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“Ok, but too expensive”

Buck Island Reef National Monument
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Buck Island Private Charter from St Croix
Ranked #2 of 107 things to do in St. Croix
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Owner description: 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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“Ok, but too expensive”
Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Dont get me wrong, buck island is nice. The beach is gorgeous and named one of the 10 best in the world. There are about 300 beaches on the top 10 list, so take your pick :)
The trip is too expensive for what it is. A short boat ride to the island, an hour of snorkeling and then back... $99 -with no drinks or snacks offered

The coral is grey and dead. But a few colorful fish makes the trip OK for first time snorkelers.

Not a must do, but OK if you feel the price is acceptable

Thank JohnCFL
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“Captain heinz tour to buck island”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Ok this overall was a pretty good tour. Captain heinz was a little crotchety but genuinley seemed to care for your safety and to make sure you had a good time. After we arrived an excursion from the cruiseship we were on also arrived and those people were packed in like sardines. The reef was pretty bad. Lots of bleached coral and not a lot of fish. Some people saw a turtle and a few montgs cool fish but i didnt. Likely bc there were people everywhere thrashing in the water and scaring the fish and kicking you in the head with their fins.
After the other boat left it was much improved and our boat went to the beach on buck island and my husband and i hiked a trail on buck island. It took about 40minto and was rather strenuous but the view from the top was amazing and the beach was gorgeous.

Thank Ahahn063
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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2013

This Island has beautiful white sand beach called turtle beach water is so clear and blue! Snorkling here is great they take you into the reef to snorkle where there are awsome looking fish and coral.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank m9190
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“buck island snorkel”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

for $99 per person you can get an unremarkable van ride. get packed tight in an enclosed mono hull boat and motor out to a mooring with other boats and snorkle mostly dead corral and see a few fish. drink rum on the way back. staff is very nice

Visited February 2013
3 Thank stevo m
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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Beautiful spot”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

We went on a snorkel trip here and loved it. Turtle Beach is gorgeous and the water is that beautiful clear/blue color. Reef was fun to swim around, but the water was a little choppy that day.

Visited February 2013
Thank JG5554
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