Bareboated a sailboat the week of May 31-June 6, 2010. Rented tanks and weights through Blue Water Divers, they dropped off and picked up the equipment at our dock in Road Town. Only managed three dives in the BVI during the week, half of our boat were divers and the other half were not. This is our second trip to the BVI, and my impression of the BVI, for diving, is there are many greater spots to dive in the Caribbean. If you are going to sail and party, it is worth it to rent some tanks and do a few dives, though I wouldn't recommend the BVI for a dive-only trip.
Dive 1: Chimney, Great Dog
This is a pretty nice site, though it is fairly popular so in order to assure getting a morring ball I recommend getting there early. The Chimney itself is a nice cut through the rock, and often this site has some current running but on the day we did it there was none. The max depth on this site is around 50 feet or so. Some nice coral formations in the bay itself, and we spotted a 3 foot nurse shark resting under a ledge. Overall nice site, good fish life, and the reef is fairly healthy.
Dive 2: East Loblolly Bay, Anegada
This is a very nice reef. It is a little hard to get to, and it is not the Loblolly Bay that the taxis will take you to with the little shops and restaurant/bar. The reef at that part of Loblolly bay is pretty nice, but more conducive to snorkelling and not as large. This part of Loblolly is off the beaten track, there are two currently closed restaurants and the road is all sand to get to it. This is a very nice reef. Very healthy, many old broken apart remains of wrecks, may swimthroughs and caverns, and a max depth of about 45 feet of so. Another nurse shark on this dive. Based on my experience, which includes most of the caribbean and Florida, this is one of the nicest shallow reef dives I have done. Very healthy reef and you can tell it is very seldom seen by man and divers. The are no current places to get tank fills on Anegada, heard the dive shop operator went back to Michigan. I dont know if that is a permanent thing or not. If you want to dive Anegada, you must bring the filled tanks up with you, which for practical purposes limits you diving to one or two dives. It is shallow enough that you should be able to get about 75-90 minutes of diving here. Anegada has the best reef in the BVI by far, and I don't really understand why there isn't a dive operator located on island offering boat dives. Lack of interest, I guess but again, the diving here is pristine and by far the best in the BVI.
Dive 3: The Indians, Norman Island
This is a primarily snorkeling site, but there is some benefit to diving it. Lots of fish and the reef is fairly nice and healthy. Diving this site gets you out of the way of the large number of other snorkelers that will be there.
In two trips ot the BVI, I have now done the following dives there and I would rank them as follows as far as overall quality:
1. Loblolly, Anegada
5. Cistern Point
6. Norman Caves