Snorkeling Around Virgin Gorda

Within easy reach of Virgin Gorda there are at least five not good, but great snorkeling sites to be explored – and you needn't hold yourself back to exploring just those locales. If you've got a snorkel and a mask, you can make any stretch of shore your own little underwater world of wonders.

There are many beaches on Virgin Gorda that provide access to at least some amount of coral, schools of fish, and other unique sea creatures.  Many people head to The Baths Snorkeling, as it is the most popular attraction in all of the British Virgin Islands, however, it can get crowded.  Instead, consider focusing your attentions on Savannah Bay and Mahoe Bay.  Both are known for their great visibility and calm conditions, as well as for the family-friendly atmosphere that invites even your youngest swimmers to join in on the snorkeling fun.  Savannah Bay is unique because it is home to a special snorkeling trail, while it is Mahoe Bay that has the most placid surf.  

If you're an adventurer who is planning some off-shore snorkeling, some sites to keep in mind include the Dogs and Prickly Pear National Park.  Additionally there are numerous reef systems in the surrounding area, and any snorkeling tour or even sailing excursion worth its salt will get you to one of these locales.  These are the places where, as you slip into the water, you'll find yourself experiencing a sensation unlike anything else as the warm water envelops you and the blue hue of the water filters all that you see creating a sense of peace that is indescribable.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to seeing what's below the 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 in the southwestern part of Virgin Gorda.

Valley Trunk Bay 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.

Glance through the chart below for a summary list of 7 of the best places to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Virgin Gorda
Site Location Island
The Baths 1.5 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
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
Devils Bay 1.6 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Pond Bay 2.7 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Mosquito Rock 2.4 mi. North of Central Virgin Gorda Mosquito Island
South Bay 1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Cockroach Island George Dog Island

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're hoping to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to check with B&B Charters. Whether you're an independent sailor looking to charter a boat to take out and explore local waters on your own, or you want to hire them for for a captained charter, an airport shuttle, or a trip to another island, if it has to do with sailing in the BVI, this boat charter company has you covered.

Another option worth investigating is La Boheme Charters. Surround yourself with sea and sky as you sail through one of the most beautiful seascapes on earth. This sailing charter company offers you the chance to do so aboard a fully-crewed yacht so you can simply relax and enjoy. They're found within Spanish Town, in southwestern Virgin Gorda.

Still another option is Island Rydes Boat Charters. Private charters can be used for sailing, sightseeing, fishing, and snorkeling. They also offer shuttles between islands, their routes being from St. Thomas to St. John, Beef Island airport to Spanish Town, and Beef Island airport to North Sound.

A few details concerning boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling are provided here:

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Virgin Gorda
Name Phone Location
B&B Charters (284) 496-9341 0.7 mi. North of Central Santu Patia
Island Rydes Boat Charters (284) 541-3068 1.7 mi. West of Central Santu Patia
La Boheme Charters (284) 541-4861 0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Spanish Town
Sea It Clear (284) 343-9537 Spanish Town, Southwestern part of Virgin Gorda
Spirit Of Anegada Day Sails (284) 499-0901 Spanish Town, Southwestern part of Virgin Gorda

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a business that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with 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. They are found within Spanish Town, in the southwestern part of Virgin Gorda.

Another company that offers snorkeling related services 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.

A third place to consider is Dive BVI. The dive sites that this operation visits regularly are Dog Island, Scrub Island, Ginger Island, Cooper Island, RMS Rhone, and Chikuzen. Snorkelers can see the shallow wonders that exist at each location. They're located in the western part of Virgin Gorda.

The table right below lists some information regarding 3 places that offer snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services On Virgin Gorda
Name Phone Location
Dive BVI (248) 495-5513 0.2 mi. West of Central Spanish Town
Dive BVI (248) 495-7328 0.6 mi. North of Central Santu Patia
Dive BVI (248) 495-5513 0.8 mi. North of Central Spanish Town

For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read our comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling page.

Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities among visitors to Virgin Gorda, and it is not hard to see why.  One look at the shockingly blue waters that surround the island and you'll be itching to get in there and explore on your own.  


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