Virgin Gorda:

Airports:  (Airport Code EIS):  Air travel is the usual way to access the BVI, however, long-distance direct flights are not available, and you must transit one of the four Caribbean gateways; San Juan (IATA: SJU), St. Thomas (IATA: STT), Antigua (IATA: ANU) & St. Maarten (IATA: SXM). Connections are readily available through commuter airline operations on the lower end, if your schedule allows.

Private charter flights are unnecessary as there are several reliable airlines serving Beef Island.

Air Charter companies, like Fly BVI and Aeroshares Charter, LLC have become more popular in recent years. These charter flights get you to your destination directly, without transfers or water shuttles. They will also be there if your arriving flight is delayed for any reason.

Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (IATA: EIS) a.k.a. Beef Island Airport is located on the East End of Virgin Gorda. Some travelers opt to fly into St. Thomas, having Fly BVI Air Charter meet them for the 14 min flight, while others opt to take the water ferry to Road Town, then take a taxi to their villa or marina, alhough depending on the ferry schedule and your arrival and departure times, this option can virtually tie up the better part of two days during your vacation.

Currency:  Although the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are under the British flag, it uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency.

Climate: Virgin Gorda has the perfect summer weather year round with temperature that range from 73 degrees Fahrenheit to around 89 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool Caribbean breeze off the ocean keep the beaches cool all the time, but inland it can be just a tad cooler or warmer without the breeze.

Water Temperature:  The average water temperature is around 82° F (29° C) in the summer and 80° F (26° C) in the winter. Most visitors are comfortable in shorty-style wetsuits year-round.

Language:  English is the official language of Virgin Gorda

Dive Landscape: 

Wreck of the Parmatta (Anegada)
 
   
The wreck of the Parmatta which ran aground in 1853 is off Anegada. See: butterfly fish, turtles and huge groupers.
  Blue Chromis Reef (Cooper Island)
 
  30 – 90 feet
The topography is sand and coral with sea fans and gorgonian. Occasional swells. Usually calm. See: Blue chromis spotted drums, quillfin blennies. For petersen cleaning shrimp & spiral anemones. Take time to look inside the nooks and crannies.
  Carvel Rock (Cooper Island)
 
  15 – 90 feet (Novice)
Made up of huge boulders this dive site sits between Cooper and Ginger Island. The topography is top of rocks covered with fire coral and sponges. Strong currents and large swells often restrict diving. See: Barracuda, Green morays , kingfish, For durgeon flit, lobsters, queen trigger fish and white spotted file fish. Take time to look inside the nooks and crannies and among the rocks.
  Cister Point (Cooper Island)
 
  20-40 ft Beginner
The topography a shallow dive through rocks with craters. Occasional surge. See: Blue Tangs, Grunts, Jacks, sergeant majors, petersen cleaning shrimp
  Devil’s Kitchen (Cooper Island)
 
  30 – 50 feet (Novice / Intermediate)
The topography is rocky ledges covered with soft and hard corals, with colourful sponges. Large swells often limit diving. See: Cherub fish, lobsters, parrot fish and schooling grunts,
  Dry Rocks East (Cooper Island)
 
  25 – 85 feet (Intermediate / Advanced)
Occasional large swells and strong currents. See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks and pelagics, parrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.
  Inganess Bay(Cooper Island)
 
  60 – 90 feet
In 1996 this wreck was sunk between Cooper & Ginger Islands. You can swim into the wheel house as well as the cargo hold. Occasional currents. See:
  Markoe Point (Cooper Island)
 
  40 – 80 feet (Intermediate)
Tucked around the southeast corner of Cooper Island, Markoe Point usually enjoys protection from the elements at the mooring. See: Barracuda, jacks, mackerel and occasionally pompano and spadefish
  Marie L, Pat, and Beata (Wreck Alley) (Cooper Island)
 
  60 – 90 feet (Intermediate)
This open water site has good visibility. Occasional large swells and strong currents. See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks an, d pelagics, parrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.
  Thumb Rock (Red Bluff Point) (Cooper Island)
 
  30 – 60 feet (Novice)
Named because of the pinnacle underwater that sticks up like a thumb. There is a similar rock above water. The topography is coral encrusted rocks with reef. Occasional large swells and currents. Photography. See: barracuda, damsel fish, french angel fish, spotted drums, Tarpon, Queen angel
  Vanishing Rock (Dry Rocks West) (Cooper Island)
 
  25 – 45 feet (Beginner / Intermediate)
This open water site has good visibility. Occasional large swells and strong currents. See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks an, d pelagicsparrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.
  Blonde Rock (Dead Chest)
 
  10 – 65 feet (Novice)
Located between Deadchest and Salt Island, this rock pinnacle is covered on top with yellow fire coral. Occasional current and wind chop on surface. See: Schools of Jacks and French Grunts, Scrawled Filefish Barracuda, Cobia and the occasionally glimpse some sea turtles, sharks and rays of various species along with lobsters, crabs and conch.
  Bronco Billy’s (George Dog)
 
  15 – 50 feet (Beginner / Intermediate)
Bronco Billy’s consists of a number of coral ridges that form canyons and archways covered in colourful hard and soft corals and sponges. Large Pillar corals, cup corals and sponges also cover boulders where golden tail, spotted and green moray eels hide. Spotted drums, dog snapper and grunts. Occasional current and surge. See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks an, d pelagicsparrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.
  The Chimney(Great Dog)
 
  15 – 45 feet (Beginner / Intermediate)
Named after a rock climbing site due to two boulders forming a narrow slot. This slot has a lot of colour from sponges and is home to small shrimp, spotted rock lobster, and many anemones. There are ridges and dips with yellow tail damsels, sergeant majors, parrot fish and the occasional scorpion fish. Usually calm. See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks an, d pelagicsparrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.
  Coral Gardens (Aeroplane Wreck) (Great Dog)
 
  25 – 45 feet (Beginner / Intermediate)
This good quiet dive site has a mix of sand and beautiful coral formations. The remains of a Shorts 360 aeroplane was moved to this site in 1993 as part of The BVI’s artificial reef program. Goat fish, sand divers and southern rays can be seen in the sand. Schools of sennet, grunts and snapper, the occasional blacktip shark, turtles and flying gurnards are also found at this site. Usually calm. See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks an, d pelagicsparrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.
  Joe’s Cave (West Dog)
 
  20 -50 feet (Beginner / Intermediate)
This deep cave, which extends above the surface, has schools of glassy sweepers. The walls are covered with soft and hard corals and sponges. Slight current. See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks an, d pelagicsparrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.
  Seal Dog (West Seal Dog)
 
  20 -50 feet (Beginner / Intermediate)
This deep cave, which extends above the surface, has schools of glassy sweepers. The walls are covered with soft and hard corals and sponges. Slight current. See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks an, d pelagicsparrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.
  Seal Dog (West Seal Dog)
 
  20 -50 feet (Beginner / Intermediate)
This deep cave, which extends above the surface, has schools of glassy sweepers. The walls are covered with soft and hard corals and sponges. Slight current. See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks an, d pelagicsparrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.

 

 

 

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