The Virgin Islands are a premier scuba diving and snorkeling destination, because the water is so clear. Anegada and Horseshoe reef lie to windward and break the Atlantic swells from reaching the yachts in the cruising ground, creating calm waters for sailing and preventing the sand from being churned up by seas. This keeps the water clear and pristine for snorkeling and scuba diving. As well, fishing is restricted in the National Park, so there are tropical fish and ever-friendlier dolphin to discover. Crews on the charter yachts in the Virgin Islands have been generous about sharing their photos and stories with us on Facebook. Here is what you are likely to see under the water, while snorkeling the tropical reefs of the BVI on your luxury yacht charter….octopus, turtles, colorful fish…. Goliath groupers! Sunken wrecks! And 18th Century canon?
Glenn and Angela aboard ‘Caribbean Dream’ pulled up to a mooring ball at The Chimney for a dive and saw what appeared to be a plastic bag floating just under the surface. Angela grabbed her camera and went to check…. it was a Stinging Cauliflower Jellyfish about 2 feet long! “Absolutely beautiful,” she said. “My pictures do not do it justice!”
Capt. Jerome Blair aboard ‘Braveheart’ is featured in the June 2013 issue of Cruising World Magazine in an article about what we are doing to combat the Invasive Lionfish. If left unchecked, the lionfish will destroy our entire coral reef ecosystem, because of their voracious appetites, fast growth, and exponential reproductive rates, combined with the fact that they have NO natural predators except man. One saving grace is that Lionfish are delicious to eat.
Our guests found this octopus at the caves yesterday – Catamaran Caribbean Dream
This goliath Grouper appeared at the “Chikuzen” wreck again. To lend some scale, the remora trailing below is about a foot long – photograph courtesy of Sailing Catamaran Exta-Sea
Just a random, shallow dive in Great Harbor, BVI – Photo courtesy of S/Y Caribbean Dream
Anja from yacht ELEKTRA caught one of her charter guests discovering this submerged canon
A Longjaw Squirrelfish shot at Rainbow Canyons off Pelican Island, BVI – Photo courtesy Catamaran Caribbean Dream
A close encounter with a turtle at Cistern Rock – Photo courtesy of Caribbean Dream
Jacks, Sargent Majors, and Yellow Tail Snapper hanging at the Indians. Come back and hang with them on Catsy!
Mike and Lesley aboard Catamaran EXTA-SEA arrived at the Baths at 7 am and were greeted by this dolphin, which spent 45 minutes playing with their Austrian guests – The guests said it was an awesome experience.
Like a fish in a corn maze? Richard and Jan aboard SCORPIO supplied us with this “amazing” coral image.
Denizens of the Deep? Richard and Jan aboard SCORPIO provided us with this handsome Spotted Eagle Ray.
“Explore the fascinating life under the sea in the British Virgin Islands. Yachts can anchor right by the coral reefs, where it is not necessary to have scuba gear to enjoy the sights. Picture yourself! Myriads of colorful fish dart in and out of brain coral – shafts of light illuminate waving sea fans – the white sand of the ocean floor is rippled by the passing waves. You are in a fantasy world of silence and buoyancy where color and movement take the place of sound and weight.” – Julie P. Nicholson