Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge wasn't fully established until 1981. Its main purpose was, and continues to be, as a safe haven for migratory birds that use the island as a winter home, or as a rest area before continuing further, but it can also be enjoyed by visitors.

Visitors who come to Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge will find very few amenities, and activities that are largely limited to rustic hiking, bird-watching, and perhaps diving off the coast of the island. The Coast Guard maintains a lighthouse on the refuge, but it is not open to the public. Those looking for a more established park should consider heading to the National Park on St. John.


Positioned in , always welcomes customers who are rooming in this section of the Virgin Islands. Whether or not you're staying in the vicinity, you should feel free to stop by to check it out.

You will need to find a boat charter of private ferry to take you over to Buck Island.

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge is located on Capella Island, 5.2 miles southeast of Charlotte Amalie; it's four miles (seven kilometers) to the south west of Red Hook.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most delightful options while spending some time exploring the area is enjoying fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of the nature preserve. Mimi's Seaside Bistro, which offers Caribbean dishes, is also the most convenient option for visitors of this nature preserve. Bolongo Beach House and Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill are a couple other dining possibilities in close to this wildlife reservation. At Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill you shouldn't get up and go without sampling their specialty, seafood.

Nearby Attractions

Other types of nearby attractions include Buck Island Lighthouse, which is a quarter mile away Buck Island. You might want to also consider heading to Nadir Recreation Area, which is another attraction nearby.

Nature preserves are a great attraction to visit, but there's more to visit in the Virgin Islands. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

Attractions Near Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Buck Island Lighthouse Other Attraction 0.4 mi. (6.8 km) NW Buck Island Buck Island
Nadir Recreation Area Other Attraction 3.2 mi. (2.9 km) N Maroon Town St. Thomas
Fort Willoughy Ruins Historic Site 4.5 mi. (1.7 km) NW Hassel Island Hassel Island
Butterfly Garden -- 4.5 mi. (1.2 km) NW Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

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