VI Coral Reef National Monument

The Basics

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument includes federal submerged lands within the 3-mile belt off the island of St. John. These waters support a diverse and complex system of coral reefs and other ecosystems such as shoreline mangrove forests and seagrass beds.


NPS LOGOEstablished: 2001
Lead Agency: National Park Service
Location: St. John, USVI
Joined National MPA System: 2009
Size: 20 square miles
Visitors Per Year: Combined with VICR, over 700,000

Mixed Use MPA

No-take except for two allowed harvests (baitfish in Hurricane Hole and Blue Runner on south side, both by permit only).  No anchoring allowed.

Special Features

  • Moorings (day-use, dive, fishing, storm), monitoring studies (fish, corals, seagrass, water, air, etc.), interpretation programs.
  • Representative of marine ecosystems from mangrove prop root communities to deep algal plains.
  • Part of the US National Park Service system with all the protection and support provided by almost 100 years of resource management experience.


Get in Touch!

Visitor Information: (340) 776-6201, ext. 238
Headquarters: (340) 776-6201
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument
1300 Cruz Bay Creek
St. John, VI 00830