Explore The Dogs, BVI: A group of five uninhabited islands offering excellent snorkeling and diving spots, day-use mooring balls, and stunning views.

The Dogs, British Virgin Islands

Explore The Dogs, BVI: A group of five uninhabited islands offering excellent snorkeling and diving spots, day-use mooring balls, and stunning views.

Matt and Britney Weidert

Matt Weidert

The Dogs are a group of five small, uninhabited islands situated between Tortola and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. These islands are popular day stops for sailors and are known for their excellent snorkeling and diving spots.

The Islands

The Dogs consist of the following islands:
  • Great Dog Island
  • George Dog Island
  • West Dog Island
  • East Seal Dog Island
  • Little Seal Dog Island
This part of George Dog has particularly good snorkeling

Activities at The Dogs

Snorkeling and Diving
The waters around The Dogs are renowned for their vibrant marine life and clear visibility, making them perfect for snorkeling and diving. Some popular dive sites include:
  • The Chimney (Great Dog): Features coral arches, ridges, and canyons.
  • Coral Gardens / Airplane Wreck (Great Dog): Known for its coral formations and the remains of a sunken airplane.
  • Bronco Billy (George Dog): Jacques Cousteau's favorite dive site, with stunning underwater landscapes.
The snorkeling around George Dog and Great Dog is particularly good, with reefs teeming with fish and coral right near the mooring fields.
Relaxation and Views

On a mooring ball at the Dogs during a recent trip


The Dogs are also great spots for a relaxing lunch or simply soaking up the views. The islands' seclusion and natural beauty provide a peaceful environment away from the more crowded areas.

Mooring Information

There are several mooring balls available for day use around The Dogs, making it convenient for sailors to stop and enjoy the islands. These moorings are well-maintained and provide easy access to the snorkeling and diving spots.

Visiting Tips

  • Bring Your Own Gear: There are no facilities for renting snorkeling or diving equipment on the islands.
  • Plan for a Picnic: There are no restaurants or shops on the islands, so bring your own food and drinks for a picnic.
The combination of excellent snorkeling, diving, and peaceful surroundings make The Dogs a must-visit destination for sailors exploring the BVI.

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