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 considering enjoying the scenery at a leisurely pace, you will find a few places that can help make it happen. Those wanting to find out more about this topic can do so by visiting this page.


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 operators and at least 26 good dive sites to choose from. Click this link to read our article concerning diving opportunities in this area.


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.

If you like to fish you might be happy to discover there are several charter fishing services located in this area. Go to this extended discussion dedicated to fishing in the area if you'd like more specifics.

Sailing and Boating

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You can look through the following table for a listing of firms that can help you spend some time on the open water.

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
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
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

If you want to learn about area marinas and charter operators check out this page.


Blue Water Divers

If you have some foks who enjoy exploring new shops in your group, they may be interested to know that at least 49 retailers are located in this area. Click to find our guide to shopping on Tortola.


Callwood Historic Distillery

Another good way to use some of your time is to explore the area's sights and natural beauty. The area features 15 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Visitors who like being outside will typically have a pleasant time visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. To read more about area sightseeing attractions, click this link.


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. For a better look at snorkeling, go to this article about possibilities for snorkeling.


Journeys Health Spa

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa might be the highlight of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, since there are 8 different spas in this area. To reach our detailed page about spas, navigate to this page.


Peter Island Resort & Spa

If you're a tennis player you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table summarizes some key facts. You can view the number of courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, 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 instance, Peter Island Resort & Spa has a tennis pro who can give you lessons or tips for improving your game.

Other Activities

Information concerning some other activities are summarized below.

Other Activities On Tortola
Name Type Phone Location Island
Boardsailing B V I Watersports Watersports Equipment Shop (284) 495-2447 Tortola Tortola
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) 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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