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“Don't expect beautiful coral when snorkeling.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Buck Island Cove

Buck Island Cove
St. Croix
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Ranked #2 of 59 Attractions in St. Croix
Type: Reefs, Nature & Parks
Activities: Scuba diving, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: About two miles northeast of St. Croix, Buck Island Cove, with its large and spectacular reef, is a snorkeler’s dream.
south carolina
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“Don't expect beautiful coral when snorkeling.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

I did an afternoon trip here expecting to find some great snorkeling, but discovered that hurricane Hugo destroyed all the coral and it has not come back. There is a lot of marine live to view, however. And the beach is pristine at the other end of the island. It's still worth the trip.

Visited November 2013
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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“Snorkeling experience of a lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

My husband & I just returned from a week long trip to St Croix. We took a snorkel trip with Big Beard and had an amazing day on the ocean. We enjoyed the sail out to Buck Island, the snorkeling in the reef where we saw two 3-4ft lemon sharks, the bbq on the beach and the ever flowing rum punch along the sail back. What a great experience I would recommend to anyone looking for an adventure.

Visited October 2013
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Winter Haven, Florida
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“A must see adventure when in St. Croix”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This is a national monument and can only be visited by boat. Please respect it and its beauty when here. We took a tour that let us snorkel an hour and say a school of blue tang (at least 200) lots of other fish and coral. I felt like I was swimming in a giant aquarium. Coral is mostly dead, but with concerted efforts it has begun to grow again. That was wonderful to see as we have snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef and hope that st croix could become that pretty a landmark of live beauty. Afterwards we went to the island, no landing the boat so we had to swim ashore. Softest sand I have ever felt. Don't miss this one.

Visited September 2013
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St. Michaels, Maryland
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“Natural Beauty Beyond Compare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

spectacular snorkeling - sea life galore and beautiful coral reefs - only accessible by boat and it is a wonderful boat ride to get there. Buck Island is a US National Monument and the land and waters are all protected - our captain on the Blue Beard tour was extremely knowledgeable we couldn't have had a better trip!

Visited August 2013
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“Dramatic coral reefs and idyllic beach!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A great day trip! We went with Big Beards' catamaran and had an amazing day. They also offer a BBQ complete with hot dogs, burgers, mahi and rum punch!!

Visited July 2013
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