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EXPLORE THE SECRETS BELOW

A tank and a regulator will allow for a closer look at the region's numerous coral gardens, many in less than 30 feet of warm aquamarine waters. The Caves at Norman Island are rumoured to have been the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure tale Treasure Island. At Joe's Cave, an underwater cavern on West Dog Island, divers can swim alongside giant grouper, eagle rays or flowing schools of glassy sweepers. The Chimney at Great Dog Island near Virgin Gorda reveals a coral archway and canyon covered with a wide variety of sponges and coral, including the rare white variety.

Swarms of schooling jacks circle the tops of submerged sea-mounts that rise from the depths to within a few feet of the surface. Divers can explore crevices and undercut ledges as they spiral down to depths approaching 100 feet, perhaps catching a glimpse of a tarpon, amberjack, turtle, or shark, and listening for the songs of migrating whales.

For adventure-seekers, many fascinating shipwrecks lie scattered across the ocean floor. If you're a novice, choose from sheltered wrecks like the "three Wrecks", the shallow end of the Rhone or the Fearless. More advanced divers can explore the Rokus off the southeast tip of Anegada, or the Chikuzen off Tortola's East End, a 268-foot steel-hulled refrigerator ship blessed with visibility so good you can stand on the bow and see all the way to the stern, or the deeper parts of the Rhone off Salt Island, a British mail ship sunk in a storm in 1867, generally recognised as the best dive site in the Caribbean.

Find a guide and learn to dive in the BVI. For further information about diving in the BVI check BVI Scuba Organization
 


DIVE SITES:

Alice's Wonderland
Island: Ginger Island
Alice's Wonderland is a colourful coral garden with large coral heads of pillar and star coral with waving purple and green sea fans and soft gorgonians. All five types of butterfly fish can be found including the shy long snout butterfly fish. Large grouper, rays, jewfish, african pompano and even reef sharks are also found here on occasion. Surface chop and surge are common.
Depth Range: 40 to 80 feet

Angelfish Reef
Island: Norman Island
This mixture of reef and sand with ridges creates narrow canyons where an abundance of fish including yellow head jaw fish in sand, sailfin blennies, angel fish and sea horses hiding in the gorgonia can be found. Rays can also be seen and the occasional turtle. High hats, jack-knifes and spotted drums can be seen together. Large swells and currents. Photography.
Depth Range: 10 to 90 feet

Black Forest
Island: Peter Island
This is a mini reef wall with many nooks and crannies. Look for a variety of fish such as the shy long snout butterfly fish. Schools of creole wrasse and blue tangs. Hard and soft corals including the endangered black coral are found, hence the name Black Forest. Southern rays can be found in the sand at the bottom of the reef. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 30 to 70 feet

Blonde Rock
Island: Dead Chest
Located between Dead Chest and Salt Island, this rock pinnacle is covered on top with yellow fire coral. There is a multitude of ledges and undercuts where much can be found. Schools of jacks and french grunts, scrawled filefish, barracuda, cobia and the occasional shark feed in this area. Occasional current and wind chop on surface.
Depth Range: 10 to 65 feet

Blue Chromis Reef
Island: Cooper Island
The topography is sand and coral with sea fans and gorgonian. Spotted drums, quillfin blennies along with blue chromis can all be seen. Take time to look inside the nooks and crannies for spiral anemones and petersen cleaning shrimp. Occasional swells. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 30 to 90 feet

Brewer's Bay East
Island: Tortola
Comprised of sand and coral, rays and nurse sharks can be found, as well as tarpon feeding on schools of fry. Current, surges in winter.
Depth Range: 25 to 90 feet

Brewer's Bay Pinnacles
Island: Tortola
Pinnacles of varying size and height rise from the ocean the floor. Large jacks, tarpon, eagle rays and turtles. In spring, the humpback whales can be heard singing as they pass through the islands.
Depth Range: 25 to 110 feet

Brewer's Bay West
Island: Tortola
Granite rocks form alleys for small fish such as juveniles spotted drums, red lip blennies, and lobsters. Current surges in winter.
Depth Range: 25 to 60 feet

Bronco Billy's
Island: George Dog
Bronco Billy's consists of a number of coral ridges that form canyons and archways covered in colourful hard and soft corals and sponges. Large Pillar corals, cup corals and sponges also cover boulders where golden tail, spotted and green moray eels hide. Spotted drums, dog snapper and grunts. Occasional current and surge.
Depth Range: 15 to 50 feet

Brown Pants
Island: Norman Island
This network of ridges; form rocky canyons, with an open cave in one. Barracuda, turtles and rays can be seen here along with queen angels, white spotted filefish. Large swells and currents can restrict.
Depth Range: 10 to 40 feet

Carrot Shoal  (Temporarily closed)
Island: Peter Island
A two-hundred foot ridge rises from 60 feet with nooks and crannies for fish and nurse sharks to hide in. Shy longsnout butterfly fish, lobsters, and moray eels can be seen. Occasional current, surface chop if windy.
Depth Range: 11 to 60 feet

Carvel Rock
Island: Cooper Island
This site sits between Cooper and Ginger Islands and is made up of huge boulders. Green morays and lobster hide in the nooks and crannies, whilst redlip blennies sit on top of rocks covered with fire coral and sponges. Barracuda and kingfish can be seen in the blue water, while white spotted file fish, queen trigger fish and durgeon flit among the rocks. Strong currents and large swells often restrict diving.
Depth Range: 15 to 90 feet

Cistern Point
Island: Cooper Island
Cistern Point provides a good shallow dive through rocks with craters. On top of the ridge you can find anemones with petersen cleaning shrimp, blue tangs, sergeant majors, jacks and grunts. Tarpon also prey on the fry in spring. Occasional surge.
Depth Range: 10 to 40 feet

Coral Gardens (Aero plane Wreck)
Island: Great Dog
This good quiet dive site has a mix of sand and beautiful coral formations. The remains of a Shorts 360 aero plane was moved to this site in 1993 as part of The BVI's artificial reef program. Goat fish, sand divers and southern rays can be seen in the sand. Schools of sennet, grunts and snapper, the occasional blacktip shark, turtles and flying gurnards are also found at this site. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 20 to 50 feet

Devil's Kitchen
Island: Cooper Island
Rocky ledges covered with soft and hard corals, with colourful sponges provides a good habitat for parrot fish, schooling grunts, lobsters, the very shy cherub fish and with patience many juvenile fish can be seen. Large swells often limit diving.
Depth Range: 30 to 50 feet

Dry Rocks East
Island: Cooper Island
This open water site has good visibility and large pelagics, large jacks, and permit can be seen, as well as atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, parrot fish, puffer fish and trunkfish. Occasional large swells and strong currents.
Depth Range: 25 to 85 feet

Fallen Jerusalem National Park
Island: Fallen Jerusalem
The island of Fallen Jerusalem was declared a National Park in 1974. Secluded beaches border delightful snorkelling areas; North Lee Bay beach being the best on the island. On the northwest shore, underwater tunnels and caves are a haven for nocturnal fish, while schools of glassy sweepers glisten like bits of shiny copper. Overnighting is not encouraged, as there is no safe, overnight anchorage.
Depth Range:

Ginger Steps
Island: Ginger Island
This site comprised of ledges "stepping" down to 100 ft. Generally the visibility is good and the sun reflects from the white sand between the drop offs giving amazing colour to the scene. Juvenile angel fish, fairy basslets and damsel fish play amongst the coral heads. Snappers, squirrel fish, and grunts are also seen around the sponges and sea fans. Occasional strong currents and large swells.
Depth Range: 35 to 100 feet

Grand Central
Island: Guana Island
This site was discovered by Duncan Muirhead of Cuan Law. The site is not often dived due to its location and sea conditions. A broad tunnel is entered at 55 feet and climbs, turns and descends again as it cuts through a point of the island. Occasional heavy swell and current.
Depth Range: 40 to 60 feet

Inganess Bay
Island: Cooper Island
This wreck was sunk in the channel between Cooper and Ginger Islands in 1996. The wreck is intact and you can swim into the wheel house as well as the cargo hold. Although relatively new it is already encrusted with corals and there are fish around the wreck. Occasional currents.
Depth Range: 60 to 90 feet

Joe's Cave
Island: West Dog
This deep cave, which extends above the surface, has schools of glassy sweepers. The walls are covered with soft and hard corals and sponges. Slight current.
Depth Range: 20 to 30 feet

Wreck Alley (Marie L, Pat, and Beata)
Island: Cooper Island
This triple wreck site consists of the Marie L, a cargo boat intentionally sunk in the early 1990s, the Pat, a tugboat sunk a few years later that now lies up against the Marie L, and the Beata, sunk in 2001. Many fish use the wrecks for shelter including large barracuda and moray eels. Southern rays often hide in the sand and reef sharks have been seen. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 60 to 90 feet

Painted Walls
Island: Tortola
Considered to be one of the top ten dive sites in the BVI, Painted Walls is located near Dead Chest and features a series of bright-colored gullies and canyons. Turtles and nurse sharks commonly found here.
Depth Range: 30 to 60 feet

Rainbow Canyons
Island: Pelican Island
This colourful dive with corals, sea fans, and sponges of all sizes also has juvenile trunkfish, Creole wrasse, queen angel fish, and juvenile spotted drums hiding in nooks. Sheltered water. Photography, night dive.
Depth Range: 20 to 90 feet

Rhone Anchor
Island: Peter Island
Columns and clumps of hard corals typify this site, with a sandy bottom. The coral encrusted Rhone Anchor can be found lying in the sand with the chain still attached. Small blennies, damsel fish, sargent majors wrasse can all be found, along with both queen conch and helmet conch. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 30 to 60 feet

Rhone Reef
Island: Salt Island
Rock canyons and gulleys are the topography of this dive site situated close to the Wreck of the Rhone. A variety of hard and soft corals encourage many fish, turtles, nurse sharks and the occasional reef shark. Occasional current.
Depth Range: 40 to 70 feet

Ringdove Rock
Island: Norman Island
Coral heads form a fertile mound, which divers can spiral up and around. Sergeant majors are abundant as are lobsters, moray eels and butterfly fish. Occasional current.
Depth Range: 15 to 70 feet

Round Rock
Island: Tortola
This site is comprised of large boulders covered in hard and soft corals, sponges, and gorgonian. The site is not often dived due to the currents, but if conditions are good you can see bar jacks, brown chromis and creole wrasse. Often current.
Depth Range: 40 to 80 feet

Santa Monica Rock
Island: Norman Island
This large underwater pinnacle usually has excellent visibility. The top is covered with fire coral and has many nooks and crannies where moray eels and small fish can hide. Pelagics, atlantic spadefish, barracuda, horse-eye jacks, kingfish and turtles can all be seen. Large swells and currents.
Depth Range: 20 to 70 feet

Seal Dog
Island: West Seal Dog
Large boulders covered in hard and soft corals create many ledges, canyons, and swim throughs. Set in the Atlantic side of the islands, many pelagics are to be found including eagle rays, king fish, mackerel, and the occasional shark. Occasional current and heavy swells.
Depth Range: 20 to 80 feet

Shark Point
Island: Peter Island
This site is in open ocean so the visibility can be exceptional. Soft corals cover the reef and ridges. There is a maze of alleys and caves to be explored. Schools of pelagics together with french, white and blue stripe grunts can all be found. Occasional strong current.
Depth Range: 25 to 80 feet

Spyglass Wall
Island: Norman Island
Spyglass Wall is a mini wall that drops to a sandy bottom. With loads of sea fans and large coral heads, small fish such as damsel fish, wrasse, fairy basslets can be seen. Look out for tarpon and eagle rays in the blue water and southern stingrays in the sand foraging for food. Occasional swells.
Depth Range: 10 to 60 feet

The Caves
Island: Norman Island
A favourite for snorkeling, this site has four caves whose walls are covered with sponges. Schools of fry, yellow tail snappers, and sergeant majors can be seen. Occasional surge. Snorkelling.
Depth Range: 4 to 40 feet

The Chikuzen
Island: Virgin Gorda
Considered to be one of the best dives in the BVI, due to its remote location, this site should only be attempted with experienced dive instructors. The Chikuzen, a 246-foot refrigeration vessel originally built in Japan, was part of the fishing fleet in St Maarten. Situated 12 miles NE of Virgin Gorda surrounded by miles of sand, this is the only place for marine life to congregate. Regular visitors include schooling barracuda, horse-eye jacks and snappers, stingrays, eagle rays, african pompano, atlantic spadefish, nurse sharks, and blacktip reef sharks, along with a resident 600 lb. jewfish. This is a challenging site due to regular swells in the three to five foot range, please check for current conditions.
Depth Range: 40 to 75 feet

The Chimney
Island: Great Dog
This site was named after a rock climbing site due to two boulders forming a narrow slot. This slot has a lot of colour from sponges and is home to small shrimp, spotted rock lobster, and many anemones. There are ridges and dips with yellow tail damsels, sergeant majors, parrot fish and the occasional scorpion fish. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 15 to 45 feet

The Fearless
Island: Peter Island
This 100 ft. wreck is home to many schooling fish such as French grunts, bar soldier fish, and Creole wrasse. Southern rays and the occasional eagle ray or turtle can all be seen. Be sure to look in all the nooks and crannies for smaller fish such as fairy basslets, blennies and gobies. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 40 to 80 feet

The Indians
Island: Round Rock
Comprised of jagged pinnacles that rise out of the sea with caves and swim throughs, a variety of corals and fish such as angel fish, blue chromis, rock beauties, black durgeons can all be seen. Lettuce leaf slugs and colourful flatworms are also found here. Photography, night dive.
Depth Range: 15 to 90 feet

The Playground
Island: Green Cay
Comprised of large rocks and coral heads in deepwater, often pelagics can be seen including manta rays, reef and nurse sharks, eagle rays and tarpon. Watch for parrot fish and the small red lip blenny. Occasional current and heavy swell.
Depth Range: 30 to 90 feet

The Visibles
Island: George Dog
A large pinnacle rises a few feet from the surface. Large gorgonians and sea fans are plentiful. Fish life is in abundance including barracuda, angel fish, snappers, high hats, cherub fish, spotted drums, turtles, tarpon, eagle rays, and both nurse and reef sharks. Occasional current and surge.
Depth Range: 10 to 80 feet

Thumb Rock (Red Bluff Point)
Island: Cooper Island
This site was named because of the pinnacle underwater that sticks up like a thumb. There is a similar rock above water. The topography is coral encrusted rocks with reef. Tarpon are frequently seen around the pinnacle as well as barracuda. Queen angel and french angel fish chase through the coral while spotted drums and damsel fish hide in the rocks. Occasional large swells and currents. Photography.
Depth Range: 20 to 60 feet

Time Square
Island: Guana Island
This rarely dived site, except by Cuan Law, is comprised of two caves that angle up from approximately 30 feet to 7 feet. The caves are deep enough to need a dive torch and one is home to a school of silversides. Nurse sharks have been seen. Occasional heavy swell and current.
Depth Range: 40 to 50 feet

Twin Towers
Island: Little Jost Van Dyke
Two large rock formations rise from 90 feet with smaller rock formations. Eagle rays and tarpon are often found here, as well as some interesting fish hide in the rocks between the two pillars. Occasional current and heavy swell.
Depth Range: 40 to 90 feet

Twin Towers
Island: Great Tobago
Large rocks are covered with both hard and soft corals. Depth needs to be monitored as the site slopes away to 135 feet. Pelagics are often seen out in the deep water. Red lip blennies are found perched on the rocks. Schools of french and blue stripe grunts are frequent visitors. The endangered black coral can also be found in deeper water. Occasional swell.
Depth Range: 30 to 135 feet

Vanishing Rock (Dry Rocks East)
Island: Cooper Island
This reef is home to "Sergeant Major City" a large multi-spired formation of pillar coral full of fish life. Ledges allow nurse sharks to hide along with lobsters. In the abundance of sponges, soft corals and sea fans you will find reef butterfly fish, trumpet fish and spanish hog fish. Occasional strong current.
Depth Range: 24 to 40 feet

Wall to Wall
Island: West Dog
Coral and rock recesses rise from a sandy bottom, fish life is abundant in the form of porkfish, blue striped grunts, big eyes, squirrel fish and angel fish. Octopus, as well as nurse sharks might be found sleeping in a crevice. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 5 to 65 feet

Watson Rock
Island: Great Tobago
Ledges and nooks and crannies typify this dive site. Lobster and the occasional octopus or nurse shark can be found. Lots of smaller fish like the damsel fish, blennies and gobies can all be seen including the shy long snout butterfly fish. Occasional swell.
Depth Range: 30 to 50 feet

Wreck of the Parmatta
Island: Anegada
Off Anegada, the wreck of the Parmatta, which ran aground in 1853 on her maiden voyage, offers an opportunity to see butterfly fish, turtles and huge groupers.
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Wreck of the Rhone - Rhone Marine Park
Island: Salt Island
The Wreck of the Rhone is the first and only Marine National Park in The British Virgin Islands. It is the most celebrated dive site in the BVI, and a major recreational attraction. The park includes examples of fringing reef habitat and sea grass beds. The wreck is that of a Royal Mail Steamer which sunk during the hurricane of 1867 with 125 persons on board. At 310 feet long and 40 feet wide, the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamer lies in two main parts in waters between 30 and 90 feet deep. Much of it is still intact and visible, including decking, parts of the rigging, the steam engine, and propeller. The Marine Park stretches from Lee Bay on Salt Island westward to include Dead Chest Island. The ship's anchor broke away outside Great Harbour, Peter Island, and this site forms the second portion of the Park. The park is used by several commercial dive operators daily. Other dive sites in the park include Rhone Reef, Blonde Rock, and Painted Walls. Anchoring is strictly prohibited in the area in and around the Rhone. The National Parks Trust has installed mooring buoys for use by all commercial, charter and private vessels. If moorings are unavailable around the Rhone, vessels are required to use the Salt Island Settlement or Peter Island anchorages.
Depth Range: 30 to 90 feet

 
 
 
 

EXPLORE THE SECRETS BELOW

A tank and a regulator will allow for a closer look at the region's numerous coral gardens, many in less than 30 feet of warm aquamarine waters. The Caves at Norman Island are rumoured to have been the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure tale Treasure Island. At Joe's Cave, an underwater cavern on West Dog Island, divers can swim alongside giant grouper, eagle rays or flowing schools of glassy sweepers. The Chimney at Great Dog Island near Virgin Gorda reveals a coral archway and canyon covered with a wide variety of sponges and coral, including the rare white variety.

Swarms of schooling jacks circle the tops of submerged sea-mounts that rise from the depths to within a few feet of the surface. Divers can explore crevices and undercut ledges as they spiral down to depths approaching 100 feet, perhaps catching a glimpse of a tarpon, amberjack, turtle, or shark, and listening for the songs of migrating whales.

For adventure-seekers, many fascinating shipwrecks lie scattered across the ocean floor. If you're a novice, choose from sheltered wrecks like the "three Wrecks", the shallow end of the Rhone or the Fearless. More advanced divers can explore the Rokus off the southeast tip of Anegada, or the Chikuzen off Tortola's East End, a 268-foot steel-hulled refrigerator ship blessed with visibility so good you can stand on the bow and see all the way to the stern, or the deeper parts of the Rhone off Salt Island, a British mail ship sunk in a storm in 1867, generally recognised as the best dive site in the Caribbean.

Find a guide and learn to dive in the BVI. For further information about diving in the BVI check BVI Scuba Organization
 


DIVE SITES:

Alice's Wonderland
Island: Ginger Island
Alice's Wonderland is a colourful coral garden with large coral heads of pillar and star coral with waving purple and green sea fans and soft gorgonians. All five types of butterfly fish can be found including the shy long snout butterfly fish. Large grouper, rays, jewfish, african pompano and even reef sharks are also found here on occasion. Surface chop and surge are common.
Depth Range: 40 to 80 feet

Angelfish Reef
Island: Norman Island
This mixture of reef and sand with ridges creates narrow canyons where an abundance of fish including yellow head jaw fish in sand, sailfin blennies, angel fish and sea horses hiding in the gorgonia can be found. Rays can also be seen and the occasional turtle. High hats, jack-knifes and spotted drums can be seen together. Large swells and currents. Photography.
Depth Range: 10 to 90 feet

Black Forest
Island: Peter Island
This is a mini reef wall with many nooks and crannies. Look for a variety of fish such as the shy long snout butterfly fish. Schools of creole wrasse and blue tangs. Hard and soft corals including the endangered black coral are found, hence the name Black Forest. Southern rays can be found in the sand at the bottom of the reef. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 30 to 70 feet

Blonde Rock
Island: Dead Chest
Located between Dead Chest and Salt Island, this rock pinnacle is covered on top with yellow fire coral. There is a multitude of ledges and undercuts where much can be found. Schools of jacks and french grunts, scrawled filefish, barracuda, cobia and the occasional shark feed in this area. Occasional current and wind chop on surface.
Depth Range: 10 to 65 feet

Blue Chromis Reef
Island: Cooper Island
The topography is sand and coral with sea fans and gorgonian. Spotted drums, quillfin blennies along with blue chromis can all be seen. Take time to look inside the nooks and crannies for spiral anemones and petersen cleaning shrimp. Occasional swells. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 30 to 90 feet

Brewer's Bay East
Island: Tortola
Comprised of sand and coral, rays and nurse sharks can be found, as well as tarpon feeding on schools of fry. Current, surges in winter.
Depth Range: 25 to 90 feet

Brewer's Bay Pinnacles
Island: Tortola
Pinnacles of varying size and height rise from the ocean the floor. Large jacks, tarpon, eagle rays and turtles. In spring, the humpback whales can be heard singing as they pass through the islands.
Depth Range: 25 to 110 feet

Brewer's Bay West
Island: Tortola
Granite rocks form alleys for small fish such as juveniles spotted drums, red lip blennies, and lobsters. Current surges in winter.
Depth Range: 25 to 60 feet

Bronco Billy's
Island: George Dog
Bronco Billy's consists of a number of coral ridges that form canyons and archways covered in colourful hard and soft corals and sponges. Large Pillar corals, cup corals and sponges also cover boulders where golden tail, spotted and green moray eels hide. Spotted drums, dog snapper and grunts. Occasional current and surge.
Depth Range: 15 to 50 feet

Brown Pants
Island: Norman Island
This network of ridges; form rocky canyons, with an open cave in one. Barracuda, turtles and rays can be seen here along with queen angels, white spotted filefish. Large swells and currents can restrict.
Depth Range: 10 to 40 feet

Carrot Shoal  (Temporarily closed)
Island: Peter Island
A two-hundred foot ridge rises from 60 feet with nooks and crannies for fish and nurse sharks to hide in. Shy longsnout butterfly fish, lobsters, and moray eels can be seen. Occasional current, surface chop if windy.
Depth Range: 11 to 60 feet

Carvel Rock
Island: Cooper Island
This site sits between Cooper and Ginger Islands and is made up of huge boulders. Green morays and lobster hide in the nooks and crannies, whilst redlip blennies sit on top of rocks covered with fire coral and sponges. Barracuda and kingfish can be seen in the blue water, while white spotted file fish, queen trigger fish and durgeon flit among the rocks. Strong currents and large swells often restrict diving.
Depth Range: 15 to 90 feet

Cistern Point
Island: Cooper Island
Cistern Point provides a good shallow dive through rocks with craters. On top of the ridge you can find anemones with petersen cleaning shrimp, blue tangs, sergeant majors, jacks and grunts. Tarpon also prey on the fry in spring. Occasional surge.
Depth Range: 10 to 40 feet

Coral Gardens (Aero plane Wreck)
Island: Great Dog
This good quiet dive site has a mix of sand and beautiful coral formations. The remains of a Shorts 360 aero plane was moved to this site in 1993 as part of The BVI's artificial reef program. Goat fish, sand divers and southern rays can be seen in the sand. Schools of sennet, grunts and snapper, the occasional blacktip shark, turtles and flying gurnards are also found at this site. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 20 to 50 feet

Devil's Kitchen
Island: Cooper Island
Rocky ledges covered with soft and hard corals, with colourful sponges provides a good habitat for parrot fish, schooling grunts, lobsters, the very shy cherub fish and with patience many juvenile fish can be seen. Large swells often limit diving.
Depth Range: 30 to 50 feet

Dry Rocks East
Island: Cooper Island
This open water site has good visibility and large pelagics, large jacks, and permit can be seen, as well as atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, parrot fish, puffer fish and trunkfish. Occasional large swells and strong currents.
Depth Range: 25 to 85 feet

Fallen Jerusalem National Park
Island: Fallen Jerusalem
The island of Fallen Jerusalem was declared a National Park in 1974. Secluded beaches border delightful snorkelling areas; North Lee Bay beach being the best on the island. On the northwest shore, underwater tunnels and caves are a haven for nocturnal fish, while schools of glassy sweepers glisten like bits of shiny copper. Overnighting is not encouraged, as there is no safe, overnight anchorage.
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Ginger Steps
Island: Ginger Island
This site comprised of ledges "stepping" down to 100 ft. Generally the visibility is good and the sun reflects from the white sand between the drop offs giving amazing colour to the scene. Juvenile angel fish, fairy basslets and damsel fish play amongst the coral heads. Snappers, squirrel fish, and grunts are also seen around the sponges and sea fans. Occasional strong currents and large swells.
Depth Range: 35 to 100 feet

Grand Central
Island: Guana Island
This site was discovered by Duncan Muirhead of Cuan Law. The site is not often dived due to its location and sea conditions. A broad tunnel is entered at 55 feet and climbs, turns and descends again as it cuts through a point of the island. Occasional heavy swell and current.
Depth Range: 40 to 60 feet

Inganess Bay
Island: Cooper Island
This wreck was sunk in the channel between Cooper and Ginger Islands in 1996. The wreck is intact and you can swim into the wheel house as well as the cargo hold. Although relatively new it is already encrusted with corals and there are fish around the wreck. Occasional currents.
Depth Range: 60 to 90 feet

Joe's Cave
Island: West Dog
This deep cave, which extends above the surface, has schools of glassy sweepers. The walls are covered with soft and hard corals and sponges. Slight current.
Depth Range: 20 to 30 feet

Wreck Alley (Marie L, Pat, and Beata)
Island: Cooper Island
This triple wreck site consists of the Marie L, a cargo boat intentionally sunk in the early 1990s, the Pat, a tugboat sunk a few years later that now lies up against the Marie L, and the Beata, sunk in 2001. Many fish use the wrecks for shelter including large barracuda and moray eels. Southern rays often hide in the sand and reef sharks have been seen. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 60 to 90 feet

Painted Walls
Island: Tortola
Considered to be one of the top ten dive sites in the BVI, Painted Walls is located near Dead Chest and features a series of bright-colored gullies and canyons. Turtles and nurse sharks commonly found here.
Depth Range: 30 to 60 feet

Rainbow Canyons
Island: Pelican Island
This colourful dive with corals, sea fans, and sponges of all sizes also has juvenile trunkfish, Creole wrasse, queen angel fish, and juvenile spotted drums hiding in nooks. Sheltered water. Photography, night dive.
Depth Range: 20 to 90 feet

Rhone Anchor
Island: Peter Island
Columns and clumps of hard corals typify this site, with a sandy bottom. The coral encrusted Rhone Anchor can be found lying in the sand with the chain still attached. Small blennies, damsel fish, sargent majors wrasse can all be found, along with both queen conch and helmet conch. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 30 to 60 feet

Rhone Reef
Island: Salt Island
Rock canyons and gulleys are the topography of this dive site situated close to the Wreck of the Rhone. A variety of hard and soft corals encourage many fish, turtles, nurse sharks and the occasional reef shark. Occasional current.
Depth Range: 40 to 70 feet

Ringdove Rock
Island: Norman Island
Coral heads form a fertile mound, which divers can spiral up and around. Sergeant majors are abundant as are lobsters, moray eels and butterfly fish. Occasional current.
Depth Range: 15 to 70 feet

Round Rock
Island: Tortola
This site is comprised of large boulders covered in hard and soft corals, sponges, and gorgonian. The site is not often dived due to the currents, but if conditions are good you can see bar jacks, brown chromis and creole wrasse. Often current.
Depth Range: 40 to 80 feet

Santa Monica Rock
Island: Norman Island
This large underwater pinnacle usually has excellent visibility. The top is covered with fire coral and has many nooks and crannies where moray eels and small fish can hide. Pelagics, atlantic spadefish, barracuda, horse-eye jacks, kingfish and turtles can all be seen. Large swells and currents.
Depth Range: 20 to 70 feet

Seal Dog
Island: West Seal Dog
Large boulders covered in hard and soft corals create many ledges, canyons, and swim throughs. Set in the Atlantic side of the islands, many pelagics are to be found including eagle rays, king fish, mackerel, and the occasional shark. Occasional current and heavy swells.
Depth Range: 20 to 80 feet

Shark Point
Island: Peter Island
This site is in open ocean so the visibility can be exceptional. Soft corals cover the reef and ridges. There is a maze of alleys and caves to be explored. Schools of pelagics together with french, white and blue stripe grunts can all be found. Occasional strong current.
Depth Range: 25 to 80 feet

Spyglass Wall
Island: Norman Island
Spyglass Wall is a mini wall that drops to a sandy bottom. With loads of sea fans and large coral heads, small fish such as damsel fish, wrasse, fairy basslets can be seen. Look out for tarpon and eagle rays in the blue water and southern stingrays in the sand foraging for food. Occasional swells.
Depth Range: 10 to 60 feet

The Caves
Island: Norman Island
A favourite for snorkeling, this site has four caves whose walls are covered with sponges. Schools of fry, yellow tail snappers, and sergeant majors can be seen. Occasional surge. Snorkelling.
Depth Range: 4 to 40 feet

The Chikuzen
Island: Virgin Gorda
Considered to be one of the best dives in the BVI, due to its remote location, this site should only be attempted with experienced dive instructors. The Chikuzen, a 246-foot refrigeration vessel originally built in Japan, was part of the fishing fleet in St Maarten. Situated 12 miles NE of Virgin Gorda surrounded by miles of sand, this is the only place for marine life to congregate. Regular visitors include schooling barracuda, horse-eye jacks and snappers, stingrays, eagle rays, african pompano, atlantic spadefish, nurse sharks, and blacktip reef sharks, along with a resident 600 lb. jewfish. This is a challenging site due to regular swells in the three to five foot range, please check for current conditions.
Depth Range: 40 to 75 feet

The Chimney
Island: Great Dog
This site was named after a rock climbing site due to two boulders forming a narrow slot. This slot has a lot of colour from sponges and is home to small shrimp, spotted rock lobster, and many anemones. There are ridges and dips with yellow tail damsels, sergeant majors, parrot fish and the occasional scorpion fish. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 15 to 45 feet

The Fearless
Island: Peter Island
This 100 ft. wreck is home to many schooling fish such as French grunts, bar soldier fish, and Creole wrasse. Southern rays and the occasional eagle ray or turtle can all be seen. Be sure to look in all the nooks and crannies for smaller fish such as fairy basslets, blennies and gobies. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 40 to 80 feet

The Indians
Island: Round Rock
Comprised of jagged pinnacles that rise out of the sea with caves and swim throughs, a variety of corals and fish such as angel fish, blue chromis, rock beauties, black durgeons can all be seen. Lettuce leaf slugs and colourful flatworms are also found here. Photography, night dive.
Depth Range: 15 to 90 feet

The Playground
Island: Green Cay
Comprised of large rocks and coral heads in deepwater, often pelagics can be seen including manta rays, reef and nurse sharks, eagle rays and tarpon. Watch for parrot fish and the small red lip blenny. Occasional current and heavy swell.
Depth Range: 30 to 90 feet

The Visibles
Island: George Dog
A large pinnacle rises a few feet from the surface. Large gorgonians and sea fans are plentiful. Fish life is in abundance including barracuda, angel fish, snappers, high hats, cherub fish, spotted drums, turtles, tarpon, eagle rays, and both nurse and reef sharks. Occasional current and surge.
Depth Range: 10 to 80 feet

Thumb Rock (Red Bluff Point)
Island: Cooper Island
This site was named because of the pinnacle underwater that sticks up like a thumb. There is a similar rock above water. The topography is coral encrusted rocks with reef. Tarpon are frequently seen around the pinnacle as well as barracuda. Queen angel and french angel fish chase through the coral while spotted drums and damsel fish hide in the rocks. Occasional large swells and currents. Photography.
Depth Range: 20 to 60 feet

Time Square
Island: Guana Island
This rarely dived site, except by Cuan Law, is comprised of two caves that angle up from approximately 30 feet to 7 feet. The caves are deep enough to need a dive torch and one is home to a school of silversides. Nurse sharks have been seen. Occasional heavy swell and current.
Depth Range: 40 to 50 feet

Twin Towers
Island: Little Jost Van Dyke
Two large rock formations rise from 90 feet with smaller rock formations. Eagle rays and tarpon are often found here, as well as some interesting fish hide in the rocks between the two pillars. Occasional current and heavy swell.
Depth Range: 40 to 90 feet

Twin Towers
Island: Great Tobago
Large rocks are covered with both hard and soft corals. Depth needs to be monitored as the site slopes away to 135 feet. Pelagics are often seen out in the deep water. Red lip blennies are found perched on the rocks. Schools of french and blue stripe grunts are frequent visitors. The endangered black coral can also be found in deeper water. Occasional swell.
Depth Range: 30 to 135 feet

Vanishing Rock (Dry Rocks East)
Island: Cooper Island
This reef is home to "Sergeant Major City" a large multi-spired formation of pillar coral full of fish life. Ledges allow nurse sharks to hide along with lobsters. In the abundance of sponges, soft corals and sea fans you will find reef butterfly fish, trumpet fish and spanish hog fish. Occasional strong current.
Depth Range: 24 to 40 feet

Wall to Wall
Island: West Dog
Coral and rock recesses rise from a sandy bottom, fish life is abundant in the form of porkfish, blue striped grunts, big eyes, squirrel fish and angel fish. Octopus, as well as nurse sharks might be found sleeping in a crevice. Usually calm.
Depth Range: 5 to 65 feet

Watson Rock
Island: Great Tobago
Ledges and nooks and crannies typify this dive site. Lobster and the occasional octopus or nurse shark can be found. Lots of smaller fish like the damsel fish, blennies and gobies can all be seen including the shy long snout butterfly fish. Occasional swell.
Depth Range: 30 to 50 feet

Wreck of the Parmatta
Island: Anegada
Off Anegada, the wreck of the Parmatta, which ran aground in 1853 on her maiden voyage, offers an opportunity to see butterfly fish, turtles and huge groupers.
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Wreck of the Rhone - Rhone Marine Park
Island: Salt Island
The Wreck of the Rhone is the first and only Marine National Park in The British Virgin Islands. It is the most celebrated dive site in the BVI, and a major recreational attraction. The park includes examples of fringing reef habitat and sea grass beds. The wreck is that of a Royal Mail Steamer which sunk during the hurricane of 1867 with 125 persons on board. At 310 feet long and 40 feet wide, the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamer lies in two main parts in waters between 30 and 90 feet deep. Much of it is still intact and visible, including decking, parts of the rigging, the steam engine, and propeller. The Marine Park stretches from Lee Bay on Salt Island westward to include Dead Chest Island. The ship's anchor broke away outside Great Harbour, Peter Island, and this site forms the second portion of the Park. The park is used by several commercial dive operators daily. Other dive sites in the park include Rhone Reef, Blonde Rock, and Painted Walls. Anchoring is strictly prohibited in the area in and around the Rhone. The National Parks Trust has installed mooring buoys for use by all commercial, charter and private vessels. If moorings are unavailable around the Rhone, vessels are required to use the Salt Island Settlement or Peter Island anchorages.
Depth Range: 30 to 90 feet