Home to one of the most popular attractions in all of the British Virgin Islands, Spanish Town still maintains a natural appeal which helps to promote clear, stunning water conditions that snorkelers travel the world to seek out. If you plan to visit this town, be sure to bring your snorkel kit along with you.
The popular attraction that was mentioned above is The Baths, a collection of natural boulders set in shallow waters that creates caves and caverns in which sea life can hide, and an underwater maze for snorkelers to weave in and out of. In fact, right near is a snorkeling trail filled with sea turtles, barracudas, cuttlefish, southern stingrays, spotted moray eels, porcupine fish, blue tangs, flying fish, queen conch, and more. You may even be better off sticking to the trail to avoid the crowds that The Baths are known for.
Elsewhere in and near Spanish Town, you'll find clear, calm waters with less crowds to explore. Savannah Bay and Pond Bay are of particular note, but you won't find a spot along the coast that isn't close to a wonderful snorkeling opportunity. For this reason, it is recommended you take your snorkel and mask with you no matter where you go because you never know when the lure of the magical underwater world will draw you in.
This is especially true if you're planning on doing some sailing during your time in Spanish Town. The numerous fringe reefs, islets, and cays offer great snorkeling opportunities and often have mooring buoys set up for yachters to take advantage of. There are also several tour guides or boating excursions that will get you out to see these magnificent sites if you can't sail to them on your own.
If you're looking forward to experiencing what's down below you should consider a visit to The Baths. At one of the most popular attractions in the islands all on its own is a trail that leads all the way to Devil's Bay that snorkelers won't want to miss. Hidden within the crevices and shadows of the boulders are dozens upon dozens of schools of tropical fish. This snorkeling site is found a short distance away South West of central Spanish Town.
is another option. This site benefits from the unique structures of the Baths, and snorkelers will see rocks and boulders littering the floor of the sea. Sponges, lobsters, lots of intriguing coral formations, and even the occasional nurse shark are the sites you'll typically see here.
Take a minute to read the chart below for a listing of 6 of the best places where you can experience snorkeling in this area.
|1.0 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|Spring Bay||1.3 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|The Baths||1.5 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|Devils Bay||1.6 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|1.9 mi. Northeast of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|2.6 mi. Northwest of Central Spanish Town||George Dog Island|
Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.
If you'd like to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to check with La Boheme Charters. Pick your adventure. They offer half day, full day, and sunset charters aboard La Boheme, a Mark II Gulfstar 60.
Another option to investigate is Spirit Of Anegada Day Sails. Sailing tours are arranged to suit the needs of their guest. Typical destinations include North Sound, Fallen Jerusalem, the Invisibles, the Dogs, the Wreck of Rhone, Cooper Island, Salt Island, Scrub Island, and Guana. Refreshments and snorkeling equipment are included. They're located in the heart of Spanish Town.
A third good option is Sea It Clear. Explore the North Sound in a 26 foot glass bottom boat captained and crewed by a friendly team that truly loves what they do.
You can look through this table to see boat trip providers that provide snorkeling opportunities.
|La Boheme Charters||(284) 541-4861||Central Spanish Town|
|Sea It Clear||(284) 343-9537||Central Spanish Town|
|Spirit Of Anegada Day Sails||(284) 499-0901||Central Spanish Town|
If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can check with Dive BVI. Although they specialize in scuba diving, this operator does offer those interested in snorkeling the chance to tag along at a lower rate. They are found in northern Spanish Town.
A second company worth knowing about is Dive BVI. If someone you're traveling with wants to get in some scuba diving but you don't know how, give this group a call. They have a program which allows snorkelers to ride along and see the sites from a shallow depth as their friends or relatives go deeper.
A third option is Dive BVI. While this is best known as a scuba diving training facility, they also offer another service for snorkelers which allows them to pay a reduced rate and sail along with divers to do some snorkeling at the dive sites. They're located in Leverick Bay, easily reached by taxi Northeast of central Spanish Town.
Check the following table for details on 3 companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.
|Dive BVI||(248) 495-5513||0.8 mi. North of Central Spanish Town|
|Dive BVI||(248) 495-5513||Central Spanish Town|
|Dive BVI||(248) 495-7328||Leverick Bay, 4.6 mi. Northeast of Central Spanish Town|
For more information about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read this extensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Whether you stick close to the shore or plan daily excursions that will get you out to see the area surrounding Spanish Town, snorkeling is an activity that can go where you do. The Caribbean Sea will never disappoint when it comes to this activity, so make sure and take advantage of that every chance you get.
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