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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
Type: Islands, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reefs, Bars
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, Bars
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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Los Angeles
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a must do when visiting st. Croix, I'm not a very good snorkeler but this tour was fantastic, there is a lot of coral and sea life that is indescribable! We took the half day tour from 9:30-1 And we didn't want to leave. And on our way back in the boat we saw 3 dolphins! The tour... More 

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Houston, TX
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

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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Issaquah, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We were going to book with Big Beard until we saw pictures of the packed boats. I then did research and found about Captain Lew and his beautiful sailboat. It's the only charter boat without an engine and seats 6. We couldn't have been happier with them. He's such a character and his "first mate" David was amazingly helpful with... More 

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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