Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument protects submerged marine habitat of Virgin Islands National Park and surrounding tropical forests.
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument was specifically established, by presidential proclamation in 2001, to protect and preserve 12,708 acres of submerged marine habitat adjacent to Virgin Islands National Park.
The pristine waters support a diverse and complex system of coral reefs, and other ecosystems such as shoreline mangrove forests, located in a portion of Hurricane Hole, that contribute to their health and survival. A trip into Hurricane Hole provides visitors with a unique mangrove snorkeling experience where coral, juvenile fish and various marine invertebrates may be found.
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