Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island Reef National Monument
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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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  • dee0419
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    The scenery was unbelievable. Snorkeling there was a highlight of our trip to St Croix! Captain Ali and Guillermo were a delight and easily catered to the different ability levels of our group. They were friendly, courteous, experienced, and simply fun to be around. They were highly educated about the area and were able to answer all questions and give background information about the island. I would highly recommend a tour with these two!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • dpascar
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent half day trip to Buck Island
    We did half day afternoon trip to Buck Island with Big Beard’s and it was fantastic. We were lucky with mild sea conditions and we also got to see green sea turtle hatchlings!! Great snorkeling with plenty of fish and time.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 2, 2023
  • Laura K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great excursion
    We visited as part of an excursion with Big Beard and really enjoyed the day. You can only explore a little. We anchored and practiced snorkeling off the island for 45 min prior to visiting the reef and snorkeling there just off Buck Island.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 28, 2024
  • Lukas
    Clifton, New Jersey3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem of the USVI!
    Beautiful island with an amazing beach. Gets very busy with local tour boats. But, still worth it. No bars or restaurants so bring a picnic with food and drinks. Beautiful sand and water. Highly recommend.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2024
  • harry m
    Christiansted, St. Croix1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable Full-Day Buck Island ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    The Best Day trip Ever on the “Renegade”, Full day with a friend to Buck Island, which has a World-class White Beach with Chrystal Clear Turquoise Waters and Great Snorkeling ! Followed by a short sail trip to another beach for a rustic lunch, “Pirates Atmosphere” with “Rum-Punch” under an old Sail for shade. Great Crew, very attentive, helpful, proactive and Safety Conscious! Thank you Bigbeards!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 14, 2024
  • John B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Captain Ally
    Captain Ally and her crew(Morgan and Cece) were first class from push off. We were never rushed and the snorkeling produced turtles, a cuda, stingrays and more fish than we could count. I don’t want anyone else to find out about St Croix. Don’t go!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 25, 2024
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Dbp47
Chicago, IL49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We did a full day sail to Buck Island with Caribbean Sea Adventures. Caribbean Sea Adventures was an excellent operator and the tour was reasonably priced, but Buck Island itself wasn’t worth the trip in my opinion. The trip out is extremely long and uneventful and the snorkeling once you get there is poor (the corals were heavily damaged by the hurricanes). We found much better snorkeling just across the street from our hotel at the Frederiksted Pier.
Written June 2, 2021
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Lev740
Sacramento, CA113 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Saint Croix US Virgin Island Buck Island snorkeling on September 8, 2021.

Saint Croix was our first stop on Celebrity 12 day cruise. Our selection for the site seeing was snorkeling at the Buck Island. It was offered by the cruise line for $109/person.
After about a 40 min ride across the island thirty two passengers loaded into a small boat which brought us to a remote island to try out and practice with provided snorkeling gear. For a novice snorkeler it was not a pleasant experience and my wife was truly terrified. Not much help was offered to her at that point and the remark from one of the boat members that if she can not handle it there, it is not a good idea to continue with snorkeling at the reef.
After a short ride to the reef she managed to get back to the water and with instructions and assistance from Keys (not sure if I spell his name correctly) she made it through. Surprisingly she decided not to cancel our upcoming snorkeling at St. Marten.
Overall the Buck Island snorkeling looks pretty bleak and all my readings in a travel guides about “stunning array of coral and sea life” was really blown out of proportion.

Wishing Good travels but not snorkeling there.
Written September 26, 2021
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Russ
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Buck Island is beautiful, that is true. But to truly enjoy it, sail with Llewelyn Westerman. His sail boat has no motor, so you get the real sailing experience. He is in his 80's and has been sailing these waters for over 60 years. He refused to take any payment for carrying my 7-year-old granddaughter on the trip. "Little ones ride for free on my boat," he said. This Nevisian captain is an absolute treasure!
Written March 31, 2022
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Richard179
Cebu Island, Philippines27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
So this was a park established by JFK. It is still wonderful even after the damage from hurricanes Maria and Irma. Many charter boats can take you there for reasonable prices. It is really one of the best things to do on St.Croix. Don’t miss it.
Written March 9, 2020
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Laura K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We visited as part of an excursion with Big Beard and really enjoyed the day. You can only explore a little. We anchored and practiced snorkeling off the island for 45 min prior to visiting the reef and snorkeling there just off Buck Island.
Written January 28, 2024
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ViperGirlNY
Watertown, NY102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We are snorkeling enthusiasts and so booking a tour to the Buck Island Reef was on top of our list of things to do while on St. Croix. We booked a full day sail tour out of Christiansted and were taken to Buck Island via catamaran. Once there the first stop was at the beach to the west of Buck Island, it mainly served as a chance to introduce newbies to snorkeling as there wasn't really anything to see there (too sandy so very little visibility and not many fish). After that our boat tied off at the reef itself and boy, what a difference... fish galore and some in schools of 100s or more! The unfortunate part is that a lot of the coral reef got damaged during Maria and subsequently killed the coral. Luckily not all were destroyed and so you still get to see live coral as well. Overall, loved the experience and would definitely go again!
Written December 8, 2020
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Estelle E
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We did a 1/2 cruise to Buck Island with Beg Beard's Adventure tours.. We loved it.! The crew was very efficiant like a well oiled machine. They were very friendly, accommodating, happy and just wonderful! The beach is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. The reef, although pretty beat up there was still some elkhorn coral standing. The reef was teaming with loads of tropical fish. The crew took cheerfuly took care of those whe were not too comfortable in the water. Don't miss this one, well worth the $ and time.
Written September 5, 2021
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nitroxscubadiver
Pinckney, MI178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We took a Big Beards charter over to Buck Island and sat on the beach for about 45 minutes before heading over to the reef to snorkel for about an hour. The day we were there it was pretty choppy which made for a tough swim to get to the reef. I didn't really see much except for 2 large schools of Blue Tangs. My friend did see a large reef shark on the way back to the boat.
Maybe there are more fish out in the open when it's not to rough out.
Written May 7, 2022
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Rachelle Kiesel
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We lived on island for 3 years and this was our 4th trip to Buck Island. The crew on Big Beards have always been informative with a great sense of humor! The boat has a fun vibe. They offer guided tours through the reef. I could have skipped going to the one side of buck island. It has beautiful clear water but not much to see, though I did see a huge stingray, 4-5 feet wide! I always like exploring the reef and while the hurricane 4 years ago along with ocean bleaching and human abuse has destroyed much of the reef, it is starting to come back to life and develop more color and regardless is still interesting to see! Never disappointed with Buck Island or Big Beards!
Written June 30, 2021
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Michael W
Redding, CT1,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We visited the reef monument on our half day trip to Buck Island with Big Beard’s Adventures and it was very enjoyable. We followed our guide through the whole trail then were given plenty of time to explore on our own. It’s well worth the trip.
Written August 23, 2021
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