On Friday, December 2nd, Virgin Islands National Park was awarded the coveted Blue Flag designation for Trunk Bay Beach, considered one of the ten best beaches in the world and the park's most popular destination.
After almost a year of water testing, assessment of criteria by the Blue Flag jury (both regional and international) and development of a Blue Flag sign, the actual flag was awarded during a ceremony held at the beach.
Trunk Bay provides a fun educational experience for visitors who snorkel on the underwater trail. Visitors snorkeling over the trail are able to read plaques which identify different species of fish and coral.
Virgin Islands National Park is the first site within the National Park Service to receive the Blue Flag designation – a significant milestone, as the park embraces Director Jarvis' “Call to Action” to achieve a standard of excellence in cultural and natural resource stewardship that serves as a model throughout the world.
This international designation recognizes beaches and marinas worldwide that meet and continuously maintain established high standards for water quality, environmental management, safety and visitor services, and environmental education and information.
Trunk Bay was among four beaches in the US Virgin Islands to receive the Blue Flag designation. The program is supported by the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, the Hotel and Tourism Association, and the Conservation Association. Funding for the Trunk Bay educational sign was provided by the Friends of Virgin Island National Park.