The United States Virgin Islands consist of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. The islands are reached by several airlines with daily flights into Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix.
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!
Getting Around: Buck Island Reef National Monument is accessible only by vessel, either private or concessionaire. Private vessels must obtain an anchoring permit from the National Park Service headquarters in Christiansted prior to anchoring at West Beach or in the lagoon in order to moor at the Underwater Trail or Scuba locations. An anchoring permit application, instruction, and special regulations for the Park's use are located here or from the headquarters in Christiansted. Please maneuver slowly through Monument waters. Please watch out for snorkelers at all times.
The trip is between 40 minutes to 1 1/2 hours, depending on whether you sail or motor to the park, and the weather. Once at Buck Island Reef you can only access the outer reef and the underwater trail by boat. There is only one moderately strenuous footpath 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.