Five Favorite BVI Snorkel Spots
The British Virgin Islands are back, and the snorkeling is better than ever. We recommend not missing these great spots during your sail or power catamaran charter with us.
1. The Indians
Make sure to take a dip at The Indians—a well-known favorite found off Pelican Island near Norman Islands. A well-known favorite, make sure to take a dip at The Indians found off of Pelican Island and near Norman Islands. A daytime spot with moorings balls, The Indians are part of the National Parks Trust and is protected, leading to amazing reef snorkeling. Four rocks rise out of the sea from a depth of about 30 to 40 feet above the surface. We recommend arriving early, so you have plenty of time to explore. In addition to the spectacular sight, expect to see almost every variety of fish! Enjoy lunch on board before heading to your next stop, or head over to Pirate's Bight on Norman's Island for lunch on the beach.
2. The Caves
While at The Indians, be sure to stop at The Caves at Norman Island, especially if you are a fan of Treasure Island. Here you will find several shallow caves leading into Norman Island, believed by many to have once housed treasure. Entering The Caves you'll see schools of colorful fish, so bring your flashlight (waterproof, of course) to light up the coral and sponges. Beware of sea urchins!
3. The Baths
Probably almost everyone's favorite, The Baths on Virgin Gorda are known for their fantastic snorkeling and remarkable boulder formations. Snorkel in toward the beach and then follow the trail through these behemoth rocks and explore the pools of water. Tropical fish live in the tunnels and crevices formed by these enormous boulders as they meet the sea. National Park moorings are available, and you can take your dinghy into the dingy line, but you'll have to swim in. Lunch can be enjoyed at the Top of The Baths Restaurant, along with a dip in the pool. Make sure to bring a dry bag to keep items dry while swimming.
4. Monkey Point
At the southern tip of Guana Island, you'll find a rocky outcrop known as Monkey Point. National Park moorings are available. As you slide into the water, you'll see bluestriped grunt and yellowtail snapper. Sea turtles are known to be here, so keep your eyes open for them to gently glide back. Also, watch for the schools of cuttlefish that swim in formation.
5. Diamond Reef
Across from Scrub Island and easy to miss to the untrained eye is Diamond Reef. This location is one of our favorite spots because of the incredible variety of fish you'll see. It's like an aquarium. This is another spot where you may be lucky enough to see a sea turtle swim by. And a dinghy line and mooring balls are available here.
The British Virgin Islands is full of beautiful sea life and crystal clear water. Almost everywhere you go, you'll find incredible snorkeling.