Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix

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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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  • My wife and I took a sailing trip to Buck Island on our visit to St. Croix. It was our first visit to the Island and was able to go snorkeling and really see the reef. We had a wonderful time and will...  more »
  • The snorkeling here was comparable to Belize. Stunning. Pack a cooler and extra sunscreen. Its a half day trip 9am-2pm. It takes about an hour to get there. Then you get about an hour of snorkeling an...  more »
  • wonderful beaches and clear water. Great play to just lay in water or beach and be with the beauty of the islands. 
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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!