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Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island, St. Croix
340-773-1460
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Ranked #1 of 3 nightlife in St. Croix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Reefs, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Hiking
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The bad: Pack 40 people onto a boat, travel for 30 minutes each way doing and seeing nothing, arrive at the snorkeling site and fight the waves trying to snorkel. The good: snorkeling was pretty good and there were some interesting fish. The crew were also excellent and attentive to the passengers and very gentle with the poorer snorkelers. We... More

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Greve, Denmark
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55 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

If one want to experience the beautiful Caribbean sea, and what is under the surface, you have to go to Buck Island. It is possible to be at sea level, and look down on one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Buck Island is regarded as a national monument, which says something about how special it is.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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26 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Loved the "guided" tours via plaques on the ocean floor. The coral reef was amazing and almost a little intimidating. The fish were absolutely stunning. I appreciated the fact that you couldn't take any seashells from the beach [even though i really, really wanted a conch shell that i found]. It was a little windy the day we went out... More

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Buck Island sits on the north east side of St. Croix. It has it's own reef with an abundance of different varieties of fish. The only way to get here is by boat. Lubbers can take a Catamaran tour boat from Christiansted and mariners can sail in provided they have a draft of less than 6 feet, as there are... More

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Toronto, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took a half-day snorkel tour organized by our cruise ship to Buck Island Reef. Our snorkelling experience was great - beautiful coral and lots of tropical fish. Sat on the front of the boat on the way back - beautiful scenery back to the shore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I can see why this is a National monument, this was without question the highlight of the trip. The marine life and coral are unbelievable. There are many different groups that will take you to here, we chose a sail boat which was cool in itself. But the snorkeling here is the main attraction the beach was O.K. but I... More

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La.
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

White sand beaches with sand as soft as powder. Beautiful unspoiled waters. We saw endangered brown pelicans nesting on the eastern side of the island. Waters are calmer on the eastern side of the island. Beautiful fish and coral to explore on the west side of the island. 1/2 day snorkel trip with Big Beards.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We were fortunate to have Miles, Rachel and Dave escort my whole family on a private charter to Buck Island. Miles shared his vast knowledge of the island and years of experience, while Rachel piloted the vessel, and Dave fitted the family with snorkeling gear. We had (10) people ranging in age from 1yr. to 73 and they made everyone... More

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New York NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Sweet aquamarine water, white sand beaches and some incredible marine life to be seen. Thanks President Clinton for expanding the area under protection. The corals are coming back; the fish are amazing to watch. we used Caribbean Sea Adventures for our guided tour of the reef. Was really lovely and the crew were all very helpful as I tried to... More

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Milford
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

If you want a truly unique experience sailing to Buck Island, go with Llewellen! First, it's a full day trip with up to 6 people! You will not be crowded on a noisy boat. You will get to enjoy a nice quiet sail with Llewellen and Dave. They are wonderful people and so knowledgeable about the island and quite frankly,... More

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