Virgin Islands Anchoring and Mooring around Saint John
Anchoring and Mooring Coral Bay St. John

If you are looking for information about anchoring or mooring around Saint John, this page should point you in the right direction.  We have provided many links to guide you to the information needed to anchor and moor within the Virgin Islands National Park, as well as all around Saint John.   A very important link to the pamphlet, Rules and Regulations for Mooring and Anchoring Vessels in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has been provided and is a must read.  These rules and regulations were implemented in 1992 and are still in effect today.

Virgin Islands National Park Service

Here is a link to QUICK MOORING INFORMATION from the Virgin Islands National Park.


Virgin Islands Department of Planning & Natural Resources

This governmental agency oversees boat and fishing licenses, as well as anchoring, mooring or cruising permits, fees, and regulations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.



Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association VIPCA

The MARINE DIRECTORY published by the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association provides very useful information about offshore, emergency, yacht services, provisioning, marinas and clubs, and scuba diving.

Puma Fuel Dock -- Saint John USVI

SAINT JOHN FUEL DOCK:  Puma Fuel Dock, Saint John —  Adjacent to the National Park Visitor Center — (340) 693-8771


Safe responsible boating on the territorial waters of the United States Virgin Islands is the responsibility of each user group.  The commercial, recreational and freight vessel operators together utilize the Territory’s waterways to make a living, for commercial and recreational enjoyment of our marine resources, and to transfer goods and people.  Safe boating does not happen by chance.

The territorial waters of the Virgin Islands are busy and become busier during the months of October through May of each year; therefore, boating safety in a responsible manner ensures safe operations and positive experiences on our waterways.  It is the responsibility of each vessel operator to know and comply with the Territory’s boating laws that seek to protect each user group, preserve and conserve our marine resources, and guarantee a safe and pleasant experience on the waterways of the United States Virgin Islands. Your safety and an enjoyable experience on our waterways are our goals at the Department of Planning & Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Enforcement.

We want you to enjoy your marine experience.  Take time to learn more about how to “Boat Smart” by taking a boating safety course.  Be a responsible boater by being mindful of our marine environment, staying alert, operating in a responsible manner and wearing your life jacket at all times, especially when underway.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of Boating Safety:


    1. Stay Alert
    2. Operate in a responsible manner
    3. Comply with the Territory’s boating laws
    4. Take a “Boating Safety” course
    5. File a “Float Plan”
    6. Have adequate amount of fuel based on intended distance
    7. Perform inspection on the boat before putting it in the water
    8. Children 17 & under must wear a Personal Flotation Device (life jacket) at all times
    9. Personal Flotation Devices must be properly fitted for each body type and size
    10. Ensure a fire extinguisher is onboard
    11. Ensure first-aid kit is readily available
    12. Check the weather forecast before leaving port
    13. Be aware of swimmers when approaching shallow water and anchoring


    1. Do not operate a vessel while under the influence
    2. Do not operate without a current registration
    3. Do not overpack your vessel with equipment or passengers
    4. Do not operate a boat without proper inspection of boat and equipment
    5. Do not speed in any harbors or designated mooring areas; speed limit is (5) miles an hour in these areas
    6. Do not boat in oncoming weather
~Source:  Dept. of Planning & Natural Resources
Designated Moorings and Long Term Anchoring Areas in the VI