On our most recent trip to the Virgin Islands in July, 2013 we departed from our first week stay on St. John for our second week at the private island resort of Scrub Island, BVI. We knew upon arrival that we should visit the Dive BVI store at the Scrub Island Resort to see what snorkeling adventures were available. We weren't interested in a booze cruise or that sort of trip, but on serious snorkeling. They recommended the Snorkel Safari which is a full day excursion involving stops at 3 reef sites and stopping for lunch at the Cooper Island resort. The cost was $75 per person (not including lunch) and we felt that was a good value for what we received.
We had fantastic weather our entire trip except the day we planned to be on this excursion. It was raining and we almost cancelled, but we figured why be stuck in a room when we can be snorkeling? We knew we'd be wet anyhow, but we were afraid visibility would be hindered due to lack of sunshine that day. We're very glad we didn't cancel. It ended up being a blast. I have never snorkeled in worse weather and at times I'd peek up out of the water and feel the wind and rain and think "I can't believe we're out in this". First of all, the great visibility was surprising in the water at every stop we made. We had our compact Sony Cyber-shot waterproof camera which can take photos and video in and out of the water and we ended up with surprisingly good footage despite the lack of sunlight filtering onto the coral and sea life. So, if you plan a snorkel excursion and it ends up raining, take it from me that you'll still enjoy it and it beats sitting around all day waiting for the sun to come out.
We had mostly snorkelers on board but also had two divers, so we had one guide for the divers and one guide for the snorkelers. Both guides were awesome, friendly and informative. We've been on many excursions with other companies and these two were the best. One guide was originally from Italy and the other from Australia. Both these young ladies were experienced guides.
On the day of the trip we were at Dive BVI's reserved slip at the Scrub Island Marina by 9:15AM where we were picked up by their boat which came from Virgin Gorda with other snorkelers. We then headed out to Spyglass Wall which has something for both divers and snorkelers. We saw healthy coral and sea life including a spotted eagle ray, reef shark and varieties of tropical fish. Our next stop was The Indians which we had been to before 10 years ago. It was still beautiful, but not as many fish as what we saw 10 years ago. The coral still looked healthy though. Even though the weather was bad we were able to snorkel around it, but we also had mostly experienced snorkelers and all adults. The guide was careful to make sure we all were comfortable before we headed around the other side. We had a great group. Then we had a very good lunch at Cooper Island and the price was not bad at all. Then, our last stop was nearby at Cistern Point where we saw a green turtle, nurse shark, black tipped reef shark and more. We arrived back at Scrub Island around 4PM or so.
Thank you Dive BVI for a great time! We're looking forward to more adventures with your team.
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