Dive Sites

There are numerous, wonderful dive sites throughout the British Virgin Islands. Here are just a few of our favourites to "wet" your appetite!

BWD Dive Sites



The Wreck of the R.M.S. Rhone - Salt Island

Certainly the most popular and well known of all BVI dive sites, the Royal Mail Steamer "Rhone" was the setting for the hit movie "The Deep", starring Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bissett. The wreck itself is fascinating to explore with parts of her still in tact. The Rhone foundered during a hurricane and is lying in depths from 20 to 80 feet. She is colourfully decorated by a wide variety of corals and is home to several resident barracuda, sea turtles, stingrays, angelfish, yellowtail snappers and many other varieties of fish life visit the Rhone. This is a "must see" for all levels of scuba divers!


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The Indians - Off Norman Island

Whether scuba diving or snorkeling, the Indians are a favourite for all ages and abilities! This marvelously unique rock formation, looms out of the water from a depth of approximately 10ft to 50ft and features a tunnel which divers (with scuba equipment) may pass through to the other side. There is a spectacular variety of corals at the Indians as well as an abundance of reef fish.


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Rainbow Canyons - Pelican Island

This is an ideal dive site for beginner and advanced scuba divers and has a spectacular array of coral formations. Rainbow Canyons ranges in depth from 20 to 60 feet and is home to several colonies of garden eels, a huge variety of reef fish and several nurse sharks as well! Don't miss the Rainbow Canyons when you dive the BVI!!!


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Angelfish Reef - Norman Island

Angelfish reef runs from 30 to 80 foot depths and is exposed to the open, Caribbean Sea. As a result, it is frequented by several large and impressive, deep water species such as eagle rays and southern stingrays. The sparkling white, sandy bottom at The reef is host to many bottom dwellers including snake eels and Moray eels.


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Painted Walls - Deadchest Island (weather permitting)

It would seem as though an artist of the impressionist era had plied their skills at Painted Walls! The walls where two, underwater valleys converge are teaming in colourful sponges as well as soft and hard corals, looking remarkably similar to an artist's pallet! The main inhabitants at Painted Walls are nurse sharks, barracuda and lobsters. This BVI dive site with depths of 30 to 50 feet is a great for beginner and advanced divers.


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Blonde Rock - Between Salt Island and Peter Island (weather permitting)

This spectacular, underwater amphitheater, which lies between 20 and 60 feet deep, features both large and small overhangs. There is a wide and colourful variety of coral formations and you may occasionally glimpse some sea turtles, sharks and rays of various species along with lobsters, crabs and conch.


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Wreck Alley - Cooper Island

Wreck diving enthusiasts will be thrilled to explore three wrecks in a row lying in 50 to 80 feet of water, on a sandy bottom and right next to a mini wall! Plenty of stingrays and a great opportunity for spectacular, underwater photography!


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Carrot Shoal - Between Peter & Norman Island (weather permitting)

Probably one of the more amazing night dive sites to be found anywhere, this oval-shaped reef formation is 20 to 60 feet deep and boasts resident sea turtles, beautiful French angelfish, nurse sharks and more!


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Santa Monica Rock - Off Norman Island (weather permitting)

A truly spectacular dive site and one of our favourites! The site ranges in depth from 20 to 100 feet. The underwater topography is made up of a series of rocky pinnacles, some rising to just 10 feet below the surface. At Santa Monica Rock, you may have the opportunity to see reef sharks, sea turtles and eagle rays among others.


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Thumb Rock - Off Cooper Island

Off Cooper Island is this intriguing rock formation which, oddly enough resembles its name, attracts a wide variety of fish life including; tarpon, queen angelfish, French angelfish and the odd sea horse has been spotted here from time to time! Depth ranges from 40ft to 70ft.


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Alice in Wonderland

This beautiful dive site is located in South Bay on Ginger island it ranges in depth from 40ft to 100ft, there are amazing Êmushroom shaped coral formations throughout this dive thus the name.It is often frequented by spotted eagle rays, spade fish and stingrays. We have also seen the occassional caribbean reef shark swimming along the reefs edge.


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Ginger Patches

Ginger Patches is located on the north side of Ginger island, it starts off in about 20 ft of water and slowly descends down to a depth of 70ft, it is a good alternate dive for Alice in Wonderland if the weather is rough.It has a spectacular array of coral in the shallow depths, lots of nooks and crannys for crabs and lobsters.


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