Trips for Divers
Oakland, CA 94602
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|BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
The British Virgin Islands are volcanic outcrops of a vast underwater plateau that stretches for more than 70 miles where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic. Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, and more than 60 other smaller islands form a protective ring around the crystal-clear aquamarine water known as the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Countless reefs, towering coral pinnacles, underwater caves, lava tunnels, canyons, massive boulders and grottoes are strewn across this vast submerged shelf, creating a choice of dive sites that range from shallows for the novice snorkeller to dramatic sea caverns and extraordinary shipwrecks for the experienced scuba diver. The islands are small, friendly, and great getaways.
Geography and Nature
More than 60 islands create a mystical archipelago of coral atolls, verdant hillsides, scattered reefs, sea in every shade of blue and a biodiversity of marine life rivaled only by the Amazon. From a primeval rainforest on Tortola and Mother Nature’s finest creation on Virgin Gorda, to the droves of wildlife roaming Jost Van Dyke and the rich reefs surrounding Anegada, the BVI is committed to protecting their natural wonders through environmental preservation organizations and partnerships with the biggest names in conservation.
Established in 1961, the BVI National Parks Trust was established to safeguard the territory's natural assets as well as the territory's first national park at Sage Mountain on Tortola. In all, there are 28 national parks, which encompass a stunning array of land and marine areas including historic sites, tropical forests, bird sanctuaries and one of the world's most famous shipwrecks, each a jewel in its own right.
The climate is subtropical and tempered by trade winds. There is little variation between summer and winter. The average temparature is 79-84F. Rainfall is low with occasional drought. The primary hurricane season is from June to November.
Bonafide visitors may be granted entry for up to one month at the ports of entry, provided that they possess a valid passport, return (or ongoing) tickets, evidence of adequate means of support and pre-arranged accommodations during their stay.
Departure tax is $20.00 per person leaving by air, $5.00 leaving by sea and $7.00 for cruise ship passengers.
How to get there
All flights must connect through another Caribbean airport on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, or St. Maarten/St. Martin.
The most direct way to arrive to the BVI is via San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Frequent connecting service is offered by American Eagle, Air SunShine and Cape Air, with occasional service by other airlines and charter flights. Air Sunshine has direct flights from San Juan to Beef Island and Virgin Gorda. Seaborne Airlines has direct flights from San Juan to Virgin Gorda.
Voltage in the BVI is 110/220v. Visitors can use American appliances without an adaptor.
The currency of The British Virgin Islands is the $US dollar. Major credit cards are accepted in many- but not all establishments. There is a 10¢ stamp duty on all cheques and travel cheques.
Malaria risk is low in BVI.
Visit CDC for more information.