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Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix

Buck Island Reef National Monument - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Buck Island Reef National Monument
Buck Island, Christiansted, US Virgin Islands 00820Map
+1 340 773 1460
Neighborhood: Christiansted
Overview

This 1,935-acre (783 hectares) land and sea monument run by the National Park Service is home to numerous varieties of brightly-colored fish, coral, birds and pristine beaches. It can only be reached via a day charter boat that leaves from the Christiansted waterfront or a marina along the island's north shore. The reef that nearly surrounds the 180-acre (72 hectare) island features an underwater snorkel trail easily accessible by novice snorkelers, as well as those with more experience. An easy hike takes visitors to the apex of this island for a panoramic view of the reef below and the turquoise sea that stretches north to St. John.

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By sunshine6dn | Posted 01/05/11
  Looking for the Escape of a Lifetime? A little Heaven on Earth? This is it! We chose to go with Big Beard's Adventure Tours on their Full Day Catamaran Trip and will never forget the experience! Talk about Paradise! We made a trip to St. Croix in December and chose to spend one of our days on a Full Day Buck Island Snorkeling Trip with Big Beard’s Adventure Tours aboard their beautiful Catamaran “Renegade. It was one of the best days we’ve ever had! Big Beard, John Macy, greeted us with a warm welcome and then a send off from the boardwalk. The catamaran was beautiful…well-maintained and very stable on the water. We were really glad that we chose Big Beard’s since they use large, open-air boats rather than smaller, roofed boats for the trip to and from Buck Island. That gave us plenty of space to spread out on the deck to really enjoy the sun and the breezes, yet there was also space to sit in the shade, if you’d rather. Gordon, our Captain, and Brad, our First Mate, were true professionals.They also had great senses of humor and knew how to have a lot of fun! They were well-trained, knowledgeable and committed to making everyone...both beginning and experienced boaters and snorkelers...feel comfortable. They also provided large containers of filtered drinking water for everyone. The turquoise waters were incredibly beautiful! Turtle Beach was a great first stop where we had a chance to get used to our snorkeling gear, take a swim or walk the beautiful beach past the turtle nests, and then we were off to Buck Island Snorkeling, which we think is the best snorkeling we’ve ever experienced. The water is very clear and shallow enough to see a huge variety of tropical fish. Brad gave us a guided tour through the "Grotto" and then set us free to explore on our own. Snorkeling at Buck Island is a bit of heaven on earth…so incredibly beautiful and peaceful…a world unto itself! From there, Gordon and Brad turned up the Caribbean Tunes, served up a batch of the best Rum Punch in the Caribbean, and set sail to an isolated beach where they cooked up a fantastic, open-pit barbecue of freshly-grilled fish, hamburgs and hotdogs. There was plenty of time to relax, enjoy the feast and Rum Punch and dig our toes into the sand while we enjoyed lunch at an island pace. By the time we re-boarded the Catamaran to sail back to the docks, everyone aboard felt like more like extended family than acquaintances. We’re so happy that we chose Big Beard’s and the Full Day Trip, because it gave us more time to totally unwind rather than feeling as though the day might be cut short after only a few hours. We’d recommend a trip to Buck Island with Big Beard’s as a MUST DO for your trip to St. Croix…whether arriving by Cruise Ship or staying on the island....   Read More
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