Buck Island National Monument (St. Croix)

#17 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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Key Info

2100 Church Street #100

Price & Hours

Free
Sunrise-sunset

Details

Beaches, Natural Wonders Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
2.3

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  • 2.5Value
  • 1.0Facilities
  • 2.5Atmosphere

Located about 2 miles off the coast of Christiansted, Buck Island is St. Croix's go-to spot for scuba diving or snorkeling. The 176-acre island is fringed with a barrier reef chock full of tropical fish and elkhorn coral. On land you just might spot a hawksbill turtle or brown pelican. There are picnic spots and restrooms on one side of the island, but you'll need to pack your own refreshments.

Those who've made a recent excursion to Buck Island reiterate that this is the spot to snorkel, but note that the underwater coral isn't worth the hype. One traveler writes in to TripAdvisor: "The snorkeling was pretty good, but the coral on most of the reef is dying."

The Buck Island Reef Monument is open every day, but closes from sunset to sunrise. There's no entry fee to enjoy the island, but you will have to charter a boat or visit with a tour company. Visit the reef's official website to learn more about the park's rules and regulations.

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