Virgin Gorda 2012


In June of 2012 we made a scuba diving trip to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.  We went with the folks from Blue Meridian Dive Center in Owensboro, Kentucky.  They made all the arrangements and their planning was terrific.  We have dived with this group numerous times and always have a great time.  This is our second trip to Virgin Gorda, we came here 16 years ago on one of first trips and their first trip outside of the US.  We were there for 8 days and the weather was excellent. The temperatures were generally in the low 90s during the day and mid 80s during the evenings.


We stayed at the Guavaberry Springs Bay Resort which is located about a mile south of Spanish Town and the ferry dock which is how you get to Virgin Gorda after flying into St. Thomas.  We had our own private villa with a king size bed, full kitchen, and air conditioning.  We also had a deck which had a great view of the water.  The resort was very clean and well maintained and all of the villas were arranged to provide privacy from other villas.  The resort had a small commissary with lots of food, liquor, and other necessities.  They also had Internet access but only at the office complex.  Everything was done on the honor system - you just wrote down what you took on a sheet of paper and settled up when you checked out.  There was also access to a beautiful white sand beach which was only a short walk from the office.

From the resort it was about a mile walk into town but it was only about a 5 minute walk to Mad Dog and The Baths which were just up the road.  Mad Dog was a great little restaurant with sandwiches, wraps, and salads besides claiming to have the best pina coladas on the island.  We actually had the use of a local vehicle so we were able to travel to several restaurants during the week including The Rock Cafe, The Mine Shaft CafeIsland Pot, The Bath and Turtle, and Mermaids Dockside Bar and Grill.  With the exception of the Island Pot, which left a little to be desired, all of the restaurants were great.  The Mine Shaft and Mermaids had the best views and Mad Dog was just a great place to hang out and relax.


We dove with Dive BVI and they were great.  We had 11 divers and we had our own boat all week which included 5 days of two tank dives and one night dive.  We also had the same 2 dive masters all week which proved to be a great experience.  Lance and Laura, a young married couple, took great care of us the whole week.  The boat was well equipped with plenty of water, soft drinks and Powerade, tons of snacks, and even rum punch on a few days - for after our dives of course.  They also had fresh towels every day and plenty of spare equipment in case of problems.  We always had full tanks with > 3000 psi.  Dive BVI picked up our equipment the first day and took care of it all week.  They set up our gear every morning, if we wanted them to, and rinsed and put it away at the end of each day.  At the end of the week they cleaned and disinfected our gear and returned it back to the resort.  They were awesome.

Since we were all new to Lance and Laura, they made an effort to assess our skills early in the week and make sure we were doing well in regards to our air usage but were not intrusive.  They also did a good job of pointing out things that we might have missed.  They were obviously both incredibly excited about diving and I would not hesitate to go out with them any time.

We found the diving to be excellent.  The visibility was good and there was an amazing array of corals and - to our untrained eyes - they appeared to be in great shape.  There was also a wide variety of marine life including shark, barracuda, tarpon, eels, turtles, eagle rays, and many other varieties of sea life.  Our favorite dive was The RMS Rhone which is a very popular wreck dive.  We saw large schools of snappers, a large moray, 3 eagle rays, and several turtles.  One of the turtles was feeding and we were able to watch it for 5 or 10 minutes.


I took pictures on land and on the boat and have a link below.  Lance and Laura took pictures on the boat and underwater and I have a link below to their pictures as well.  Blue Meridian also has pictures on their Face book page.

My Pictures
Lance and Laura's Pictures
Blue Meridian Face book Albums