Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix
(4.6/5 based on 550+ 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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  • The government is underwater, but this underwater experience is worthwhile. You can take a sail charter from several vendors, who will take you on a 4, 5, or 8 hour trip. Ours was 5 hours on the Tergo...  more »
  • This is a MUST DO if you are visiting St. Croix. There are many businesses with boats to take you there. If you want a smaller group, there are charter boats that take 6 or less passengers. The bigger...  more »
  • We did a half day snorkel trip with Big Beards and loved every minute. We had practice snorkel time in a sandy area before going to the coral. Everyone was given good information and I loved how they ...  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!