Prickily Pear Island Snorkeling

The 16th most popular snorkel dive spot in British Virgin Islands.

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Northeast of Spanish Town off the northeast coast, the snorkeling at Prickily Pear Island offers good water clarity. The best snorkeling on Prickily Pear Island is off the north beach. To reach the island, you will need a boat ride from the Gun Creek boat dock in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. From the drop off, you will need to hike north across the island to the north beach.

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, Prickily Pear Island is the 16th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 27 snorkeling dives in British Virgin Islands. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Prickily Pear Island including The Baths, Aquarium, Blinders, Savanah Bay, Dogs Island Group and Mahoe Bay.


Local Contact(s):  BVI Tourist Board (284) 494-3134; Dive BVI (284) 495-5513

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Virgin Islands" from Lawson Wood

Recommended Map:  "British Virgin Islands Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Mar. - June

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Mango Bay Resort

Luxury Loding:  Little Dix Bay (888) 767-3966; Nail Bay (800) 871-3551

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Article Source:   Best Prickily Pear Island Snorkeling Review

GPS:  18.512601, -64.370496

Date Published:  1/1/2012

Date Updated:  4/2/2017

ID:  24527

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