Things To Know Before You Come
You may want to make advanced reservations with one of the six concessionaires authorized to offer trips to Buck Island Reef NM. Concessionaires depart from Christiansted Waterfront or Green Cay Marina. Boat sizes and passenger limits vary from one concessionaire to another. Full and half day charters are available.
Please read: Park Regulations and Boundaries
It is illegal to hire a vessel other than one of the authorized concessionaires. If you rent a boat, you must be the captain knowing the park rules and regulations, and practice safe boating.
If you plan on using your own vessel to moor at Buck Island Reef NM, you must follow the permitting process developed specifically for the park.
Local custom and town ordinances require that you wear shirts or cover-ups in Christiansted. Bathing suits alone are not acceptable in town.
Protecting your Park: Water skiing, jet skiing, fishing of any kind, surfing and kite surfing are prohibited. Anchoring is prohibited in the lagoon; boats must pick up a mooring. Scuba diving is prohibited at the underwater trail but allowed at the two scuba moorings in the north lagoon Do not stand or handle corals. If you tire while snorkeling, us the rest floats. Don't feed the fish.
On the island: The island is closed to visitors sunset to sunrise. Pets, vehicles (except wheelchairs) artificial light, camping, glass containers, generators, and loud music are prohibited. Build fires only in the grills provided by the National Park Service. Camping, digging tent poles, beach umbrellas, and stakes are prohibited on beaches.
Did You Know?
Coral reefs are complex colonies of individual animals called polyps. These produce carbonate skeletons cemented together by blue-green algae, resulting in massive but surprisingly fragile formations.