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Buck Island Reef National Monument

Address: Buck Island, St. Croix
Phone Number: 340-773-1460
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Ranked #5 of 60 Attractions in St. Croix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Hiking
Owner description: Lying 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St. Croix, this 880-acre...
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Type: Islands, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, 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 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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columbia, Md
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Everyone needs to experience this National Monument with it's underwater trails, soft sand beaches. It's lucky for us that President Kennedy had the prescience to declare this place a National Monument. Just special.

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Oslo, Norway
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139 reviews 139 reviews
47 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Since we have been snorkling many Places in the world and seen the Wonders under the surface With beautiful Corals and fantastic fishes then this is nothing. You go out in a boat and you will be parted in Groups and swim together With a leader. It can be ok for People who have never done it before, but borring... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The snorkeling was amazing. The beaches were gorgeous. The only problem was that in order to get from the boat to the beach, you had to swim making it challenging to bring towels, camera and lunch.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We went on a 4 hour trip on Big Beard's Adventures. The pilot and assistant were lovely and the boat was peaceful (the 1/2 day boat is motorized while the day long trip is a sail boat). We arrived at Buck Island Reef and I decided to hike to the observation platform on one of the highest points on the... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We booked this activity from our cruise ship. If you have the time, book the excursion once on land and take the all day catamaran trip to the beach. Our's was just the snorkel. We were sandwiched into a small fishing type boat and drove about 30 min to a spot off shore. The water was very rough when we... More 

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Los Angeles
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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is a trip for boaters and swimmers who love to snorkel. JFK made Buck Island after visiting, and it remains open only to those licensed to go ashore. The ADVENTURE is a large power Catamaran boat, and can take about 30 visitors aboard, with Snorkel instructions and guided tours. I recommend this tour highly...

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Georgia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
50 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Buck Island is definitely one of the best snorkeling stops I've ever been to. The reefs and coral were spectacular to look at. It's illegal to touch the reefs so you have to be careful in the shallow areas. Be on the lookout for plenty of fish and lots of sea urchins. I came on the Jolly Roger and had... More 

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

If you visit St. Croix you must visit this place. We have used BigBeards. Clear water. Lots of fish and coral to see. The surf was high and the current was strong but it was worth the effort.

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Nov. 2014. My girlfriend & I vacationed in St. Croix without our husbands. We wanted to snorkel but feel safe. That's what we got. Sailing to Buck Island with Captain Carl Heinz from Christiansted with 6 others was a highlight of our 9 day vacation. It was my friends 1st snorkeling & she loved it. The water is a beautiful... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a must stop on any trip to St. Croix. I have been snorkeling in Hawaii and Bora Bora, and while Bora Bora is hard to beat, Buck Island Reef National Monument was gorgeous. I am so happy this is a protected area. The reef was largely dead until fishing was banned and now that the reef is regrowing,... More 

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