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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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The water was fantastic. Snorkeling was fun. Best part of the St Croix trip. Took a 4 hour hour tour and it was a lot of fun.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The water was fantastic. Snorkeling was fun. Best part of the St Croix trip. Took a 4 hour hour tour and it was a lot of fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit. Took Big Beards tour for half a day. That was the perfect amount of time. Loved it! Mike & John were awesome. They only thing I would criticize is the water is very chopping & it's harder to snorkel here that most places we have been

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We went with Big Beard tours... great boat, instruction, service, entertainment. Full day tour with lunch. yum. some of the best snorkeling i have experienced in years. Highlight of St. Croix.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We went with Big Beard and had the best time snorkeling. We've seen more fish here than any other snorkeling excursion and we have been snorkeling all across the Caribbean as well as in hawaii. The coral trail was majestic and house so many different kinds of wildlife. We even saw a shark!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Pure enjoyment. The underwater trail was superb. Don't use the big tourist boats to get out there. Search out a good private boat. We highly recommend Llewellyn's Charter. He can fit up to six people on his sailboat. Captain Lew has been doing this sail for over 40 years and gets you there FAST! If you want to be the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The reef is worth checking out, but be prepared to see a lot of dead coral - 40-60% of the reef was bleached out just over 10 years ago - there are a lot of vibrant fish to see as well as barracuda and sea turtles, but we must work to preserve this national treasure - be mindful to swim... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Buck Island snorkeling is great. the trick is how to get there and stay there. Ideally, you would want to snorkel for an hour, rest, then snorkel again. I don't know who offers that except a boutique type outfit. Blackbeard adventure was great in sailing there, spending time on the island, then snorkeling and lunch but the extra 1/2 day... More 

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Darien, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The water remains amazingly clear. The volume of fish are down from what you might have experienced 30 years ago - but so it is across much of the Caribbean (I understand). Nonetheless, this is a remarkable place and all within 20' of the surface.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We used Big Beard's Adventure Tours to get to Buck Island and the crew was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We only did the half-day tour and I felt, that was enough time to enjoy the beach and the reef. The reef itself is good, but I definitely seen better. Not very many fish, other than some Nurse Sharks!!!! and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We did an excursion with Cool Boats while in port for the day and really enjoyed the snorkeling at Buck Island. The highlights of the first spot was being able to see the sea turtles feed along the bottom and then swim up occasionally for air. The second spot was in a small cove and had part of a shipwreck... More 

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