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 ready to explore below the water's surface you might want to visit 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 snorkeling spot 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 directly below summarizes more information on the 7 of the best places where you can enjoy 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 best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you can 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 located within Spanish Town, in southwestern Virgin Gorda.

Still another option is Island Rydes Boat Charters. Your vacation can be made even more memorable when you make sure to include sailing as part of your getaway. This charter service can offer you the chance to tour the islands in style on one of their reliable and already captained boats.

Some information regarding day sails and boat trips that provide snorkeling can be found directly below.

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're looking for someone offering snorkeling gear, 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 situated in Spanish Town, in the southwestern part of Virgin Gorda.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services is Dive BVI. When you tag along with this group, you'll have the chance to visit Dog Island, Scrub Island, Ginger Island, Cooper Island, RMS Rhone, and Chikuzen.

A third option is 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're located within the western part of Virgin Gorda.

View this table for details on 3 companies that provide 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 about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive 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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