The diving in the British Virgin Islands is absolutely stunning and offers something for everyone. Go diving on the beautiful reefs, wrecks and discover the amazing marine life; from arches, canyons and massive coral heads to a plane wreck and the world famous RMS Rhone, just to name a few. Come diving to explore all of these incredible places.
All of our dive sites are within close proximity of our dive shop, as close as 15 minutes to a maximum of 45 minutes by boat. Where we dive really depends on the divers onboard and of course the weather conditions. All of the dive sites are truly amazing and most are suitable for both novice and experienced divers.
Northern Dive Sites
Our northern dive sites provide more advanced diving, due to their location. They are in unprotected areas and therefore prone to rougher surface conditions. These sites can offer more untouched reefs and larger animal encounters as they are rarely visited.
1. The Invisibles (15ft – 65ft)
The diving on these offshore pinnacles can present some breathtaking experiences. Prone to stronger currents and rough seas, these underwater mounts guarantee some much needed protection for the abundant marine life.
2. The Chikuzen (85ft)
A 270ft Korean Refrigerator ship, which went down in the early 80’s, is possibly the most exposed dive site in the BVI. The Chikuzen offers an oasis to countless numbers of rays, sharks and larger game fish. On some dives the ship can be hard to see due to the sheer numbers of marine life that engulf her.
Our most popular dive sites are located in the Dog Islands, only a 15-20 minute boat ride from our dive shop. There is some spectacular diving around these islands; underwater sea mounts, huge coral canyons, a plane wreck, all with a large variety of marine life. Great for all levels of divers.
3. Cow’s Mouth (15ft – 65ft)
Named after the two arches positioned inside the headland of Mt Point, Cow’s Mouth has countless possibilities of routes; from a deep wall on the western side to the towering coral formations on the eastern side.
4. Big Grotto (15ft – 65ft)
Big Grotto is a swim through which will take you diving under an arch into a cathedral like room leading to the surface. It is a great spot for seeing schools of creole wrasse and some of our smaller critters, such as cleaner shrimps and arrow crabs.
5. Little Grotto (15ft – 35ft)
A fantastic dive to slow everything down. From the large schools of yellowtail snapper under the boat, to the many sea turtles that reside in the bay, the Little Grotto is truly a site to see. End the dive by venturing into a small cave-like passageway handing you the chance to see some of the many rare nudibranches (sea slugs) that call the Little Grotto their home.
6. Seal Dog Rock (30ft – 65ft)
One of our favorite dive sites in the BVI. The site is packed full of all types of marine life due to its’ plankton rich waters. You also have the possibility of diving with larger marine life as it is more exposed to ocean currents.
7. Seal Dog Island (15ft – 85ft)
Situated in the lee of the island, the topography features huge boulder-like formations where creatures such as lobster and channel crabs like to hide. When the seas are calm, we can return to the boat by swimming through the island, passing an aquarium-like area.
8. Ledges (30ft – 75ft)
Named after the deep ledges found cut into the pinnacles that break the surface. Located in the deeper northern area of the site, at a depth of 75ft, is a southern stingray cleaning station where you can see huge (6ft wingspan) southern stingrays waiting to be cleaned and groomed.
9. Bronco Billy (25ft – 50ft)
Reported to be Jacques Cousteau’s favorite dive in the BVI, Bronco Billy offers some of the best staghorn coral in the area. Discover the underwater world by swimming underneath an underwater arch into a coral canyon with beautifully colored hard and soft corals.
10. POS (40ft – 80ft)
Possibly the fishiest dive in the Dog Islands due to some very strong currents which can rip through the dive site providing its’ many residents with an abundance of food. POS can only be attempted when the current permits. Large barracudas have been known to make an appearance.
11. The Visibles (35ft – 60ft)
A set of pinnacles just off Cockroach island. Expect to be diving with rays and sharks on the deeper section, and lobsters in the shallows. French and queen angelfish patrol the shallows.
12. Chimney (25ft – 45 ft)
A renowned dive in the BVI. Start by heading north around the headland into high walled canyons guiding you to a massive arch with beautiful yellow coral on the inside. Diving through the Chimney, named after the rock climbing term where two cliff faces meet, see how many eels your guide can find.
13. Coral Gardens (15ft – 55ft)
You will find two dive sites at this location. The sunken plane wreck often attracts large schools of barracuda and horse eyed jacks. Don’t forget to explore the cockpit and swim through the small twelve seated plane. The other part is a vast garden of coral heads, where quite often turtles and lobsters can be found. Diving at night is amazing on the coral section of the site; we loose track of the number of lobsters.
14. Wall to Wall (25ft – 70ft)
Follow the rock finger which disappears down to 70ft. Spend time diving and exploring the numerous ledges and boulders which hide nurse sharks and yellow grunts living in harmony.
15. Joe’s Cave (15ft – 45ft)
A fantastic summer location off West Dog. Described as diving the world famous Baths, this site offers huge boulders which can be explored. At the end of the dive, shallow up into 20ft of water and enter Joe’s Cave which will take you under the island to a large school of glassy sweepers. As you turn to exit, the Caribbean sun pours into the cave reflecting off all of the fish, leaving you with an image you will never forget.
16. Flintstones (40ft – 65ft)
Named after the famous Bedrock in the popular movie “The Flintstones.” As you navigate through interestingly shaped boulders, nurse sharks and the occasional eagle ray pass in the deep.
About 35 minutes away from our dive shop, this island is home to some unique dive sites. Being exposed to rougher sea conditions, you will find some deep cut out coral canyons and step like reefs with giant coral formations.
17. Alice In Wonderland (55ft – 70ft)
Feel like Alice in Wonderland when she talks to the smoking caterpillar in the mushroom field. Get lost in the nooks and crannies of the massive coral structure that inhabits this dive site. Due to it’s exposure to the ocean, Alice in Wonderland can be very rolly on the surface, but it also gives you the chance of seeing some more elusive creatures such as reef sharks and the occasional oceanic trigger fish.
18. Ginger Steps (35ft – 85ft)
Found near Alice in Wonderland. The reef drops away into the deep off three large steps. Spend time looking into the blue for the larger pelagic animals. As you head back to the boat on the shallower step, spend time searching the fields of soft coral.
Offering protection from the northern swell in the winter, Cooper Island has a lot of great diving to offer. About 35-40 minutes away you will find shallower reefs, wrecks, an abundance of marine life and some of the largest pillars in the British Virgin Islands.
19. Cistern Point (20ft – 45ft)
Join the fearless tarpon and explore the trenches taking you over huge barrel sponges. Enjoy searching for the vast amount of juvenile life found hidden in the coral. Just off cistern point there are fields of sea grass which can attract hawksbill and green turtles.
20. Vanishing Rock (20ft – 45ft)
An exposed pinnacle just off Cooper Island, Vanishing Rock is home to some of the largest pillar coral in the BVI. Inside the pillar coral you can find large numbers of sergeant majors and tornadoes of horse-eye jacks swirling in the current.
21. Cromis Reef (15ft – 40ft)
Large schools of blue cromis will accompany you while you are diving. Beautiful swaying sea fans are home to flamingo tongues and brittle stars. Let your eyes wander over the sporadic coral formations offering an oasis for reef critters.
22. Wreck Alley (55ft- 90ft)
Where else can you find four tugboats in a row? Laying in the sand at 90ft, Wreck Alley is surrounded by beds of garden eels frequently visited by southern stingrays. You will find conch crawling around the bottom while massive angelfish guard the wrecks.
Here you will find the world renowned RMS Rhone, according to the guide books the best wreck in the Caribbean,
if not in the world!
23. Rhone Bow (55ft – 80ft)
As good as intact, the bow lays on her side offering a home to lobsters, barracudas and turtles. Resembling a truly wreck with the opportunity to dive through her hull, she is a gem. And who does not want to escape the wreck like Jacquelyn Bisset did in the movie “The Deep.”
24. Rhone Stern (20ft – 65ft)
An amazing addition to the dive on the bow, as both contrast each other amazingly. Blown up from the inside out, she lays spread out on the bottom. An abundance of marine life will guide you from artifacts like the dance floor and the lucky port hole straight into the propeller swim through.