Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix

(4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Explore the protected barrier reef at Buck Island Reef National Monument, a small island reserve around 2.4 km (1.5 mi) north of Saint Croix. The naturally abundant island and surrounding waters--3.6 sq km (1.4 sq mi) total--have enjoyed protection under U.S. law since 1961. An elkhorn coral barrier reef surrounds a large portion of the island, creating an ecosystem for a large variety of fish, reef sharks, and rays. Snorkel around the reef, following an underwater trail signposting the natural inhabitants of each section. Back on dry land, rest up on one of the pristine beaches and take a stroll along the main walking routes. Plan to visit Buck Island Reef National Monument and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended St. Croix attractions using our St. Croix itinerary planner.
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  • We actually went in May 2015. This place is one of a kind. The wind and currents were horrible the day we went, they almost cancelled the boat. I am so glad they didn't, we loved snorkeling. The water...  more »
  • Nine of us went to Buck Island for a picnic lunch, a few cocktails, and to enjoy the beach. We took a 20' Boston Whaler out of Green Cay Marina so the ride was about 20 minutes total. Since we went on...  more »
  • We went to Buck Island with Caribbean Sea Adventures -- or something like that. Signed up on the waterfront for an afternoon's adventure. Paid $50 per person. The pleasant boat ride out there was wort...  more »
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  • Gorgeous beach. Took big beards tour. Absolutely worth the money. We stopped at the beach first which was absolutely perfect. The reef snorkeling was pretty good. Sad to see so much dead coral though.
  • Awesome place. A must do when visiting the island. Have to go through a tour company that has license with the parks but it does not dissapoint.
  • This is where I want to be when I'm at work. The environment is absolutely stunning. A breathtaking preserve with great snorkeling. The coral has seen better days, but it's still worth visiting. The wildlife makes for fantastic opportunities of species observation.
  • Holy Cow!!! Largest coral heads and coral garden in the Virgin Islands. This should not be confused with Buck Island, St. Thomas, which is focused on sea grass beds and green sea turtle snorkel adventures.
  • Loved the beach at Buck Island! Definitely a must see!