This is from 1994, but hope none of it has changed! Snorkeling in St. John - so fun, and so beautiful! Now, that was our first time to snorkel, so we weren't very adventurous...something about breathing under water was a "mind-thing" for me
So quiet and peaceful, and the island of St. John very pretty; we were there only to snorkel in bay, didn't see rest of island. St. Maarten is one of our favorite places! We were there a day, rented a car, and armed with our maps, off we went! Stopped to eat local crab cakes, visited a little bar, spent a couple of hours on beaches, looked around...just very relaxing, slow paced day. Only pressure was to keep looking at the watch to make sure we allowed enough time to return car, and get back to ship! You will love both of those islands...please get off the ship, but have a plan when you do, in my opinion.