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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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  • Good place for day trip by boat to snorkel and walk beach. Coral is not in best shape, but plenty of fish to see. Several companies will take you there. 
    Good place for day trip by boat to snorkel and walk beach. Coral is not in best shape, but plenty of fish to see. Several companies will take you there.  more »
  • When snorkelling at regular beaches in St Croix it was hard to see, the water was murky and no fish - but at Buck Island it was so clear and you could see lots. There was not a ton of fish or corals....  more
    When snorkelling at regular beaches in St Croix it was hard to see, the water was murky and no fish - but at Buck Island it was so clear and you could see lots. There was not a ton of fish or corals....  more »

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