This extraordinary setting provides outstanding underwater visibility, healthy coral and a wide variety of exotic dive sites, with air temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Countless reefs, towering coral pinnacles, underwater caves, lava tunnels, canyons, massive boulders and grottoes are strewn across this vast submerged shelf, creating a choice of dive sites that range from shallows for the novice snorkeler to dramatic sea caverns and extraordinary shipwrecks for the experienced scuba diver.
Every good fisherman knows you have to go where the fish are – and the British Virgin Islands surround you with them. Whether you’re offshore hooking into a trophy marlin or wahoo or you’re combing the shallows fly fishing for world-class bonefish or tarpon, local guides always know where the fish are biting.
The removal of any marine organism from British Virgin Islands waters without a recreational fishing permit is illegal for non-BVIslanders.
Constant trade winds fill your mainsail. Whether you’re a first-time sailor or an experienced captain, when it comes to British Virgin Islands sailing, the Caribbean ocean provides the world’s greatest waters to navigate.
With the Sir Frances Drake Channel stretching in front of you, the BVI is truly the center of the sailing world and a sailor’s paradise, with consistent trade winds to fill your main sail, clear blue water, sunshine every day and islands close enough to navigate by sight.
From the main capital island of Tortola, sailors enjoy navigating an incredible variety of cruising area that is about 32 miles long and 15 miles wide.
Why not take an island tour, soaking up the many amazing vistas. Or take the plunge and explore underwater caves, rocks and reefs. Fish and coral of all shapes and colors await.
Whether you would like to explore the land or the sea, there are many companies waiting to guide you through the wonders that are the BVI.
Enjoy a fun-filled day on the water! Shoot the curl on the wave of the day. Parrotfish surround your kayak as you paddle into a secluded lagoon. High winds blow all around you as you drift 600 feet above water gliding in a parasail. No matter what your interests are, the BVI is your playground. Between the fast pace of windsurfing or an easygoing swim with dolphins, there’s always an adventure waiting for you in the crystal clear waters.
Kayaking: The powdery sand beaches along the BVI coastline and exposed waters near inlets and barrier islands are remarkably scenic, quiet and full of wildlife. The many lagoons throughout the islands are an excellent place to paddle your kayak.
Kiteboarding: One of the newest water sports to hit the British Virgin Islands. This sport is quickly growing a huge fan base. The BVI is now home to an exciting action packed annual Kiteboarding event, BVI Kite Jam.
Surfing: One of the best water sports when it comes to making a splash in the turquoise waters. Surfing is quickly becoming a favorite activity along the beaches.
Windsurfing: The year-round trade winds allow for great windsurfing and kite boarding experiences. BVI is also home to the annual Highland Spring HIHO Windsurfing and Sailing Adventure. Competing windsurfers will cover over 150 miles as they race between seven and nine times from one island to another. Finian Maynard is a four-time speed windsurfing world champion (1998 until 2001) and holds the current speed world record for sailing vessels, currently living in the British Virgin Islands.
Swim with Dolphins: For a unique experience, you can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery, located at Prospect Reef in Tortola. Visitors can get close to these amazing, intelligent creatures, enjoying various activities with the dolphins as well as watching them perform fun and exciting acrobatics
Discover the beauty of the BVI’s many beaches!
In the British Virgin Islands, beaches are carved in all shapes and sizes. From the surf-worthy waves of Apple Bay, to the pristine white sands that blanket Elizabeth Beach, to the boater’s paradise, Deadman’s Bay, every beach has its special own magic to offer. With endless skies and inviting water, you can plan a different beach adventure every day of your Caribbean vacation.
Below is a list of the top beaches
Apple Bay Beach
Brewer's Bay Beach
Cam Bay Beach
Cane Garden Bay Beach
Cow Wreck Beach
Deadman's Bay Beach
Devil's Bay Beach
Elizabeth Beach/Lambert Bay
Flash Of Beauty Beach
Great Harbour Beach
Josiah's Bay Beach
Little Jost Van Dyke
Loblolly Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach
Mahoe Bay Beach
Prickly Pear National Park
Savannah Bay Beach
Spring Bay Beach
Trunk Bay Beach
White Bay Beach
The British Virgin Islands has lots to do. We have many annual events that attract visitors of all interests. There is everything from sailing regattas to music festivals and lots more in between. We have an event for you, whether you're into Music, Sailing, Culture, Sports and more. Check back throughout the year for new additions and updates. Want to know more about nightly entertainment and events? Be sure to check out the "Limin' Times" a weekly publication on what’s happening around the BVI.
Explore the wonders of the BVI together. We have something for everyone, activities for all age ranges. Whether you want to swim with the Dolphins, Hike Sage Mountain or just relax on the beach together. They have something for everyone.
Learn the secrets of the past!
Stories of slavery, pirates, fishing and agricultural era are some of the enchanted tales of the BVI. Your experience in the BVI will be enriched by visiting the National Parks, Copper Mine, Forts, Museums, Churches, Burial sites and old Plantation Estates. Across the seas from shore to shore, you'll climb the hill to Old Government House Museum, Mount Health, Fort Burt, and the Copper Mine just to name a few. Old memories of sugar fields from days gone by extend all around you at Josiah’s Bay Plantation. These are just a few of the historical sites to be seen in the BVI. With such a rich past and culture, you can easily see why the BVI has played such an important role in Caribbean history.
Artifacts, Paintings, Photography and more
Browse items from the past that tell a story of yester years. Gaze at beautiful art from Local and Caribbean Artist. Stare in awe of the breathtaking landscapes skillfully captured in print. Whether you are looking for a glimpse into the history or to find the perfect memento to grace your walls back home; the various museums and galleries around the BVI have something for you.
Below is a list of some places to visit
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works
Callwood Rum Distillery
Josiah's Bay Plantation
North Shore Shell Museum
Old Government House
Saba Rock Nautical Museum & Gift Shoppe
Vi Maritime Museum
Virgin Island Folk Museum
Explore the wonders of the National Parks.
Rich in natural and cultural history, the British Virgin Islands boast some of the world’s most fascinating sights.
There are 21 National Parks, which encompass a stunning array of land and marine areas including historic sites, tropical forests, bird sanctuaries and one of the world's most famous shipwrecks, each a jewel in its own right. Whether accessed by boat, car or taxi, the Virgin Island National Park sites can be the highlight of any trip.
Established in 1961, the BVI National Parks Trust is responsible to safeguard the territory's natural assets, as well as the territory's first national park at Sage Mountain on Tortola.
Experience the beauty of Tortola. Swim or stroll the white-sand beaches, explore ancient ruins or the delectable local cuisine, or drop anchor and rock with the rhythm of the azure ocean. In Tortola, the largest island of the BVI chain, there’s a variety of Caribbean vacation activities to indulge in.
Virgin Gorda entices travelers with its yacht clubs, quiet coves, safe anchorages and luxury resorts and villas. On the North Sound and accessible only by water, the exclusive Bitter End Yacht Club offers a premier resort and barefoot elegance.
Named Anegada or the “Drowned Land” by the Spanish, Anegada is the only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain. Measuring 11 miles by three, its highest point is just 28 feet above sea level.
Beaches & Reefs: Striking coral reefs surround the island, including the Eastern Caribbean’s third largest continuous reef, Horseshoe Reef. Secluded sandy beaches protected by the sheltering reef.
Jost Van Dyke
Named for an early Dutch settler and former pirate, rugged scenery and colorful folklore make up Jost Van Dyke. With fewer than 300 inhabitants, it measures just four miles by three, with the highest point at 1,054 feet and has been home to Arawak Indians, Caribs, Dutch, Africans and the British. Notable inhabitants have included William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol Building, and John Lettsome, founder of the London Medical Society.
60 Other Islands
Flanking the aquamarine waters of the broad Sir Francis Drake Channel, the British Virgin Islands are made up of more than 60 islands. BVI visitors relish in the discovery of their pristine palm-fringed beaches, rugged peaks and rich vegetation, while some islands are uninhabited and designated as national parks.
Experience the diversity of the culinary cuisine while in the British Virgin Islands. From the vibrant, delicious local foods passed on from a colorful history to the melting pot of succulent cuisines indicative of the diverse population. Whether you enjoy a fun casual atmosphere at one of the beach bars or an exquisite fine dining experience they are all there for you to partake. An enchanting epicurean adventure awaits you!
Look for that special memento, souvenir, or piece of art to grace your collection on the BVI.
The British Virgin Islands has an array of shops and galleries. They offer a wide variety of Arts & Crafts, Photography, Books, Local Products, Clothing & Accessories, Souvenirs, Jewelry and more.
Take a stroll down historic Main Street browsing galleries, stores and museums. Stop for a drink or lunch along the way in one of the many cafes, coffee shops or restaurants. Pick up souvenirs of your trip or gifts for family and friends at the Crafts Alive Village.