Natural Attractions in the BVI

Known for its tranquility, travelers that enjoy nature are drawn to the British Virgin Islands

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Known for its natural beauty, not lover of nature should miss the opportunity to explore the eco-tourism that the British Virgin Islands. Unlike some islands that have reinvested into nature just recently, the British Virgin Islands has always been sure to keep their lush environment intact.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Copper Mine National Park

Do you want to spend part of your vacation under the open sky? You might be pleased to know the area has a good selection of nature preserves available.

Copper Mine National Park is a nature preserve found on Virgin Gorda, the BVI. A sign detailing the sites history marks the beginning of Copper Mine National Park. Comrpised of stone ruins of a shimney, mine shaft house, and cistern, there are several trails that snake through the ruins, and a few grassy spots on the hill that are perfect for picnicking.

Travelers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing sites like Prickly Pear National Park. Prickly Pear National Park is an important habitat for a number of marine animals in the British Virgin Islands. These include sea urchins and fish, and also migratory birds.

Rhone Marine Park: Rhone Marine Park, the British Island's only marine national park, is located just off Salt Island and spans 800 acres including Dead Chest Island. Home to a ship wreck that has become a favored dive locale,

Check the following table if you want more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In the BVI
Name Type Location Island
Cam Bay National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central the BVI Great Camanoe
Copper Mine National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.2 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Dead Chest National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town Dead Chest Island
Diamond Cay National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 mi. East of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Fallen Jerusalem National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 7.0 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Fallen Jerusalem
Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.1 mi. West of Central Jost Van Dyke None
Mount Healthy National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Prickly Pear National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.3 mi. Northeast of Central Leverick Bay Prickly Pear Island
Rhone Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.0 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town None
Sage Mountain National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 mi. South of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Spring Bay National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.9 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda Peak National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
West Dog National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central the BVI West Dog Island

Caves

Treasure Point Caves

Even though most tourists are attracted by the region's beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Treasure Point Caves. It is situated on Norman Island, in southern the BVI. <p>Legend tells that a Creque family fisherman once found a chest of gold doubloons in a cave off Norman Island as he sought shelter from a storm. Though all the treasure appears to be gone, now Treasure Point Caves are a popular spot for snorkeling.</p>

Parks and Botanical Gardens

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Travelers may also enjoy one of the many parks, or a botanical garden in the BVI.

Little Fort National Park is located in Spanish Town, the BVI. Justin behind an old post office in Fort Point are the ruins of a small fort that is not easily accessed by those who don't know the area. Established as a national park in 1978, it was done in order to protect local wildlife.

A second popular choice in this category is Devil's Bay National Park. Devi's Bay is known as one of the most beautiful beaches on Virgin Gorda, and is a popular spot for mooring yachts (with permission) as well. If you're interested in a peaceful day of swimming, snorkeling, and sunning, this spot is perfect.

The parks and gardens available are shown directly below.

Parks and Gardens In the BVI
Name Type Location Island
Devil's Bay National Park Park 6.2 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Festival Grounds Park 0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Road Town Tortola
J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens Botanical Garden 0.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Little Fort National Park Park 4.9 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Noel Lloyd (P.A.M.) Park Park Downtown Road Town Tortola
Old Recreation Ground Park 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Parkfields Recreation Grounds Park 0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Shark Bay National Park Park 1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola

Zoos and Aquariums

Coral World Ocean Park

If the idea of passing some time with interesting sea life tickles your fancy, consider visiting Coral World Ocean Park. Get up close to all the sea animals in this fully immersive and interactive aquarium-water park. Swim with sea lions, or put on high-tech diving equipment and walk beneath the surface of the water, with all the world above you.

Review the following table to learn more.

Parks and Gardens Near the BVI
Name Type Location
Coral World Ocean Park Aquarium 4.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie
Solberg Farm Zoo 0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Charlotte Amalie

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in the BVI are listed directly below.

Land Formations In the BVI
Name Type Location Island
Brewers Bay Bay 1.3 mi. North of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Bubbling Pool Hot Spring 1.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Cam Bay Bay Central the BVI Great Camanoe
Cane Garden Bay Bay 0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Deadman's Bay Bay 5.5 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town Peter Island
Devils Bay Bay 6.3 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Lee Bay Bay Central the BVI Great Camanoe
Little Bay Bay 0.9 mi. Northwest of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Little Harbour Bay 4.8 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town Peter Island
Loblolly Bay Bay 1.5 mi. North of Central The Settlement Anegada
Manchioneel Bay Bay 6.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Road Town Little Jost Van Dyke
Mosquito Rock Rock Formation 1.8 mi. North of Central Santu Patia Mosquito Island
Pond Bay Bay 2.8 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
Road Harbour Harbour 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
South Bay Bay Central the BVI George Dog Island
South Bay Bay 1.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Leverick Bay Mosquito Island
Sprat Bay Bay 5.2 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town Peter Island
St Thomas Bay Bay 4.9 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay Virgin Gorda
White Bay Bay 0.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
White Bay Bay Central the BVI Guana Island

Bear in mind that you can find other attraction types available too. Click to visit our page about other interesting attractions for the BVI.

 

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