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 considering feeling the wind on your face as you move along, you will find multiple different places that can help make it happen. For more information on bike and scooter rentals, click here.

Diving

The BVI Diving

You'll find 15 dive operators and at least 114 different dive sites in the area. Go to this article which is all about diving in this area if you'd like to find additional details.

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.

Fishing

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.

If you have some experienced anglers traveling with you, they'll be pleased to know there are 16 charter fishing services in this area. To read about other deep sea fishing in this area, read this article.

Sailing and Boating

Aristocat Charters

The chart directly below lists some details concerning local providers that will help you enjoy some time on the water.

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
Blue Sail BVI (284) 494-2268 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
White Squall II (284) 494-2564 Downtown Road Town Tortola

If you're interested in learning about charter operators and marinas click here.

Shopping

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 there are some people who enjoy exploring new shops traveling with you, they're not totally out of luck -- at least 74 retailers are located in this area. To learn about opportunities for shopping in the BVI, check out this page.

Sightseeing

Callwood Historic Distillery

Sightseeing is another great way to spend some of your time in the BVI. Sights in the area include 18 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Nature enthusiasts will typically have a good time at the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. To read our complete guide to sightseeing attractions and opportunities, use this link.

Snorkeling

The BVI Snorkeling

If you like to snorkel you'll be pleased to know you'll have the chance while vacationing in the BVI. You can obtain more information concerning opportunities to go snorkeling by clicking here.

Spas

Sense Spa

Indulging in a trip to the spa just might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, since there are 14 spas that operate in this area. Navigate to this page dedicated to spas in the area if you'd like more information.

Sports

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.

Tennis

Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

If you like to play tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 7 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table summarizes some key facts. At a glance, you'll see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other details. Click on each name to learn more details concerning 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
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 2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maroon Town St. Thomas 4 check
Sapphire Village Condominiums 1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maroon Town St. Thomas 4

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 through the chart below for a list of other activities.

Other Activities In the BVI
Name Type Phone Location Island
Carib Kiteboarding Watersports Operator (284) 495-7740 Virgin Gorda 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) 494-0123 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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