British Virgin Islands Dive Sites Map
The British Virgin Islands have won several SCUBA Diving Magazine 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. After rating their favorite diving destinations, readers chose the BVI as First Place Winner for Top Beginner Diving, 2nd place for Top Underwater Photography, and 3rd place for Top Wreck Diving. The British Virgin Islands (aka “Nature’s Little Secret”) aren’t a secret for divers anymore. Come see for yourself!
Angel Fish Reef
Angel Fish Reef has a number of shallow canyons rising up to the surface and is a mixture of reef and sand. This is one of the most varied dive sites in the BVI. You may see a little Yellow Head Jaw fish on the sand, and there are many Blennies and Soldier Fish to view. Unsurprisingly, this site has numerous different species of Angel fish. From the surface down to 50 feet, this site has amazing diving for anyone, even novice divers.
This is one of the BVI’s most popular dive sites! Jutting out of the water off the coast of Norman Island stands a row of four impressive rocks. But it’s the 50 feet of rock below the surface that attract an abundance of marine life. The colors of the rock and coral jump out and the beautiful tropical fish first capture your attention, but look carefully and you’ll see a variety of miniature reef creatures among the corals.
Blonde Rock is shallow reef in the middle of the Sir Francis Drake channel between Salt Island and Dead Chest Island. It features both large and small overhangs and has a wide and colorful variety of coral formations. You may catch sight of sea turtles, sharks and rays of various species along with lobsters, crabs and conch.
The Wreck of the RMS Rhone
Rated one of the best wreck dives in the world and made famous in the movie The Deep, this 310-foot cargo ship sank in 1867 and is still well-preserved, including the cannon, crow’s nest, and bowsprit. On a night dive, you’ll see the underwater world come to life with phosphorescence and fascinating nocturnal creatures.
Coral Gardens (Airplane Wreck)
Coral Gardens is a dive site with large beautiful coral formations. You may see lobsters or spotted drums or have the company of stingrays, turtles or a friendly blacktip sharks. The remains of Atlantic Air BVI’s Shorts 360 airplane is a new addition to the site. In 1993, after making an abortive take off, their one and only aircraft landed in the water about 200 feet off the end of the runway. It eventually found its way out to Great Dog where it was sunk as part of the BVI’s continual artificial reef program. The plane, without wings or tail, sits in the sand patch in about 50 feet of water.
Located on George Dog’s northwestern tip, Bronco Billy is a beautiful site, with coral arches, ridges, and canyons and a gorgeous boulder field. Enjoy colorful coral and sponges in vivid colors, and an abundance of reef fish. With depths ranging from 15 to 50 feet, it is perfect for all divers. Be sure to bring lights so you can see the colors, and watch for small sharks, eels, and some very large lobsters as you explore. Large pillar coral formations adorn the site, but the arches are the highlight! When you light it up with a flashlight the colors will burst out.
This site is appropriately named site, as your dive begins with a trip through a winding channel blanketed with living sponges and rainbow coral. The sun shines through the chamber from above and is populated by spotted drums and friendly nurse sharks, leading to the chimney. You will have the opportunity to swim through to a lively coral garden.
Ginger Steps has ledges, overhangs and small crevices and is known to be one of the BVI’s deepest coral dives. You will see reef sharks, barracuda’s or green or spotted moray eels! But there’s also beautiful angel fish and butterfly fish to see when exploring this beautiful reef.
Marie L & Pat
Wreck Alley consists of four wrecks that were intentionally sunk close to each other as a diving attraction. The Marie L was a drug cargo boat. The Pat, a tug smaller than Marie L lies right alongside her. They rest on the sandy bottom with a great coral reef sloping down to meet them.
Only a short swim from Marie L & Pat there is a wreck called the Beata. A large school of Glassy Sweepers has made the Beata its home, many Queen and Gray Angels usually hang around the wreck as well. The sandy bottom is home to Southern Stingrays and Peacock Founders. All three wrecks can be combined in one dive, however the Beata makes a great dive on its own. Beata lies in 80-85 feet (22-25 meters) of water. Due to its depth is best for intermediate to advanced divers.
Chromis Reef is a sandy bottomed dive with plenty of corals, sea fans and gorgonian. Usually the dive site is relatively calm although you may find occasional swells. On the dive you are likely to see blue chromis spotted drums and quillfin blennies.