Overview of Buck Island

Buck Island

USVI, St. Croix


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.

Directions: 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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03/31/2008 Dan 3 (Avg: 3.00 Review) - You can't dive Buck Island, as it's not allowed. Buck Island is just a snorkeling site.

10/05/2004 Diana Franklin (Avg: 1.90 Review) - 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.

12/19/2002 Stephen Scott (Avg: 1.88 Review) - 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.

05/28/2002 Eric (Avg: 1.85 Review) - 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.


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Overview at Buck Island 

Yes, it is quite the ride out to the island. And during rough seas, you will remember why you chose to be a shore diver! Once at the island, however, most tour operators will allow you to swim to shore, and begin your adventure from the safe and solid, sandy beach!

Last Verification: January, 2002  


Diver Averages for  Buck Island  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  2.00
Bottom Conditions:  2.00
Reef Conditions:  1.50
Animal Life:  2.75
Plant Life:  2.50
Facilities:  1.50
Solitude 2.75
Roads:  2.00
*Site Average:  2.16

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.00
Beginner Scuba:  2.50
Intermediate Scuba:  2.25
Advanced Scuba:  2.00
Night diving Scuba:  2.50

Number of reviews for this site: 4


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