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Where do you dive in the BVI?

We have over 40 dive sites that we've discovered within less than six miles of Great Harbour, JVD. That includes the remote islands of Great and Little Tobago, Green Cay, Little JVD, Pelican Cay, Hans Lollick, Watson, King, and Mercurious Rocks, to the virgin North shores of Jost and Tortola. We also SCUBA various offshore seamounts, pinnacles and reefs. Some sites are more weather dependant than others which is why we don't run on a fixed dive site schedule. Outside of the six miles, the number of dive sites is innumerable!

What does that mean to you?

Although the BVI has long been known as one of the world's finest dive destinations, we are the only SCUBA business servicing our exclusive territory (the NW British Virgin Islands). With only a handfull of accommodations, no major hotels, and such a small population, dive operators in the BVI had long deemed this territory unprofitable. The Bottom Line: These sites have NEVER been commercially dived and are far away from boat traffic; therefore, they are teeming with all varieties of fish and marine life on healthy, living coral reefs! You will see and believe!

Why dive with BVI Scuba Co. and BVI Eco-tours?

This is our backyard and we know every inch of it. Our PADI Instructors and Divemasters will lead you on safe dive profiles to see sites that will make your vacation! A trip with us is an educational experience and an Eco-tour. We tell you about the fish and marine life, the flora and fauna, our weather cycles, the seabirds, animal migration patterns, as well as the history of the islands from Amer-Indians to present.

Why is there so much marine life in the BVI's?

We're close to the Corner of the World Famous North Drop, aka The Puerto Rican Trench. The North Drop is well known to be one of the best sport fishing grounds for the prized Atlantic Blue Marlin as well as many other species, year after year! The fact that it is the second deepest ocean depth in the World, at 33,000 feet, means there are plenty of baitfish and thriving marine life of all kinds close by all year long. We do offer Sport fishing trips, please inquire.

Do you offer BLUEWATER SCUBA diving?

Yes. To our knowledge we are the only SCUBA operation that goes offshore to do open ocean bluewater diving!!! We go to several different banks very close to the North Drop. We routinely chase large bait balls where we find truly National Geographic encounters: schooling Tunas, Sailfish, Kingfish, Dolphin, etc. If this kind of extreme sport is what you are after, we recommend June-October as this type of diving is very weather dependant.

Do you wreck dive?

Because of it's remote out-island location, we are the only company in the BVI to dive the wreck of the Pirate's Purchase. We also offer special trips to the historic wrecks of The R.M.S. Rhone, The Chikuzen, The WIT Shoal, Cooper Island's Wreck Alley, and many others. Overnight Anegada trips combine diving the world-famous Horseshoe Reef with over 300 documented wrecks and exploring beautiful beaches like Loblolly Bay we will even deep sea fish there and back if you like!

What other type of diving do you have other than reefs?

We consider our best dives to be our pinnacles and seamounts. Wall diving, drift diving, canyons and extreme geological rock formations with caves round out our diversity!

Is there shore diving in the BVI's?

Yes. There is a wall that runs the whole south shore of Jost Van Dyke. It drops from 20-25 feet to 60-70 feet. Shore diving is easily accessible from White Bay and Little Harbour as well as a great selection of shallower reef dives.

How deep are the dives?

We have an innumerable number of shallow water sites (15-40ft) as well as sites to the limit of the RDP (132ft). We consider the most popular sites in our area (NW BVI) to be in the 40-80 foot range and our top 40 sites fall in those depths.

How far in advance should I make my reservations?

As soon as you decide you are coming to the BVI's! We are a small business that specializes in personal service. We do not overcrowd for money! Just as the hotels, villas, and guesthouses have to say "no" all the time to potential visitors, we have to do the same. So communicate with us early and we will reserve the services as you desire. Please see our reservations policy.

Will I need a wetsuit?

Water temperature ranges from a high of 84 - 86 degrees in the summer to a low of 80 degrees in the winter. A 3mm shortie seems to work year round; however, most divers use no suit at all. We have 3mm Akona shorties if you feel like you need one.

What type of rental gear do you have?

Divers who do not bring their own equipment are given the option to rent top of the line Sherwood SCUBA gear for a small fee. We also offer long term rentals such as tanks,weights,BCD's mask, fins dive computers AND will drop off to your boat for no charge!.You also have the option to purchaces the equipment for a very reasonable rate!

Can you rendevouz with our charter sailboat?

Yes. By advanced reservation, we can pick your divers up right off your boat if you are anchored in Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit, Diamond Cay, Little Harbour, Great Harbour, or White Bay. For groups of FOUR or more, we will also pick you up in Cane Garden Bay or West End/Soper's Hole, Tortola.

What makes one Dive Destination better than another?

Most Dive Destinations are confined to one island and 10-30 Dive Operators all competing to scuba the same tired sites. This translates to where's the fish and why's the coral all white? It doesn't take a Marine Biology degree to understand that the reefs are subjected to too much pressure and activity. This inevitably runs off the fish and also the corals will get damaged by some divers. Other factors negatively effecting the coral reefs are contributed to the dense population of some islands and subsequent erosion, sediments, pollutants, untreated waste water, to name a few. We do not have that issue in the out-islands of the BVI's. We are the only operator here and our corals are in excellent health and waiting for you and your camera!