Ginger Island is a presently uninhabited island of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Between Virgin Gorda and Cooper Island, across the Sir Francis Drake Channel south of Tortola, you’ll discover one of the last undeveloped privately held islands in the British Virgin Islands. Ginger Islands’ hilltops provide extraordinary panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and some 15 other islands in the BVI. With 250 acres of green hills and steep, rocky cliffs, you will feel like you are so far removed from reality in a new world but only a short distance from the area’s airport and ferry connections. A beacon sends light from the island’s far eastern hilltop, marking the deep-water passage for larger vessels.
Ginger Island boasts numerous scuba sites, on all sides:
Alice’s Backside is one of BVI’s most acclaimed dives. It is located on the northwestern tip of Ginger Island and is a good snorkel stop on our way to Virgin Gorda. The site is unique in that it is a huge sand patch dotted with brain and mushroom coral and tons of rays. The corals are spectacular. Stands of mushroom-shaped coral span 10-12 feet. They form a fantasy world of mazes, with blue cromis, butterfly fish and other exotic creatures flitting amidst a magical scene of purple and green sea fans and pillar coral.
Farther east is Ginger Steps, tucked into the calm waters of South Bay, where reef fish make their homes among the star and brain coral heads.
Between Ginger Island and Cooper Island lies Carvel Rock. This is an advanced dive site that faces the open ocean, attracts schooling southern sennets, reef sharks, and barracuda. There are also ample areas around the island for snorkelers to enjoy the aquatic scenery.
One of BVI’s most stunning, white sand beaches. Small and unspoiled, it lies about five miles across the Sir Francis Drake Channel from Tortola. The island offers incredible snorkeling waters around Cistern Point and the rock named Little Carvel Rock. On the shore adjacent to the rock are the remnants of a cistern once used for watering livestock and plantation land.
Cistern Point extends as a rocky point and coral reef ridge off Cooper Island and out to a rock by that name. Both a great snorkeling site and sensational shallow dive site at the southern end of Manchioneel Bay.
The shoreline is perfect for kayaking, exploring, and wreck diving.
Salt Island is located about 4.7 miles south east of Road Town. It is named after its 3 salt ponds, that were once an important resource providing a traditional source of seasoning for local islands and passing ships. Most notably is the wreck of the RMS Rhone.
Salt Island is most notable for the wreck of the Royal Mail packet steamer, RMS Rhone that sank in a hurricane on October 29, 1867 with the loss of most of the crew. Situated in Lee Bay, the RMS Rhone is submerged in 20-80 ft of water in two main parts. The vessel was originally 310 ft long and 40 ft wide. Much is still intact and visible, including parts of the rigging, the propeller, the bow section, engines, prop shaft and the boilers.<
The wreck of the Rhone is a popular dive site. Some of the underwater scenes in the movie “The Deep” were filmed here. It is divided into two halves: The Bow at 60-90′ where divers can swim inside the ship and experience many varieties of fish including Angel Fish, Parrot Fish, Snappers, Grunts and Blue Tang; the other half (where the foremast and crows nest, boilers, wrenches and winch can all be seen. Fish to see here include Barracuda, Stingrays and Turtles.
Peter Island is a 1,779 acre private island located in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). It is about 5.2 miles south-west from Road Harbour Tortola.
Buttonwood Bay This is a wonderful place to anchor, snorkel and have lunch. It is located on the Western end of Great Harbour. A shallow reef begins 20 yards from shore, starting in 8ft of water, sloping to around 20 feet and drops vertically to a depth of 40 feet. You can see a large variety of coral and huge deep purple sea fans.
Deadmans Bay – The largest beach on Peter Island, it is perfect for snorkeling and sunbathing. Also a great stop for lunch. It is a mile-long crescent of perfect palm trees, pristine white sand and turquoise-blue waters.