Diving in the British Virgin Islands

The BVI is an excellent choice for every level of diver – plenty of shallows with the occasional drop-off, very few currents and plenty of sheltered dive sites.

When you make your way to the BVI for the diving trip of a lifetime, here are a few must see dive locations.

The “Wreck of the Rhone” is one of the most famous and popular and lies in depths from 20 to 80 feet with the water temperature fluctuating at around 80 – 86 degrees.

The RMS Rhone was a UK Royal Mail Ship owned by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. She was wrecked off the coast of Salt Island in the British Virgin Islands on 29 October 1867 in a hurricane, killing 123 people. She is now a popular Caribbean wreck dive site and home to several resident barracuda, sea turtles, stingrays, angel fish and many varieties of fish life.  Apparently, if you spot an octopus while diving the Rhone, it’s considered good luck!

Alice in Wonderland

Situated just off Ginger Island, this site is ideal for intermediate divers.

The coral sightings are incredible there and the main reason why this site stands out in the crowd. Alice in Wonderland is definitely a dive not to be missed.

Chikuzen

This dive site is named after a Japanese fishing boat which sank after drifting into the BVI and is remotely located 12 miles north of the island of Virgin Gorda. The majority of the surrounding area is sand, so marine life thrives at Chikuzen. Be on the lookout for barracuda, eagle rays, nurse and reef sharks, snapper, stingrays, and the infamous 600-pound Goliath Grouper.

Painted Walls

Near Dead Chest and close to Peter Island, Painted Walls is a fabulous dive site for beginners. Parallel passages and vertical walls run perpendicular to the island. Painted Walls is fun to explore as the colourful canyons create unique passageways for swimming.  Three prominent fingers extend out to create colour splashed canyons. The unusual underwater landscape and abundance of fish make Painted Walls one of the most popular dives in the BVI.

Twin Towers

Located off the north side of Little Jost Van Dyke, this site is only for the advanced. In accordance with its title, two huge coral-covered boulders are what make Twin Towers so special. The unique topography down below also includes a sloping shoreline, mini caves, and schools of reef squid.

Blue Water Divers have been established in BVI for over 30 years and their dive centres are staffed by highly experienced instructors who offer a variety of PADI courses from beginner to advanced levels of diving, including night diving, and an excellent selection of guided tours.

They have two bases on Tortola at Nanny Cay and Soper’s Hole, but also offer rendezvous diving, enabling them to cover virtually all of the known and lesser known dive sites in BVI. Blue Water Divers will take you to many fascinating dive sites.

Dive BVI has two locations in the BVI one on Virgin Gorda and the other on Scrub Island. They also offer a first class service to their clients with top quality equipment and professional instructors.  Dive BVI offer courses from beginner to becoming an instructor.

Given its name “drowned island” by Christopher Columbus, Anegada is the BVI’s only completely coral island. Being the world’s third largest barrier reef, this coral atoll is home to an amazing variety of marine life.

Caverns, swim-throughs, overhangs and ship wrecks make this divers’ paradise a trip you will remember for a very long time. We Be Divin’ has been granted exclusive rights to dive the Horseshoe Reef, so come and join them as they explore Anegada’s underwater world for the first time in over 15 years.

The diving in the British Virgin Islands is like no other place on earth, but don’t just take our word for it – come and see for yourself.

Call BVI Holidays to book your own dive holiday or your club’s dive holiday to the beautiful BVI.