BVI Dive Operators ; Status Update

13 Mar 2018
BVI Dive Operators ; Status Update
The BVI Dive Operators (BVISO) has been compiling information over the past weeks/months, and reports coming in are reassuringly positive

“We are definitely open for business” a mantra that we have now been professing for some time, in spite of the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Irma and Maria in September. 

The BVI Dive Operators (BVISO) has been compiling information over the past weeks/months, and reports coming in are reassuringly positive.

While some of our most popular sites, The Indians, Dead Chest, Ginger Steps, have experienced little to no change there has been a “shifting” effect on our most visited wrecks. 

Our most famous wrecks The RMS Rhone off Salt Island, the Beata at Wreck Alley and the Chikuzen have all experienced a little “shape shifting”, exposing previously hidden structures to navigate and enjoy. Come re-explore our truly remarkable wreck sites.

Our most recent addition to the BVI wreck collection, the Kodiak Queen, has lost some of the Kraken’s mesh coating; however she remained stable in her location and has become a very popular new home for a myriad of marine life.

A message from our Dive Operator members, dated March 7th 2018.

Sunchaser Scuba at BEYC: Sunchaser Scuba will be fully operational again starting 2nd week of March. We still have to hook up our compressor and are waiting on power at BEYC, but are confident that this should be happening soon. We will be offering dive trips and have a small retail store. Sunchaser Scuba Ltd.                                                                                                       Tel: (284) 495 9638    sunchaser@surfbvi.com  www.sunchaserscuba.com  

Blue Water Divers at Nanny Cay: Blue Water Divers is fully operational at Nanny Cay, with our two boats that survived the hurricane, Blue Tang our 35 foot Gnautic and Ocean Blue our 36 foot Twin Vee. West End will re-open in the near future. Tel: (284) 494-2847   www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com  E-mail: bwdbvi@surfbvi.com  

Cuan Law, Liveaboard Diving: Cuan Law, the world’s largest Trimaran is operating weekly trips to explore the beauty of the underwater world. Travel in 5-star comfort and amenities as you dive renowned wrecks like the RMS Rhone and vibrant reefs surrounding Cooper, Salt, Peter and Ginger Islands. Each trip includes an afternoon beach BBQ at the famous Baths at Virgin Gorda. Contact All Star Liveaboards: 800.327.9600 or 954.734.7111 or go to ww.allstarliveaboards.com/cuanlaw

Dive BVI: Virgin Gorda and Scrub Island: Both dive centers fully operational, offering rendezvous diving, rental, retail and air fills. 2 custom dive boats in the water delivering dive trips and excursions daily. Tel: (284) 541 9818  www.divebvi.com   info@divebvi.com 

Jost Van Dyke Scuba & BVI ECO-Tours  - on the beach in Great Harbour JVD Although the 'retail shop' is not open yet... (we have a container in port with all new store fixtures and inventory... so will be VERY soon), we are here daily all day long, the building is rebuilt and we are running dive trips most every day and filling tanks. JVD Scuba has a US phone that gets a St T signal: 1.757.287.2731.                                    Office- (284)-495-0271    Cell- (284)-443-2222. email: info@jostvandykescuba.com,  reservations@jostvandykescuba.com  www.jostvandykescuba.com       

Sail Caribbean Divers: Hodges Creek Marina & The Moorings Road Town: Sail Caribbean Divers are currently offering rendezvous diving, retail, rental and air fills at their Moorings Marina location and additionally scuba & watersports rental and airfills from Hodges Creek Marina. We have one boat in the water and are offering dive trips daily. We plan to open our brand new dive facility at Cooper Island Beach Club on April 1st.                                                                                                                                      Tel: (284) 541 3483  www.sailcaribbeandivers.com  info@sailcaribbeandivers.com 

Paradise Watersports:  Peter Island: Paradise Watersports will reopen along with the resort, date to be announced. You will find very personalized service with our staff who have all been diving and snorkeling in the BVI for years and love to share underwater adventures with visitors to our islands. We have a 30’ Island Hopper dive boat which can take up to 10 persons.                                                                                                                Tel:  (284) 495-9941   paradisewatersportsbvi@gmail.com

We Be Divin’: Village Cay: At the moment our retail store is open and we are offering airfills at our base in Road Town, plus tank visuals and hydrostatic testing. We will back fully operational in June with rental and rendezvous diving. Tel: (284) 494 4320 www.bviscubadive.com  iwannadive@bviscubadive.com 

As additional services become available and our other operators resume business we will post on individual facebook pages and our organization website:  www.bviscuba.org

Mike Rowe

President BVI Dive Operators Association.