Big on natural beauty and one of the top yachting destinations in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands boasts not only of breathtaking vistas, warm tropical weather, and a relaxed island atmosphere, but of an alluring and impressive marine paradise that beckons charter guests to dive in and embark on exciting adventures under the sea. Just beneath the surface of the crystal-clear turquoise waters that surround the stunning islands of BVI’s is an amazing world that brims with colorful life. Conditions are prime for snorkeling and scuba diving, with exceptional visibility, thriving coral, vibrant reefs, and a huge variety of rainbow-colored fish that call these waters their home. Whether chartering a mega yacht, power boat, sailing yacht, or luxury catamaran, here are some great snorkel and dive spots to check out during your yachting holiday in the British Virgin Islands.
The Wreck of the Rhone
Perhaps the most impressive shipwreck in the Caribbean resulted after the Royal Mail Steamer hit Salt Island during a hurricane in 1867 and sank leaving behind a well preserved wreck site with the decking, parts of the rigging, the steam engine, and propeller still intact. The Rhone is now a marine park that is part of the BVI National Park Trust, whose reef habitat and sea grass beds support a vast species fish, sponges and corals.
Off of Round Rock, close to Peter and Norman Islands, this amazing site large jagged stone spikes that rise from the ocean floor which form a maze of canyons and grottos to explore. You will find soft and hard corals, beautiful sea fans, turtles, octopus, squid, angel fish, blue chromis, and black durgeons.
Experienced divers will want to visit the wreck of Chikuzen situated six miles north of Beef Island. Ranked as one of the best dives in the BVI, the site features schools of barracuda, horse-eye jacks and snappers, stingrays, eagle rays, african pompano, atlantic spadefish, nurse sharks, and blacktip reef sharks.
Black Forest is a small reef wall with hard and soft corals, including the endangered black coral. Marine life thrives and divers can spot many long snout butterfly fish, creole wrasse, and blue tangs swimming through the clear waters. At the sandy bottom, Southern rays can be found.
Situated on the south side of Great Dog Island is a colorful dive site with a healthy reef home to an extensive array of fish, lobster and the occasional nurse shark or turtle. A focal point of the Coral Gardens is a sunken inter-island commuter plane whose fuselage is commonly surrounded by schools of young barracuda.
The popular Caves of Norman Island is a favorite of snorkelers with beautiful calm waters where large schools of yellow tail snapper and sergeant majors meander.
The Bight is the main anchorage on Norman Island and yacht charter guests will find the site surprisingly exceptional for snorkeling. The reef at the east end of the harbor extends several yards and the glorious underwater scenery has sea fans, coral brains, sponges, parrotfish, wrasse, elk horn, eagle rays, and nurse sharks.
The bountiful British Virgin Islands make the perfect yacht charter destination for experienced and novice snorkelers and divers alike, with a new site to explore every day. For a customized charter vacation in the BVI’s, contact the yacht vacation specialists at Sunreef Yachts Charter at firstname.lastname@example.org.