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 took a tour w/ Caribbean Sea Adventures to Buck Island. We saw a variety of reef fish and some incredible coral formations while we snorkeled the drift. The coral was mostly dead, but the...  more »
  • Went here on a snorkel tour and the beach was amazing with all of the turtle nests and tracks! The reef was fun, saw several Caribbean reef squid and lots of fish!  more »
  • Beautiful boat ride out to the island. The Snorkeling was fantastic, awesome tropical fish were abundant. Make sure your comfortable with snorkeling, as a few guests got back on the boat, as they.....  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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