The Chimney, Great Dog Island:
The Chimney is remarkable not only for its topography, but also for its marine life. Swim through a coral-crusted archway to a vista of cup corals and brilliant sponges, then into a narrow corridor whose steep walls teem with invertebrates. Take a dive light to illuminate the full spectrum of colors and hidden critters – shrimp, spotted rock lobster, anemones, brittle stars, and a rainbow of sponges.
Bronco Billy, George Dog Island:
Surge in winter months can make the site challenging (and gave it its name), but the dive is rewarding. An arch opens into a shallow canyon that wends through the reef. Look for soft and pillar corals, reef fish, lobster, and eels.
Ledges/Dolphin Rocks, George Dog Island:
High swells make this site a dive for a calm day, but the swells leave a reward of sorts; the wash rocks have become undercut with ledges for divers to explore. Small fish that tend to gather at the wash rocks attract the attentions of barracuda, mackerel, bonito and large tarpon.
Wall To Wall, West Dog Island:
Named for its usual condition of being "wall to wall" with fish, this site is also referred to as "yellow fish" because of the wide variety of yellow species congregating here: French grunts, porkfish, yellow goatfish and schoolmaster snappers. Be cautions of strong currents, but know that those currents can also bring in eagle rays and reef sharks.
Shark Point, Scrub Island:
Although a sighting can't be guaranteed, " this site was named for the regular presence of sharks. Watch for snappers, angelfish, grunts, schooling tarpon, and lobsters, while keeping a weather eye on the blue water for sharks, rays, and Atlantic spadefish. Be aware of the current, which tends to run against a diver's return.
Brewers Bay East, Tortola:
Juvenile fish (fry) in the summer months bring in tarpon to feed among the huge boulders that offer swim-throughs for divers as well as fish. Look for baitfish, glassy sweepers, and large southern stingrays.
Dry Rocks East, Cooper Island:
Wash rocks at this site attract a wide range of fish, such as schools of horse eye jacks, African pompano, Atlantic spadefish, hawksbill turtles, cobia, nurse sharks, sergeant majors, chromis, creole wrasse and black durgeon. Be cautious of the currents.
Vanishing Rocks, Cooper Island:
The "vanishing" rock is a pinnacle that only just breaks the surface, and marks a gathering place for marine life. Highlights include a remarkable stand of pillar coral, swarms of sergeant majors and other reef fish, and (for the observant diver) eels and squid.
Widely considered one of the world's best wreck dives, the RMS (Royal Mail Steam) Rhone sank off Peter Island in an 1867 hurricane. The ship itself, resting in two pieces offshore, can be entered by divers (as well as the resident groupers, snappers, and jacks). Cup corals and sponges encrust the wreck, and make for brilliant colors under dive lights on a night dive.
The Invisibles, Virgin Gorda:
Strong currents at this sight bring in tremendous numbers of fish that swirl around the submerged (invisible) pinnacle and its attendant sponges and soft colors. Be cautious of the currents.
The Indians, Norman Island:
A group of rock pillars (Indians) extend below the surface with steep walls and rocky ledges, and a shallow poolcupped in the center of the formation, accessible by a swim-through. Look for nudibranchs in the center pool and hawksbill turtles around the sight. The topography, as well as marine life and striking lighting, make this a great site for underwater photography.
Alice in Wonderland:
This beautiful dive site has amazing mushroom-shaped coral formations that you wander through (kind of like Alice.) Look for lobster and spotted morays hiding under the mushrooms, and spotted eagle rays, spade fish and stingrays, along with Caribbean reef sharks, swimming along the reef edge.