Muskmelon Bay.


Scuba diving Muskmelon bay and Grand Central Station.
One of only two batfish i have seen here!

Muskmelon Bay Seldom sees divers except in the summer when the kid camps are about, they seem to always overnight here and night dive here. There are 3 anchorages here.

The bay has coral reef that extends from all of the shoreline out into the water. Just to the north of the middle of the bay there is a sandy patch that leads all the way to the shore. This is about 15 to 20 feet deep and is the preferred anchorage.

In the southern corner of Muskmelon Bay is another sandy area that one can with care anchor in. If there are boats already in either of these sand patches then you need to anchor out from the reef. Simply drive in towards the shoreline and watch the depth. The water will jump from 50 feet to 30 feet at the edge of the reef. Turn and head back out and anchor in 50 to 75 feet in mud.

This dive, like many on the north side can have poor visibility but can make for an easy night dive.
If your on either of the sand patches then you are surrounded by reef. The best reef is between the 2 sand patches. Out in the sand mud bottom beyond the reef wall there is not much to see, Muskmelon Bay is one of only 2 places in the BVI that I have seen Bat Fish.During the daytime, Muskmelon bay will often have large flocks of birds feeding near the shoreline. Go for a snorkel and you will see huge schools of silverside with large tarpon hunting them down.

Grand Central Station.

Scuba diving Muskmelon bay and Grand Central Station.photo of sting rays

This dive is for the advanced diver only. This is a very large cavern that goes several hundred yards into the side of Guana Island. Unless the sea is as flat as a mill pond do not try this dive!!!!!

Head out north from Muskmellon bay and follow the cliff face east. Keep going until you get to the corner of the cliffs that head back south-east into the large bay on the north eastern side of Guana.

Just before the cliffs turn south you will see a large white area of Quartz in the face of the cliff. The entrance is directly below this white patch.

In the water there are 2 canyons here. Both have entrances at the head of the canyon.The one more to the east is the correct one. The entrance is in about 50 feet. Take all the usual precautions when diving in an overhead environment. Stick right alongside your buddy at all times. Have a spare flashlight etc.

The entrance is the tightest part of the dive. Once inside it opens up into several large caverns. Continuing in you will start to see daylight and you can surface in a large pool that isn’t accessible other than by the way you just came.

We often see large turtles in the cavern and poking around the canyon wall one can often see large, alive deer cowrie. Keep an eye on your air and plan on being out by half tank. Then use up the rest of your air exploring the outside. To the east is an area with a bit of a wall and lots of Black coral growth. To the west is large underwater rocks with the chance of seeing Jacks Tarpon and Mackerel.

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