Snorkeling Around Jost Van Dyke

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Just off the coast of Jost Van Dyke is where visitors will experience some of the most impressive snorkeling in the whole of the Caribbean.  If you're like most people who stop by, you'll be doing so as part of a boating adventure, and you'll definitely want to ensure that a few hours of snorkeling is included in your trip.

For those staying on the island, you'll find the best snorkeling from the shore to be in the White Bay area.  Where the stunningly blue waters experience dark patches of blue are the spots in which you'll find little patches of coral and rocks filled to capacity with fish such as tarpon, sting rays, and reef squid among so many others.  It is typically suggested that you bring a snorkel and mask with you, but in a pinch there are a small number of dive shops on the island that will allow you to rent a kit from them.

For the best snorkeling opportunities, however, you'll want to sail out to the series of islets that surrounds Jost Van Dyke.  Norman Island in particular has a wealth of breathtaking sites that will make you feel as though you've been transportation to another world as soon as you escape beneath the surface.  Don't overlook Little Jost Van Dyke, The Sandy Spit, or Green Cay.  

One thing you will want to be aware of as you plan your day of snorkeling around Jost Van Dyke is the .  If it has been particularly windy, or there was a storm the day before, the current is likely to be rougher, the waters choppier, and the visibility lower.  Some tour guides will even recommend you putting off your trip a day in these types of conditions, both for safety reasons and to ensure you really get to make the most of your underwater experience. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to explore what's down below you might enjoy Smuggler's Cove. If you're new to snorkeling, this is the place to you. The waters are very shallow and the sites are some of the best in the area, making it the perfect place to hook a newbie. This snorkeling site is located on Tortola, Southeast of Jost Van Dyke.

Some basic details about 2 of the best locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area are listed in the following table.

Snorkeling Sites Near Jost Van Dyke
Site Location Island
Green Cay Beach 2.7 mi. East of Central Jost Van Dyke Green Cay
Smuggler's Cove 3.4 mi. North of Central Coral Bay Tortola

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you should consider BVI Sea and Land Tours. Boat trips to the beach aboard a Mako/Ballistic Rigid Inflatable boats are available, or you can take an exciting ride on their speedy Sea Doo Jet Boats. You can also take your family out on the Laser Pico Sailboat.

Information with regard to the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling are displayed here:

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Jost Van Dyke
Name Type Phone Location Island
BVI Sea and Land Tours Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (284) 541-2369 Central Jost Van Dyke Jost Van Dyke

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out BVI Scuba Company. Snorkeling trips not only allow guests to snorkel a beautiful coral reef, but they teach them about the eco-system and why the living coral and all the fish that inhabit it are so important. They like to combine boat rides, bird watching, hiking, and snorkeling for the best eco-adventure possible. They are situated in the central part of Jost Van Dyke.

Another place catering to snorkelers is Blue Water Divers. Voted the best scuba operator in the British Virgin Islands, this spot has another trick up their sleeves, and that is that they also offer some of the best rates for snorkeling equipment around.

Glance through this table for a listing of 3 firms that offer snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services On And Around Jost Van Dyke
Name Type Phone Location Island
BVI Scuba Company Snorkeling Tour Operator (284) 495-0271 Central Jost Van Dyke Jost Van Dyke
Blue Water Divers Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (284) 495-1200 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay
Jost Van Dyke Scuba Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (284) 495-0271 Jost Van Dyke Jost Van Dyke

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read our detailed Caribbean snorkeling article.

A chance to see some of the most dazzling underwater sites known to the area is reason enough to head to Jost Van Dyke.  Remember to bring your snorkel for a lifetime of memories of this area's marine world.  


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