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Best sites for catamaran snorkel trip

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Best sites for catamaran snorkel trip

Have a group of six on Tortola for 3 days in July (after St Thomas stay). Planning one day to the Baths - what are some other good islands or sites to visit and snorkel? Prefer a catamaran day trip.

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1. Re: Best sites for catamaran snorkel trip

We loved Aristocat Charters out of West End. They have a few different itineraries to choose from but we did the Norman Island/Willy T and Indians trip. I have heard good things about Bad Kitty, Kuralu and Patouche as well. You can find them all on TA under "charters" and read the reviews.

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2. Re: Best sites for catamaran snorkel trip

after many years of sailing the BVI, we have found our fav snorkel sites that we keep returning.

* The Indians and Pelican Island, about a mile out from Norman Island Bight.

* The Caves at Treasure Point, The entry to the Bight, Norman Island.

* Monkey Point, Southern tip of Guana Island. Another top favorite. Have seen some huge tarpon here as well as all kinds of other marine life.

* Great Dog: Snorkeling is excellent, and there are actually two different snorkeling sites.

* Wreck of the Rhone....Salt Island...we have NOT done this snorkeling....years ago Erica SCUBA dived there, but we were talking with a fellow a few days back , who snorkeled there from the Windstar quite some time back and was still impressed. He got al excited, arms waving, eyes all bright.

All are from a boat. There generally will be dedicated moorings for the commercial boats, that we cannot use, so most times you will be able to moor and have a grand time. most of the above range from somewhat shallow to deeper waters. So, large fish will be joining with the small colorful reef fish.

Any people there will be from boats, which is relegated by how many moorings are available, and there will be just a few national park moorings for us yachtie types, and also a couple of commercial moorings. No shore entry or hotels, etc.

You can contact the snorkel boat tour outfits, and find out where they go and note the names and description of the different sites. Could change with weather and sea conditions and wind direction..

You want some high sun that will light up the reefs, coral and marine life...more colorful.

fin slowly, fins not breaking the water, stop often and observe, you will see a whole lot more marine life than those who are fin splashing at mach 10. And, have a good mask that does not leak. If you do not have your own, the skipper, or crew can show you how to check your mask for fit. The snorkel boats will have plenty of masks, snorkels , fins, and noodles ( for those who do not swim or are unfamiliar with the ocean. )

I believe some of the commercial snorkel boats that go to the Pelican and Indians and the Caves, may stop for lunch at the Willy T ( pirate ship ). Oh yes , lunch, libations, and good times after snorkeling.

The skippers may have additional sites that we are not familiar with, that might be added on, and much more less known, and quiet.

We really like to see the land based visitors, getting out on the tour boats and having a super great fun day.

Edited: 02 May 2017, 01:47
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