Snorkeling Around Spanish Town

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 The Baths Snorkeling 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.

Snorkeling Sites

If you want to experience below the water's surface you might enjoy 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 located a short distance away South West of central Spanish Town.

Valley Trunk Bay is another place you might enjoy. 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.

The chart just below shows more details regarding 6 of the most popular places to experience snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Spanish Town
Site Location Island
Valley Trunk Bay 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
Pond Bay 1.9 mi. Northeast of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
South Bay 2.6 mi. Northwest of Central Spanish Town George Dog Island

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you can 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 worth investigating 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. Sea it Clear allows you to see the life of the sea through a 26-foot glass-bottom boat. Glass-bottom boat tours are offered as half-day, full day, and nighttime excursions.

Information about day sails and boat trips that offer snorkeling opportunities are displayed in the following chart.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Spanish Town
Name Phone Location
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

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a business that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out 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 within northern Spanish Town.

Another company that offers snorkeling related services 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.

Information concerning 3 companies that offer snorkeling services are listed here:

Snorkeling Services In And Around Spanish Town
Name Phone Location
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 our extensive Caribbean snorkeling page.

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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