British Virgin Islands Norman Island
: at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands archipelago & reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's pirate novel Treasure Island.
Rocky pinnacles, a 15-foot tunnel, canyons, ridges and an underwater cavern provide interesting underwater terrain. Scores of colorful fish, plus barracuda, turtles, eagle rays, southern stingrays, lobsters and nurse sharks filter through a rainbow of gorgonians. Look also for angel fish, sea horses, shrimps, blennies and yellowhead jawfish. Lovely Spyglass Wall is covered in sea fans, golden tube sponges, purple tube sponges and hosts a variety of marine life including fairy basslets, damselfish, blue tangs, tobacco fish, anthias, tarpons, Atlantic spadefish.
Peter Island : Legend says Deadman's Bay on this island is named for pirates who were marooned on neighboring Dead Chest Island and subsequently drowned swimming to Peter Island.
Open-water pinnacles, canyons & a cave will bring you angelfish, butterflyfish, fairy basslets, lobsters, sea turtles, nurse sharks and moray eels. Add in two wrecks (The Fearless is believed to be the sister ship of Cousteau’s Calypso) with black coral trees & French grunts, plus “Painted Walls” a site offering yellow, red, orange, and purple corals & plenty of macro life, to top off the diving at this island.
Salt Island : Named after its salt ponds, which were once an important resource for islanders.
You’ll dive a steamship wreck from 1867 which was filmed in the 1977 Hollywood thriller, The Deep and which contains some interesting remaining artifacts. . Nearly every surface is covered in a kaleidoscope of corals while inside you'll find coral gardens, cleaning stations and nurseries. Schools of yellowtail snapper, jacks, grunts, and tarpon swirl around … and macro life includes arrow crabs, shrimp and damsel fish. In addition, you’ll most likely dive Wreck Alley, with four additional wrecks plus a huge pinnacle with a good selection of the Caribbean’s cast of characters. You’ll also find an open water site not far away with a chance of spotting some pelagics and plenty of fish
Ginger Island : One of the last undeveloped privately held islands in the territory. It is the location of two of the more popular dive sites in the British Virgin Islands: "Alice in Wonderland" and "Ginger Steps".
Ginger Steps is a plunging three-step wall that descends 90 feet. Good visibility and bright white sand between the rocky drop offs make this a great site for underwater photography. Pompano, octopus, lobsters, anthias, barracuda, dolphins, eagle rays and turtles can be found here. Alice in Wonderland offers narrow channels, sandy canyons and rocky ridges plus hard and soft corals, great viz and lovely fish life. Watch for African pompano, angelfish, parrot fish, moray eels, shrimp, gobies, file fish, scuttling crabs, cleaner shrimp, wrasses flitting through colorful gorgonians and elkhorn corals.
Virgin Gorda: Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island "the Fat Virgin", because the island's profile on the horizon looks like a fat woman lying on her side.
Marked by big granite boulders, tiny caves, ledges, canyons, an awesome tunnel white sand beaches, this is a popular island for diving. Grunts, parrot fish, angelfish, squirrelfish, butterflyfish, lizardfish, tarpons, jacks, barracuda, garden eels, lobsters and stingrays are all common … with occasional pelagic action possible. Another wreck awaits you here … the Kodiak Queen, a US Navy World War II fuel barge which sports a strange sculpture added by Richard Branson..
Sample itineraries and maps are for illustrative purposes only. The exact route and sites visited are subject to change based on local regulations, guest experience, weather and logistics, and is at the Captain’s discretion.