Uninhabited islands, mysterious shipwrecks and bountiful marine life provide adventurous scuba diving.
The British Virgin Islands are a collection of more than 50 islands, only 16 of which are inhabited. These beautiful Caribbean islands are surrounded by pristine coral reefs and submerged seamounts that teem with diverse and abundant marine life. Shallow reefs provide ideal dive sites for beginners, while excellent pinnacles and wrecks will entertain the more advanced diver. Hundreds of shipwrecks dating back to the 16th century are scattered throughout the British Virgin Islands, including the renowned RMS Rhone. This British mail ship has been on the seafloor since 1867, and its structure is covered by a proliferation of life.
The British Virgin Islands is best known for its diversity of dive sites and consistently good conditions, so liveaboard diving is the best way to visit as many dive sites as possible. Liveaboard dive boats take divers across Sir Francis Drake Channel and to the top sites around the islands.
When to Go
Water temperatures range from 79°F in January to 84°F in July with 100- to 130-foot visibility.