BVI Holidays

What Islands Make up the BVI

I am often asked “which islands make up the BVI?”.  The British Virgin Islands is a British Overseas Territory and consists of approximately 60 islands.  The main islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada (which is the most northern of the BVI) and Jost van Dyke.  Lesser islands include Great Tobago, Salt, Peter, Cooper, Norman, Guana, Beef, Great Thatch, Little Thatch, and Marina Cay.

There are some great stories about the islands in the BVI – Salt Island for example has had a population of no more than 3 people since the 1980s.  They have to pay an annual rent to our Queen also their Queen, of a one-pound bag of salt.  This is delivered to the Governor of the BVI.

Salt Island is most notable for the wreck of the Royal Mail packet steamer RMS Rhone which sank in a hurricane on 29 October 1867 after she was driven back on Salt Island while attempting to head to safety at sea. Most of the ship’s crew were lost. Many of the bodies were buried in a mass grave on Salt Island which is a short walk from the main beach and can be easily seen today. A wide circle of stones is laid upon the grave.

The wreck of the Rhone is one of the best SCUBA diving sites in the Caribbean. Some of the underwater scenes in the film “The Deep”were filmed in and around the wreck.

In the 18th century, two Quaker families came to Guana Island as part of what was called the “Quaker Experiment” which lasted for about forty-five years in the BVI. They cultivated sugar cane and built homes. When they were recalled to the United States and England, they left behind two cannons which are still on Guana today.  Archeologists have extensively studied the Quaker ruins and have also unearthed older artifacts that give insight into Guana’s earlier Amerindian history.

Henry and Gloria Jarecki bought Guana in 1975 and began improving accommodations and other facilities with the goal of maintaining the island’s historic style and ambiance.  An interest in conservation led them to establish a long-term restoration program to protect the island’s flora and fauna and bring back once-common species.  Scientists say that Guana has more flora and fauna than any island of its size yet studied in the Caribbean and possibly the world.  The Jarecki family still own Guana to this day.

Cooper Island in the BVI already produce their own water and electricity, so they decided to be even more self-sufficient and make their own beer too!

Through the picture window in the Coffee Box which is their coffee shop, you can see their brewing room with stainless steel kettle, mash tun and whirlpool, plus five 500L fermentation vessels. They have six craft beers on tap – usually a Lager, Pilsner, Amber Ale & Best Bitter as well as their guest beers such as Wheat, Oktoberfest and Stout which feature during the high season. Their Turtle IPA was launched in 2017 and $1 from every IPA sold is donated to BVI Sea Turtle conservation.

Cooper Island also has one of the best rum bars I have ever seen!  The Rum Bar has a collection of over 280 rums, meaning they have the largest selection in the British Virgin Islands. Featured are a range of house-infusions, rare aged rums and classic cocktails made with rums from all over the world.

Try a rum sampler board and their knowledgeable staff will explain about their origins and history while you take in the atmosphere. And don’t forget to ask about their homemade rum infused chocolates too!

The BVI has many interesting and fascinating tales to tell of pirates and treasure and days of yore.  You really do need to go and see for yourself and….don’t forget to look for treasure!

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Learn to Sail in the BVI

Can’t sail but would like to learn?  Look no further, the BVI is known as the sailing capital of the world for good reason.  BVI Holidays work with Swain Sailing, who are in our opinion – the best in the business.

The Rob Swain Sailing School on Tortola offers courses from complete beginner to advanced.  From Basic Keelboat to Ocean Passagemaking.

If you just want to learn to sail to enjoy the BVI, the course for you is the Fast Track to Bareboating. This complete certification course can be done in a week and starts from Tortola on a Saturday with Basic Keelboat.

The Fast Track to Bareboating course is designed for beginners and also those who have had some sailing experience, but little to no formal training who enjoy learning at an accelerated pace.

This 8 day / 7 night course combines Swain Sailing’s two day Basic Keelboat course and six day Live Aboard cruising course, offering the most comprehensive sailing course you will find anywhere. Upon completion of this course, students will have the skills, confidence and international certification necessary to bareboat charter a monohull up to 54′.

The key to learning at a more accelerated pace is training on the correct boats and learning from excellent instructors who know how to teach the fundamentals of sailing and have the years of experience not just sailing, but teaching sailing and can impart their knowledge to their students beyond what the standards require.

Course Format: The Progression from Basic Keelboat to Live Aboard Cruising

The progression from Basic Keelboat, covering the fundamentals of sailing to training on a cruising boat helps to reinforce the material, mechanics and techniques.

Fast Track to Bareboating is comprised of two parts. The Basic Keelboat curriculum is structured to challenge every level of person and rewards each with the objective and subjective know how to command a boat of this size.

The second component of the course is Live Aboard Cruising. This portion of the course is designed to instill complete confidence in captaining a bigger (36′ – 54′) sailboat. Bareboating is not necessarily difficult to do. If you want to do it with comfort and confidence, this is the correct and best course to get you to your goal.

Your training can also be done on a catamaran in the BVI, if this is what you would prefer, just ask BVI Holidays for details.

Live Aboard Cruising Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Following an afternoon of big boat tacking, crew over boards, maneuvering under power, sail trim, and eyeball navigation, we find our anchorage on the eastern end of Tortola.  Marina Cay (like all of your stops) is idyllic with a fringing barrier reef for snorkeling or just staring at calm, clear water where the bottom looks six feet away, but could be fifty.

Curriculum

  • Overview of boat (below and above deck)
  • Engine- gauges, shifting, neutral, prop walk
  • Dock lines
  • Electrical panel
  • Stowage
  • Refrigeration (stowage)
  • Safety equipment
  • Dinghy and outboard operation
  • Depth, speed, auto pilot
  • Through haul fittings
  • Propane operation
  • Successful provisioning
  • Maneuvering under power
  • Proper sail raising/unfurling
  • Fair lead placement,tell tales
  • Big boat tacks -team work
  • Rights of way
  • Man Overboards
  • Double Anchor prep
  • live aboard cruising

Day 2

Tuesday you will sail up to the Bitter End Resort located in North Sound on Virgin Gorda. Head ashore for some of the best water sports in the world or stroll through this world class resort, or stay on the boat and watch the sun go down.

We call day 2 “big Tuesday”, in that Swain Sailing cover: solo reefing, solo MOBs, docking practice, upwind sailing performance, and more rudimentary navigation.

Curriculum

  • Mechanical systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Fresh water systems
  • Solo reefing
  • Solo man overboards
  • Perfect sail trim
  • Mooring balls
  • Power spins with prop. Walk
  • Reversing
  • Incessant docking
  • Weather reports
  • Live aboard cruising

Day 3

Anegada is your Wednesday destination. On this day, you will fully cover navigation – all fixes, dead reckoning, gps., lines of position, depth sounder navigation, danger bearings, and more. Along with this comes sail trim and sail shape as it relates to reaching. You cannot see Anegada when you set out so your navigation skills are both fresh and necessary.

Anegada is actually a sand bar on top of a reef. Its mean elevation is six or seven feet which requires solid navigational skills. Always worth the sail, Anegada is almost completely circled by reefs and is surrounded by white beach. After snorkeling the reefs, long walks on the white sand beach, or relaxing in a hammock under sea grape trees, you’ll have dinner ashore at a fabulous restaurant on the beach.

Curriculum

  • Navigation i.e. dead reckoning, lops, (all) fixes, gps depth contours etc.
  • Trimming sails to course
  • Man overboards
  • Position and DR fixes
  • Cooking underway
  • Compass steering
  • Live aboard cruising

Day 4

From Anegada, you will perfect jibe angles and wing on wing skills. It’s the longest sail of the week, so there is ample time for navigational fixes and dead reckoning.

After a long broad reach, you will sail into Cane Garden Bay on Tortola, a picture book anchorage with palm trees and a fabulous white sandy beach, Cane Garden Bay is a small beach community that you will find difficult to leave the next day.

Curriculum

  • Broad reaching with proper trim
  • Jibe angles and wing on wing;preventer
  • Controlled jibes
  • Navigation
  • Live aboard cruising

Day 5

After picking up the anchor, you will reach down the NW Tortola coast, piloting your way to the West End, from there you will tack your way through the Thatch Cut to Norman Island. The snorkeling here is tremendous, and the harbour is always flat and breezy. Whether you enjoy dancing it up on the “Willie T” (a floating bar known by countless visiting boaters) or sitting back on the boat, Norman Island will be on your list of islands to return to.

Day 6

  • Sail instructor back to base
  • More docking practice
  • “Debrief”

Tuition Rates

The tuition rate for the group Live Aboard Cruising course (maximum 4 students) is £1740.00 per person (May 15- November 15); £1895.00 per person (November 16 – May 14).

Rate includes the ASA Bareboat Cruising Made Easy text, first night Tortola hotel accommodations or sleep aboard option, cruising permit, provisioning for 5 days (5 breakfasts; 4 lunches; 3 dinners; snacks and starter kit); ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certification fee.

The BVI offers the best sailing in the world as you are always in sight of land and Swain Sailing is the best company to learn to sail with.

Call BVI Holidays and we will be happy to arrange whichever course you decide you need – whether you want to brush up on your existing sailing skills, obtain certification or learn to sail from scratch, Swain Sailing is the “go to” sailing company.

Why Go Sailing in the BVI?

The British Virgin Islands (or BVI) is known as the sailing capital of the world and is the perfect Caribbean sailing destination. With calm seas, constant trade winds and line-of-sight navigation, the BVI is perfect for sailors of all levels. There are literally dozens of very different and diverse islands to visit, including the most northern island in the BVI – Anegada.  Anegada is a coral island, therefore an experienced skipper on board is essential to save you from running onto the reef.

What types of yachts are available for rental in the BVI? More or less – whatever you wish. BVI Holidays offers monohulls from 34′ to 54′, Catamarans sleeping up to 13 guests, motor yachts which include power catamarans, crewed yachts for people who don’t sail but want to enjoy the experience of seeing the BVI from the water and by-the-cabin charters where you share with a small group of like minded people.

There are many places to visit while sailing in the BVI but just to give you an idea of what is available, here is a suggested itinerary.

DAY ONE | NORMAN ISLAND, THE BIGHT

So many islands to choose from in the BVI but which one first? Probably your best bet for a brilliant introduction to the Caribbean is to take a short reach over to Norman Island and anchor in The Bight. Here you will find the floating pirate ship “William Thornton” affectionately known as the “Willy T” where you can have a beer or a body shot, depending on the mood you are in! There are also two great restaurants right on the beach, “Pirates” and “The Club”. Pirates restaurant has more traditional island fare and The Club specialises in an excellent tapas menu. Both are great places to hang out with your toes dabbling in the warm water and a frozen cocktail in your hand. There are some wonderful hiking trails on Norman Island and once you reach the top, the vistas to the south are spectacular. Norman Island is reputed to be Robert Louis Stevenson’s inspiration for his book “Treasure Island”. Local legend agrees – apparently treasure was found here in the cave – enough to set the person up who found it as a BVI taxi driver!

DAY TWO | SALT AND COOPER ISLANDS

A short beat up the Sir Francis Drake Channel takes you to Salt Island. Here you can pick up the National Parks moorings and either dive or snorkel the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship Rhone, a casualty of a bad storm in the BVI in 1867 and famous for its part in the movie ‘The Deep’.  Alternatively, go ashore and visit the settlement and salt pond from which the island takes its name. The annual rent for the whole island is a bag of sea salt which is paid each year directly to our Queen. After lunch, sail to Cooper Island where you can pick up a mooring in front of the beach club bar and restaurant. There is an amazing rum bar, gift shop, a dive shop, and you can even purchase a delicious gelato or two! You may also want to sample a couple of Cooper Island’s new home-brewed beers. Just to the south of Manchioneel Bay is Cistern Rock which offers some of the best snorkelling in the BVI. On any given day you will see squid, turtles, barracudas, and occasionally the odd shark.

DAY THREE | VIRGIN GORDA, THE BATHS

Sail to the Baths, one of the most unique natural formations in the BVI. Consisting of thousands of smooth boulders, some as big as a house, strewn along the beach on the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. You can explore the many gaps that open into massive rocky grottos filled with sea water. Nearby is Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, with a full service marina, shops and restaurants. If time allows you could get a taxi to the nearby Copper Mine restaurant which sits on an old copper mine site. Alternatively from the Baths you can walk to the Top of the Baths restaurant for lunch, killer cocktails, and a dip in their fresh water pool.

If you decide to spend the night in Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour or anchor just outside the harbour, you can take a short 10-minute walk to “Coco Maya” which is an excellent restaurant serving great tapas and other delicious dishes along with extremely creative cocktails. Enjoy an after dinner cocktail next to their firepit on the beach.

North Sound, Virgin Gorda offers a huge safe area of inlets and anchorages. Whether you want to snorkel Eustatia Sound with its sunken canyons and great reef fish, or sail past Richard Branson’s Necker Island this is a great area. Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda has two good restaurants, transient dockage and gift shops and ice is available to purchase. There is also a provisioning store, a laundromat and a Spa.

DAY FOUR | ANEGADA

Either relax and spend the day in North Sound or sail the 11 miles north to Anegada. Anegada means ‘drowned island’ and when you see it you’ll realise why! The highest point is 28 feet above sea level and Anegada is famous for its fresh lobster, iguanas and flamingos.

You will have to leave North Sound early in order to arrive at Anegada during the middle of the day. This will give you good light to navigate through the coral heads at the entrance to the anchorage. Once you arrive, take a taxi ride, or perhaps for the more adventurous, rent a ‘scooter’ to Loblolly Bay or Cow Wreck Beach on the north side and snorkel inside the reef or enjoy a beautiful walk along the miles of white sand beaches. Anegada boasts the perfect conditions for kiteboarding and if you are not an avid ‘kiter’ you can always take a beginner lesson from Tommy Gaunt Kitesurfing located at the Anegada Beach Club. After an amazing day you can then head back to the anchorage for smoothies and a lobster dinner at Neptune’s Treasure or the Anegada Reef Hotel.

DAY FIVE | TRELLIS BAY AND MARINA CAY

Sail from either North Sound or Anegada to Trellis Bay on Beef Island, which is a well protected natural safe harbour. An even more tranquil spot is Marina Cay across the channel to the north, off Great Camanoe. A fun-filled Full Moon beach BBQ party, complete with real ‘Moko Jumbies’ is held monthly at Trellis Bay.

DAY SIX | CANE GARDEN BAY/JOST VAN DYKE

Weigh anchor and take a short cruise up to beautiful Guana Island for spectacular snorkelling and a superb beach at Monkey Point. It’s a great spot to picnic. Then take an afternoon sail to either Cane Garden Bay on Tortola’s lush north shore, or to the island of Jost Van Dyke. Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke is home to the infamous ‘Foxy’s’, and Little Jost Van Dyke or Diamond Cay are also worthy of a visit. From Diamond Cay you can hike over to the ‘bubbling pool’ for some amazing photo opportunities and views to the north. This well-known pool is beautiful to see, but can be very dangerous if the north swell is running so please don’t be tempted to swim. All locations have good anchorages, beautiful beaches, hiking, beach bars and unique restaurants to tempt your palate.

OR – DAY SIX | SOPER’S HOLE/PETER ISLAND

Alternatively on day six anchor off of Sandy Spit and enjoy a swim into shore. You can walk around the entire island in five minutes, but snorkeling around is more fun. Then sail west to Soper’s Hole Wharf, the home of Pusser’s Landing, said to be built on the spot where Blackbeard the pirate once lived. Ashore there are restaurants, boutiques and provisions. For your last night, sail across the channel to Little or Great Harbour, Peter Island and enjoy some amazing snorkeling.

DAY SEVEN | Back to base or embark on another 7 day voyage in the beautiful BVI.

Mooring balls in the BVI are plentiful and easy to pick up for either an overnight stay, lunch or a snorkel stop.

The BVI has many great beach bars and restaurants that are accessible from the water. Just call ahead on Channel 16 to make your reservation or of course on your cell (mobile) phone.

Whatever your sailing requirements may be, BVI Holidays will be delighted to assist in providing the perfect sailing holiday in the BVI just for you.

Where Is There to Eat in the BVI?

This is a question I am asked a lot and it is only possible to give a few examples as there are loads of wonderful bars and restaurants throughout the BVI serving excellent food.

Let’s start with Tortola, the main island in the BVI.  The Sugar Mill Hotel has two excellent restaurants – Tramonti is on the beach and is the Sugar Mill’s Mediterranean themed restaurant and also serves more casual food – pasta, burgers, fish and chips etc..  The Sugar Mill restaurant is fine dining, serving dishes such as scallops in champagne sauce, Tournedos Rossini, escargot and many other tantalising dishes – you can even choose your own lobster straight from the tank.  It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

Tropical Fusion right on the beach on Tortola is wonderful for lunch and dinner – this is a picture of my lunch during my last trip to the BVI…

 

Bananakeet at Carrot Bay on Tortola is set in a fabulous location with stunning views and the food is amazing.  Go on a Sunday afternoon for a dip in the pool, enjoy the jazz band, delicious cocktails and spectacular views of some of the neighbouring British Virgin Islands.

If spice is more your thing – A Taste of India in Road Town, the capital of the BVI is one of the best Indian restaurants I have been in.  The food is simply wonderful and the service first class.

On Virgin Gorda – the second largest island in the BVI, my favourite restaurant has to be Coco Maya.  Choose from the Tapas menu or the regular menu and afterwards, take a cocktail onto the beach and relax around the fire pit.  So romantic…..

There are many more lovely places to eat on Virgin Gorda – Chez Bamboo which serves great food and has a softly lit garden where they have bands on selected evenings, Fischer’s Cove which is right next to a beautiful white sand beach and serves a truly tempting selection of food throughout the day.  They also offer their very own stone-baked pizzas to take away.  The Village Cafe and Restaurant is a beautiful location with a pool serving lunch and dinner or you can drive to Hog Heaven on Virgin Gorda and take in the stunning views while enjoying a cold beer and a delicious pulled pork burger.  The Cove at Leverick Bay is a great little restaurant serving casual food like Cottage Pie and Steak and Ale Pie and on selected evenings they have a fun party night with barbecue and band for dancing under the stars till late!

Anegada is the most northern of the British Virgin Islands, much less populated but still offering lots of wonderful beach bars and restaurants.  The Toes-in-the-Sand Restaurant at the Anegada Beach Club is one of my favourites.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and you are welcome to cool off in their pool before enjoying a Bushwhacker on the beach.

Cow Wreck on Anegada is set on the most beautiful white sand beach and great staff will serve you great food.  Another waterfront restaurant on Anegada is the Wonky Dog offering entertainment on selected evenings and massive platters of fresh seafood and look – it’s that fresh Anegada lobster again, being brought in right on their dock.

There are dozens of other restaurants I could tell you about – far too many to mention here, but rest assured, the food throughout the BVI is world class and will not disappoint.  All dietary requirements are catered for.

I am always happy to talk and suggest places for you to go and to answer any questions you may have.  You just have to pick up the phone and call me.

What is There to do in the BVI?

Answer….lots!

A visit to the British Virgin Islands is not all about lying on the stunning beaches, although of course you can do this too and….there are countless beautiful beaches to choose from.  Not everybody wants to do this all of the time and you are spoilt for choice from the many wonderful and different activities on offer in the beautiful BVI – here are just a few…..

1) The diving in the BVI is second to none and there are many excellent dive companies dotted around the islands all catering for various levels of divers. If you don’t dive but want to learn, the BVI is the perfect location.  Reef diving, wreck diving and night dives too.  The BVI has it all.

Painted Walls

This visually stunning site is perfect for beginners. This site is fun to explore because the colourful canyons create unique passageways for swimming. The sun helps keep visibility fairly high lighting up beautiful corals and all kinds of aquatic wildlife.

Wreck of the Rhone

This is the Royal Mail steamship which sank in a storm in the BVI in 1867. This is the most popular dive site in the BVI that, as an advanced diver, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on. RMS Rhone is rich in history and home to a significant number of artefacts from 1867.

2) The BVI is known as the sailing capital of the world and justifiably so.  If you want to charter a bareboat, choose from monohulls, catamarans or power boats.  If you can’t sail and would like a skipper, this can be arranged for you. If you would like to share aboard a luxury catamaran with like-minded people, BVI Holidays can arrange a By-the-Cabin charter.

If you don’t sail but would like to learn BVI Holidays works with an excellent sailing school on Tortola which offers courses from beginner level to Yachtsmaster and Coastal Navigation.

3) If kitesurfing is your thing, the Tommy Gaunt Kitesurfing School on Anegada offers lessons and equipment rental.

4) On Tortola a high flying trip with The Original Virgin Canopy Tour is a must.  It’s similar to zip-lining only safer and quieter and certainly exhilarating!

5) A day out on the water with Captain Patrick at Celtic Power Boats is not to be missed.  Captain Patrick will take you to places in the BVI that a lot of the locals don’t know exist!  There are also other companies offering day sails throughout the BVI.

6) If you like to kayak, you can either rent your own kayak or book a guided tour through the flats and mangroves with GroundSea Adventures. You can also do this on a paddleboard and really put your core to the test! BVI Holidays can put you in contact with them.

7) Blue Rush Watersports on Virgin Gorda provide clear bottom kayaks, sailing dinghys, windsurfers and paddleboards.  However, a really fun thing to do with them is Fly-boarding.  Josh will teach you how!

8) The Callwood Rum Distillery on Cane Garden Bay, Tortola is interesting, historic and the rum samples are excellent!

9) Road Town is the capital of the British Virgin Islands and home to the beautiful Botanical Gardens – another “must do” to add to your list.

10) If you are staying on Virgin Gorda or just spending the day, you may like to visit the Nail Bay Sports Club where you can play tennis, squash, table tennis, work out in the gym and finish with a dip in the pool and a fabulous meal at Sugarcane restaurant.

These are only 10 of many things you will find to do while holidaying in the beautiful BVI. If you would like more information, please do give us a call on 01279 871188 or drop us an e-mail.

Where are the British Virgin Islands Located

The British Virgin Islands, or BVI for short, are located in the northern Caribbean, 60 miles east of Puerto Rico. The BVI is a British Overseas Territory and has its own democratically elected government with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

The BVI consists of approximately 60 islands with Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost van Dyke being the main islands.  Tortola is home to Road Town, the capital of the BVI and the main banking hub for the islands.  Tortola however, has many beautiful white sand beaches and plenty of hotels, villas and apartments to choose from.

Virgin Gorda is only half an hour by ferry from Tortola but “sleepier” and smaller.  Virgin Gorda is home to 5 star hotels and luxury villas set on stunning beaches.

Anegada is the most northern island in the BVI and 45 minutes from Tortola by ferry or a quick 12 minute flight with VI Airlink or Island Birds.  Anegada is the original Robinson Crusoe island where you can wander barefoot all day and night if you wish.  Although Anegada is the second largest island in the BVI, it’s sparsely populated and you can stroll along the stunning beaches for miles and hardly see anyone else.

Anegada is home to two hotels – the Anegada Reef Hotel and the Anegada Beach Club and a few villas and apartments.  There are also lots of great bars and restaurants to choose from on Anegada.

How do you get to the BVI from the UK?  The best route is from Gatwick to Antigua with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic, then onwards with inter-Caribbean Airways to Tortola.  Flights are almost daily with the flight to Antigua  only 8 hours and the onward flight 1 hour.  You will soon be on your balcony sipping a cocktail and enjoying the sunset over the beautiful British Virgin Islands.

 

 

 

 

How Much Does it Cost to go to the British Virgin Islands?

This is a question that I am asked time and again and understandably so, but it’s like asking “how long is a piece of string?”.

It all depends when you go, how long you wish to stay for and what type of accommodation you require.  Do you want to stay in a small inexpensive beach apartment, or at a luxury villa with pool?  Perhaps you prefer to stay in a 5 star deluxe hotel or aboard a yacht or a combination of these.  There are so many options but I am going to give you a few examples of where you can stay in the beautiful British Virgin Islands and approximately how much it will cost.

Do please bear in mind that flights are in addition to the costs below and BVI Holidays can arrange these for you.

Tortola is the main island in the BVI and the Sugar Mill is a lovely boutique hotel with only 23 rooms.  If you have 7 nights at the Sugar Mill between April and December the cost will be £940.00 per person based on two people sharing the lead in category room. This cost includes the fabulous Sugar Mill breakfast every morning.  Sugar Mill also has an All Inclusive package which is one of the best I’ve seen.   If you would prefer a lovely typically Caribbean villa with pool look no further than Limeberry House which has three very different and lovely bedrooms.  The cost based on six people sharing will be a mere £500.00 per person for 7 nights.

Virgin Gorda is only half an hour on the ferry from Tortola but it is very different.  Rosewood Little Dix Bay is a stunning 5 star deluxe hotel with butler service set on a stunning beach.  Rates here start at £470.00 per person per night including breakfast but at various times throughout the year, they give free nights away – a deal not to be missed!  Another great option on Virgin Gorda is to have a one bedroom cottage on stilts at Guavaberry Spring Bay.  The cottages are set in tropical gardens and a short stroll through the grounds takes you to yet another fabulous white sand beach – Spring Bay.  7 nights here in low season – mid-April to mid-December will cost £680.00 per person (based on two people sharing).  This is based on self-catering and the cottages have very well equipped kitchens but there are plenty of restaurants on Virgin Gorda within a few minutes drive.

Anegada is the second largest island in the BVI but with a population of around 300.  Travelling to Anegada is either by ferry from Tortola or Virgin Gorda or a short very scenic flight from either island which takes less than 15 minutes.  The Anegada Beach Club is an amazing place on a fabulous beach.  The low season price for 4 nights here (based on two sharing) in one of their romantic beachfront Palapa Retreats will cost £725.00 per person on room only.  They do have less expensive rooms too, which are lovely costing £440.00 per person for 4 nights.  Another of my favourite spots on Anegada is the Big Bamboo on Loblolly beach where 4 nights in low season in one of their lovely one bedroom cottages will cost £500.00 per person.  This includes breakfast and again, the beach is stunning.

I’m going to give you just one more example of cost and that has to be Guana Island.  Guana is the most magical, special place with wonderful staff, fabulous service and stunning beaches.  This really is a place like no other.  The lead in price for 7 nights on Guana Island will be £2310.00 per person.  This includes all meals and wine with lunch and dinner, snacks at the beach, water sports, tennis courts with equipment provided, film nights with popcorn in their Garden of Eden and much, much more.  There is nowhere else on earth quite like Guana Island.

You can have a combination of islands and accommodation and/or yacht charter – bareboat, fully crewed or by-the-cabin charters.  You can even spend just one or two nights somewhere just to try it out for next time you visit the BVI!

Of course this is just a very small example just to give you an idea of costs.  BVI Holidays has by far, the largest choice of accommodation in the British Virgin Islands and we are the BVI experts. Our knowledge of the islands is unsurpassed.

If you want to find out more about the beautiful BVI or would like a quote for a different time of year, do call or email and we will be delighted to assist you.

The BVI awaits…..

Beachfront Palapas Retreat, Anegada Beach Club, BVI

 

Population of the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are made up of approximately 60 islands and lie to the east of Puerto Rico in the northern Caribbean.  The population of the BVI is approximately 30,000 which leaves plenty of room for discerning visitors.

Tortola which is the main island in the British Virgin Islands is home to approximately 24,000 residents and Virgin Gorda, which is half an hour by ferry from Tortola has a population of approximately 4,500.  Anegada on the other hand, although it is the second largest island in the BVI has only just over 300 residents.  That’s why you can walk along the white sand beaches for miles and hardly see another living soul.

Where should you stay on Tortola?  It all depends on how much you want to spend on your accommodation and if you prefer the seclusion of a villa with pool, a nice boutique hotel or an apartment in a stunning location.  Let’s say you would like a small boutique hotel right next to a beautiful beach, serving fabulous food and with a nice pool for cooling off at the end of the afternoon.  Look no further than the Sugar Mill Hotel with only 23 rooms the service and attention to detail is second to none.

Virgin Gorda in the BVI has many beautiful hotels and villas and one of my favourite villas is Beachcomber – a 5 bedroom villa sitting right on the sand at Mahoe Bay.  It doesn’t get any better than this. Beachcomber Villa is within a few minutes drive of great places to eat or you can have a chef come to cook you a delicious dinner.  The choice is yours.

Anegada is the kite-surfing capital of the BVI and you can do this at the Anegada Beach Club  Their thatched Palapa Retreat rooms on the beach are just amazing and one of them even has twin outdoor bath-tubs.

Palapas Retreats, Anegada Beach Club, BVI

The British Virgin Islands remain unspoilt, uncrowded and under-populated.  Make sure you select the beautiful BVI for your 2021 holiday.  Call for a chat and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Dream Now Travel Later

The Government of the British Virgin Islands has announced that their borders will remain closed to visitors until the beginning of September 2020.  Three cases of Covid-19 were reported over the past few weeks and all of these people have recovered.  No new cases have been reported.

This is largely due to the quick action of the BVI Government earlier this year, as soon as it became apparent that this virus could pose a serious threat.  They banned all cruise ships and cancelled all the sailing regattas.  These actions undoubtedly saved many people from serious illness.

The BVI will of course be welcoming visitors as soon as their Government deem it safe to do so.

Why not think about booking your 2021 holiday to the beautiful BVI and you will have something to look forward to.

Dream now, travel later and make your dream a reality…….

Call or email BVI Holidays to book your BVI holiday for 2021.

COVID-19

Well – what an eventful couple of weeks this has been!  We’ve had the sad demise of Flybe and the escalation of the Coronavirus, forcing Italy into complete lockdown.

No country is immune of course but I am pleased to report that at the time of writing, the beautiful BVI remains coronavirus free but has procedures in place for immediate isolation should anyone become infected.

This is an excerpt from a statement issued by the BVI’s Minister for Health and Social Development the Hon Carvin Malone….

“While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our Territory, we are keeping a high level of vigilance and monitoring the global spread of the virus.“

And another excerpt from a statement issued by British Airways……

ENHANCED AIRCRAFT CLEANING
The cleanliness of our aircraft is of utmost importance. We have reviewed and made changes to our cleaning programme for aircraft including increasing our cleaning teams and audit inspections. Our disinfectant cleaning fluids are used on every aircraft after each flight to thoroughly clean all hard surfaces in the cabins and lavatories.

All our aircraft are fitted with HEPA filters which remove particulate and bacterial contamination and provide passengers with clean air. They provide the same level of air filtration as hospital operating theatres.

Responsible and reassuring words indeed. In the past, we’ve had to deal with SARS, Swine Flu’, Bird Flu’,  to name but a few.  All of them came and all of them went. COVID-19 will be no exception.

Instead of allowing this to dominate all of our lives, I urge you to think of happier things…..swaying palm trees, sparkling turquoise waters, white sand beaches, boats bobbing around on the warm sea.…you know where this is going right?

Pick up the phone and talk to me about booking your next holiday to the beautiful BVI and…..this could be you