On the northwest shore of Cooper Island, the snorkeling at Cistern Point offers diving among large coral covered rocks that are habitat to diverse reef fish. This snorkel spot is located at the southern end of Manchioneel Bay. The best snorkeling is off the two blue mooring buoys. There is a sloping wall with large rocks. While snorkeling at Cistern Point, you may encounter hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, squid, stingrays, sergeant majors, yellowtail snapper, grouper, squirrelfish and angelfish.
To reach the snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands by air, you will need to fly into either Virgin Gorda Airport (VIJ) or nearby St Thomas Airport (STT) in the US Virgin Islands. Virgin Gorda Airport is served by inter-island flights from San Jose, Puerto Rico (SJU) by Cape Air and Seaborne. St Thomas Airport has flights from mainland US and also from San Jose. There are several regular ferry services connecting St Thomas with Tortola and Virgin Gorda. In addition, there are BVI inter-island ferries interconnecting Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. When leaving BVI, there is a $20USD depature tax that must be paid in cash.
Overall, Cistern Point is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 27 snorkeling dives in British Virgin Islands.