By Lynn Seldon
This consultant takes you to the easiest the islands need to supply, either above and under the water's floor. Underwater lovers will enjoy the brilliant descriptions of dive websites, from the damage of the Chikuzen simply off Virgin Gorda to the Painted partitions of Norman Island. all the dives is selected for appearance, marine existence, or the problem it deals. intensity, power of currents, accessibility, marine lifestyles you'll come across, point of workmanship required and distinct attractions are lined. This consultant is aimed toward the dive visitor, not only the diver. It deals information on sightseeing, eating, and lodgings. additionally, you will locate touch numbers for watersports operators, stables, and boat constitution businesses. procuring is roofed within the consultant besides. geared toward the dive visitor, this e-book takes you to the simplest areas the islands need to supply, either above and lower than the water. There are bright descriptions of the dive websites and every one profiled is selected for its appearance, marine lifestyles or the problem it deals. The intensity, power of currents, accessibility, marine lifestyles you are going to come across, point of expertise required and designated attractions are coated. a distinct part covers clinical and trip assurance for divers.
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Extra resources for Diving the Virgin Islands
Likening them to the legendary St. Ursula surrounded by her 11,000 Virgins, Christopher Columbus supposedly anchored off Virgin Gorda (the fat virgin) and so named the whole group. Many famous seafarers later passed through the islands, including Sir Francis Drake. The channel that cuts through the center of the islands now bears Drake's name. Dutch buccaneers settled the islands in the 17th century, followed by the English, and the group was later raided by the Spanish. It was not until the 18th century that the British gained a firm hold on the islands.
After one particularly successful raid, while he and his men split the "booty," an argument arose and he marooned 15 men on the nearby island of Dead Chest with just a bottle of rum and their sea chests for company. " Some locals believe there is still treasure to be found here, either buried on land or in the many wrecks that line the seabed. In 1872, the islands were admitted as a separate colony under the Leeward Islands Administration and, by the turn of the Page 17 century, were developing their own banks, hospitals, and schools.
HUNTER PUBLISHING Page iv Acknowledgements No book of this scope could have been written without help from a variety of sources. I employed the buddy system to make this the best possible dive travel guide to the Virgin Islands and wish to thank many people. The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and the United States Virgin Islands Government Tourist Offices were big assets for me from the time I started research for this book. They can also be of help to future visitors, offering a wide range of printed material and advice.
Diving the Virgin Islands by Lynn Seldon