Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix

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Explore the protected barrier reef at Buck Island Reef National Monument, a small island reserve around 2.4 km (1.5 mi) north of Saint Croix. The naturally abundant island and surrounding waters--3.6 sq km (1.4 sq mi) total--have enjoyed protection under U.S. law since 1961. An elkhorn coral barrier reef surrounds a large portion of the island, creating an ecosystem for a large variety of fish, reef sharks, and rays. Snorkel around the reef, following an underwater trail signposting the natural inhabitants of each section. Back on dry land, rest up on one of the pristine beaches and take a stroll along the main walking routes. Work out when and for how long to visit Buck Island Reef National Monument and other St. Croix attractions using our handy St. Croix online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Great sailing trip to the reef and beach on the Teroro II. Encountered 4 schooling sharks and thousands of colored fish exploring the reef.  more »
  • Went to snorkel here and I was very impressed not only by the sea life but also corals. They have done a great job with presevation to make sure that this area is not damaged due to over use. The isla...  more »
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  • An amazing experience. A beautiful National Monument.
  • Amazingly soft sand on the beaches! a very nice place to visit.
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