||British Virgin Islands Scuba Trip Links
British Virgin Islands|
Pinnacles, tunnels, boulder mazes, overhangs, and a wealth of shipwrecks
Water Temp: W-mid70sF, S-mid80sF
The BVIs' relative isolation is their blessing and their curse, with a lack of direct jet service keeping visitors to a minimum, while ensuring that you'll be one of only a handful of divers at all the best sites. Most tourists fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico, then catch a turbo-prop to Tortola's Beef Island or Virgin Gorda. You can also fly into St. Thomas, USVI, and hop a plane, or catch a ferry. Connections are available on American Eagle (800-433-7300) and Air Sunshine (800-327-8900, 800-435-8900 or 284-495-8900).
You'll definitely want a rental car on Tortola, though you can get by with cabs on Virgin Gorda. Exercise caution on hilly Virgin Gorda, where a normal set of brakes lasts about six months. Don't forget when driving in these British isles that left is right.
U.S. and Canadian citizens need at least a birth certificate and photo ID to enter, though a passport is best.
American greenbacks are the official currency. Credit cards and traveler's checks are widely accepted, and cash works nicely in the smaller bars and restaurants.
Water Conditions: Don't expect excellent visibility, though the BVIs' 50 to 100 feet will beat the hometown quarry any day. Water temps vary just a couple degrees off 80F year-round.
Blue Water Divers
Dive BVI Limited (800-848-7078)
Kilbrides Sunchaser Scuba
Sail Caribbean (800-321-0994)
Cuan Law Trimarine (800-648-3393)
Depth - 40 feet. Skill Level - Novice. What you'll see - The scattered remains of a 380-foot Greek freighter that ran aground and sank off Anegada Island in 1929, attracting schooling baitfish, black jacks, black durgon and green moray eels. What you might see - Nurse sharks.
3) The Invisibles
4) Bronco Billy's
6) Vanishing Rocks
7) Blonde Rock
8) The Indians
9) Angelfish Reef
10) Carrot Shoal
11) RMS Rhone