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.


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

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

Nearby Restaurants

If you've worked up an appetite exploring the nature sanctuary, you're in luck, as you'll discover a broad selection of food and beverage places in this area. The most convenient restaurant to Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge is Mimi's Seaside Bistro, which serves Caribbean meals. Bolongo Beach House and Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill offer additional refreshment choices near the wildlife reservation. At Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill you should make it a point not to end your meal without trying their specialty, seafood.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of local activities include Buck Island Lighthouse, which is a quarter mile away Buck Island. You might also consider making the trip to Nadir Recreation Area, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The closest attractions are listed in the following table.

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

More Information

Location: Capella Island




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