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. Work out when and for how long to visit Buck Island Reef National Monument and other St. Croix attractions using our handy St. Croix online trip itinerary builder.
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  • This National monument, is thanks to President Obama, now protected and greatly expanded. Even if you are not a person who enjoys under water adventure, go if only to enjoy the island itself. Under.....  more »
  • So this was a park established by JFK. It is still wonderful even after the damage from hurricanes Maria and Irma. Many charter boats can take you there for reasonable prices. It is really one of the....  more »
  • The water was a little wavy however the visibility under water was quite good. We saw a good variety of beautiful fish and enjoyed our snorkeling in that area.  more »
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  • The gem of St Croix. Beautiful beach and good snorkeling. You can also hike to the top. It's a national park and there's no shops or commerce of any kind. Just nature.
  • A very beautiful place to go snorkeling and have a BBQ on a nice day.The beaches and water are heaven on earth.
  • Enjoyed a day trip over to Buck Island with Big Beard! The snorkeling was amazing!
  • An amazing experience. A beautiful National Monument.

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