Sail the Gorgeous BVI DECEMBER 6-12, 2020
This is the perfect pre-holiday chill-out trip! More than a Dive Trip- this is an adventure trip! You can Scuba Dive, Snorkel, Kayak, Learn to Sail, Wake Board & Water Ski, Relax, and Explore secret beaches & bars only reachable by boat! Open Bar, Attentive Crew and Five Star Meals round out this incredible adventure!
Join OTA Diving as we sail the incredible British Virgin Islands on the luxurious Cuan Law
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is an extremely popular Caribbean dive region due to its outstanding and easily accessible dive sites – more than 100, convenient air service, proximity to the U.S. Virgin Islands and its common language of English. The BVI, a volcanic archipelago, is comprised of four large islands – Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Anegada, plus more than 50 small islands.
The National Trust of the Virgin Islands is involved in species restoration, marine conservation, reforestation, biodiversity research and conservation and historical preservation. Visitors to the area can see the trust’s work in progress when exploring Tortola’s J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens, RMS Rhone Marine Park with underwater pinnacles and ledges at Blonde Rock, the canyons of Painted Walls and the tunnels and cave at Rhone Reef, and world renowned The Baths at Virgin Gorda. National historic sites on Virgin Gorda include Little Fort near Spanish Town, the Copper Mine ruins dating back before 1860.
The British Virgin Islands are know for their wreck diving. The BVI Art Reef is the newest and showcases the former WWII navy ship, now known as the Kodiak Queen. The Dogs, Ginger and Cooper islands all offer exceptional wreck diving as well as great reefs, while snorkeling at The Caves near Norman Island receive high marks.
Luxury resorts are scattered among the islands including those offering spa services. In contrast, local watering holes like Soggy Dollar, Pusser’s and Willy T’s are great places to kick back and completely unwind.
- A 6-night itinerary
- Departs Tortola, British Virgin Islands on Sundays
- Up to 16 dives including the Rhone wreck dive.
- Gourmet dining – all meals, snacks and beverages (full bar service)
- 10 cabins – configure as a queen or two twins
- Private bathroom in each cabin with standard heads (toilets) and shower
- Outside views in each cabin
- Plenty of cabin storage space with drawers, shelf and closet
- Main salon with living areas, library with magazines, cards and board games
- Sundeck with hammocks and lounge chairs
- Concierge service – dive gear handled by crew with storage on the aft deck for incidentals
- Dive equipment rental and lessons
- Shore excursions and eco adventures: stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), kayaks and a Hobie Cat
- Beach picnic experience on Virgin Gorda
While the RMS Rhone and the Chikuzen are well-known dive sites, the newest wreck is the Kodiak Queen, a former World War II U.S. Navy vessel once known as YO-44. It has the distinction of being only one of five ships to survive Pearl Harbor.
The YO wreck-to-reef project seeks to conserve and rehabilitate marine life while advancing marine science. Restoring coral and protecting Goliath grouper and other local fish are priorities. The use of environmental DNA will be used to help monitor this habitat. A sunken art gallery will be part of the BVI Art Reef.
Fourteen protected areas exist within the BVI including the RMS Rhone Marine Park managed by the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands, dedicated to conserving natural and historical sites. Fisheries – 13 total – are overseen by the Conservation and Fisheries Dept. Another 40 areas have been identified to be part of a Marine Protected Network. These areas exist to protect major marine and coastal habitats including hard and soft corals and fishery habitats.
Exploring & Eco Adventures
While the British Virgin Islands (BVI) offer exceptional wreck diving, visitors have just as many activities to consider topside.
- Waterskiing, kneeboarding or wake boarding
- Stand up paddelboarding
- Hobie Cat sailing
- Norman Island Caves
Let’s not forget shore excursions. Every island has it’s own unique personality. They are yours to discover.
- Hiking to the highest peak
- Island beaches
- Spa time at a local resort
- Beach bars showcasing local rum
Dining aboard the Cuan Law is truly an experience. The Chef prepares wonderfully creative meals that continuously rate as one of the high points of the trip. Satisfying breakfast and lunch menus fuel you for the activities of the day. A fully appointed bar and hors d’ourves preclude dinner with fine dining and wine service nightly.
Breakfast: French Omelet with Pepper Bacon and Warm Cinnamon Buns
Lunch: Korean BBQ Ribs with Pumpkin Coconut Soup, Cambodian Coleslaw, Fresh Fruit and White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Appetizer: Chicken Wings with Garlic Tahini Marinade
Dinner: Roast Duck Breast with Orange Tamarind Glaze, Shitake Mushroom Risotto, Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Dessert: Crispy Apple Tart with Vanilla
Breakfast: Banana Pancakes with Toasted Pecans and Maple Syrup
Lunch: Selection of Cold Cuts and Cured Meats served with a freshly baked Grape and Fennel Bread, Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Garden Salad with assorted dressings, 3 Bean Salad, Cheese platter, Fresh Fruit and Cookies
Appetizer: Crab Cakes with Sweet Chili Sauce
Dinner: Chicken Breast Stuffed with Artichoke hearts, Pesto and Swiss Cheese Drizzled with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, Whipped Sweet Potato, Sautéed Red Peppers and Haricot Verts
Dessert: Sticky Date Pudding Cake with Local Rum Sauce