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Scuba diving in British Virgin Islands

Be surprised by some wonderful shipwrecks and beautiful reefs while scuba diving the clear waters of the British Virgin Islands.
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Diving in British Virgin Islands

Quick facts

Most of the dive operators in the British Virgin Islands are located on Tortola but there are also dive operators on Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island and Cooper Island.

Most of the dive sites are suitable for all levels of divers but some experience might be required when diving around Virgin Gorda. Diving can be done year-round. Water temperature is typically warm ranging from 78-83˚F (25-28˚C) and visibility is usually great at 60-100ft (18-30m).

Dive sites around the British Virgin Islands feature stunning shipwrecks, seamounts, coral gardens and sandy bottoms. If diving from Tortola, the most famous dive site is the RMS Rhone shipwreck which lies off the nearby Salt Island. Besides that, the sandy bottoms and gentle sloping reefs at islands like Norman Island, Pelican Island, Deadchest Island are all great especially for new divers. A seamount called Blonde Rock is always buzzing with activity and wonderful to visit. For a bit more excitement and pelagic marine life, dive from Virgin Gorda, access the Dog Islands which features underwater formations like arches and canyons.

Weather and sea conditions permitting, more experienced divers can head to the Chikuzen wreck or brave sweeping currents at the Invisibles which are submerged pinnacles.

When to go

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What to see

At the islands near Tortola, expect to find every manner of colorful reef fish amongst soft and hard corals. At shipwrecks, there are often schools of barracuda along with yellowtail snapper and many lobsters to find in cracks and crevices. Night dives are exciting as lobsters come out to hunt and orange cup corals unfurl to feed.

Off Virgin Gorda, find more pelagic marine life like sea turtles, eagle rays, great barracuda, amberjack and cobia. Along the sea floor, expect to see resting nurse sharks, stingrays and colonies of garden eels. Occasionally, catch reef sharks passing through sites exposed to the open sea.


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