Fun Activities in the BVI
Whether you like to sail, dive, or hike, there is no shortage of things to do in the BVI.
BOATING. If you want to go out for a week or more, the area is a major centre for crewed charter boats and boasts the largest concentration of bareboats (boats rented without crew to experienced sailors) in the world. Day sail yachts, which generally offer half and full day trips, are an ideal way for hotel and guesthouse visitors to explore the BVI’s out-islands. A great way to zip around island to island is to rent a power boat for the day.
SNORKELLING and DIVING. For non-scuba divers, there is no better way to enjoy the beauty of the deep than Snorkelling. You can snorkel off many beaches, or with several boats specializing in snorkelling tours. With its crystal clear waters and virtually untouched reefs scuba diving in the British Virgin Islands is among the world’s best.
WATERSPORTS. With the BVI’s sheltered waters and steady tradewinds, Boardsailing is a popular activity. Rent one from one of several firms specializing in boardsailing. Kiteboarding has become an increasingly popular sport in the BVI. Firms specializing in kiteboarding can be found at Nanny Cay on Tortola and at Bitter End on Virgin Gorda.
HIKING, BIKING and TENNIS. The most popular hiking trails are Sage Mountain on Tortola and Gorda Peak on Virgin Gorda. Veteran hikers can walk along our mountain roads and ghuts, while the stroller can amble through the Botanic Gardens. Bike rentals are available at Last Stop Sports at Port Purcell on Tortola and several hotels in the BVI provide them for their guests. Tennis courts also feature at some of the larger hotels and resorts within the BVI.
SPA & FITNESS CENTERS Currently there are two main fitness centers on Tortola, Cutting Edge Gym and Sensus, both to the west of Road Town. Here you will find gym equipment in addition to classes to put you through your paces. Spas are bountiful and offer many luxurious services to help you rejuvenate or just relax. There are spas in Road Town offering everything from massages to manicures and pedicures. Then there are the spas at some of the resorts on the outer islands such as Scrub Island, Peter Island, Bitter End and Little Dix Bay which can offer you many special treatments.
DOLPHINS. You can swim with Dolphins and learn more about these fasinating creatures at Dolphin Discovery at Prospect Reef in Road Town.
SIGHTSEEING. Ferries are an excellent way to explore the islands. They run regularly between Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island and Anegada. Aerial Sightseeing tours are available with some charter companies. Taxi Tours can also be a useful introduction to the islands’ sights.
For firms specializing in watersports and other recreational activities, as well as ferry, car rental and tour operators, consult the Welcome’s centre Directory pages.