Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Coral Gardens
Coral Gardens was for years a popular dive site, but the marine life was severely damaged by a "bleach fishing" incident, from which the reef has not fully recovered. To popularise the dive site, an old DC-3 aircraft was sunk in the sand next to the site to provide an attraction for divers. The plane is relatively intact (minus the wings) and big enough for divers to penetrate and swim through comfortably. By boat only. Site is approximately 45 minutes from Road Town, Tortola; about 20 mintutes from East End, Tortola or about 12 minutes from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. Dive site is on the sheltered south side of Great Dog. Mooring balls have been affixed to the site by the National Park. Coral Gardens is also known as Airplane Wreck.
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