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Snorkel Buck Island Reef

Buck Island Reef National Monument is a must for every visitor to St. Croix, whether you snorkel the underwater trail, or just enjoy the beach. It was proclaimed as a National Monument by President John F. Kennedy on December 28th, 1961. Buck Island sits off St. Croix’s north coast and consists of approximately 19,015 acres of reef and land. Its main beauty lies in the fantastic reef and unique underwater trail.

Our charters leave daily from the waterfront adjacent to the Christiansted National Historic Site. We are the only company that provides half day and full day trips to Buck Island, by motor or sail, to snorkel or dive this underwater wonderland. Excursions include a guided tour, with a maximum of 6 snorkelers, using the buddy system at all times.

At no time are you allowed to snorkel without a snorkeling vest or by yourself.

After snorkeling we stop at Turtle Beach on the west side of Buck Island, which is rated one of the top 10 beaches in the Caribbean. Layout, relax, swim, hike, or just enjoy the sun … there’s plenty to do and see. All snorkeling gear, instruction, flotation devices and assistance from our friendly crew are included.

Attention non-snorkelers and non-swimmers: please do not be intimidated by this tour. We enjoy taking the time to teach you the proper way to snorkel and to help you feel comfortable in your experience. We are happy to assist those with physical limitations to the best of our ability.

Full Day Trips

Time:  Depart 10:00am / Arrive 4:00pm

  • $95 adults
  • $75 children 6-12 years of age
  • $25 children 5 years of age and younger
  • Price includes lunch, water, rum punch
  • VI Residents, military and senior citizens receive a discount (please ask at time of reservation)

Half Day Trips

 The highlight of your vacation!

Times: Depart 9:30am / Arrive 1:00pm (morning trip)

           Depart 1:30pm / Arrive 5:00pm (afternoon trip)
  • $70 adults
  • $45 children 6-12 years of age
  • $25 children 5 years of age and younger
  • VI Residents, military and senior citizens receive a discount (please ask at time of reservation).

Sunday Shuttle 

Time:  Depart 10:00am / Arrive 3:00pm

  • $25 per person

Enjoy Turtle Beach at Buck Island with plenty of time to relax, swim or explore (this tour does not include any snorkeling). This is a great way for island residents to enjoy Buck Island without the hassle!  The crew takes care of everything for you.  Just bring along your cooler, food / drinks, chairs, etc.

Special Offer

  • Join us for a full or half day trip to Buck Island and receive 50% off your next tour with us.

What to Bring

Underwater cameras, towels, hats, rash guards, sunglasses, snacks, and drinks are recommended on both the full and half day tours. To help protect our reefs, the National Park Service asks that all suntan lotions be applied one hour before check-in time. Rash guards with a SPF of 50 and above are recommended instead of lotions, so please bring one. All items above are available for purchase in our retail store when you check-in for your tour.

More About Buck Island

What is Buck Island?

National Park Service – Buck Island Info

Sea Turtle Nesting Research & Monitoring Program Protocols

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