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Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island, St. Croix
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Ranked #1 of 3 Nightlife in St. Croix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Houston, TX
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

The beach is pretty, but nothing outstanding or different than any other Caribbean beach. The reef is terrible. The "signs" are damaged and have not been updated since they were installed. The current is strong and dangerous to weak swimmers. There is some fantastic snorkeling in St. Croix. This is not it!

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was a highlight of our trip! The people that run the tour are great! We sat in the front of the catamaran. They stop on one side of the island so the nubes can learn how to snorkle. The rest of us could either swim, snorkle or walk the beautiful island. We chose to snorkle. We stayed for about... More

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Christiansted, St. Croix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

How can you describe something that pulls at the strings of your heart so vividly? It's almost impossible to translate these feelings into words but I will try! Mainly because if I could share the things i see with my heart's eye with even one other person, then I consider my mission to be a success. BUCK ISLAND is a... More

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Christiansted, null, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I am a resident of St Croix..born and raised here..moved back home in 2002 haven't been to Buck Island since I was a child forgot how beautiful and amazing that island is...I organized a trip for over 20 family members and friends to go out to Buck Island on August 17, 2014 with THE BEST TOUR COMPANY MILES MARK.... I... More

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California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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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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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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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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