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Description - Buck Island Reef National Monument preserves "one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea." The park is one of a few fully marine protected areas in the National Park System. The 176-acre island and surrounding coral reef support a variety of native flora and fauna, e.g., hawksbill turtle and brown pelican.

Attractions - Visitors to Buck Island can enjoy a leisurely swim in the crystal clear waters, snorkeling or SCUBA diving through the fantastic reef to witness tropical marine life. At the eastern most point of the reef is the famous underwater trail; both novice and expert snorkelers will enjoy the passages through the reef. Those not wishing to get wet may chose to hike over the island enjoying native flora and fauna while getting a birds-eye view of the reef and sea below. Half day and full day trips to the island are available.

Recreation - Recreational activities include; snorkeling, scuba diving, boating and hiking. Whether you delight in hiking to the crest of the island, perhaps savoring the beautiful coral reef as you follow the underwater trail, or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sea, Buck Island Reef National Monument offers a myriad of activities for you to enjoy. The hardest part may be choosing what to do while enjoying the Caribbean Sea!

Climate - The Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate, moderated by trade winds. The average daily high is about 89 degrees with the average daily low being about 75 degrees for the summer. The rainfall is greater in the hills than on the coast. September and November see more rainfall than the driest months which are February and March.

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

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Contact Information:
Buck Island Reef National Monument, Danish Customs House, Kings Wharf, 2100 Church St. #100 , Christiansted, VI, 00820-4611, Phone: 340-773-1460

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