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Buck Island Reef National Monument

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Address: 17. 786505, -64. 626944, St. Croix
Phone Number: 340-773-1460
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Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Hiking
Description: Lying 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St. Croix, this 880-acre...
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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The coolest snorkeling experience I have had to date! The grotto was so cool with lots of fish and coral. I saw 2 huge barracudas too. The water was rough though and it was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The coolest snorkeling experience I have had to date! The grotto was so cool with lots of fish and coral. I saw 2 huge barracudas too. The water was rough though and it was a long path to swim. The company that took us out there were out snorkeling with us with lifesavers for people to grab onto if they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Turtle beach is picture perfect and the water almost glows. Snorkeling around Buck island is great. Well worth visiting.

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Michigan
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Absolutely the best snorkeling we have done. We saw sharks, dolphins, turtles, tons of coral and great fish. Then we had a wonderful and relaxing afternoon on the beach of the deserted island. We hiked, swam, collected shells and watched endangered pelicans hunt. It was amazing. A MUST do for visitors to St. Croix. Even our 3 and 6 year... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The water is as clear as bathwater, beautiful, calm and very very turquoise blue. It was amazing and for all you snorkelers, you will never see anything like this anywhere else. I just played in the water the entire time it was so refreshing.

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Sonoma, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Buck Island is about a 30-40 minute sail from St. Croix. There are several different companies that sail there. Prices seem similar -- $75 per person for 1/2 day and $100+ with a late afternoon bar-b-q. We did the 1/2 day. All the boat trips stop at the same places -- we know this since we saw all the boats... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We've been to Buck Island a number of times over the years both on day boats and private sails. Its a beautiful island and the snorkeling is great. I recommend using Llewellyns charter he uses a Great boat and limits his passengers to 6, so it's never crowded. If you have a larger group we can recommend Captain Heinz and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Plenty to see. Very pleasant spot. Be prepared to swim a way if you want to see a good range of coral and fish. We were on a private boat so we had a bit more time to time to explore.

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Did a day trip on carribean sea adventures. excellent outfit. we had one person that was comfortable snorkeling, but they worked with her and she had a wonderful time. We brought our luch with us, they provided the cooler and drinks. Offered a rum and coke on the way back.

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Yukon, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

It was amazing to see all the fish and the underwater monuments. I have never seen so many fish in one place in my life. It was like being in an aquarium with thousands of fish, beautiful parrot fish and even some barracudas.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We took a tour with Big Beards Adventure Tour and I would rate them a 5. The reef itself however was lacking the diversity that I had expected to see. The snorkel trail was pretty and I saw a great many fish, but for the most part it was the same couple of species over and over again.

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