Buck Island

USVI, St. Croix, Caribbean
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Buck Island

Buck Island has been called a Snorkeler's Paradise for good reasons. Underwater trails, crystal clear water, and beautiful beaches are the hallmark of this U.S. National Park. Many tour operators are available to provide full and half day excursions. Just Northeast of Christiansted, you'll need a tour operator to get you there. Unless, of course, you don't mind a 10km kick-out!
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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:04 AM
scuba
Dan 3
Dan 3
Mar 31, 2008, 12:00 AM
scuba
You can't dive Buck Island, as it's not allowed. Buck Island is just a snorkeling site.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Diana Franklin
Diana Franklin
Oct 5, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
I wish I had read these previous reviews. I was talked into going with some snorkeler friends to the island, figuring I could take a tank and just follow them at a lower depth. That was pretty easy to do, but the dive was really depressing. The area has such potential, but it looked pretty bad. I don't know if divers/snorkelers or the hurricane or the fishermen have done the damage, but they really should protect the area better. I can imagine it could be quite the wonderland if it were left alone for a while. If you take a local charter out there, take lots of sun screen and sea sick pills if you are prone to that.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott
Dec 19, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
Unfortunately a hurricane had destroyed much of the reef. I only snorkeled around here and much of the coral at the top had been destroyed. Hopefully much of it will have started to grow back in the past 6 years. Also deeper down more of the coral survived.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott
Dec 19, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
Unfortunately a hurricane had destroyed much of the reef. I only snorkeled around here and much of the coral at the top had been destroyed. Hopefully much of it will have started to grow back in the past 6 years. Also deeper down more of the coral survived.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Eric
Eric
May 28, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
The site was shocking. Once fantastic forests of elkhorn coral was broken down and dead. It provides a gray, cluttered landscape with a bit of sea life left. The local fishermen have taken most of the fish. Advanced divers will do well to choose any other St Croix site.
Originally posted on shorediving.com