Dive Site Details

  • Depth: 60ft
  • Experience: novice
  • Swell: low
  • Current: low


North of Norman Island – the island that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson‘s pirate book, Treasure Island – and southwest of Peter Island you will find Pelican Island, an uninhabited island that houses an incredible array of marine life and a fascinating diving site, Rainbow Canyons. This island is positioned very close to The Indians, one of the most popular diving spots in the British Virgin Islands.

Juvenile trunkfish, spotted drums, creole wrasse, garden eels, queen angel fish, and nurse sharks will be all around you, this place has an incredible photographic potential, you won’t be able to stop snapping all these colorful and exciting fish. An abundance of corals, sponges and gorgonians surround the island and cover the bottom.

Rainbow Canyons is located very close to Norman Island. You will be advised to approach the island from the north side when mooring; between The Indians and Pelican Island the water is shallow and you will damage the colorful coral reefs underneath.

This site is the ideal snorkeling spot for divers of all levels and it also has a thin patch of sand if you want to relax in the sun after a long session of underwater fun.

Photos by Armando Jenik

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