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Top 10 Amazing Snorkeling Spots in the BVI

The British Virgin Islands are home to some of the world’s most beautiful and pristine natural wonders. These include reefs and grottos that are teeming with life underneath the waves. Snorkel by yourself or with a crewed yacht charter from one of the area’s best sailing charters. These top 10 amazing snorkeling spots in the BVI will let you see things you never imagined possible under the sea!

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The Baths | One of the Top 10 Amazing Snorkeling Spots in the BVI

Few places in the world offer the mix of beauty, serenity, and adventure that you find at The Baths, Virgin Gorda. Certainly one of the BVI’s most sought-after tourist destinations. Not only for excellent snorkeling but to also just explore the enormous boulders which create breathtaking natural grottos!

The Wreck of the Rhone – Off Salt Island | Snorkeling Spots in the BVI

The wreck of the Rhone sits hauntingly as one of the Caribbean’s best snorkeling spots in BVI. Her resting place is in shallow waters off Salt Island in the British Virgins. So it’s never too difficult to reach for divers or snorkelers alike. Also, positively teeming with marine life – barracudas, moray eels, octopuses, grouper fish, sea turtles and ray – call this shipwreck home!

The unsinkable Royal Mail ship sank off the BVI in 1867 during a hurricane. More than a hundred passengers and crew members died that fateful night. Today she sits in her own national park just waiting for snorkelers to explore.

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Monkey Point – Guana Island

At the Southern tip of Manchioneel Bay sits Cisterns Point. Here you will find great snorkeling teaming with exciting marine life. Cistern Point has a dinghy mooring (a rope tied between two moorings) boaters who want to dinghy over can easily access.

This excellent snorkeling area extends to a rocky point and coral reef ridge off Cooper Island and out to a rock by that name. In conclusion, this is a place you probably want to take note of. Cistern Point is just one of the many excellent snorkeling spots in the BVI!

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The Caves – Norman Island | Snorkeling Spots in the BVI

For those who want to explore the depths of the ocean with a mask- and snorkel. Certainly, one destination you’ll want to put on your itinerary is The Caves.

A popular spot located near Norman Island. Which has exceptionally calm water perfect for swimming through submerged caves. As well as tropical fish of all shapes, sizes, and colors.

This place will have you coming back for more! Therefore, head there early when it’s less likely you’ll run into other people trying to also enjoy this snorkeling spot in BVI.

Caves at Norman Island - Best Snorkeling Spots in BVI
Caves at Norman Island

Alice’s backside – Ginger Island

You may want to make a stop off on your way to either Cooper Island or Virgin Gorda. This spot offers snorkeling amidst clear waters and giant corals. Furthermore, this is one of the most gorgeous snorkeling spots around!

Located at the northwestern point of Ginger Island, this site has only a few mooring balls. Of which are usually taken up by commercial diving operations. Luckily for travelers, if you can find an open buoy, it’s well worth the stop on your sailing charter.

The site’s uniqueness comes from its large sand patches dotted with enormous brain coral and mushroom coral heads. In Conclusion, aren’t uncommon, but beautiful nonetheless!

The Bight – Norman Island | Snorkeling Spots in the BVI

Cooper Island’s stunning snorkeling site is near Cistern Point and Little Carvel Rock at the foot of a cliff where people often draw water. The cliff was once a plantation in the 1800s, and perhaps even before that. As people walked up the hill, they found the ruins of an old fortress which has been converted into someone’s home. You can see how its stout walls would have made it so hard for anyone trying to break in during those times.

However, life in Buttonwood Bay was rough: islanders faced pirate attacks and Spanish raids with no official help.

Buttonwood Bay – Peter Island

Buttonwood Bay offers great snorkeling opportunities. Several reefs are around the bay, perfect for yacht charters where tourists can explore all that this harbor has to offer. The most popular reef begins at 8 feet deep and goes up to 40 feet deep – see thousands of fish & vibrant coral gardens.

The Dogs Island | One of the Top 10 Amazing Snorkeling Spots in the BVI

Situated in between Virgin Gorda and Beef Island you will find excellent snorkeling at “The Dogs”. It consists of five small islets, including:

  • Great Dog Island
  • George’s Dog Island
  • West Dog Island
  • East Dog Seal Island
  • Little Seal Dog Island

Named after barking seals, now gone because of overhunting by sailors. However, now known as an amazing place to snorkel for the Day!

The Indians – Norman Island

The Indians, West of Norman Island, is famous for its coral formations, diverse marine life, and underwater caves. The water depth ranges from 10 to 50 feet, suitable for both beginner and experienced snorkelers. So, swim through the short little tunnel and explore more of the rock formations and the underwater world.

Diamond Reef – Off Great Camanoe

Diamond Reef is a must-visit spot for new snorkelers. Meet a colony of garden eels. When the current is right, the eels will emerge from their burrows and sway gently in the water. However, if you approach too closely, they will quickly retreat back into their burrows.

Snorkeling with the garden eels at Diamond Reef is a truly unique experience.

This concludes’s Top Amazing snorkeling spots in the BVI.

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