History of Henley Cay, St John, USVI

Often overlooked for more popular snorkeling destinations, this unassuming 11 acre cay holds some interesting history as well as first-class shallow water snorkeling.

During St John’s 1733 Slave Revolt, Henley Cay was a safe haven for woman and children of the north shore plantations. They escaped to Henley before being transferred to the safety of St Thomas.

In the late 40’s the son of the island’s owner, Marine Commandant Roger Humphrey, crashed his plane into Henley during an acrobatic maneuver that resulted in his death. Evidence of the plane can still be seen today.

In 1948 Robert and Nancy Gibney ( former owners of the property behind Gibney Beach on Hawksnest Bay, St John) made Henley their home for over 3 years before buying the property on Hawksnest Bay!

Today, Henley Cay is protected as part of the Virgin Islands National Park on St John, USVI.

History of Henley Cay, St John