Answer – lots! Although the BVI has wonderful, stunning, amazing beaches in abundance, not everyone wants to lie on the beach all day.
There are so many things to do in the BVI and although a lot of them are on the water, not all are. You can soar high above Tortola and enjoy the spectacular views with the Original Virgin Canopy Company. This is similar to zip-lining but safer and quieter and you can actually enjoy the views!
The J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens in Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands is a must. The gardens are a cool and peaceful refuge located in the centre of Road Town. The four-acre gardens include a lush array of indigenous and exotic tropical plants. A pergola walk, lily pond, waterfall, tropical bird houses, and miniature rain forests are just a few of the garden’s attractions. The gardens are considered by many to be among the finest in the Caribbean. The avenue of royal palms which leads to the fountain makes a captivating entrance for visitors, whilst paths disappear into corners of the garden lined with colourful blossoms draped over shady pergolas. The Botanic Gardens truly are a cooling and relaxing green oasis.
No trip to Tortola would be complete without a visit to the Callwood Rum Distillery at Cane Garden Bay, a sugarcane plantation and distillery whose history of rum-making dates back some 400 years. The boiler is smouldering, the smell of sugarcane alchemy pungent in the air and just steps across the road from the beach. There’s a reason, after all, why they call it Cane Garden Bay. Here, in an old stone building in Tortola, is one of the most precious corners of the history of rum in the Caribbean, a fundament of the British Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage. They make 25 gallons of rum per day, using the pure cane juice they grow right there on the plantation in the British Virgin Islands.
The Callwood Rum Distillery just might be the oldest working rum distillery in the Caribbean.
How about booking a lovely day out on the water with Celtic Power Boats. What Captain Patrick doesn’t know about getting around the BVI on the water, isn’t worth knowing! You will be in for a real treat and Captain Patrick will take you to places that even some of the locals don’t know exist! He might even introduce you to some new friends….like this little chap for instance…
The diving in the BVI is second to none with literally hundreds of amazing and wondrous dive sites. You can go wreck diving or reef diving and there are dives for all levels of divers.
Alice in Wonderland
Situated just outside of Ginger Island, this site is ideal for intermediate divers.
The coral sightings are incredible and the main reason why this dive site stands out from the crowd. Alice in Wonderland is an amazing dive.
Located just off of Cooper Island, this site certainly lives up to its name. The name Wreck Alley, came to be after four separate wrecks occurred there, the most recent being in 2009. All four of these wrecked ships can be explored during your Wreck Alley dive, and don’t be surprised if you spot a large garden eel and green moray eel population down there. This dive is also a unique opportunity to see what a sunken ship looks like when broken in half.
Another popular pastime in the BVI is fishing – Fly Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing, Bone Fishing. Experienced guides are available to show you where all the best spots are and there are so many to choose from around the BVI.
In addition to all of this, you can go sailing, kiteboarding, flyboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding,play tennis and much more too. The BVI really is a one stop destination for almost everyone. I say “almost” because if you are into casinos, nightclubs and fast-food chain places, then the BVI is not for you!
Consider the British Virgin Islands for your next holiday. Call BVI Holidays for suggestions – we are always happy to assist. These could be yours……