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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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Best snorkeling I've had in the Caribbean

Been snorkeling at St Thomas, St John, St Kitts, and Grand Cayman. This takes the cake. You absolutely can't leave the island without doing this.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Been snorkeling at St Thomas, St John, St Kitts, and Grand Cayman. This takes the cake. You absolutely can't leave the island without doing this.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Went out with Big Beards today to Buck Island. It was absolutely beautiful. One of the larger areas of coral I've snorkeled (and I've done a lot). Swam with a few sea turtles (the highlight for me), and saw amazing fish and coral. Great experience. Would definitely recommend. The only downside is that the government makes you wear life vests... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Snorkeling was great woth the kids their first time snorkeling. The beach and water are beyond pictures.

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Atoka, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We recently snorkeled here and enjoyed the reef and surroundings! It was remarkable to see all the different fish and sea life! We would go back in a heartbeat!

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Randolph, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Went on a 1/2 day snorkeling trip to Buck Island with my 18 year old daughter and 15 year old son. T say it was spectacular is an understatement! The crystal clear turquoise water is perfect, providing outstanding visibility. It is impossible to say who enjoyed our snorkeling tip more, me or the kids. Visiting Buck Island is a must... More 

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Newnan, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

When visiting St.Croix, Buck Island is a MUST! The most beautiful blue water I've ever seen. My husband and I have been to many Carribean Islands but this little Island was the most picturesque. I'm so glad my kids were able to see this! However . . . I would not use Llewelyn Charters again. I read great reviews about... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Did the Buck Island tour and it is well worth it. Do the half day, that is plenty. 1.5 hrs of snorkle, 1.5 hrs of beach and the beach is ranked in the top 10 beaches in the world and it is. The sand is the softest I have experienced and the water is a perfect crystal blue.

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Dover, nj
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

No colorful coral, fish are ok, but small. Better places to snorkel in Maui, Grand Cayman and Key West

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This definitely was one of the highlights of our trip to St. Croix! We used Big Beard's Buck Island Tours, and the crew was fabulous! Great to instruct first time snorkelers and also fantastic with the younger kids on the boat! We went to Turtle Beach (one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen) to get acquainted with... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A lot of the coral was hurricane damaged, and the underwater markers aren't much, but we saw a nurse shark, lobster, lots of nice coral, and it was fun. We went with Llewellen Westerman, a 78 year old black man from Nevis and local legend, and he and helper Dave and the boat were awesome.

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Address: Address: 17. 786505, -64. 626944, St. Croix
Phone Number: 340-773-1460
Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. Croix

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