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Buck Island tours

Georgetown, Kentucky
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Buck Island tours

Hi Everyone

My Husband and I are heading to St. Croix next month for our second time. What an special place. We would like to go to Buck Island again but we'd like to know which tour operator is best for us. We want a quiet tour with few people and would like to spend more time on Turtle beach snorkeling and what not. We are considering Captain Heinz. Appreciate your feedback.

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1. Re: Buck Island tours

We always go with Llewellyn aboard Charis out of the yacht club marina. Llew is an excellent sailor who only takes up to 6 aboard his engineless trimaran which is extremely stable and the beauty of the trip is not interrupted by the noise and fumes of a gas engine. Llew is also a calypso singer and is heard every Saturday night at Cheeseburgers. 340-773-9027 is the latest number I have for him.


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Hi Kay51Ky - We just returned from STX late last night and on the advice of some locals that we met we went with Captain Heinz (actually his very capable son Captain Carl and his daughter I believe her name was Melaine). We left from Green Cay marina at 9:00 and returned at 2:00. We sailed (no engines) from the marina directly to the snorkeling reef on the far east side of Buck Island which was nice, the reef was not as spectacular as I was expecting, we understand the reef was damaged in recent hurricanes.

After the snorkel we went to the beach which was one of the best I have ever seen, we spent about 2 hours there, swimming and snorkeling some more. There are picnic tables available on the island and we ate the lunch we brought.

Smooth ride back to the Marina, with a quick ride into Shoy's beach/bay next door. All in all a wonderful day, cost $68 doesn't include any extras, they do however sell water and sodas on the boat.

My husband is composing a fully detailed trip report, which he will post a little later today.

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