Explore the Unspoiled Beauty of British Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a part of island chain in the eastern Caribbean Sea. This British overseas territory is known as Virgin Islands and is located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles and part of the West Indies.
Virgin Islands is a group of 90 small Islands, islets, cays, and rocks located in West of Indies, some 40-50 miles east of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and north-west of Anguilla.
This British territory consists of four large islands namely:-
> Virgin Gorda
> Host Van Dyke
The relevance of name virgin can be understood in the context that there lies a collection of 60 unspoiled islands, constituting the best visual delights of the Caribbean, into one convenient destination. The Islands offers ample of opportunities for Island whooping, water sports, beaches exploration and a lot more.
Extending from west to east for about 60 miles, the Islands have on the west Anegada Passage. This passage separates the British Virgin Islands and the Sombrero Island of Anguilla. Also, as a major connecting channel, it connects the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean.
Each island in this unperturbed volcanic archipelago, offers mesmerizing view with its spell bounding natural beauty. More than 50 smaller isles attracts visitor every year with its pristine beauty.
Let us explorer major Islands for time being and have a peek into scenic diversity of BVI:-
The largest island of BVI is Tortola, spread across 21 square miles/ 54 square kilometer. On this island, are located the chief town and the port named Road Town. The island has white sand beaches, lush green mountains and yacht filled harbors. This capital island of BVI has beaches known worldwide for their palm shaded white sand, namely:
> Apple Bay
> Elizabeth Bay
> Smuggler’s Cove
> Long Bay Beach
> Brewer’s Bay and many more
To pamper your love for water sports or fishing, visit the Island’s Brandywine Bay, Soperrs Hole, and Trellis Bay.
Water surfing can be enjoyed at Cane Garden Bay. Visit J.R. O’ Neal Botanical Garden, Mount Healthy Windmill, Fort Burt, the 1780s Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum, Callwoods Rum Distillery, IV Folk Museum, Old Government house museum and many more venues to explore the history of the Island.
It is the only coral island in the BVI’s volcanic chain. Characterized by nearly flat elevation, amazing coral reefs and secluded sandy beaches, the island has clear springs bubbling from coral beds.
Come face to face with the wildlife species and exotic birds at Nutmeg Point and rock iguanas (native of island) at Bones Bight.
Have a glimpse of flora including Loblolly, Frangipani, Turpentine trees, Feathery Sea lavender and Wild orchids.
This is one of the most visited Islands by scuba divers and snorkelers to share visual delight swimming along with marine species of Needlefish, Stingrays, Parrot fish, Bonefish and more.
Famous beaches on the island include Cow Wreck Beach, Flash of Beauty, Bones Bight and Windlass Bight for enjoying water sports, sport fishing and bone fishing.
Discover the place’s history visiting The Arawak’s Ancient Conch Mounds in the East End or British or Spanish Galleons.
3) Virgin Gorda’s
Virgin Gorda’s Island has natural granite pillars. This third largest island of BVI has dramatic shape that reminds Christopher Columbus of a ‘reclining women’ or ‘fat virgin’. This inspired the present name of the Island. Spread across 8 and a half square miles this Island entice tourist with night clubs, safe anchorages and luxurious resorts and villas in the lapse of nature.
The highest point of the island is Gorda Peak. From here you can have a panoramic view of surrounding Islands. Come across the rich heritage of African, Indian and Spanish people who inhabited the Island and have influenced its fashion, arts and local cuisines.
Swim and stroll on the beaches here namely:
> Pond bay
> Devils Bay
> Mahoe Bay
> Spring Bay
> Savannah Bay.
4) Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke Island has been named after the Dutch settler and former pirate with the same name. He was mesmerized by the deep blue and the rugged scenery present here.
Explore vegetation covered sugar mill ruins and the east ends natural sea formed Jacuzzi. Observe dolphin and whales in the blue.
Spread roughly across 8 square kilometers /3 square miles and having less than 300 inhabitants, this is the smallest island of BVI. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Volcanic in origin and mountainous, the highest point of the island is Majohnny hill.
The Island has been home to the Arawak Indians, Africans, Britishers, Caribs and Dutch. The Island was once inhabited by notable William Thornton, the famous architect of the US Capitol building, and John Lettsome, founder of the London Medical Society.
Pamper your party wildness indulging in activities on yacht parties on Great Harbor, held especially on the Halloween and the New Year’s Eve. Relish on the most delicious food including barbecues, flying fish sandwiches, grilled fresh fish and lobster etc.
The British Virgin Islands are run for their beaches, yacht, coral reefs, trade winds (The British Virgin Islands have a tropical rainforest climate, moderated by trade winds) and scenic beauty. Pamper yourselves with savoring seafood (options are wider for non vegetarians). Relish on the mango- sweetened microbrews and fresh from barrel rum.
Some islands of BVI are completely uninhabited and designated as national parks. Since options are wide for tourist, no matter which island you decide to stay on, island hopping is best for experiencing and exploring the BVI!
Numerous small islands here bear a name that reflects their contours, distinguishing landscapes or history. For e.g.
> Buck Island
> Deadman’s Chest
> Fallen Jerusalem
> Ginger Island
> Great Camanoe
> Round Rock
> Scrub Island
These are must-see destinations for snorkeling and water sports or enjoying day hikes. Stride through extraordinary locations, wildlife sanctuaries and a lot more in this boater’s paradise.
Visit BVI to explore the virginity of nature!