Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix

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Reef Island Must See
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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  • September 13, 2017
    We had a wonderful private catamaran tour of the island on a beautiful day. Great spot for snorkeling and a very nice white sand beach and some shade for a picnic lunch. Captain Carl did a great job o...  more »
  • September 11, 2017
    Our boat trip out to buck island was a lot of fun, with beautiful fish, sharks! and a delicious bbq after the snorkeling was done. Recommended.  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    The underwater snorkel trail was super cool! The reef is beautiful and there are signs on the ocean floor for you to read as you follow the trail. I was hoping to see more sea creatures so was a bit d...  more »
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  • May 20, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    Beautiful every time! Swimming and snorkeling are so much fun. Always see turtles and rays!
  • May 18, 2017
    What an amazing place. We went out with Tito and they were so nice and helpful. The scuba diving was amazing
  • May 20, 2017
    One of the best excursions I have ever done anywhere! I would do it again in a heartbeat. Captain Carl was awesome!
  • June 26, 2017
    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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