Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Tortola
Ready to check out the best sites in Tortola for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 19 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Tortola to suit your needs.
#1 - Brown Pants
One of the more intriguing dives in the British Virgin Islands, Brown Pants features a large number of ledges, caverns, nooks and crannies. The site was named when discovered on an exploratory dive by Ducan Muirhead, off Cuan Law, who was chased back to the boat by a pack of bull sharks, and promptly christened the site appropriately. The site is known for good marine life, in particular lobsters, turtles and eels. Despite the name of the site, shark sitings are not frequent. By boat only. Site is located on the southern coast of Norman Island. Approximately 35 minutes by boat from Road Town, Tortola, or about 15 minutes from The Bight, Norman Island. Site is very exposed, and can be difficult to locate or moor at in rough seas. Mooring balls have been placed on the site by the National Parks trust.
#2 - Carrot Shoal
A double pinnacle located in otherwise open water between two islands. Not a deep site, but prolific marine life. Lots of ledges. Abundance of sharks, lobster, morays and turtles. Takes its name from nearby Carrot Rock, but coincidentally viewed from above, the shape of the two pinnacles do look slight like a carrot and its leaves. Access by boat only. Located between the southeastern tip of Peter Island and the northwestern tip of Norman Island. Approximately 30 minutes from Road Town, or 10 minutes from the Bight on Norman Island. Mooring buoys have been placed on the site by the National Park trust, but can sometimes be difficult to locate in heavy swells.
#3 - The Indians
Nice corals, and a tunnel which scuba divers may pass through... West side of Pelican Island
#4 - Fearless Wreck
Wreck of the Fearless is probably the least popular of the BVI's wreck dives. Although located adjacent to a coral reef on a sandy bottom, little marine life flourishes. Visibility is usually low because of the slightly silty composition of the bottom. The site is also a rough anchorage in exposed position in the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The wreck is wooden, and after over 20 years underwater is now extremely fragile and close to collapse. Any form of penetration of the superstructure is extremely unwise. By boat only. Site is located about half a mile north of Great Harbour, Peter Island. Can be difficult to locate in high seas. Approximately 15 minutes by boat from Road Town, Tortola. Mooring balls have been placed on the site by the National Parks trust. Fearless Wreck is also known as Wreck of the Fearless.
#5 - Shark Point
One of the more advanced dives in the British Virgin Islands, Shark Point combines a rare opportunity to do a wall dive, explore shallow caverns and chasms, and see large deepwater marine life. Because of the exposed position of the site, it is difficult to do in any except the calmest of conditions. By boat only. Dive site is located on the southernmost tip of Peter Island, about 20 minutes from Road Town. Mooring balls have been placed on the site by the National Parks Trust.
#9 - Kellys Reef
Large Barracuda, Elkhorn Coral, Tarpin, Hacksbill turtles, Stingrays and many fish Northwestern Point of Norman Island
#10 - Brewers Bay North Side
Brewers Bay North Side is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in British Virgin which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
#11 - The Caves
practice with swell, and be careful of being inside cave, good site lots of fun. Boat, from the moorings in the bight, sail west around the point then hug the shore till you see the balls, or the cave, there is no anchoring here it is very rocky. The Caves is also known as Norman Island Caves.
#12 - Brewers Bay West Point
Brewers Bay West Point is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in British Virgin which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
#13 - West End Point
West End Point is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in British Virgin which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
#14 - Cane Garden Bay North Side
Cane Garden Bay North Side is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in British Virgin which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
#15 - Little Thatch
Little Thatch is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in British Virgin which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
#16 - Brewers Bay Inside
Sea fans, Lobster and many tropical fish. This is one of the best skin dives I have seen in the BVI Short swim from the beach
#17 - Spyglass
Spyglass is a good introductory dive for new divers. A relatively shallow reef (about 15 feet) drops down relatively sharply to a sandy bottom (at about 60 feet) given a relatively short wall dive. Divers usually swim out along the bottom and the circle back along the top, thereby doing an extremely long safety stop! The marine life is fair but not spectacular by BVI standards. By boat only. The site is approximately 5 minutes from the Bight on Norman Island, or about 25 minutes from Road Town on Tortola. Mooring balls have been fixed on the site by the National Park trust. Spyglass is also known as Spyglass Wall.
#18 - Ring Dove Rock
Ring Dove Rock is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in British Virgin which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
#19 - Black Forest
Dive is the mirror image of the more popular "Spyglass" dive site on the north side of Norman Island. A reef shelf starting at about 30 feet and sloping down to 70 feet and a sandy bottom. Unlike Spyglass, the sandy bottom leads to another wall on the other side, leading to a broad east-west canyon with two walls to explore. Marine life is not the best, but the topography is very nice. By boat only. Approximately 12 minutes from Road Town, Tortola or about 8 minutes from the Bight on Norman Island. Mooring ball has been placed on the site by the National Parks Trust. Black Forest is also known as West tip of Peter Island.