The British Virgin Islands (Folded)
Frankos Map of The British Virgin Islands This is one of the most unusual of Frankos Maps because it took so-o-o long to complete it (over three years in the making) and it included so much input from the locals (almost every bit of information on it has been given to me or has been carefully scrutinized by the local BVI people specifically the British Virgin Islands Dive Association which is all of the dive shops and some of the dive live-aboard boat operators. BVI was a huge undertaking and it turned out better than good! In fact I think it is better than better than good! It is an outstanding accurate chart of the islands and it is a good map of the roads and features of each island as well. Every notable scuba and snorkeling site is shown as are main boating routes. This is the coolest map! It is also interesting in that I utilized no digital data for its production so it was produced in a less technical way than many of my maps. It is entirely a tracing of British Government charts with the shaded relief of the islands and the descending hues of ocean blue entirely done by yours truly by hand on the computer. It is literally a work of art. Side 1 of Frankos Map of The British Virgin Islands is a the finest dive map to date in the Caribbean I think maybe tied with my Frankos Map Cozumel but much more beautiful because of the nature of the layout of the islands. In addition to the artwork depicting the islands themselves Ive drawn up a little layout of BVIs most famous dive site of all - The Wreck of the RMS Rhone. I remember first seeing the Rhone on that movie The Deep from the 1980's (yes I remember Jacqueline Bissette). In those days this movie led people to think that green moray eels could get to 10 feet long and might bite a mans head off. But how lovely and peaceful this place is and how docile and reclusive those green morays really are. The list of British Virgin Islands dive sites that one could visit is lengthy. Around Tortola recently made more known by Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean movie you will find just a few dive site. Likewise for the lovely island of Virgin Gorda. But as soon as you sail across the Sir Frances Drake Channel over to Norman Island (aka Treasure Island ) Peter Island Salt Island Cooper Island and Ginger Island you will find over two dozen of the worlds most scenic dive spots and even more up around Round Rock Seal Dogs West Dog Great Dog George Dog and Cockroach Island. There are also the wrecks of the Chikuzen Rocus and Parametta in the shallow sea between Virgin Gorga and Anageda as well as a few dive sites at Anegada itself but these are depicted on side 2 of Frankos Map of The British Virgin Islands. Throughout this is amongst the worlds best sailing as gentle trade winds and smooth waters prevail. This side of the map also features Jost Van Dyke a boaters favorite destination. Making a great circle around these islands one could find dive sites with the following names: Santa Monica Rock Angelfish Reef Brown Pants Spyglass Wall Carrot Shoal Shark Point Ringdove Rock The Indians Wreck of the Fearless Rhones Anchor Rainbow Canyons Dead Chest West Dead Chest North Blonde Rock Shipwreck Bay The Wreck of the RMS Rhone Rec Bluff Point Markoe Point Carval Rock Alice in Wonderland Ginger Steps Round Rock Drift The Blinders Coral Gardens Vanishing Rock Cistern Point Dry Rocks East Alices Back Door Aquarium Diamond Reef Joes Cave Mountain Point Seal Dog Islands Bronco Billys Dolphin Rocks The Visibles The Chimney The Flintstones Wall-to-Wall Towing Point Lee Bay Times Square Grand Central Station and Brewers Bay Pinnacles. In addition to dive sites the best spots to anchor are shone. This includes all-night anchorage plus day-only anchorage. Frankos Map of The British Virgin Islands wouldnt be complete with out a selection of 100+ of BVIs most see beloved reef creatures. Triggerfishes butterflyfishes turtles wrasses angelfishes groupers parrot fishes grunts snappers filefish trunkfish and even a sea horse are shown. Invertebrates including giant brain corals mountainous star coral gorgonian fans tube sponges sheet corals lobsters sea stars crabs and the octopus are shown. Note the hermit crab scurrying across the sand in front of the drawing of the Wreck of the RMS Rhone. The descending hues of blue that show the ocean depth contours show the viewer the obvious - where the Caribbean ends and the Atlantic begins as the bottom just drops out into the open ocean. The Continental Shelf could not be more obvious. Side 2 of Frankos Map of The British Virgin Islands shows the entire string of islands comprising the BVI. It is on this side that one finds the more remote and less visited island of Anegada with its long long horseshoe reef which has more wreck than we probably know about. The southwest side of the map shows the island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands. This side of the map contains descriptions of each of the main islands themselves with additional information about airlines ferries marine park rules and the Dive Shops Charter Boats & Live Aboards and Marine Photography studios. These folks comprise the BVI Dive Association and it is they who are the experts who helped edit Frankos Map of The British Virgin Islands. Thanks all! Also on this side of the map is a series of local photographs also provided by the photography studios at the BVI. The main boating routes in and around all of the British Virgin Islands appear as dotted lines on this map. It makes one want to get aboard a beautiful sailing vessel and cruise the Sir Frances Drake Channel.