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“Great snorkeling!!”
Review of The Indians

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Owner description: Regarded as one of the best shallow dives in the BVIs, these four rocky pinnacles rise and descend roughly the same fifty feet above and below the water surface, which form abundant coral gardens, a 15-foot tunnel, lots of fish and an underwater cavern.
Reviewed November 28, 2013

We chartered a speed boat for the day and went island hopping to the Baths in Virgin Gorda and snorkeling at Cooper Island, then our captain said he had to take us to the Indians because we would enjoy it. He was right!! You can swim around the rocks and move quickly from very shallow water to a 40ft vertical drop. Just float in a spot or hang by one of the boulders in the shallow water to watch the thousands of different colorful fish swim with the current, pick at the coral or just fight for their spot. In some spots the water was so filled with krill that you couldn't even see well. We went right before the beginning of the season, so there were only other 4-5 people there. Then we stopped at Willy T for a well deserved drink after the most amazing day.

Thank mc_manzini
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Definitely worth picking up a mooring ball here and go snorkelling. Stop by in the morning and have breakfast here before snorkelling and then set sails and set off for Cooper Island - you won't be disappointed.

Thank TheBlandGang
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Just simply beautiful! Tons of fish. Shallows and Deep water. Even a "swim through" Best snorkeling place in all the US or BVIs and we went to many of them. Must Charter Scotty and Aqua Blue Charters. He will take you.

Thank Mark K
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

I was quite excited to visit The Indians, looking forward to a significant amount of marine life and healthy coral formations, as I am an avid snorkeler. The trip out from the BVI's (Tortola or Virgin Gorda) or the USVI (St. John) is no more than 30 minutes, plus customs time if needed.

The approach by boat is quite unique, a sort of Stonehenge in the ocean but with just four promontories, and surrounded by open water (though near to the surrounding islands). Depths oscillate from about 20 to 40 feet around the formations, much more if you head too far out, and the water is exceptionally clear, as it is in most of the area.

During my visit, there were just two private boats moored, plus mine, and about 6 snorkelers total in the water, plus me. Incredibly tranquil, no current even with the closeness to open water. Bright sunny day. Could not ask for better conditions. What drove me to concern was the limited abundance of marine life. While there were a couple of schools of hundreds of small silver colored fish, the other types of marine life seemed to be dwindling. Butterflyfish, sergeant majors, chromis, parrotfish were in limited quantities. The corals seemed muted and more spread apart than I had expected. Lamentably, I noticed this across various snorkeling spots in the BVI's and USVI's, and various captains I spoke with noted that indeed there was less to see now than there was before. A lamentable situation for the marine life that seemingly thrived here before.

Should you go? Rated as one of the top snorkeling spots in the BVI's and recognized to some degree as such around the world, I found more marine life on the reefs off of the beach at St. Francis Bay in St. John for free than I did here after chartering a boat to get around the BVI's. I should note that I snorkel but do not dive. It is quite possible that marine life is much better on the outward side of the promontories where the water is much deeper, but for a snorkeler, it was much less than I expected. As part of a larger boat trip to the BVI's, just being there was worth it. As a trip only to The Indians and The Caves (nearby, 5 minutes by boat), the expense may need to be weighed against what you'll actually see. If you do go, try to go in low season, and in a small boat. Large charters do show up in high season and you can end up with 60 people snorkeling all at once - not what you want for an area as small as this one.

1  Thank BallenitaAzul
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Not only beautiful but an excellent snorkel spot. When I showed friends my photos they thought they were fake or photoshopped it is so beautiful.

Thank dpp74
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