There are plenty of activities to keep you busy in the BVI when you are not diving. Some of them are listed below. During the high season (mid December to Easter) it is advisable to pre-book some excursions to avoid disappointment.
PUT UP YOUR FEET – SPA SERVICES
Spas and spa treatments have sprung up around the Islands. Treat yourself to a full body massage, a manicure and pedicure, aromatherapy, deep heat hot stone treatments or a facial mask. Whether on land or out on a charter, there’s nothing like a little pampering while you’re enjoying our wonderful Islands in the sun. You deserve to do a little more relaxing while you’re here relaxing!
HIKING & WALKING
The highest point in the Virgin Islands is Sage Mountain on Tortola at 1,740 ft. This is now a 92 acre National Park and trails through the area have been created. Some original Mahogany Forest still exists as well as relatively newly planted areas. Trails lead through the forest or to the highest point. Interesting flora is signed and explanations are given at the entrance to the Park. Bring some sturdy shoes as some of the trails can be physically taxing and can also be muddy if it has rained recently. There are also National Park trails on Gorda Peak on Virgin Gorda.
The Botanical Gardens are a hidden oasis in the middle of Road Town. A show case for local flora and fauna, these gardens have been designed to educate visitors about the local vegetation as well as provide an enjoyable and relaxing visit. The gardens are beautifully maintained and regular visitors to the islands are always sure to include the gardens on their itinerary.
Based at Port Purcell, the local bike shop can provide rental mountain bikes for a day or a week (or any number of days in between). All bikes are provided with helmets and advice is given on the best places to ride. Another way of seeing the islands is to go on a bike tour, you will be driven to Sage Mountain, where a guide will lead back down to sea level – an ideal way to see the island, without having to ride all the way to the top!
This sport can be done in Cane Garden Bay, where there are power boats and drivers available to rent by the quarter hour. Water Skiing is also offered on our live aboard boats, from several of our dive shop facilities and at some of our marinas.
Close to Sage Mountain there are stables from where Shadow Stables leads horseback tours of the Ridge Road and the Sage Mountain area.
Snorkeling can be done from the beaches of the BVI or from one of the many dive boats. For beginning snorkelers, the best place to get comfortable with the equipment is in the hotel swimming pool. Once you feel confident with the snorkel and mask you are ready to graduate to the ocean! Well Beach on Beef Island is the perfect place to start, as it is one of the only south facing beaches on Tortola and is usually very calm, the outer reef provides some interesting marine life to observe.
HIRING A POWERBOAT
There are four locations from which you can hire a power boat on Tortola, Soper’s Hole Marina, Cane Garden Bay, Nanny Cay, and Village Cay Marina. On Virgin Gorda, you can hire a power boat at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and Leverick Bay. The boats are between 17′ and 23′ in length and have outboard engines. These boats are ideal for exploring the beaches and islands of the BVI under your own steam. They can be rented for either the full or half day.
Kayaks are a fun and relaxing way to explore the islands, and these can be rented from a number of places in the BVI.
The British Virgin Islands are world renowned as a premier sailing destination and there are plenty of yachts that will take you sailing for a half day or whole day. There is plenty of variety in type of yacht available and their itineraries. You can choose from lobster lunches at Jost Van Dyke or day sails to the Baths. Some yachts stop at more than one island and offer lunch on a secluded beach or at one of the famous out-island bars. Prices vary by the type of itinerary, length of trip and what is included.
The constant trade winds make the Virgin Islands a perfect windsurfing destination. There are two locations on Tortola in which to try this sport, Trellis Bay, Beef Island or at Nanny Cay. The local windsurfing companies offers lessons to all levels and guarantees to get beginners sailing.
In the winter when the Atlantic swells roll in from the north, Apple Bay becomes a surfers paradise! Although the swells are much smaller than those of California and Hawaii, it is not uncommon to see 20 surfers out in the bay. Cane Garden Bay and Josiah’s Bay are also used for surfing in the winter months. Surf boards can be rented on Tortola.
TENNIS AND PITCH & PUTT GOLF
Long Bay Beach Resort has tennis courts and a nine hole pitch and putt course. Use of these is free to hotel guests. A small charge may be levied for non guests to use the facilities. There is also a putt-putt course at the Mine Shaft Restaurant on Virgin Gorda.
The British Virgin Islands are considered by many to be one of the best places in the world to kite surf. With nearly constant trade winds and beautiful ocean conditions, the BVI offers some great opportunities for everyone from beginners to professionals!