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Five Experiences You Must Have in the BVI

by Maia Muttoo May 20, 2019

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Whether you’re a visitor or a local on the hunt for new island activities, there’s an adventure for you in the BVI.

Here are five essential experiences to have in the Virgin Islands.


Stretch your legs and take in BVI’s beautiful tropical scenery with a hike. Tortola’s Sage Mountain National Park offers a range of trails for beginners and experienced hikers alike. So you can look out for wildlife as you marvel at 20-foot ferns, wide cedar and mahogany trees. 

Sailing Charters

The most efficient and arguably the most beautiful way to see the BVI is via the water. Hire a boat or book a private charter to island-hop your way through the country. Build your dream boat trip by choosing from traditional sailboats, catamarans or yachts that are either crewed or un-crewed.


Helicopter Tours

See the BVI from a new perspective. Take a thrilling helicopter tour to experience a bird’s-eye view of the islands’ stunning beaches, coral reefs and national parks. You can also experiment with aerial photography, or just enjoy the incredible panorama.



The BVI are a haven for watersports, and kitesurfing is quickly growing in popularity. The most favourable wind conditions are in Anegada, but you’ll find training schools elsewhere as well. If you’re looking for a fun, physical challenge that gets you into nature, this is the experience for you.


Local Cultural Festivals

You can experience BVI’s culture by attending one of the country’s annual festivals. Spanish Town Fisherman’s Jamboree takes place on Virgin Gorda during Easter weekend; the event features a fishing tournament, seafood tastings and parades. If fishing isn’t your thing, you may enjoy the Emancipation Festival that runs from the end of July to mid-August instead. The event celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people with local and international music, pageants, j’ouvert, and food fairs.

There’s always an adventure to be had in the BVI. Which one will you choose?

Sources: Caribbean Journal, Marine Max, The Barefoot Angel, The Crazy Tourist, BVI Newbie, and iExplore.