Rising from the technicolor tides of the Caribbean Sea, the British Virgin Islands offers some of the most remarkable diving in the world, from mysterious caves to breathtaking grottoes. With more than 60 islands, cays and islets in the archipelago, including the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada, the BVI boasts a biodiversity of marine life for every level of diver.
Wreck of the Rhone -- a mighty iron-hulled steam-sailing vessel -- sank after encountering the Great Hurricane of 1867 and now lies broken in half along the sandy ocean bottom. The only national marine park in the Caribbean, divers are eager to catch a glimpse of her new residents inside the bow -- colorful snapper, soldier fish and parrotfish. Perfect for all dive levels, the Rhone varies in depths from 20 to 80 ft. Anegada -- The "drowned island" offers more advanced divers the chance to explore the third largest barrier reef in the world. This 27-mile stretch of coral reef is home to more than 300 wrecks.
Alice in Wonderland -- Spur and groove terrain off of Ginger Island, this site offers divers mushroom-shaped coral reefs where spotted morays, lobsters and a myriad of Caribbean fishes reside.
The Chimney On the western side of Great Dog, this site is really two in one. The Fish Bowl is known for the wide array of undisturbed marine life and the Chimney is home a narrow stone archway covered in unusual white sponges frequented by spotted rock lobsters.
The British Virgin Islands remains an undeveloped haven for natural treasures, boasting no high-rise hotels, no casinos and no traffic. To learn more about the British Virgin Islands, please visit www.bvitourism.com or call 800.835.8530.