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Top 6 secret experiences to enjoy in the British Virgin Islands

Top 6 secret experiences to enjoy in the British Virgin Islands

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Seek out spotted eagle rays

“There’s no best time of year to see the spotted eagle rays,” says Mike Rowe, course director at Sail Caribbean Divers. “The water temperature is so consistent year-round, it keeps the marine life ‘local’. That doesn’t make them easy to find, though.”

Rowe’s favourite spot to spy the elusive rays is tucked away on the northern side of Norman Island, in Benures Bay. Spyglass Wall is named after Spyglass Hill, where pirates once kept watch for treasure-laden merchant ships crossing Sir Francis Drake Channel – as immortalised by Robert Louis Stevenson in Treasure Island. The Wall drops sharply from three metres to a fine-sand bottom 18 metres below and is perfect for snorkellers and divers alike.

Alongside the spotted eagle rays there’s a great chance to see turtles, squid, tarpons, spadefish, plus southern and eagle rays cruising across the seabed.

Picture courtesy of Adrian Kaye/Shutterstock.com

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