Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in British Virgin Islands

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in British Virgin Islands

Scuba diving information in British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands' prime attraction are its hundreds of sheltered coves, isolated beaches and protected marine parks. Superb snorkeling and diving exists around the islands with towering coral pinnacles, underwater caves, canyons, massive boulders, lava tunnels and almost 200 different wrecks. Most areas have little or no surge and only gentle currents. Visibility may reach from 15 to 30 meters. Below the water the topography tends to slope down at different angles until hitting about 27 to 30 meters, which seems to be the depth at which sand levels out most of the bottom in the island chain. There is virtually no shore diving in the British Virgin Islands so you will need a boat to dive. There is predominantly wreck and reef diving within recreational depth limits. The British Virgin Islands are home to the wreck of the RMS Rhone which served as the site for the underwater scenes in the 1977 movie “The Deep”. The Rhone is the best-known and most often visited dive site in the islands. The British Virgin Islands boasts several other shipwrecks, the most notable of which are the Chikuzen, Wreck Alley, the Paramatta and an aircraft off Great Dog Island. In addition to wreck diving, the British Virgin Islands has the usual plethora of coral reefs that one would expect in a Caribbean diving destination, like Alice in Wonderland, coral that grows in north-south lines with channels of sand between them, Ginger Steps, a wall dive that goes down in steps, and Indians, probably the most popular reef in the British Virgin Islands, for both divers and snorkelers, with four rocky pinnacles. One of the more pleasant aspects of the British Virgin Islands is the abundance of turtles. Although critically endangered worldwide, there seem to be a plethora in the British Virgin Islands. Other mega fauna which are popular with divers are nurse sharks, barracuda, moray eels, eagle rays, southern stingrays, grouper, spiny lobster and tarpon. Most dive operators do not charge extra to use their equipment. Most operators are land based. Almost all dive sites in the British Virgin Islands have permanent marker buoys on them attached by the National Parks trust, since anchoring on the reefs is strictly prohibited. The best time to visit is between October and June, with warmest water temperatures between mid-March and early December.

Geography and climate

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a British overseas territory, located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The British Virgin Islands are made of approximately 60 islands and islets, most of which are within a few miles of the other. The main islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. Only approximately 15 of the islands are inhabited. These islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the remaining islands constituting the U.S. Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate, moderated by trade winds. Temperatures vary little throughout the year. Temperature averages 25?C in winter, December through March, and 28?C in summer, June through August. Rainfall averages about 1,150 mm per year. The wettest months on average are September to November and the driest months on average are February and March. The hurricane season runs from June to November, peaking in September. The high travel season is from mid-December to mid-April.

Entry requirements

Every visitor will need a passport to enter the British Virgin Islands. You may also need a visa, depending on your nationality. Officials might ask to see a return ticket and proof of funds, though that’s rare.

Health and safety

Outbreaks of dengue fever can occur. Avoid mosquito and sand flea bites. You will need good repellent, a net to cover your bed and, if possible, long sleeves. Vaccination against Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid and Tuberculosis is recommended.

Time zone

UTC-4

Communications

You can buy prepayed international phone cards. Cellphone roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies and coverage is excellent. Internet access is available in some hotels. There are a few internet cafés and Wi-Fi hotspots.

Power and Electricity

110v/60Hz The plugs are the USA type.

Other Informations

Drivers should be careful of wandering cattle, especially at night.

Scuba Diving locations in British Virgin Islands

Which are the best scuba diving locations in British Virgin Islands? Below, you will find a list of all locations of British Virgin Islands, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in British Virgin Islands

Which locations in British Virgin Islands have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from British Virgin Islands and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in British Virgin Islands

Which marine species can I observe in British Virgin Islands? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in British Virgin Islands

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in British Virgin Islands? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in British Virgin Islands.

Scuba Diving centers in British Virgin Islands

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in British Virgin Islands? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in British Virgin Islands. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

Liveaboards in British Virgin Islands

Which liveaboard can I dive with in British Virgin Islands? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in British Virgin Islands. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in British Virgin Islands

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in British Virgin Islands? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in British Virgin Islands. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available