British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a group
of over 50 islands and Cays, located in the Leeward Islands, about
90 miles East of Puerto Rico and North East of the US Virgin Islands.
The main island of Tortola is about 54 square miles, with Virgin
Gorda about 8 square miles. Most of the islands are made up of rolling
hills, although Anegada is completely flat rising to only a few
feet above sea level.
The dive sites are concentrated around Gorda and the Sir Francis
Drake Channel islands.
The dives off Sir Francis Drake Channel islands boosts sinkholes
and ledges as well as a wide variety of caves and canyons. Another
feature of the area is some of the finest sponge encrusted walls
in the region. On the walls you will find sides with tunnels, majestic
arches and caves. The site known as Painted Walls is the most obvious
example, but there are many other equally colorful scenes.
Of the Sir Francis Drake Channel dives, the R.M.S. Rhone is a very
popular and reputable wreck dive. Though there are no such old wrecks
with a dramatic story like the R.M.S. Rhone - there are several
other interesting wrecks in the area. Of these wrecks nearly all
are within the ability level of most divers giving novice wreck
divers a thrilling experience.
Climate Winter: 72-82F (22-27C) Summer: 80-90F (26-32C)
Water Temp Winter 75F - Summer 85F (summer) (23-29C)
Visibility 60-100 ft (18-30m)