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.
Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? You may be happy to find out that the area has quite a number of nature preserves available.
Copper Mine National Park is a popular nature preserve found within Virgin Gorda, the BVI. Set at the southwest tip of the island, it takes a drive up a long, winding road to reach the Copper Mine. A paved parking lot is available.
Adventurers hoping to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing opportunities 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 revolves around a Royal Mail Steamer wreck which sunk in 1867 with 125 people board during a hurricane. Divers enjoy exploring the wreck site, with the bonus of finding examples of a fringing reef habitat and sea grass beds.
You can look through the chart below for more information about your options.
|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|
Although most visitors to the area have heard about the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. The one example is Treasure Point Caves. It is located on Norman Island, in southern the BVI. 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.
Guests can also spend some time in one of the many parks, or a botanical garden in the BVI.
Little Fort National Park is found in Spanish Town, the BVI. Little Fort National Park is not currently opened to he public. When the park is reopened, tourists will encounter 36 acres of native plants and a turtle nesting ground, as well as a historic munitions building.
Another attraction in this category is Devil's Bay National Park. A car park at the southwestern tip of Virgin Gorda offers the start of a dry tail through dry scrub.
The parks and gardens worth considering are summarized below.
|Devil's Bay National Park||Park||6.2 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay||Virgin Gorda|
|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|
|Park||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Park||0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|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|
If the thought of spending some time surrounded by sea life sounds like fun, 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.
Take a moment to read the following chart for more information.
|Coral World Ocean Park||Aquarium||4.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Zoo||0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Charlotte Amalie|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in the BVI are displayed in the following chart.
|Brewers Bay||Bay||1.3 mi. North of Central Cane Garden Bay||Tortola|
|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|
|Bay||Central the BVI||Great Camanoe|
|Little Bay||Bay||0.9 mi. Northwest of Central Leverick Bay||Virgin Gorda|
|Bay||4.8 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town||Peter Island|
|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|
|Rock Formation||1.8 mi. North of Central Santu Patia||Mosquito Island|
|Bay||2.8 mi. South West of Central Leverick Bay||Virgin Gorda|
|Road Harbour||Harbour||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Bay||Central the BVI||George Dog Island|
|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|
|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|
|Bay||Central the BVI||Guana Island|
Bear in mind that you can find other kinds attractions available. Click here to visit our guide to other interesting attractions for the BVI.
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