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Diving in the British Virgin Islands

Explore diving in the British Virgin Islands

Most of the dive operators in the British Virgin Islands are located on Tortola but there are also dive operators on Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke, Scrub Island and Cooper Island.

Dive sites around the British Virgin Islands feature stunning shipwrecks, seamounts, coral gardens and sandy bottoms. If diving from Tortola, the most famous dive site is the RMS Rhone shipwreck which lies off the nearby Salt Island - this great wreck is also accessible from Virgin Gorda and Scrub/Cooper Island. A seamount called Blonde Rock is always buzzing with activity and wonderful to visit.

For a bit more excitement and pelagic marine life, dive from Virgin Gorda, access the Dog Islands which features underwater formations like arches and canyons.

When to dive in the British Virgin Islands

Diving can be done year-round. Water temperature is typically warm ranging from 78-83˚F (25-28˚C) and visibility is usually great at 60-100ft (18-30m).

Dive sites and dive shops in the British Virgin Islands

Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.

Common marine life sightings for British Virgin Islands

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More Information

Fly to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Tortola via San Juan, Puerto Rico and take connecting ferries to the other islands.

There are also interisland flights available on small airlines like Air America, Air Sunshine, Caribbean Wings or helicopters, seaplanes and chartered flights.

Time Zone
110 V
Pounds/square inch (psi)
A, B
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Terrance B Lettsome Intl (EIS)

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