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 riding in the open air, you will find multiple different rental agencies that can help. Take advantage of this page about bike and scooter rentals if you'd like to find more information.


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.

There are 8 dive services and at least 26 good dive sites in the area. Readers can obtain more information concerning diving in this area, can do so by following this link.


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 to go fishing? You might be happy to learn 3 fishing charters operate in this area. To navigate to our detailed guide to deep sea fishing, click here.

Sailing and Boating

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Take a moment to read the table just below to find out more about local providers that will enable you to spend some time out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities On Tortola
Name Phone Location Island
Aaron Rentals (284) 494-8917 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Aristocat Charters (284) 499-1249 Downtown Road Town Tortola
BVI 360 (284) 541-1281 0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
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 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
Mystique Charters (284) 494-0740 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay
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 want to learn about charter operators and area marinas use this link.


Blue Water Divers

If you have some shopping fanatics traveling with you, they might enjoy browsing a few of the 58 retail stores in the area. Click here to find our article about shopping on Tortola.


Callwood Historic Distillery

Sightseeing is also a great way to spend some of your time on Tortola. The area's sights include 15 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Assuming you enjoy spending time outdoors typically have a pleasant time visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. Click on this link to find our page dedicated to area sightseeing and attractions.


Tortola Snorkeling

If you are intrigued by the idea of underwater sightseeing you're in luck -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so along the coast of Tortola. To see our page about local snorkeling opportunities, see this page.


Journeys Health Spa

Indulging in a trip to the spa just might be the highlight of your entire vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, given the fact that there are 8 spas that operate in this area. To see our detailed page about spas, visit this page.


Peter Island Resort & Spa

If you like playing tennis your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below may help with your planning. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and a few other details. Click on each name 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

The chart right below shows some key facts concerning other activities.

Other Activities On Tortola
Name Type Phone Location Island
Dolphin Discovery Tortola Dolphin Encounter Service (284) 494-7677 Downtown Road Town Tortola
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
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

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