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Buck Island Cove

St. Croix
+1 340-773-2628
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1st stop on snorkle tour

this is a beautiful sandy beach and it was the first stop onthe BigBeard tour of Buck Island. We... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2015
Boston, MA
A big disappointment

Tour was through Royal Caribbean. Ride to boat was hot and nothing was said about island on the... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2015
Hartford, Connecticut
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About two miles northeast of St. Croix, Buck Island Cove, with its large and spectacular reef, is a snorkeler’s dream.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed November 9, 2015

this is a beautiful sandy beach and it was the first stop onthe BigBeard tour of Buck Island. We stopped and went down the ladder and jumped into the water to give our snorkle gear a try. There are picnic tables in the snade if...More

Thank bosrocker51
Reviewed October 11, 2015

Tour was through Royal Caribbean. Ride to boat was hot and nothing was said about island on the way over. Boat ride was very crowded. I can't imagine it was legal to have that many people in the boat. Snorkeling equipment looked dirty and I...More

Thank Nutmeg502011
Reviewed October 5, 2015

This place is amazing. A bunch of options for how you can visit. You def have to take a chartered tour because the snorkeling area is full of traffic. Gorgeous ride on the boat to and from the island, and a lot of history. Some...More

1  Thank kellytan1026
Reviewed September 21, 2015

A must for all who visit St. Croix!!! The water is so clear and the guides made the snorkel so enjoyable.

Thank Cyndi F
Reviewed September 2, 2015

Pristine beach you'll need a boat or excursion to get to. Worth a day trip if you can bring lunch or get a BBQ excursion. Crystal clear calm waters for swimming. You can also snorkel, but the reef on the other side of the island...More

1  Thank Charles S
Reviewed August 26, 2015

The most beautiful beach that I have seen in a long time. Bring your snorkel gear! We went there on the Big Beard excursion (those guys are awesome) but you are only there for an hour. Just not long enough.

Thank Suzee1962
Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I just got back from our cruise to the Southern Caribbean and one of our excursions was Buck Island. We snorkeled in the coral reefs. They were pretty dead like many people commented. There still were quite a few fish but compared...More

3  Thank DanceWithMe520
Reviewed August 9, 2015

Go here. you have to see it for yourself. sand super soft. Amazing vista of the isalnd of St. Croix on the horizon. Beach water is deep though, drops off quickly.

1  Thank artistinsuburbia
Reviewed August 9, 2015

The water was calm and very clear for snorkeling. We didn't see anything exciting but enjoyed the tranquility of this beach.

Thank Wendee H
Reviewed June 27, 2015

First time snorkelers and the different fish seen were amazing, even the ones around the boat where we docked. Not sure how to rate the coral having never seen any before but it wasn't as colorful as I expected but the fish were--we even saw...More

Thank BitH16
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Nancy R
show me the list of hotels on buck island, vi
May 23, 2016|
Response from CaptCriox |
Buck Island is an uninhabited National Monument accessible by boat only. Caribbean Sea Adventures does a great job and would be happy to take you there.
We were going to go there but read the reef was dead and just starting to come back. We did it years ago and it was incredible. We are interested in snorkeling the trail for the underwater National Monument. Is this what you did? Would love more info. who did you go with? Our ship charges $100 PP.Thanks
January 28, 2015|
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Response from CaptCriox |
Hurricane Hugo is really the one to blame for the destruction of the reef back in 1989. Since then the National Park service has implemented bold but effective conservation practices that have encouraged coral growth and... More