leaves from Crown Bay Marina, just in front of Tickles Restaurant.