Buck Island National Reef Monument

Take a vacation to the World's Greatest Reef Gardens!

Vacation Overview

The Buck Island National Reef Monument, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is the best vacation spot for anyone wanting to see Coral Reef Gardens or the amazing sea-life that live around them. To access the island or the reef, you'll need a boat. Six National Park Service contracted concessionaires offer trips to Buck Island form St. Croix. If you wish to take your own private vessel to Buck Island, permit applications are available at the National Park Service visitor contact station at Fort Christianvaern in downtown Christiansted. Since the only way around St. Buck is in a boat, private/park licensed concessions offer 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.


  • Access the outer reef and the underwater trail (by boat).
  • Take the foot path on the island which, takes 60 minutes from beach to the reef overlook, and back down to the beach.
  • Walking, swimming, or snorkeling to view all other sites.
  • Boat rides.
  • Wildlife observation.

Requirements, Restrictions, & Important Info

  • Passport requirements are the same applicable to entering any U.S. territory.
  • U.S. National Park System rules apply.
  • Private boats require a permit.
  • Emergency health assistance is limited to boat ride or helicopter assistance.