23 January Buck island: 17 47N 64 37W
We headed across to Buck Island a short trip from St Croix going very carefully around the reef, when we arrived there were a few small motor boats and a couple of day charter yachts and a few folks on the beach. We had applied to the marine authorities to visit and anchor there, you are allowed to go ashore but can't be ashore after 6pm.
The area is protected as the turtles lay their eggs on the beach. We had a great time snorkelling along the reef, no sooner had we jumped in did we saw sting ray, crabs and flat fish.
Such a pity the camera we normally use for diving failed so we couldn't even take any photos from ashore as we swam ashore.
The reef was alive with parrot fish, jacks, angel fish and lots of wrasse. Afterwards we took the dinghy ashore and had a stroll about, if we had know about this place before we would have spent more time there, the only thing missing were palm trees, not quite the man friday island but almost.
Its a deserted island, no facilities, no people, a comfortable anchorage even though we only had .3 of a metre at times.
|Lamb for dinner, (PM for you John it works well)|
Don and Glenys