Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island Reef National Monument

In A Nutshell

Directions

The United States Virgin Islands consist of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, all popular destinations in the Caribbean Sea. The islands are reached by several airlines with flights into the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

Car: Travel by car or taxi van to downtown Christiansted or to Green Cay Marina east of Christiansted. There are five concession companies that provide transport by boat to Buck Island Reef NM from these locations. REMEMBER WE DRIVE ON THE LEFT IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS!

Public Transportation: Buck Island Reef National Monument is accessible by park licensed concessionaires or private boat and is a 5.5 mile (8.8 km) sail from Christiansted on St. Croix. Concession boats are available at Christiansted Wharf or Green Cay Marina.

Privately operated boats must abide by park regulations and maneuver slowly through Monument waters and watch out for snorkelers at all times.

Getting Around: The only way to get to Buck Island Reef NM is by boat; private or park licensed concession operation which has daily trips, full or half day. The trip is between 40 minutes to 1 1/2 hour depending on whether you sail or motor boat to the park. Once at Buck Island Reef you continue to move between the beach and reef by boat. There is only one foot path on the island which takes 45 minutes from beach to the reef overlook and back down to the beach. All other sites can be seen by walking, swimming, or snorkeling.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

With plenty of opportunity for adventure, Buck Island is a great place to visit. To access the island or reef, you will need a boat. Five concessionaires offer trips to Buck Island form St. Croix under permits. Buck Island information (and list of concessionaires) is available at the National Park Service visitor contact station at Fort Christianvaern in downtown Christiansted.

Fees & Reservations

There is no entry fee for Buck Island Reef National Monument.

Visitors will, however, need to pay a fee to official park concessionaires for boat access to the park.

Public Transportation

Buck Island Reef National Monument is accessible by park licensed concessionaires or private boat and is a 5 mile (8.8 km) sail from Christiansted on St. Croix. Concession boats are available at Christiansted Wharf or Green Cay Marina.