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Buck Island Reef National Monument

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Address: 17. 786505, -64. 626944, St. Croix
Phone Number: 340-773-1460
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Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Hiking
Description: Lying 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St. Croix, this 880-acre...
Lying 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St. Croix, this 880-acre national monument includes 176 acres of land surrounded by 704 acres of water and coral reef system; it is a paradise for snorkelers, and the deep grottos and labyrinths are perfect for experienced scuba divers to explore.
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Must do of St Croix, snorkeling paradise.

If there is only one thing you can do in St Croix, going to Buck Island is it. I took the snorkeling excursion that I arranged through Big Beard's in Christiansted and I couldn't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

If there is only one thing you can do in St Croix, going to Buck Island is it. I took the snorkeling excursion that I arranged through Big Beard's in Christiansted and I couldn't have been happier. Regardless of how you get there you must snorkel this reef. The colors, aquatic life, reef, all spectacular. I could have stayed for... More 

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Omaha
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Buck Island was beautiful. We found several sea turtle tracks leading to and from the nesting area. We were not at the beach for very long but long enough to snorkel. While snorkeling here we saw a sea turtle grazing. The water is very calm here. We took a Big Beard sail and snorkel trip here but you can also... More 

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Lompoc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My step mom and I went on The Caribbean Sea Adventure sail with Grant and Britta. They were very friendly and Britta makes great rum drinks! The snorkeling was great but Turtle Beach was definitely the highlight my whole trip to St. Croix.

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Miramar Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

very worthwhile - beautiful and largely unspoiled reef. make sure to get at least an hour to 90 minutes exploring - our trip was too short and then we were taken to the beach which was very nice but would have liked more time looking at sea life

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This place is a beautiful reef that hosts many species of tropical fish and coral and an established trail with fish identification markers. Some of the larger staghorn or elkhorn corals are dead and lay in big broken stacks, but there are so many other varieties that are thriving and seem quite healthy. Scuba equipment is not necessary and snorkel... More 

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Kansas City Mo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was a great trip, we had a blast. We don't drink so this was very good and not the typical booze cruse you find going snorkeling. Very pretty sand beach and nice snorkeling. I would highly recommend Llewellyn Westerman. Cost was in line with all others, but there were only six people so I didn’t have to worry about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We took a snorkel trip to Buck Island. The beach is beautiful! We ended up going for the hike around the island, but we didn't realize that the hike exit is on the complete opposite side of the island and we had to walk through the water to get back to our boat! Other than that, we had a wonderful... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

If you like white sand beaches and crystal clear water, you have to come here. The beach and water is so amazing, can't really describe it. When you think of the perfect beach this is it. We've been to mexico, jamaca, Dominican Republic, st croix, hawaii, florida and NOTHING compares to buck island for white sand beaches and clear waters.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

would really like to go back and dive this site. Some of it was a little too deep to free dive well. Sad to see the boneyard of the corals destroyed in the hurricanes, but neat at the same time. Mother nature does her thing. Take the time to get to this natural wonder. Loved the signage on the bottom... More 

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Claremore, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The beach absolutely beautiful! When we rode out to the reef and took the guided snorkel tour enjoyed it but there was no color. The fun of that snorkeling was how rough it was which was fun but for a novice snorkeler may be intimidating. The beach snorkeling was very calm.

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