Take the trip of a lifetime!
Let Big Beard's Adventure Tours take you sailing around the protected waters of St. Croix in style! Coming to St. Croix by cruise ship? Book a special trip that accommodates your ship's schedule!
About Buck Island
When the Kennedys made a trip St. Croix in the early fifties, they paid Buck Island a visit. They were fascinated by the natural beauty of the island, and wanted to find a way to preserve it. They were responsible for initiating the legislation that made Buck Island more than just a local treasure. Today we have the Kennedys to thank for that initiative...Buck Island Reef National Monument is now one of only two Underwater National Monuments in the United States. The Monument protects a complete coral reef ecosystem and the habitat for several threatened and endangered species. Buck Island is situated just two miles off of St. Croix's north shore and to be a part of its majesty is an experience you will never forget. Of the 19,015 acres that comprise the park, less than two hundred of them are above the water's surface. It's western beach, Turtle Beach, has been voted one of the top ten prettiest beaches in the world, as well as a favorite snorkel location in a readers poll. Its biggest attraction is a 4,554 acre long barrier reef that is home to more than 250 species of fish.
Coming by Cruise Ship?
In order to get to us in Christiansted, you can take a TAXI. When you disembark the cruise ship, walk past the vans that are waiting at the end of the ramp as they are for the excursions offered through the ship. Start looking for the Big Beard’s logo as you walk toward the head of the pier and look for the fountain. Once you are near the fountain, you will see Big Beard’s Logo. At this point ask for Ingrid and she will organize your taxi with St. Croix Sunshine Taxi Shuttle. The ride is about 35 minutes and the fare is around $16.00 Round Trip per person.Operations conducted within the waters and on the lands of Buck Island Reef National Monument are authorized under a concession contract with the National Park Service. For more information on Buck Island Reef National Monument please visit the National Park Service's Website
Full Day Sails
Includes Buck Island and Beach BBQ Join us on our most popular trip! Sail on our 42' Catamaran RENEGADE, the only Sailboat with an underwater viewing window on St. Croix. We depart at 9:30 from downtown Christiansted to Buck Island's Turtle Beach, voted one of the most beautiful in the world. We provide snorkel gear to each guest and snorkel lessons on the beach. Once you are feeling comfortable with your gear, the Captain and crew will then take you in groups of 6 through the underwater trail along the reef. After you've seen the trail, Renegade will sail to Big Beard's private beach on St. Croix for a barbeque lunch -- all you can eat (burgers, dogs, fresh fish and assorted chips) and drink (rum punch and fruit punch). When we get back to Christiansted at 3:30pm, you'll be full, happy, and relaxed - we guarantee it!
Full Day Sail Rates
Daily 9:30am - 3:30pm
Children Age 6 - 12$85
Children Age 5 & under$26
Half Day Cruises
Spend a half day with Big Beard cruising to Buck Island on the ADVENTURE, a 42' ‘green’ power Catamaran. Designed and built on St. Croix, the hybrid Adventure is powered by diesel engines that charge a bank of electric motors. Coming into the pristine lagoon of Buck Island, the cruise is silent and pollution free. The Adventure can carry up to 49 guests with an option for cruising in the sun or shade or you may want the thrill of cruising on the rumble seat up front. The Adventure will depart and return from the Christiansted Boardwalk. You will spend time on Buck Island's Turtle Beach, where you can learn to snorkel with equipment and a lesson provided by our crew. Then it's off to our underwater trail where you will be guided in groups of 6 through the reef, home to hundreds of fish and coral species. Finally, you'll enjoy the warmth of the Caribbean sea and sun on the relaxing cruise back to Christiansted.
Half Day Cruise Rates
Morning and afternoon available
Trip times confirmed upon booking
Children Age 6 - 12$60
Children Age 5 and under$22
Relax and enjoy the scenery of St. Croix's majestic shoreline and Christiansted Harbor while we sail you into a beautiful Caribbean sunset on the RENEGADE or cruise on ADVENTURE. Treat yourself, your kids, or your sweetheart to a couple of hours on the water watching the sun melt into the sparkling sea as you sip on complimentary rum punch. You'll be glad you did.
Sunset Sail Rates
Check for departure times
Children Age 6 - 12$25
Children Age 5 and under$15