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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
 



The 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)



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