The United States Virgin Islands consist of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, all popular destinations in the Caribbean Sea. The islands are reached by several airlines with flights into the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Car: 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!
Public Transportation: Buck Island Reef National Monument is accessible by park licensed concessionaires or private boat and is a 5.5 mile (8.8 km) sail from Christiansted on St. Croix. Concession boats are available at Christiansted Wharf or Green Cay Marina.
Privately operated boats must abide by park regulations and maneuver slowly through Monument waters and watch out for snorkelers at all times.
Getting Around: The only way to get to Buck Island Reef NM is by boat; private or park licensed concession operation which has 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. Once at Buck Island Reef you can only access the outer reef and the underwater trail by boat. There is only one foot path on the island which takes 60 minutes from beach to the reef overlook and back down to the beach. All other sites can be seen by walking, swimming, or snorkeling.
Did You Know?
Buck Island Reef National Monument is a critical nesting habitat for the hawksbill, green, and leatherback sea turtles. The monument also serves as a feeding and developmental habitat for young turtles that settle into the reef and sea grass environment after their open sea-phase.