Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix

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Reef Island
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 snorkeled here 20 years ago and it was amazing. We snorkeled again a few days ago and it was somewhat disappointing -- not only compared to 20 years ago, but also compared to free off-the-beach sno...  more »
  • Well worth a visit for the superb views as you draw near to the island, the unspoiled landscape of white sand beach, clear blue water & rich green forest in the backdrop. The coral is plentiful albeit...  more »
  • We chose this as a last minute addition to our trip itinerary and am so glad we did. We've snorkeled throughout the BVIs and USVI and would rank BI up there with some of the best. I've never seen so m...  more »
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  • Snorkeling here is phenomenal. Went on a full day sailing trip with Caribbean Sea Adventures and it was worth every penny. There is an overlook at the top, about a 45 minute hike but the view once you get there is rewarding.
  • Beautiful every time! Swimming and snorkeling are so much fun. Always see turtles and rays!
  • What an amazing place. We went out with Tito and they were so nice and helpful. The scuba diving was amazing
  • One of the best excursions I have ever done anywhere! I would do it again in a heartbeat. Captain Carl was awesome!
  • The. Bestest. Beach. Ever. My favorite out of the whole US Virigin Islands. The water was soooo blue, all shades of blue. It was so pretty and super clear and I wanted to drink it, haha! That's how refreshing and appealing it was to the eyes. The sand was so soft and white. It was paradise. Be forewarned as the only way to get to this secluded island is by a boat licensed to come there. You can either come here full or half day and prices range from $75-100. Money well spent. I can't stop raving enough about this beach and island. The beach is called Turtle Beach and the island itself is Buck. It was not crowded and there were only 6 of us on the island. I loved it, and definitely encourage anyone to put this on their bucket list as it has made my top ten beaches of forever and a lifetime! Go!

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