Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

Planning Your Visit

Operating Hours & Seasons

Virgin Islands Coral Reef Monument does not close.  The Monument is under the administration of Virgin Islands National Park, and therefore shares the same Visitor Center in Cruz Bay, St. John.

The Visitor Center is open daily, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and is just a short walk from the public ferry dock. The telephone number is (340) 776-6201, ext. 238.

The Center is closed on Christmas Day.

Fees & Reservations

No fees or reservations are needed for activities in Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.  Please call the park's Visitor Center at (340) 776-6201 for more information.

Directions

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument is administered by the management of Virgin Islands National Park. There are no separate facilities for this site.

The Visitor Center is located just two blocks away from the ferry dock on route 20 (North Shore Road).

Ferry service for passengers and vehicles is the only means of getting to and from St. John.

Once on St. John, the only part of Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument accessible by land is in Hurricane Hole. To get to Hurricane Hole, follow route 10 from Curz Bay to Estate Hermitage. The Monument extends eastward from Estate Hermitage to Haulover Bay along the southern shoreline of the Island.

Traffic & Travel Tips

Ferry Service
Passenger ferries run between Cruz Bay and St. Thomas (and the British Virgin Islands). The Red Hook ferry runs hourly (departing St. John) from 6 a.m. to midnight (departing Red Hook). The Charlotte Amalie ferry leaves from the downtown dock less frequently.

Vehicle Ferry
Vehicle ferry service is also available, departing from Red Hook [approx. schedule], arriving at the new vehicle ferry dock located just minutes away from downtown Cruz Bay.

Land-based Transportation
If traveling by ferry, open-air safari taxis leave from Cruz Bayto island-wide destinations.

In addition, several agencies rent a variety of vehicles, ranging from Jeeps and mini sport utility vehicles to the larger sport utility vehicles. Although the standard left-hand driver’s position is found on all vehicles, driving is on the opposite side of the road, with vehicles keeping to the left at all times.