Snorkeling Around Road Town

Although Road Town is one of the busiest towns in the British Virgin Islands, it is not especially known for its snorkeling prowess.  But to discount the possibility of snorkeling when you stay here is a mistake.  Not only is it possible to find local spots on your own, but there are numerous tour operators waiting to take you out to more remote sites.

If you're looking for a quick snorkeling fix, you shouldn't have a hard time making it happen.  You can rent a snorkeling kit from a local dive shop and wade in to any beach.  The entire island has relatively calm conditions and for the most part clear visibility.  Still, when a list of the top snorkeling sites on Tortola is made, it rarely includes any in Road Town.  Fortunately, it doesn't take much work to get transportation over to Smuggler's Cove or Brewer's Bay Snorkel Site where you'll find coral and large schools of fish within a swim-able distance from the shore.  

There are also plenty of tour operators that can take you to what can be considered some of the best snorkeling destinations in the Caribbean.  Just across the channel from Road Town is Salt Island Bay, which is a great spot because of a shipwreck that exists there, plus there are many other islets and cays protected by reefs that should be explored. 

No matter where you go, you'll typically encounter squirrelfish, parrotfish, grunts, sea turtles, spiny lobsters, moving about their home of coral reef in such a manner that it is almost entrancing.  Indeed, snorkeling is the type of activity that allows you to escape from your busy life on shore and fine a sense of inner peace as you get an up close and personal look at a whole new world.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to experience what's down below you might enjoy Brewers Bay. As the most popular snorkeling spot tied to the island of the same name, it can get a little crowded, but not so much that you should consider avoiding it. Turtles really love it here, and you'll also see an abundance of stingrays. This snorkeling site is found easily reached by taxi Northwest of central Road Town.

White Bay is another place you might enjoy. Because it is a protected area where anglers can't take advantage of the abundance of sea life, this is a snorkeling site where visitors will encounter some of the larger fish species including yellowtail snappers, jacks, and grunts. Many are friendly and curious and will swim right up to you. Turtles can often be spotted here as well.

The table below lists a few details regarding 3 of the most popular locations to experience snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Road Town
Site Location Island
Brewers Bay 2.7 mi. Northwest of Central Road Town Tortola
White Bay 4.1 mi. Northeast of Central Road Town Guana Island
White Bay 4.4 mi. Northeast of Central Road Town Guana Island

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you can check with BVI Yacht Charters. If you're looking to charter a yacht to sail independently throughout the British Virgin Islands, this charter company has over 50 yachts in their fleet, making your sailing options vast and wide ranging, just like the ocean blue.

Another option to consider is Footloose Sailboat Charters. So confident that you'll love their services, this charter company promises to beat any competitors price by $100(USD). So, if you're looking to find a yacht to sail around the BVI independently, why not give them a try? They're situated in Road Town.

A third option is BVI 360. Power boat and private yacht charters to a variety of destinations within the British Virgin Islands are offered by BVI 360, and their tour guides are pleased to share some of the island's hidden gems with you.

View the table just below for details on boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Road Town
Name Phone Location
Aaron Rentals (284) 494-8917 Downtown Road Town
Aristocat Charters (284) 499-1249 Downtown Road Town
BVI 360 (284) 541-1281 0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Road Town
BVI Yacht Charters -- 0.5 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town
Blue Sail BVI (284) 494-2268 Downtown Road Town
Conch Charters (284) 494-4868 Downtown Road Town
Footloose Sailboat Charters (284) 494-0528 0.4 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Road Town
White Squall II (284) 494-2564 Downtown Road Town

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a business that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out BVI Scuba Company. Just 200 feet from the entrance to the cruise ship dock, this dive shop is easily accessible by cruisers who are looking for a snorkeling tour. In addition to their great location, they are known for creating eco-friendly tours that educate their guests about local marine life as they explore underwater. They are located in downtown Road Town.

Another company that offers snorkeling related services is Blue Water Divers. Planning on doing some snorkeling during your time on the isles? This group is not only the top scuba diving operation around, but they also rent out snorkeling equipment.

A third option is Paradise Watersports Snorkeling. Run by the very friendly Randy Keil, this shop offers underwater adventures hosted by a team of guides that not only love what they do, but want you to love it as well. That is why they cater to your needs, creating snorkeling trips that you'll look back fondly on for years. They're found on Peter Island, easily reached by taxi Southeast of central Road Town.

Be sure to look through this table to read more regarding 4 firms that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Road Town
Name Type Phone Location Island
BVI Scuba Company Snorkeling Tour Operator (284) 540-2222 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Blue Water Divers Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (284) 494-2847 Nanny Cay, 1.9 mi. South West of Central Road Town Tortola
Caribbean Images Tours (Snorkelling) Ltd Snorkeling Tour Operator (284) 494-8599 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Paradise Watersports Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (284) 495-9941 5.1 mi. Southeast of Central Road Town Peter Island

For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling article.

Make planning a snorkeling trip your top priority, even if it just means carving out a bit of time during your trip to the beach to wear your mask and snorkel.  You will never be sorry that you did, even in what can be considered the island's worst conditions.  


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