Activities in the BVI

Take charge of your BVI vacation by enjoying all the activities the islands have to offer

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A vacation in the British Virgin Islands can be as relaxed or as action packed as you want it to be. Whether you use this opportunity to try a bunch of new things or to put in time doing the things you love but never have time to do back home, there are plenty of activities available to keep you entertained.

Bike and Scooter Rental

The British Virgin Islands are made up of many different islands. Among the main islands, there is a vast difference in terrain, road quality, and urabanization. What this means is no matter what kind of riding you are looking for, it can be found somewhere in the BVI.

If you are intrigued by the idea of seeing the sights at a slower pace, there are 5 places that can help. Navigate to this extended discussion about bike and scooter rentals if you want to discover more information.


The BVI Diving

You'll find 15 dive services and at least 114 interesting dive sites in the area. Click here to see our page dedicated to scuba diving in this area.

Events and Festivals

Annual events and festivals are a beloved way for locals to get together and celebrate the things that are important to them as a group. People on the British Virgin Islands particularly love sailing events and music festivals, so you should be on the lookout for such events as the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival and the BVI Music Festival. These events make it easy to sample local fare, hear regional music, and pick up a few hand crafted souvenirs all in one place.


Anegada Fishin with Garfield

The British Virgin Islands are some of the very best fishing destinations in the Caribbean, and some of the top spots in the world are found here. Visitors looking for a day at sea or at the shore fishing will be very pleased with the many options provided on the islands.

Plenty of fishermen frequent the area, as suggested by the existence of 10 charter operators in this area. You can find out more concerning fishing in this area can do so by visiting this page.

Sailing and Boating

Day Trips BVI

Details concerning area firms that will help you enjoy some time on the water can be seen below.

Boating Opportunities In the BVI
Name Phone Location Island
Aaron Rentals (284) 494-8917 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Aristocat Charters (284) 499-1249 Downtown Road Town Tortola
B&B Charters (284) 496-9341 0.7 mi. North of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda
BVI 360 (284) 541-1281 0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
BVI Sea and Land Tours (284) 541-2369 0.2 mi. North of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
BVI Yacht Charters -- 0.5 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
C&D Power Boat Rentals (284) 495-1401 0.5 mi. East of Central Parham Town Tortola
Conch Charters (284) 494-4868 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Day Trips BVI (284) 340-3434 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay
Footloose Sailboat Charters (284) 494-0528 0.4 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Island Rydes Boat Charters (284) 541-3068 1.7 mi. West of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda
Island Surf & Sail (284) 494-0123 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay
Kuralu (284) 495-4381 3.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Tortola
La Boheme Charters (284) 541-4861 0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Mystique Charters (284) 494-0740 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay
Powerboat Adventures (248) 346-5658 0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Setting Point Anegada
Sea It Clear (284) 343-9537 Spanish Town, Southeastern part of the BVI Virgin Gorda
Silmaril Sailing (284) 342-6248 5.2 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town Peter Island
Spirit Of Anegada Day Sails (284) 499-0901 Spanish Town, Southeastern part of the BVI Virgin Gorda
True Blue Power Boats (284) 541-6666 0.9 mi. South of Downtown Road Town Tortola

If you want to read about charter operators and area marinas navigate to this page.


Blue Water Divers

Unlike the U.S. Virgin Islands, where shopping is considered to be some of the best in the world, it takes a bit more doing to find good deals in the British Virgin Islands. Still, most tourists are up for the challenge. Traditional shopping malls are not to be found, however, this leaves room for locally owned shops with handmade products that make for perfect souvenirs. If you don't want to work so hard to find shopping opportunities, stick to Tortola, where you can find a shopping center in Road Town.

If you have some people who love to shop in your group, they're not totally out of luck -- there are more than 69 retail stores to browse in this area. To read our detailed guide to shopping in the BVI, go to this article.


Callwood Historic Distillery

Yet another good way to use some of your time is to explore the area's interesting sights. Among other things, the area has 18 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Nature enthusiasts will typically enjoy the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. To learn more about area sightseeing attractions, go to this page.

Be sure to look through the table below for a listing of a firm that will guide you to some of the most interesting local sights.

Sightseeing Services Near the BVI
Name Type Phone Location
Ecotours Mangrove Lagoon Nature Tourism Service (340) 779-2155 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Red Hook
In Theory Charters Excursions and Sightseeing Service (340) 677-0050 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Red Hook


The BVI Snorkeling

If you love to snorkel you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so during your vacation in the BVI. Click this link to find our discussion of local snorkeling opportunities.


Journeys Health Spa

Enjoying a spa might be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, given the fact that there are 13 spas located in this area. To navigate to our detailed guide to spas, use this link.


Watersports are bountiful in the British Virgin Islands, as you might easily imagine. Participating in any of them can be a great way to pass the time doing something you may not get to experience back home. Most large resorts offer non-motorized watersports equipment free of charge, and motorized sports for a small fee. Some even have a onetime scuba diving training session in the pool. To get fully certified, you may have to see out the help of a professional scuba shop, of which there are plenty. Snorkeling is a great choice for those who don't want to invest too much time learning, but still can't resist the idea of underwater exploration.

When you're vacationing on one of the top sailing destinations in the world, you simply cannot pass up the chance to spend a day sailing, and if you can squeeze in some fishing you'll really have made the most of your time. A boat chartered for fishing will often include bait and tackle as well as lunch, snacks, and beverages in the cost of the trip, plus, you'll likely be allowed to bring your caught fish back with you to have the chef at your hotel or a local restaurant prepare for you to eat.

It doesn't take much to keep fit in the British Virgin Islands. Hotels and resorts might have fitness rooms, lap pools, tennis courts, and even beach volleyball courts. While there are no golf courses on the British Virgin Islands, you can utilize ferries or commuter jets to hop a flight to St. Thomas or St. Croix to play a few rounds. Spectator sports come few and far between on the British Virgin Islands, though it may be possible to view some equestrian sports or a regatta during your time on the islands. Ask the concierge at your front desk for details.


Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

If you enjoy playing tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 7 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. You can view the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on the names to read about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In And Around the BVI
Property Location Island Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Red Hook St. Thomas 2 check
Dreams Sugar Bay Resort & Spa 1.3 mi. East of Central Anna's Retreat St. Thomas 3 check
Rosewood Little Dix Bay 3.5 mi. South West of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda 2 check check
Peter Island Resort & Spa 6.0 mi. Southeast of Central Tortola Peter Island 4 check check
Prospect Reef Resort 0.9 mi. South of Downtown Road Town Tortola 5
Long Bay Beach Resort 1.4 mi. South West of Central Little Carrot Bay Tortola 2 check
Crystal Cove 1.8 mi. Northeast of Central Maroon Town St. Thomas 4 check

For example, Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

Be sure to look at this table for details on other activities.

Other Activities In the BVI
Name Type Phone Location Island
Boardsailing B V I Watersports Watersports Equipment Shop (284) 495-2447 Tortola Tortola
Carib Kiteboarding Watersports Operator (284) 495-7740 1.0 mi. West of Central North Sound Virgin Gorda
Dolphin Discovery Tortola Dolphin Encounter Service (284) 494-7677 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Hiho Watersports Watersports Operator (284) 494-7694 Beef Island Beef Island
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail -- Downtown Road Town Tortola
Island Surf and Sail Watersports Operator (284) 340-0123 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Leverick Bay Watersports Watersports Operator (284) 495-7376 Santu Patia Virgin Gorda
Tortola Sports Club Tennis Instructions Service (284) 494-3457 0.5 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Up's Cineplex Movie Theater -- 0.4 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town Tortola

And that's not all. As you go from spot to spot you'll find many more activities to keep you busy. If something of particular interest comes up, you may even want to arrange your schedule to accommodate more time spent on it. Whatever you choose to do, it's certain to be remembered for many years to come.


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