Scuba Diving in British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are a group of 60 small volcanic and coral islands situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The tropical marine climate is suitable for diving all year round. The unique underwater landscape around the islands is a result of volcanic activity. During the dives you can see a plethora of amazing seamounts, a huge variety of coral reefs, mysterious caves and shipwrecks.
The sea water is crystal clear which makes watching all sorts of sea dwellers really enjoyable. All the islands in the British Virgin Islands Archipelago are surrounded by reefs. There are over one hundred unique dive sites, and they will leave a lasting impression on you.

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Divers can spot fluorescent fish, lobsters, eagle rays, tarpons, barracudas, Atlantic giant groupers (jewfish) and hawksbill sea turtles, included in the list of endangered species, as well as different species of sharks, such as nurse sharks. Apart from all of that, the British Virgin Islands are a home for several turtle species, including hawksbill sea turtles and green turtles.
The Anegada Coral Reef is the fourth largest reef in the world. It is nearly 30 km long. This reef has been a natural wall that has protected the island from ships and strong currents for centuries, which is why many species of fishes and underwater plants destroyed in other places have survived here. Pipefish, fur seals, lobsters, longfin mojarras and even marine turtles are found in the mazes of reefs.
It is a good place for wreck diving. A lot of shipwrecks lie on the sea bed near the islands, for example, the Korean ship Chikuzen rests at a depth of 25 meters and Marie L at a depth of 27 meters. One of the most popular wrecks is the British passenger steamboat RMS Rhone which in the top ten most interesting shipwrecks. This is where underwater filming took place and the wreck is shown in details in The Deep.
Anegada 'Flooded' Coral Island offers diving through underwater tunnels, caves and reefs. Here you can see mojarras and pipefish herding their baby fish near the shore. Green sea turtles can be found in slightly deeper waters. Carangidae and surgeonfish live among the wrecks of English, Spanish and American ships.
These islands are a great place to explore the underwater landscape with its coral reefs, walls, mysterious caves, exciting canyons and tunnels, picturesque underwater rocks, clifftops and numerous shipwrecks. The dives are for both experienced and beginner divers. Beginners will be shown this vibrant underwater world that will take their breath away.

Diving Destinations in British Virgin Islands

There are a lot of interesting places in the British Virgin Islands, where you can dive in natural conditions. For example, the remarkable Jost Van Dyke Island with its secluded beaches and unique dive sites, the Anegada "Flooded" Island, the uninhabited Great Tobago Island which is also a marine reserve, Tortola Island which is the biggest tourist island, Norman Island of pirates and underwater caves, Salt Island with the famous RMS Rhone shipwreck and many others.

Memo Notes
Currency USD - United States dollar
Languages English
Timezone UTC-4
Phone code 1
Emergency Help 911
Electricity

Type A - 110 V, 60 Hz

Type B - 110 V, 60 Hz

Dive Shops in British Virgin Islands

Most of the dive shops are located in Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands. Here you can book a training course with a coach, hire a guide, rent necessary equipment and boats. You also have a choice out of various one-day and multiple-day dive tours.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Spring is one of the best seasons for diving here. The weather in March is pleasant and dry, April and May are warm with no wind or rain. The air temperature stays between +26 to +28 °C, the water temperature is between +25 and +27 °C.

Summer

Summer is a changeable season: at first the weather is good but August brings hurricanes and rain. The air temperature varies between +24 and +29 °C, water temperature is from +27 to +29°C.

Autumn

Autumn is definitely not the best time to visit the islands. There are hurricanes in September, and heavy rain during October and November. The air temperature is between +25 and +27 °C, the water temperature from +28 to +29°C.

Winter

Winter is one of the best seasons for diving on the islands. There are no hurricanes or rainstorms, the weather is dry and warm. The air temperature varies between +30 and +35 °C. The water temperature is between +26 to +27 °C.

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The Best Dive Sites

Popular diving sites include: RMS Rhone and Chikuzen shipwrecks, Wreck Alley with wrecks located close to each other, The Aquarium, Randy's reef, Brewers Pinnacle and many others.

Health & Safety

Healthcare on the islands meets the high standards of British services. Procedures at hospitals are rather expensive, so international health insurance is recommended. It is possible to get infected with malaria, so a vaccination is needed before the trip. Protect your body from mosquito bites while on the islands.
Crime is very rare here, it is one of the safest places among the Caribbean countries. Standard safety measures are enough.

Dangerous Marine Life

Follow standard safety rules during dives. Most beaches are absolutely safe: there haven't been any cases of shark attacks. All the beaches are protected by coral reefs and rocks. However, sea urchins, moray eels and reef stonefish can be dangerous.

Eat & Drinks

The national cuisine is a colourful blend of international cooking. All divers should try Fungi — it is a dish made from corn flour and bamia. Fungi is usually served as a side dish with boiled or salted fish. One of the most unusual national dishes is Callaloo, a soup made from leaves which resemble spinach, as well as meat and bamia.
There is plenty of fruit on the British Virgin Islands and they are usually served for dessert. The most popular are papaya, mango, pineapple, guava, passion fruit and tamarind.
The locals like drinking tea with fragrant herbs, and in the evening they make wonderful cocktails with rum. Tap water is relatively safe but it is better to drink bottled water.