LOVANGO / CONGO CAYS
Two small islands northwest of St John near Carval Rock, the area between Lovango and Congo is teeming with a wide range of marine life and growth. Often times boaters will see dolphin investigating the activity around this area. This is typically a very private area that is often overlooked. The south side of Lovango is well worth a stop too.
Lending to the continuing legend of buried treasure, the famous Caves are only about four feet deep in most spots, although they drop off to 40 feet near their entrance. Typically explored by snorkeling, the Caves are fascinating rock formations. The variety of tropical fish, the life-encrusted walls of cup corals and sponges with their brilliant colors, and the abundant waterfowl, including pelicans, tropic birds and luaghing gulls make this a popular area. The northern-most Cave stretches 70′ back into the island. Bring an underwater flashlight to see the gorgeous purples, rusts and deep veins of the above water walls. Underwater, it’s like a night dive, with the coral polyps extending their tentacles to feed. At the end of the cave is a small room.
THE WRECK OF THE RHONE
At the heart of a diving and snorkeling paradise formed by the line of small islands marking the southern boundary of the Sir Francis Drake Channel, Cooper Island, together with Salt Island and Ginger Island on each side, has 11 of the 50 or so best known sites in the BVI, including the Wreck of The Rhone, Alice in Wonderland and 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, Cistern Point has a dinghy mooring (a rope tied between two moorings) easily accessible to boaters who want to dinghy over. A great site for free divers as well.