The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is comprised of four main islands and many other small islands. With 60 islands to cruise between, the British Virgin Islands has become one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world.
The British Virgin Islands are known as the least developed islands in the Caribbean. The Islands offer incredible diving, sailing, dramatic landscapes and numerous bays, coves and kays to explore.
The four main islands are Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorga and Jost Van Dyke. Tortola is BVI’s largest and capital island. Tortola offers a range of dining, hiking and water based activities, such as diving, surfing, kite surfing and fishing. Jost Van Dyke offers more of a cultural experience and is filled with rugged scenery and folklore. This is the smallest island of the BVI and is approximately four miles with a population of less than 300 people. The third island, Virgin Gorda, is 8.5 square miles. Virgin Gorda has numerous luxury resorts, villas, yatch clubs and quiet coves. Anegada is the flattest island out of all 60 islands. This island offers secluded beaches, amazing underwater scenery, wildlife and a variety of water based activities like surfing.
Although the main islands and some of the smaller islands are developed to sustain tourism and the local population, some of the islands are uninhabited and are designated as national parks.
Inter-island ferries travel between all of the islands daily allowing you to see all that BVI has to offer. Ferry travel time ranges from 15 minutes to 60 minutes.
The flying time from Grand Cayman to the British Virgin Islands is approximately 9 hours, including transfers.
Although the BVI were severely damaged by Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria in 2017, they have recovered quickly. Airports and hospitals are fully functional, numerous hotels have reopened – many having enhanced their offering, and the landscape has returned to its former beauty.