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About Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the main British Virgin Islands and can be found in the northern portion of the Virgin Islands archipelago. Jost Van Dyke is great for scuba diving and features exciting offshore seamounts, pinnacles, canyons, walls, remote reefs and wonderful corals. A large variety of diverse marine life including groupers, hogfish snappers, manta rays, eagle rays, nurse sharks and others can be spotted here. Jost Van Dyke Scuba company has marked and protected over 40 diving sites, all within 6 miles of Great Harbor. Located on the south shore of Jost Van Dyke, White Bay and Great Harbour are known among divers for their excellent beaches. Some popular sites in this area include the Cathedral, Rocks and Beans, Wayward Wall and Stoney Bay. Also the best reefs are at the nearby islands and islets such as Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit, Green Cay and Little Jost Van Dyke on the east side. There are some interesting places for divers on the west side as well, including Great Tobago and Little Tobago Islands and Mercurious Rock, which is an offshore cave system. The best sites are The Playground at Green Cay, Twin Towers off Little Jost Van Dyke, Gardens of the Queen and Watson Rock at Great Tobago. Twin Towers is an unusual site consisting of two large monolithic rock formations rising from 27m/90ft depth. Mercurious Rock dive can only be done in good weather conditions. This seamount rises out of the depth and hosts a wonderful display of soft corals and several caves and caverns. Large groupers, hogfish snappers, lobsters, nurse sharks and an unusual variety of invertebrates occupy the caves. Visibility ranges from 10m/32 to 30m/98ft.
When to go to Jost Van Dyke
The climate is tropical and pleasant, with summers being hotter and more humid than winters. Summer temperatures range between 26-32C/79-90F, winter- between 22-27C/72-82F.