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 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 situated in the southwestern part of Virgin Gorda.

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 following table offers some key facts concerning 7 of the most popular locations where you can experience 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 ready to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, 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 consider is La Boheme Charters. Pick your adventure. They offer half day, full day, and sunset charters aboard La Boheme, a Mark II Gulfstar 60. They're found in Spanish Town, in southwestern Virgin Gorda.

Still another option is Sea It Clear. Explore what's underneath the surface of the sea without touching a drop of it in a 26-foot glass bottom boat captained and crewed by experts of the area. Day or night, they operate and offer you a visually beautiful experience.

Take a moment to read the following table for details on boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling opportunities.

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
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

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a place that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to contact Dive BVI. Those who enjoy viewing the depths of the ocean through a snorkel mask can do so thanks to Dive BVI. They offer equipment rental as well as the Underwater Safari day trip alongside scuba divers. They are located within Spanish Town, in the southwestern part of Virgin Gorda.

You can look through this table if you want information regarding a firm that offers snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services On Virgin Gorda
Name Type Phone Location Island
Dive BVI Snorkeling Tour Operator (248) 495-5513 0.2 mi. West of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda

For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read 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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