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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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OUT OF THIS WORLD

My first snorkeling trip was to Buck Island. I found this to be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Take the Jolly Roger out for a perfect day of sailing and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Wendy M
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

My first snorkeling trip was to Buck Island. I found this to be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Take the Jolly Roger out for a perfect day of sailing and snorkeling.

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Hays, Kansas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We visited the National Reef Monument with the staff of. Big Beards,John and. Chrissy! They were so respectful of the reef and educational to us as tourists. Beautiful reef and snorkeling experience!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I wish it well and support what they are trying to do to bring the reef back from hurricanes, over fishing, etc. But ... it has a ways to go. The fish population has made a huge comeback in the last decade or so but it is still sort of hohum for snorkeling. The beach area where we were allowed... More 

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Spring, Texas, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We chartered out with the Jolly Roger crew ( which were awesome ) to Buck Island with much anticipation only to be disappointed by the lack of live coral. The beach is beautiful and the crew were awesome BUT if you are looking to see an awesome reef, this is not the place to go.

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Boston
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Captain Carl was an excellent guide for our snorkeling trip to Buck Island. He's been sailing all his life (he appears to be 35-40 yrs of age of German decent) and knows Buck Island, and the surrounding waters, as good as anyone in the area. He gave us a guided snorkeling tour of the reef off Buck island, and showed... More 

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Clinton, Connecticut, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A group of us went on the Buck Island Charters smaller Trimaran the Dragonfly with Cptn Carl. Great experience, great snorkeling, the beaches on Buck Island are gorgeous. I recommend taking the hiking trail on the island, it is a moderate 35-40 min hike, (take drinking water) it goes all the way up to a neat observation point, fantastic views.... More 

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asheville, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is an amazing place to see the underwater life. The tours are not cheap, but the only way to go. You will not see this elsewhere.

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New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Buck Island is a must for snorkelling. The national monument still has good coral, and beautiful fish. The water is a bit rough, but managable and worth it. We took the Teroro II with Capt. Karl and enjoyed the trip very much. I liked the idea of going by catamaran, with no use of the motor. They take you to... More 

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Borden, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Overall a very nice day did the 1/2 day tour the crew was very good on the big beard boat,though we had a roof water day. The reef itself looks like a bone yard. I did see a ray lobster and a huge school of purple fish once all the other snorkelers had returned to the boat.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Took the Jolly Roger with Captain Mike to snorkel. You need to do both. Great snorkeling off the reefs and great beach.

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