Arrive: Arrive in the British Virgin Islands (EIS) on April 7, 2019 by 1:00pm.
Depart: Depart the British Virgin Islands (EIS) on April 13, 2019 after noon.
We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:
(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.
Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.
Scuba Diving Offered By the Cuan Law
You are required to arrange your scuba diving upon arrival directly with the Cuan Law. AdventureWomen cannot arrange this for you ahead of time.
Here is some basic information on what the Cuan Law recommends:
- If you arrive as a non-scuba diver but want to learn, the instructors on Cuan Law offer a Resort Course and a one-week PADI certification course. The warm, clear waters of the BVI serve as your classroom and open water test ground. Many women do their PADI course work and pool work at home, and then bring a referral letter from their instructors to do their four open water dives and get certified on the Cuan Law. This is a great way to get your “C” card! (Read “a”, “b”, and “c” below), and the Cuan Law recommends this as the best way to get your diving certification.
- If you are already a certified diver with a “C” card, then you have the choice to follow a dive guide or venture off on your own. You handle your tank as little as possible. Set up your tank for the first dive and the crew handles it from there. You simply step up to the waist-high tank deck, where a crew member has your tank waiting for you to slip into your BC. From there you either giant stride off the aft deck or board the inflatable. After the dive you step up to the tank deck and your tank is taken by the crew to be filled for the next dive and stored out of the way. Tanks with BCs and regs in place are stored on the back aft deck out of view of the canopied aft deck.Masks, snorkels, and dive accessories are stored conveniently in dive bins located under the seating area. This keeps the dive deck from becoming cluttered.
The Cuan Law will always provide a full tank. Below deck, there are two air compressors efficiently pumping the 3,000 psi aluminum 100s, 80s, and 63s.
The dives operated by the Cuan Law are generally not deep or demanding, with the majority being shallower than 80 feet. Resort Course students will be diving not more than 40 feet. Surface conditions are normally quite calm, and the 8-10 inch tidal range does not usually generate the swift currents found elsewhere. An advantage of diving aboard the Cuan Law is that the Captain won’t hesitate to crisscross the islands to put you into the best dive conditions each day.
You will see a year’s worth of critters and coral no matter where you dive, or how deep. Caribbean reef sharks, manta rays, and spotted eagle rays are not uncommon, but the BVI is most known for the incredible diversity of reef fish. Since the BVI is protected under the National Parks Trust, several special areas, such as the wreck of the Rhone, receive extra protection as marine parks. As a result, divers enjoy healthy reefs with an enormous variety of fish. Visibility is normally in the 60-100 foot range, with occasional days of 120 feet at some sites.
Two to three dives are planned each day, including a morning dive after breakfast, an afternoon dive after lunch, and a night dive, dependent on your anchorage.
Most dives are made from the two 20-foot, 85 hp custom rigid hull inflatable boats. Cuan Law is almost always anchored in flat, protected water and since the dinghies slide conveniently into “parking spots” on each side of the Cuan Law’s center hull, boarding is easy.
At the dive site, divers simply back roll into the water from the normal sitting position. Getting back into the boat is almost as simple. A sturdy stainless steel ladder with wooden steps folds down from the transom, extending about 4 feet below the surface. The inflatables are manned continuously during dives so you are always assured of a quick pickup, no matter where you surface.
With both dinghies in the water and the Cuan Law anchored over a dive site, three different locations can be dived simultaneously, ensuring that you won’t have to dive with a crowd. The dinghies are also used for shore expeditions and snorkeling.
Scuba Course Options Offered by the Cuan Law
a) Discover Scuba Diving—Resort Course
The Cuan Law’s PADI Discover Scuba Diving program allows those who have never tried diving to safely experience the same sense of wonder and excitement shared every day by scuba divers throughout the world. Under the careful supervision of a PADI instructor, participants actually go on up to five scuba dives in shallow, calm water of no more than 40 feet. The cost for the week is only $145 including gear (payable directly to the Cuan Law). You will need to bring a wetsuit (best to rent it from home).
There are very few available on the boat, and most likely not in your size. If you decide that you would like to get certified, then the next thing to do is go home and do your pool and classwork (see below), and return the next year with a letter of referral. Then get certified on the boat by completing your 4 open water dives on the trip. Many AdventureWomen have become PADI certified divers by doing this (see “b” next).
b) Open Water Referral – Become a PADI Certified Scuba Diver
The Cuan Law strongly advises that you do your pool and class work at home, and come with a referral letter from your instructor and complete your four open water dives on board. This way you will not waste
your vacation time in a “classroom.” The cost of this course is $220 (payable directly to the Cuan Law), rentals not included. If you do your course work and open water pool work at home, then the Cuan Law recommends getting certified and earning your Open Water Certification (below) on the boat. Being certified (getting your C-card) as an open water diver enables you to buy/rent Scuba equipment and dive without direct instructor supervision.
c) Open Water Diver Certification
If you decide to do your total Open Water Diver Certification through the Cuan Law, it will involve your book work and coursework, and four open water dives from the Cuan Law. The cost is $170 to gain your Certification (payable directly to the Cuan Law), and your “C” card (which is the minimum amount required so that you can dive anywhere in the world!)
The Cuan Law does not suggest you do this entire course on the boat, as you will not have time to have fun! The Cuan Law recommends coming with your “referral” (option “b”) as the best way to get your certification, as you will have already done your time-consuming course work and pool work at home.
d) Advanced Open Water Certification
Once you have your “C” card, this next step develops skills and introduces you to night diving, deep diving, underwater navigation and 2 to 6 other specialties you and your instructor choose. The cost ranges from $75-120, payable directly to the Cuan Law.
Equipment for Rent On Board – Payable directly to the Cuan Law
- Regulator with octopus, pressure and depth gauge: $50 per week
- Jacket BC with power inflator: $40 per week
- Rate for rental of both: $15 per day
- Genesis Source Diving Computer: $40 per week
- Diver propulsion vehicle: $10 per dive
- Nitrox: $10 per tank or $120 per week
- Genesis Regulator: $50 per week
Passports and Visas
Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!
We rate this trip as Moderate. Our Moderate adventures exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle.
We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.
You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.
Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to the British Virgin Islands, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.
For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about the British Virgin Islands.
The currency of the British Virgin Islands is the US Dollar. You will be able to use your credit card to pay for extras on the boat (rentals, scuba courses), and you should also bring some US cash with you. Suggested Gratuities: Gratuities are included in your trip.
How to Register
Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone. As a courtesy, we can hold your space for five days while you are making personal and travel arrangements.
If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.
Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!
Forms and Final Payment
Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:
- Information Form
- Booking Conditions Form
- Copy of Flight Information
- Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)
Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before December 15, 2018.