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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.