The British Virgin Islands have been a cruising and chartering paradise for generations; the waters are clear blue, the winds usually mild, the navigation easy and often line of sight, the people are friendly, and when you get tired of one island, it’s easy to head for another one. And then there’s the snorkeling.
The BVI were hit hard by the hurricanes last fall, but now things are getting back to normal. The only problem with snorkeling in the BVI now is deciding where to go first, or second, or…To help you decide, here’s a list of the top five snorkeling spots from the people at MarineMax Vacations, who have a fleet of cruising powercats from 36 feet (with two cabins and two heads) to 48 feet (with four cabins and four heads).
Their number one choice is the Indians, off Pelican Island near Norman Island, part of the protected National Parks Trust leading to amazing reef snorkeling. Arrive early so you have plenty of time to explore and expect to see almost every variety of fish on the reef or near the four rocks that rise above the surface from a depth of 30 or 40 feet.
Number two is The Caves at Norman Island, with shallow caves that may, or may not, have housed pirates’ treasure. Number three is The Baths on Virgin Gorda, which is almost everyone’s favorite, not only for the snorkeling but also for the formations of boulders along the shore. To see the entire list, read more: