Glass Bottom Boat Cruise in the British Virgin Islands
Duration: Half Day
If you want to explore the beauty of the crystalline waters surrounding the British Virgin Islands during your Caribbean holiday, snorkeling and diving are the most obvious choices. But if you don’t want to get wet, this glass-bottom boat cruise is the perfect option for you and your family.
Climb on board the “Ocean Vue” and prepare for an exhilarating ride out into the sparkling turquoise ocean. This is no ordinary glass-bottom boat, either. Described more as futuristic hydrofoil boat, it has a unique, aerodynamic shape, reaches a top speed of 42 knots and consumes minimal fuel, which is better for the environment. As you travel at high speed across the water, the boat rises up on its hydrofoils and skims the surface of the ocean. It’s just like enjoying a speed boat ride and glass-bottom boat ride in one, with a higher level of comfort.
After this high speed thrill, you will be taken out to a beautiful underwater viewing destination. The unique viewing window at the bottom of the boat is the largest in the world. Shaped as an optically regular spheroid, it enables you to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the ocean life around you.
Marvel at the natural treasures of the British Virgin Islands, which is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The abundance, colours and diversity of marine life in these crystal clear waters will delight and amaze you. Watch schools of tropical fish swimming all around you, darting in and out of beautiful coral reef formations. Parrot fish, angel fish, clown fish, blue tangs, trumpet fish, jacks and barracudas are just some of the species you will see. Also look out for hawksbill turtles, moray eels, manta and eagle rays, lobsters, starfish, whale sharks and many other exciting sea creatures on your journey.
The British Virgin Islands host some of the best dive sites in the world, one of which we will visit during this trip. The most popular sites include the Rhone Wreck off Salt Island. This British royal mail steamer sank during a hurricane in 1867, and today the wreck is encrusted with colourful corals and sponges, and inhabited by a myriad of marine life.
The caves and Indians off Norman Island is other exciting diving spot. These four spectacular rock formations rise over 50 feet above the sea, and there is also an underwater cavern which divers can swim through. The pinnacle walls are abundant with brightly-coloured coral species, including brain coral, elkhorn coral, staghorn coral and leaf coral, and you will also see hundreds of marine creatures swimming around the area.
This unique tour is a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean’s magical underwater world during a holiday in the British Virgin Islands.
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