The British Virgin Islands have welcomed all walkers of seafarers for centuries. Its warm, protected bays, calm currents and still waters helped the region secure its reputation as one of the world’s sailing hotspots. Offering everything from soft, powder-white beaches to rugged landscapes and a vibrant nightlife scene, this region offers something for everyone. But ones of its most celebrated features remains its stunning coral reefs. Teeming with marine life in all shades of the rainbow, the BVIs offer world-class snorkelling and scuba diving. Take in its underwater splendours, see how many historical dive sites you know before heading ashore to one of its islands to indulge in some much-deserved rest and relaxation.
Jost Van Dyke Island
One of the main islands that make up the British Virgin Islands, don’t let its size fool you. This island is known for its luxurious yacht anchorages, such as the sheltered bay at Great Harbour. Its sandy beached are dotted with vibrant bars and restaurants, which truly come alive at night. But don’t let its thriving nightlife scene fool you – the island is also known for its natural splendours. The nearby White Bay is home to the Bubbly Pool, a naturally foaming sea pool while its surrounding azure waters house an array of technicolour tropical fish, turtles and sharks.
Said to be the most unspoilt and idyllic of the islands which compromise of the BVIs, Virgin Gorda features several colourful coves and granite boulders which are ideal for exploring via kayak or hiking. Its peak offers unrivalled views of the island and its surroundings.
Located at the most southern point of the BVIs archipelago, this island is rumoured to be the inspiration for the world-renowned novel by Robert Louis Stevenson ‘ Treasure Island.’ The ideal backdrop for those in search of an adventure, explore the Bright, before cruising to Treasure Point for some of the best snorkelling in the area in its three caves.
Gaining its name from its salt ponds, once an important natural resource, the island is now home to an acclaimed national marine park. It is also home to the wreck of the RMS Rhone, one of the best historical dive sites in the region with some of its main part still intact.