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The Welcome Guide to the British Virgin Islands Magazine Article

April, 2016

  • 24 April

    The Virgin Islands in 3D

    A state of the art marine mapping project is bringing the BVI’s underwater world into sharp focus. Over an 18 month period starting in July 2014, a group of underwater geologists, hydrographic surveyors and National Parks Trust personnel set out on an unprecedented mission to survey the BVI’s seabed, update its …

  • 16 April

    Touring Tortola – the hard way

    The course may be scenic, but the Tortola Torture is not for the timid. With only 7.5 miles of flat running for the entire course, the Tortola Torture is not for the faint-hearted. A 33.4-mile trail-running ultramarathon, the 2016 KPMG Tortola Torture will take place on April 16th. In its …

March, 2016

  • 21 March

    When the Rocks Cry Out

    A group of historical preservationists is transforming the site of a free African village at Kingstown into a memorial park Author, Peal Buck once wrote, “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”  There are still voices of Virgin Island history shrouded in overgrown brush, peeking from non-accessible hilltops, …

  • 3 March

    Island Resources Foundation – Tortola in the Limelight

    From history to the environment, Judith Towle and colleagues at the Island Resources Foundation profile an island with many facets. In 1972, IRF’s founder, Edward Towle, wrote in the Foundation’s organizing prospectus: “Within a small island, no problem or area of study can stand by itself, no piece of life …

  • 1 March


    The Story of the Loyal West End Yacht Club Lou Schwartz, the new commodore of the Loyal West End Yacht Club and former owner of the Jolly Roger, explains how a ragtag group of sailors and landlubbers formed a staple of the BVI sailing scene. Lou Schwartz, the new commodore …

June, 2015

  • 6 June

    The Wildlife of Necker

    Lemurs, tortoises and flamingoes are among the tropical species found on Richard Branson’s private retreat, Necker Island. Until recently Necker Island, the extraordinary private island of Sir Richard Branson, was regarded as an opulent hideaway reserved only for the affluent special few. Charter boat operators would point it out and explain its …

May, 2015

  • 5 May

    A Visit to HM Prison

    2012 collection entitled 'A Walk Along Main Street'

    Inmates from petty thieves to murderers were incarcerated at this historical site for over 200 years With its thick white stucco wall and commanding red gates, one of the most imposing structures on Main Street is Her Majesty’s Prison; here inmates from petty thieves to murderers were incarcerated for over …

April, 2015

  • 2 April

    Reel ‘Em In

    The BVI is the new “go-to” destination for sport fishing The BVI is long famed for its incomparable sailing conditions and pristine beaches. But did you also know that it is one of the best places in the world for sport fishing and your chance to land the “Big One?” …

February, 2015

  • 8 February

    Salt Island – A Southern Cay in the BVI

    Used for seasoning and food preservation, salt reaped from the pond at Salt Island was at one time a valuable commodity. In days gone by the Southern Cays was the name given to those islands on the south side of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. They comprise Ginger, Cooper, Salt, Peter …