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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  • Great location, though I was taken back by the underwater signs in such a beautiful natural setting.  more »
  • We used the Caribbean Sea Adventures to go snorkel Buck Island and it was fantastic! The first trip was with two very knowledgeable and personable young ladies who made the trip entertaining, educatio...  more »
  • One of the best snorkeling experiences. Underwater coral path is truly amazing! Great sea life. Would recommend big beard for the excursion.  more »
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