Buck Island

Buck Island offers a pristine white sand beach; excellent snorkeling and a wonderful look at marine life around spectacular coral reefs and gardens. There are several species of coral and almost 90 species of fish in the park's waters. This 880-acre monument created by nature is a mile off the northeast coast of St. Croix. It is made up of 176 acres of land and 704 acres of underwater area. It is one of the most popular attractions on St. Croix.

The crystal clear water and beautiful underwater scenery at Buck Island is legendary. With a mask and snorkel you will be treated to some of the most fabulous underwater views in the Caribbean. This ecological site may take the whole day to explore. There are hiking trails on the island that are worth visiting and underwater trails to follow while snorkeling. Several species of turtles and birds nest in the area. Two thirds of the island is surrounded by an Elkhorn coral reef and coral gardens. The water is teaming with hundreds of colorful tropical fish. Without question Buck Island is a must see.

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VI/VITEMA has issued a high surf advisory throughout the Territory as of today October 30, 2019 through 11/01/2019. Buck Island Reef National Monument remains open to the public, though we advise our park visitors to exercise caution.

Buck Island Reef's facilities, including the pier (only to be used by park personnel and for emergencies), the Underwater Trail and SCUBA moorings, beach picnic areas, rest rooms, and the hiking trail will remain open for public use during regular daylight hours. The anchoring area located off West Beach is being impacted by swells; anchoring remains restricted to Anchoring Area.

A high surf warning indicates that dangerous waves can be expected approaching the island from the north. The swells will pound into the shoreline and can cause severe undertow along the beach and shoreline, resulting in potentially hazardous, possibly life-threatening, conditions for boaters and bathers.

On November 2, 2019, the parks will conduct an assessment to review any damage to park facilities, natural resources and announce any further advisories.

Thank you for your support and understanding. For further information please contact the Superintendent Gregory Camacho at gregory_camacho@nps.gov or Acting Supervisory U.S Park Ranger Gabriel Laurencin, gabriel_laurenicn@nps.gov, 340-773-1460.
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