Natural Attractions on Tortola

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Tortola may be the busiest of the British Virgin Islands, but there are also numerous sites made by nature that are on the must-see list for  visit on the island.  Not only are the beaches a sight to be seen, but there are also caves, national parks, botanical gardens, and hiking trails on which to see them all.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Mount Healthy National Park

Do you like being out in the fresh air? You might be happy to find out that the island has a good selection of nature preserves on it and nearby.

Cam Bay National Park is a nature preserve Great Camanoe, in eastern Tortola. Established as a national park in 1999, Cam Bay is located on the east shore of Gran Camanoe, and is popular amongst sailors because it is known for calm waters. Snorkelers and divers also frequent this spot for the calm waters and shallow reef.

Travelers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places like Mount Healthy National Park. Mount Healthy National Park protects part of an old plantation that once stood in the area. The central feature is the old windmill that was used to crush sugar cane which would then be sent to Britain, a major aspect of Colonial economy.

Sage Mountain National Park: The flagship reserve in the British Virgin Islands, Sage Mountain National Park marked the start of conservation as an official policy in the islands. Just as the park was a good start for the government's conservation program, it is sure to be a good start for eco-tourist and nature lovers in the British Virgin Islands.

Check out the chart below to learn more.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On and Near Tortola
Name Type Location Island
Cam Bay National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.8 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Great Camanoe
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
Mount Healthy National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
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
West Dog National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.8 mi. West of Central Leverick Bay West Dog Island

Caves

Treasure Point Caves

Although most vacationers are drawn by the region's beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. The one example is Treasure Point Caves. It is located on Norman Island, South of Tortola. <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

Visitors may also enjoy one of the many parks, or a botanical garden on Tortola.

Shark Bay National Park is located in northern Tortola. You can access the entrance to Shark Bay National Park via a 10 minute walk from Brewer's Bay Road.

Another popular choice in this category is J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens. Guests who tour the J.R. O'Neal Botanical Gardens get a chance to view a few different natural environments that exist throughout the islands.

The parks and gardens available are listed down below.

Parks and Gardens On Tortola
Name Type Location
Festival Grounds Park 0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Road Town
J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens Botanical Garden 0.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Noel Lloyd (P.A.M.) Park Park Downtown Road Town
Old Recreation Ground Park 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Parkfields Recreation Grounds Park 0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Shark Bay National Park Park 1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cane Garden Bay

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Tortola can be seen below.

Land Formations On Tortola
Name Type Location Island
Belmont Pond Pond 3.6 mi. North of Central Coral Bay Tortola
Ber Bay Bay 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Parham Town Little Buck Island
Boughers Bay Bay 0.7 mi. East of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Brandy Wine Bay Bay Central Tortola Tortola
Brewers Bay Bay 1.3 mi. North of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Cam Bay Bay 6.7 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Great Camanoe
Cane Garden Bay Bay 0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Conch Bay Bay 5.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Beef Island
Fish Bay Bay 1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Half Moon Bay Bay 2.5 mi. East of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Josiah's Bay Pond Pond 2.6 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Lee Bay Bay 6.3 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Great Camanoe
Manchioneel Bay Bay 6.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Road Town Little Jost Van Dyke
Paraquita Bay Bay 2.8 mi. East of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Road Harbour Harbour 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Salt Island Bay Bay 6.6 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town Salt Island
Sea Cow Bay Bay 1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Road Town Tortola
Sopers Hole Bay 0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central West End Tortola
Trellis Bay Bay 5.9 mi. East of Central downtown Road Town Beef Island
White Bay Bay 4.3 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Guana Island

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