Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix

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Must see · Reef · Nature / Park
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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  • We did a full day sail to Buck Island with Caribbean Sea Adventures. Caribbean Sea Adventures was an excellent operator and the tour was reasonably priced, but Buck Island itself wasn’t worth the...  more »
  • Did this tour with Big Beards and I’d recommend it. Easy to book and reasonably priced. Good crew, amazing weather and water clarity. Saw plenty of cool fish and enjoyed the underwater markers. Would....  more »
  • Went out to Buck Island with Frankie and Bethany—They were absolutely outstanding and a super fun crew! We did the full day trip, hiked, snorkeled, played beach games and enjoyed the amazing clear...  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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