A lot of changes have happened in the past couple of months, not only on land, also on our dive sites. The underwater world remains absolutely beautiful, regardless of the changes they have experienced.
Marine life is plentiful, even more than before. Since no divers have been underwater for a while, it seems that the marine life has taken over the ocean floor. The majority of our dive sites are not affected to much by any of the storms.
Initially we found tree branches, large and small, scattered on some of our dive sites. The shallower dive sites, closer to land were more affected than the deeper sites or the ones further away from land. Of course as the weeks went on and we dove the sites, we cleared the debris we found on the ocean floor, little by little. Our guides moved away tree branches into sandy areas, where they can’t cause damage to the coral. When we find any plastic or trash along the way, it is of course brought up and disposed off.
Inevitably some of our dive sites were affected more than others, some for the better, some for the worst. Let’s give you an update on what has happened under the water in the BVI.
The biggest change happened on Coral Gardens at Great Dog. Unfortunately the plane has found its wings and has decided to take off to a different location.
This seems the biggest change on our dive sites, luckily dive sites such as Chimney and Bronco Billy still have their beautiful arches and canyons and the coral on the other dive sites remains beautiful. Our wrecks have seen the most changes. Closest to us we have our newest wreck the Kodiak Queen. The wreck did not move an inch but the mesh skin which started to shed before has now completely come off. Regardless the “Kraken” remains a fantastic dive teaming with marine life.
The wreck of the Chikuzen, regardless of its depth and the fact that it was in open ocean., saw some changes to its structure. During the storm, the ship split open and now exposes parts from the engine. This actually makes it very interesting, uncovering parts we have never seen before.
Over at Wreck Alley, located between Cooper and Salt Island, we found a positive change. The swell caused the upstanding wreck, the Beata, to move closer to the reef. During the storm she also somehow managed to place her exhaust stack behind her stern giving us a little more exploration options.
Our last and most famous wreck, the RMS Rhone, is still an all-time favorite. Sadly we are no longer able to do the swim through of the bow. The bow has collapsed making it impossible to enter at the front next to the crow’s nest. All other parts of the Rhone remain intact and we can still do the swim through at the stern. Marine life is plentiful and the lobsters still like to turn the bow into their hiding place.
Most importantly, regardless of the changes, the diving in the British Virgin Islands is still beautiful. From wrecks to reefs, swim throughs, caves and canyons, teaming with marine life. Yes, water temperature and movement of the water has affected some of the coral on our dive sites. However, mother nature is strong. As we did on land, we will rebuild and grow stronger!
Have a look on our website or even better, come and see for yourself how amazing the dive sites are here in the BVI!