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  Cistern Point: Cooper Island

Cistern Point Dive Site Cooper Island BVI

DEPTH: 10-40 FEET (3-12 M)


On the southern end of postcard-perfect Manchioneel Bay, a rocky point carpeted with life projects out to sea. Cistern Point is a fabulous shallow dive as well as one of the better snorkeling spots. Swim leisurely around to the other side looking for spotted eagle rays, plentiful queen angelfish, thick schools of sergeant majors and chromis, as well as jacks and traveling bands of gray snappers. Cistern Point gets its name from a series of shallow craters on the far side that are interesting to explore. On top of the ridge there are schools of blue tang, goatfishes, beautiful anemones and active cleaning stations. During the late spring and early summer months, schools of tiny silvery fry congregate in the shallows and massive shiny tarpon cut through the schools, grabbing mouthfuls of the little fish.

Text extracted from The Guide to Diving and Snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands by Jeff Williams, Ria O'Hagan.

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ONBOARD diving from a charter yacht is by far the best choice if you are planning a scuba diving trip in the Virgin Islands:

Your Captain will help you choose the perfect dive site - you sail up to the site - hook up to a mooring ball - dive in some of the world's best diving waters, and when you're done you climb back aboard your yacht to be met by the chef with a most welcome snack.

No need to wait for a commercial dive operator - then getting on a stinky diesel dive boat with strangers and taking time to get to and from the dive site - using up half the day.

Nothing beats a USVI or BVI catamaran yacht charter for ease and convenience when Scuba Diving in the Virgin Islands.

An awesome liveaboard scuba diving experience you will never forget!