The wreck of RMS Rhone
‘Wreck Alley’ in the British Virgin Islands
‘Painted Walls’ south of Dead Chest Island
With over 100 dive sites in the Drake Channel alone, these are some of our most popular locations.
Click here to read more about one of Tortola’s most famous wrecks, and one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean.
Just off Norman Island to the west of Pelican Island are four cone-shaped rocks, rising from the ocean. The Indians are home to a variety of reef fish, there are large sea fans, and small corals dot the walls. The Indians are considered to be one of the best spots for macro life in the BVI.
Along the east side is a tunnel about ten feet long, which you can pass thorough comfortably with dive gear on. The Indians is an easy dive , great for both the novice and the experienced diver. Snorkelers will be happy in the protected pools on the east side of the rocks.
Wreck Alley (Marie L. and Pat, Beata and the Island Seal)
These twin wrecks resting against one another on a white sand bottom at 80′ (26m) make for an intresting dive.The Beata is a larger vessel with an interesting house to explore and the Island Seal is alongside her.
From a lush coral reef at 35′ you gently decend to 85′ which then drops down a wall to the sand bottom. Emerging from the misty haze of these azure waters, the rusted hulls of these derelicts mysteriously appear. Similarly the thousands of tiny garden eels buried in the surrounding sands disappear upon approach and then silently reappear as you glide past. We can almost guarantee that you will see the sand covered outlines and bulging eyes of at least one stingray upon your visit to the four wrecks.
This is a site south of Pelican Island, also close to Norman Island which is great for novice divers with the depth ranging from 25-60 feet. It has extraordinary coral and marine life and you can expect to find a complete rainbow of colourful fish and coral heads rising from a sandy bottom.
There is a large colony of garden eels in the deeper part of the site alongside the coral heads.
Divers descend from their boat onto a coral encrusted plateau at about 30′ (10m). From there you swim over the plateau lip and descend into a maze of shadowed overhangs, narrow passages and eroded coral. This is a favourite spot for our numerous sea turtle population. With a very neat tunnel and a beautiful rainbow arch Blonde rock rates as one of our favourites.
This is a site south of Dead Chest Island, where three deep canyons carve their way into the islands south side. The depth range is around 6ft-60ft and you will often find octopus and squid at this site. Hawksbill Turtles are also often seen here, as are barracuda’s. The sides of the canyons are covered in sponges and soft corals and this is where the site gets it’s “painted walls ” name from.
This is a favorite site of mine.
Alice in Wonderland
Another favorite, perhaps our best coral dive, you will be carried away to fairytail seascapes of huge mushroom coral, narrow twisting channels and beautiful cascading drapery coral.
Though as deep as 65′ the best coral is in 45′ so there is nice light and lots of air for a long dive.
You may not see the Yellow Brick Road but you will feel like you are swimming through Oz!
Because of it’s exposure to the wind and weather not all dive operators come here, it is weathr dependant.
M/V Iganess Bay
Crushed upon the rocky shores of Road Harbour during Hurricane Bertha, A 136 ft freighter was cleaned and then towed to it’s current resting spot on the white sandy bottom between Salt and Cooper Islands.
At 85′ -90′ the Inganess Bay is a fun wreck where you can swim through the bridge, cargo holds or play with the giant loading cranes.
This is a novice dive betwen Salt and Cooper Islands with expansive coral gardens and where you will often find nurse sharks under the overhangs. Sea fans, gorgonians and other underwater trees decorate the bottom.
These are just a few of our amazing dive sites, we will share some our favorite’s with you and if you have a preference for either wrecks or reefs, or want to experience both, we will ensure that you see them all in the time that you are vacationing in our islands.