Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Virgin Gorda
Ready to check out the best sites in Virgin Gorda for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 15 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 Virgin Gorda to suit your needs.
#1 - Visibles
One of many excellent dive sites amongst The Dog islands. Usually skipped over by dive operators in favour of more popular dive sites like Bronco Billy, The Chimney and Airplane Wreck (Coral Gardens). It is a shame because the visibles is a superb dive site. A series of coral pinncles punctuate a calm and sheltered dive site. A relatively shallow maximum depth makes it an excellent dive for beginners, but enough abundant marine life to attract veteran divers (especially photographers). By boat only. Site is located on the west side of Cockroach Island, in the dogs. Approximately 12 mintues from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda by boat, and about 20 minutes from East End, Tortola. Mooring balls have been placed on the site by the National Park Trust.
#2 - Chimney
Probably the most popular dive site in The Dog islands, the Chimney is a relatively shallow dive, with lots of canyons and ledges to expore (which combined with its sheltered location, means zero current). The site is named after a shaft like crevasse in the rocks which divers can swim up (provided that they are not too overweight). Larger and more timorous divers can swim over the top of the crevasse. Excellent marine life, but the mooring balls can get crowded with snorkellers because the site is so relatively shallow. By boat only. Dive site is in a bay on the northwest side of Great Dog. Approximately 15 minutes from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda or 25 minutes from East End, Tortola. Mooring balls have been placed on the site by the National Parks trust.
#4 - Wall To Wall
Wall To Wall is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in British Virgin which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
#5 - Aquarium
Aquarium is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in British Virgin which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
#6 - Seal Dog North
North Seal Dog is basically a pinnacle dive, but the pinnacle extends about the surface of the water. The sides of the pinnacle are fairly sheer, but it is small and so easy to circumnavigate. A very pretty dive, but difficult to do unless conditions are calm. Abundant marine life. By boat only. Dive site is approximately 40 minutes from Road Town, Tortola; 20 minutes from East End, Tortola and 15 minutes from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. Mooring bouys have been placed on the site by the National Parks Trust. Seal Dog North is also known as North Seal Dog.
#7 - Invisibles
The Invisibles is an excellent site, and one which is rarely dived. It has no marker bouy on it, and so is a challenge to find unless you have GPS coordinates. It is also completely open to the North, so in swells or rought weather it is an almost impossible site to dive. However, when it is calm, it is an extremely beautiful shallow reef dive with a number of large swim throughs.
#9 - Devils Bay
Rays, parott fish and many other fish Virgin Gorda near the baths Devils Bay is also known as Devil's Bay.
#10 - 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.
#11 - Tow Rock
This is more of a bank than a rock. No rock within 15 feet of the surface. Lobster, barracuda, sharks, and big Southern Stingrays and many small fish. Whilst Tow Rock is normally a very pleasant dive, in poor conditions it can be very challenging indeed. When the northern swells are up, visibility can drop to just a few feet, and current and surge can make life absolutely miserable. When conditions are calm and viz is good, it is a very enjoyable site. Just West of the Dogs. There is no marker bouy on the site, so GPS coordinates are a must.
#13 - Bronco Billy
Focus of the dive is a canyon with an arch swim through. Possibility of seeing large marine life. Good coral growth. Reported to have been Jacques Cousteau's favourite dive in the British Virgin Islands. By boat only. Located on the northwest side of George Dog. Approximately 12 minutes by boat from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda; 20 minutes from East End, Tortola and 35 minutes from Road Town, Tortola. Mooring balls have been placed on the site by National Parks trust.
#14 - Seal Dog West
Very pretty dive, starting in a sheltered "lagoon" area and then swimming around the point into deeper water. Lots of ledges, caverns, grottos and gulleys. Abundant marine life. Rarely dived part of The Dog islands as most of the tourists dive more popular nearby sites such as Coral Gardens and Bronco Billy. By boat only. Dive site is approximately 35 minutes from Road Town, Tortola; 25 minutes from East End, Tortola and 15 minutes from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. Mooring bouys have been placed on the site by the National Parks Trust. Seal Dog West is also known as West Seal Dog.