Once you’ve set sail or motored out from your yacht charter base in the British Virgin Islands, thoughts will soon turn to jumping into the fresh, clear water. The BVI’s top snorkel spots are waiting. So how’s about donning a mask, snorkel and some fins and see what’s under the water in this Caribbean paradise?
There are many noted spots for excellent snorkelling around the BVI. Here are our top three. When you return from your trip, why don’t you tell us about your favourite snorkelling spot?
Standing to attention above the water, the Indians are rock pinnacles. An excellent site to both snorkel and scuba dive.
There are 4 pinnacles visible above the water. Which when sailing towards is said to resemble a native American headdress – hence the name. Whilst snorkelling you are likely to see a colourful spectacle. Plentiful coral and abundant marine life.
Beware of the fire coral at the shallowest point towards Pelican Island.
Monkey Point (Guana Island)
There is some super snorkelling to be had off one of the private islands of the BVI. Moor up on one of the National Park buoys on the southern point of Guana Island and snorkel over to Monkey Point.
As well as seeing a large collection of colourful fish, you may have a swim by of a local turtle. Watch their grace and beauty as they glide through the water.
An ideal snorkel spot when heading round to Marina Cay / Trellis Bay or to Jost Van Dyke.
The Wreck of the Rhone
The Rhone was a Royal Mail Steamship that got caught in a hurricane in 1867 and sank with the loss of over 100 lives. The wreck sits in two parts with the bow at a depth of 85ft / 26m and the Stern at around 40ft / 12m.
We would suggest that you snorkel the shallowest part of the Rhone only in calm water. As you will be looking down onto the wreck and the sea life that inhabit her, you’ll want calm conditions. Keep your eyes peeled for the bronze propeller. You may even be fortunate enough to spot a large turtle glide by.
The Wreck is ‘The’ dive site of the BVI and even featured in the film ‘The Deep’ with Jaqueline Bisset. Please note that you are not allowed to anchor at the Wreck of the Rhone. If all National Park Buoy’s are in use, visit another site and return later.
Enaviga’s top tips
The Rhone and the Indians are very popular with visitors to the BVI. We recommend that you plan your trip to visit these early morning (before breakfast). If you aren’t an early riser, then a visit when others are going ashore for lunch could lead to a quiet snorkel.
Enaviga have a variety of catamarans, Sailboats and Motorboats available to charter from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Whether you require a bareboat or a yacht with crew , we will have something suitable for your visit to the BVI’s.