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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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Los Angeles, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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25 helpful votes 25 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
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

As a former resident of St. Croix I had been to Buck Island numerous times, It seemed each time was better than the last, but Captain Hinez' trip on the Teroro blew all the other trips away. It was a perfect day for sailing and snorkeling and Captain Heinz seemed to be enjoying it as much as we were. There... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Buck island is beautiful, but most of it is not accessible as the sea turtle nests are not to be disturbed. You can swim in the surf, or sit in the sun on the sand. If you are looking for a beach with refreshments, this is not the one for you. Snorkeling the reef was nice, but it is obvious... More

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