Staying on Sir Richard Branson’s luxury private catamaran Necker Belle means you can explore the beauty of the Caribbean Islands in style, on land or underwater. We have scuba equipment on board so anything is possible, from snorkelling off secluded beaches to diving around spectacular coral reefs. We’ve put together a handy guide to some of the hotspots not to miss when sailing in the British Virgin Islands.
Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Sir Francis Drake Channel, Peter Island is a popular spot for a day’s swimming and snorkelling. Accessible only by boat or helicopter, the island’s idyllic location makes it a perfect destination for guests seeking an exclusive hideaway. Divers should head straight down to the wreck of the RMS Rhone, a small steamship driven ashore by a hurricane in 1867.
On the southern shores of Virgin Gorda are ‘The Baths’, a jumble of gigantic granite stones lying half submerged. The boulders have formed fascinating grottos, tunnels, arches and pools: a playground for both the novice and advanced diver.
The island is surrounded by Horseshoe Reef, the third largest continuous reef in the Eastern Caribbean, containing both patch reef and barrier reef – both the cause of many shipwrecks in former times. You can visit the distant white sand beaches and pristine snorkelling spots, the sites of shipwrecks and plundered treasure fleets. Anegada also has some of the most diverse bird life in the Eastern Caribbean.