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Buck Island Reef National Monument

#2 of 107 things to do in St. Croix Features Animals
17. 786505, -64. 626944, St. Croix
+1 340-773-1460
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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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17. 786505, -64. 626944, St. Croix
+1 340-773-1460
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Reviewed yesterday

We took the half day tour with Big Beard's in the morning. We met up with the crew of Capt Steve and mates Tommy and Chris. They really took care of us all and made sure we had a good time. First stop was Turtle...More

Thank rdheath01
Reviewed 4 days ago

Amazing experience snorkeling in the reefs, Hiking to the top of the mountain/hill, Swimming in the pristine Caribbean water, Walking in the golden sands. We took the Caribbean full day tour. It was very cost effective, time effective and a lot of fun. The snorkeling...More

Thank Moushumi R
Reviewed 5 days ago

The east end has the best snorkeling in St Croix but difficult to get to it unless take a charter boat. The west end is a calm, sandy beautiful beach. You will be sharing this with others. There is a bathroom, picnic tables and some...More

Thank Gregory D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I visited Buck Island and snorkeled through the reef with Big Beard's half day tour. It was extremely beautiful. I doubt I will ever experience the opportunity to swim around such a rare piece of nature in any other part of the world. This place...More

Thank Mary G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Combination review of Buck Island and Captain Heinz. Who you go with will impact your experience. Did a half day with another operator - very professional, not very personal. Captain Carl Hienz has been on St Croix for a long time (40+ yrs) and is...More

Thank 3yrstogo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the 1/2 day snorkel trip and enjoyed it very much. It is sad the way the reef itself is so dead. There were quite a few fish, but not like pre global warming. The locals say the reef is coming back since the...More

Thank Craig W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Much of the reef we viewed is dead and not a lot of reef fishes. Too much human traffic from snorkel tours. Best part of tour is the white sand beach at other end of island. Be sure to bring waterproof camera if you go....More

Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good to see once. Half day enough. We went of the full day but that is too much. There are better beaches. Better with a small group. The day we went was definitely not a beginner snorkel day. Piles of dead coral from 1989 hurricane...More

Thank debims83250
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to island with friends on a private boat...Saturday afternoon & we watched the tours & others come & go from the island. ...lots of people snorkeling ...beautiful water & sand...

Thank Billieray1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We noticed a lot more life at the reef than our last time which was only 4 years ago. Although the ocean wasn't calm the water was very clear and the waves didn't affect our snorkeling at all.

Thank Robeckerson
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Julie C
Snorkel or dive buck island?
15 January 2017|
Response from NotCook | Reviewed this property |
Snorkeling only. No diving allowed. Access by boats with permits only. There are several tour companies who go to Buck Island, ranging from $35 to $70 for a 3 hour tour. $70 is too much, in my opinion.
Jerrel S
We are a group of four adults arriving in St. Croix on I believe April 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM on the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas and leaves St. Croix at 5:00 PM. Do you have availability and what is the total cost per person for your boat charter to go snorkeling at Buck Island and for how long? Any information would be greatly appreciated. I saw some information on Trip Advisor. Thank you. Jerrel Schorr
14 January 2017|
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Response from NotCook | Reviewed this property |
There are a number of tour companies who leave from Christiansted. Check them out individually. You can get taxis easily from Fredricksted to Christiansted at any time.
Hi, my son is 15 and just beginning to snorkel. Is the water very deep? Will he be able to stand (he's 5'6)? Is there a beach they snorkel from? Any recommendations? Thanks
24 July 2016|
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Response from James K | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It is a gradual dip. You can snorkel off the beach or at the underwater park. The underwater park is probably 30 feet deep- but you will never be far from the boat. Buck Island is absolutely amazing. We have traveled... More