Alice In Wonderland – 40-70 ft Novice / Intermediate
Situated off the South shore of Ginger Island, this site provides a very different underwater landscape to other BVI areas. A healthy spur and groove coral reef runs below the dive boat (moored in about 60 ft) and slopes up towards the island to a minimum depth of about 35 ft. Numerous large mushroom shaped coral heads ahead of the mooring give the site its name and provide shelter for reef fish, lobster and spotted morays. While this area does not boast the abundant fish of other islands, the health of the corals makes this dive popular.
Ginger Steps – 30-90 ft Novice / Intermediate
As with Alice, Ginger Steps enjoys some of the healthiest corals in the BVI. The site is further East along Ginger Island, tucked up against the tip of South Bay providing better protection from ocean swells and making for a calmer dive. The dive boat moors in 35 ft on the top of the 3 ’steps’ that make up the site. The reef then slopes down to the 2nd sandy step at 50 ft before dropping away to the 3rd step (the sea floor) at about 90 ft. Numerous reef fish species make their homes in the healthy star and brain coral heads and we have also seen pompano, eagle rays and turtles cruising along the slopes.
Alice’s Backside / Ginger Patches – 20-60 ft Novice
On the North side of Ginger Island, this site is almost always flat calm, providing a restful location for surface interval and second dive. Again, a huge healthy coral reef runs the length of the island starting at about 15 ft under the boat and falling away to the sandy bottom at about 60 ft. This is usually a very slow paced dive, giving the group plenty of time to explore the holes and ledges in the reef for lobster, octopus and the occasional turtle – also look out for small stingrays out on the sand.
Carvel Rock – 40-70 ft Advanced
A large rock facing the open ocean, this site is open to current flows. A favorite site for schooling sennet, the exposed rock face is often visited by larger pelagics – look out for reef shark, barracuda and mackerel.
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