I recently sailed from Compass Point to Little Buck Island, located about 2 miles South of St. Thomas. While my friends stayed on the boat and listened to reggae vibes, I decided to grab my snorkel gear and swim out in search of marine life. Due west of the sailboat, I found myself surrounded by 6 of these incredibly peaceful and historic creatures. This is what I call an adventure - free diving with endangered green sea turtles.In 1969 the 45 acre island was transferred to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service due to “its value for migratory birds” and it became the Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge. Birdwatchers may see red-billed tropic birds, frigate birds, terns, laughing gulls and other species in the vicinity of the island. On Buck Island there is a historic lighthouse. Though it is no longer operational and it is closed to the public, it is noteworthy as one of only three Danish built lighthouses in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Buck Island is characterized by cactus, shrubs and grasslands. Its coastline is rocky consequently it allows little opportunity for recreational activities on the island. In the surrounding crystal clear waters however are beautiful coral reef habitats and an artificial reef – a shipwreck. The marine area is home to a variety of fish and animals, in particular endangered sea turtles.