Activities on Tortola

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Home to the capital city, a major commercial center, and the hub of transportation in the British Virgin Islands, Tortola may appear to be a busy island at first glance.  Once you arrive, however, you'll find an unhurried, laid back pace of life that promotes activities that only keep you as busy as you want to be.

The British Virgin Islands are known for offering some of the best sailing conditions in the Caribbean, and Tortola is no exception.  Sailing is a very popular activity here, welcoming seasoned sailors who have made the journey through the Caribbean Sea on their own, and allowing those who have arrived via other methods to sail around the island and enjoy the picturesque view.  You may find yourself on a boat for a number of other reasons, such as fishing or scuba diving, and be happy for the calm waters.

Sightseeing will take up a great deal of your time on Tortola as well.  The list of things to see is extensive, and most people will start in the main settlement of Road Town to check out  Fort Burt and other historic attractions, then put on their hiking boots and make their way through the verdant mountains to get a birds-eye view.  

Bike and Scooter Rental

If you are thinking about exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, you will find a couple of places that can help you. Navigate to this article concerning bike and scooter rentals if you want to find additional details.


Tortola Diving

Tortola has some of the best dive sites in all the British Virgin Islands. From lush coral reefs, to wrecks and walls, divers will have plenty to see when diving off this popular destination.

You'll find 8 dive services and at least 26 good dive sites in the area. You can go to this article regarding scuba diving in this area if you'd like to find more details.


Caribbean Fly Fishing

Tortola is surrounded by beautiful warm waters that are as attractive to sealife as they are to people. Whether you plan to fish from the shore, or charter a boat to take you out to sea, fishing off the island will likely be a succesful activity.

Like fishing? Tortola isn't overloaded with fishing operators, but there is one charter operator in the area, and many more fish. For a more thorough discussion of this topic, navigate to this page, about deep sea fishing in this area.

Sailing and Boating

Aristocat Daysails West End

Additional information about area firms that will help you get out on the water can be seen directly below.

Boating Opportunities On Tortola
Name Phone Location Island
Aaron Rentals (284) 494-8917 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Aristocat Daysails (284) 499-1249 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Aristocat Daysails Nanny Cay (284) 499-1249 1.9 mi. South West of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Aristocat Daysails West End (284) 499-1249 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Tortola
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 0.7 mi. South-Southeast of 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 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
True Blue Power Boats (284) 541-6666 0.9 mi. South of Downtown Road Town Tortola

If you'd like to find out about charter operators and marinas navigate to this page.


Blue Water Divers

If there are some shopping aficionados traveling with you, they might want to know that more than 27 retailers operate in this area. If you want to discover more about shopping on Tortola, you can do so by clicking on this link.


Callwood Historic Distillery

Sightseeing is also a great activity for anyone visiting Tortola. Interesting sights include 15 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Nature enthusiasts typically have a good time at the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. For more details about available sightseeing attractions, go to this page.


Tortola Snorkeling

If you are thinking about snorkeling on your vacation you're in luck -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so in the waters surrounding Tortola. Click this link to visit our page regarding local snorkeling opportunities.


Indulging in a trip to the spa just might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, considering that there are 5 different spas in this area. Visit this extended discussion concerning spas in the area if you'd like to discover more specifics.


Peter Island Resort & Spa

If you enjoy playing tennis you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table summarizes some key facts. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on the names to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis On And Around Tortola
Property Location Island Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
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

For example, Peter Island Resort & Spa has a tennis pro who can give you lessons or tips for improving your game.

Other Activities

Take a moment to read this table to see other activities.

Other Activities On Tortola
Name Type Phone Location Island
Dolphin Discovery Tortola Dolphin Encounter Service (284) 494-7677 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
Tortola Sports Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (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

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