X-bob Underwater Adventure Dive in the British Virgin Islands
Duration: Half Day
If you are looking for a unique way to explore the natural treasures of the sea during your holiday in the British Virgin Islands, the X-Bob underwater adventure tour is the one for you.
The X-Bob is a motorized, underwater diving vehicle which provides a unique alternative to scuba diving whilst being both safe and fun. You don’t need special clothing and your head doesn’t even have to get wet! Your head and shoulders are enclosed in a clear dome, which has a constant supply of fresh air, so you can breathe normally without the need for masks, mouthpieces and heavy tanks. If you are visually impaired, you can even wear contact lenses or glasses so you don’t miss a thing. This tour is a wonderful way to explore the British Virgin Islands’ majestic underwater world.
Located approximately 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the British Islands comprise 60 beautiful volcanic islands and coral atolls, surrounded by crystalline waters which are teeming with marine life and spectacular coral reefs. Some of the world’s best dive sites can be found here, boasting towering coral pinnacles, intriguing shipwrecks, underwater caves and tunnels and spectacular granite boulders.
The Rhone Wreck off Salt Island and The Indians and Caves off Norman Island, which is believed to have been the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel Treasure Island, are just some of the most popular dive sites. This tour will take you an exciting diving location, where you can cruise the waters on your X-Bob, exploring beautiful reefs covered with colourful corals and sponges.
Marvel at the diversity of sea life as schools of tropical fish such as blue tangs, butterfly fish, angel fish, clown fish and trumpet fish encircle you in a blaze of colours. Look out for a wide variety of life forms in and amongst the coral reefs, one of the most biologically diverse and fragile ecosystems in the world. Sea turtles, starfish, manta rays, eagle rays, octopus, starfish, lobsters, whale sharks and many more exciting marine species are also likely to be spotted on your journey.
The X-Bob tour accommodates up to 16 people, with a maximum of four people in the water at any one time. Each person can enjoy 30 minutes of X-Bob exploration, and those waiting in between can occupy themselves by relaxing in the sun, swimming or using the kayaks and snorkeling equipment.
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