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Dive Review of none in
Virgin Islands/British VI

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by eric williamson, AK, US (1 report)
Report Number 6417
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, Chinchorro Banks, Belize, Honduras Bay Islands,
Panama, Costa Rica, Alaska
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 110    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
N/A  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
We flew continental to tortola. Others in group flew to St Thomas(STT) andt
took ferry to Tortola.That is cheaper.

We chartered 43 monohull sailboat from Conch Charters.  It was not fast,
but easy to sail and forgiving. 
We rented scuba tanks, BCDs, and regulators and fishing tackle from Last
Stop Sports.


Scuba diving was wonderful. BVI has lots of soft corals and sponges that
make many sites like a brush patch.  We saw lots of big lobsters, armadas
of small squid, schools of sennet, many big barracuda, eagle rays and
turtles.  We saw sharks while snorkelling near surf zone, or from boat, but
none during dive.  Also quite a few lionfish :(
BVI has several good wrecks, inc. the Rhone, and Wreck Alley.
List of dive sites:
Norman Is.:The Indians; Carvel Rock;
Peter Is-Dead Chest: Painted Walls and NW
Cooper Is.: Wreck Alley, Red Bluff;
Salt Is. The Wreck of the Rhone,
Ginger Is. Alices Backside;
Great Dog: South Bay.

There are sveral more sites that we could not do because of water
conditions. We would have liked to dive Alice in Wonderland, South of
Ginger Is., and West Dog Is.

Snorkelling was particularly good at the Baths and Eustacia Is. on Virgin
Gorda; The Caves and The Indians on Norman Is.
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