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Japanese coral garden off the coast of Tintemarre

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
The water was a bit whipped up with the waves and wind, but viz was still pretty close to 30meters.

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near virgin gorda

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
These sergent majors just seem to swim back and forth around the coral.

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Near the sandy spit

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
This sea fan would move over a foot with the waves that were coming in. This was a still moment between waves.

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Indians in BVI

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
We were at the Indians on a dark and cloudy day in which the rain came in buckets while we were diving. Below the surface the water was calm. It was much like a night dive because of the lack of light.

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Dog Island

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
Dog Island is a very small island in the British Virgin Islands, but it has a good variety of corals and fish.

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Dive off of Norman Island

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
It was so over cast that it was dark at 40 feet and it was almost like a night dive.

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Sandy spit

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
These silver sides were quite active and it was only after a while that I saw the tuna chasing them.

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Buck Island view of sailing

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
Before our first dive of the trip I got up early and took a few shots of Buck Island where we moored for the evening and took off to go diving on the first day of our week long trip.

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RMS Rhone

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
The RMS Rhone even thought it sank almost 150 years ago still is relatively intact.

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The "Indians"

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
Although topside it was stormy, at depth it was glassy calm but almost as dark as a night dive. The Indians was like diving in a large acquarium, great visibility and quite a bit of variety in the flora and fauna.

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The "Indians" just off Pelican Island

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
Pelican island is a tiny island that often times does not show up on maps. It is within sight of Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands. When we began the dive it was stormy on the surface - raining cats and dogs and the waves were running 2-3 feet. Below the surface it became glassy calm, but very dark, almost as dark as a night dive. Although it was early afternoon, many night creatures were being to start to move around. This truck fish had just come out from behind a large sea fan when I saw it. I managed to snap just this shot before he was gone.

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Of the southern end of tortola

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
Water vizibility was better than 100'. It was a relatively cloudless day. And the temperature at depth was the same as at the surface. Another great day in paradise.

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Wreck Alley and the Marie L

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
This open water site has good visibility. Occasional large swells and strong currents.
See: Atlantic spadefish, french angel fish, large jacks an, d pelagics, parrot fish, permits, puffer fish and trunkfish.

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Wreck Alley

   Virgin Islands (British)  Gulf Of Mexico
This triple wreck site consists of the Marie L, a cargo boat intentionally sunk in the early 1990s, the Pat, a tugboat sunk a few years later that now lies up against the Marie L, and the Beata, sunk in 2001. Whilst the wrecks themselves provide an interesting feature to explore, be sure to look for the large colony of garden eels slightly around the wrecks and the stingrays that frequent the area – these are much braver than at other sites and will happily swim through the middle of the dive group. Time on the wrecks is limited due to the depth so the dive is completed on the shallower reef (about 50 ft) around the dive boat mooring.

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The Caves at Norman Island outside the bight

   Virgin Islands (British)  Caribbean Sea
Lots of fish here along a wall with caves

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Tortola

   Virgin Islands (British)  Caribbean Sea

The reef diving in the Francis Drake Channel area is very extensive. The dive
at the Indians is not to be missed as well as Rainbow Reef and Painted
Walls
. Each sight has its own character, and as is my custom, I prefer the
dive crew to pick the sights based on weather conditions and experience.
Visibility at all sights were never less than 60 feet with some sights having
80+ feet viz. Water temps were in the high 70's but my hooded vest was worn
under my 5 mm wetsuit for all dives since we were averaging about an hour per
dive.


Overall I would have to say the reefs that we visited were very healthy, with
no sign of abuse, overfishing, or bleaching. The National Park fees assessed to
dive certain areas were modest and were apparently well spent on multiple secure
moorings at each sight. Although there was an apparent lack of the 'big
stuff' like sharks and rays, we were blessed with several sightings of
smaller, but equally interesting critters.


We happened to locate two sailfin blennies in separate unattached pieces of
coral and when placed in close proximity, the show they put on for us lasted
almost 15 minutes. With sails out fully, they took turns posturing and chasing
each other in and out of the holes they called home. We finally had to separate
them as we laughed through our regs and their behavior. We also sighted several
male Jawfish (complete with a mouthful of eggs). A black spotted nudibranch was
also spotted and duly photographed and captured on video.



RMS Rhone This wreck is probably one of the most famous wrecks in the
Caribbean and has SO MUCH life on it. She sank in 1867 when she was pounded onto
a sharp rock during a hurricane. Almost everyone on board died.


The wreck of the Beata which is a tug boat sunk intentionally, where
you'll probably see sting rays as they feed on the garden eels living in the
sand.




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