What is Buck Island?
The Monument consists of approximately 18,839 acres of submerged land and 176 acres of land. Several species of coral and approximately 90 species of fish inhabit the monument waters. When visiting the monument you will be introduced to the barrier reef, which is the single most outstanding feature. The barrier reef surrounds much of Buck Island as a submerged fortress, like a wall rising more than 30 feet from the sea floor to dominate the underwater scene.
A lagoon is enclosed between the island and the barrier reef. Light aquamarine colors are produced by sunlight reflecting off of its shallow sandy floor. The marine garden consists of the barrier reef and the lagoon. Regulations protect this very special and private place from all forms of consumptive uses like fishing, shellfishing, shell collecting, and coral collecting. Patch reef and sea grass beds are also found in the monument waters. These host and protect many juvenile species of fish from predators. Turtles are frequent visitors as are stingrays. The underwater trail features signs that explain coral reef ecology as your snorkel along it. You will experience an infinite variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and textures in this undersea fantasy world. The island has a summit rising 328 feet above the sea. It hosts picnic areas, hiking trail, and an observation tower for visitors to explore. The staff of Buck Island Reef National Monument invite you to come experience the natural wonder of the area. As a licensed concessionaire for excursions to Buck Island, Caribbean Sea Adventures is ready to share this amazing attraction with you.
Don’t miss this short movie celebrating Buck island Reef National Monument’s 50th birthday enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhxoGVx6wGI