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 , 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.
If you're looking forward to experiencing what's below the surface you might want to check out 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 within the southwestern part of Virgin Gorda.
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 below enables you to get more details regarding 7 of the most popular locations where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|The Baths||1.5 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|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|
|2.7 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay||Virgin Gorda|
|2.4 mi. North of Central Virgin Gorda||Mosquito Island|
|1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Cockroach Island||George Dog Island|
Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.
If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you should consider 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 to investigate 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 located in Spanish Town, in southwestern Virgin Gorda.
A third 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.
Be sure to look at the table just below for details on boat trip providers that offer snorkeling.
|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|
If you looking for a business offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to contact 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 located in Spanish Town, in the southwestern part of Virgin Gorda.
Another place 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 option 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 following chart provides you with some key facts regarding 3 firms that offer snorkeling related services.
|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|
To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
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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