This British overseas territory is comprised of many protected anchorages and marinas, unique reef-lined sandy beaches, exciting hiking trails, delicious Caribbean restaurants, and local shops full of West Indian flare. The calm waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel run between Tortola and many of the smaller islands. That means you’re always in sight of land and the sailing is smooth.
Our summertime home base is at Hodges Creek Marina on Tortola’s east end where the Sail Caribbean Divers shop is in operation year-round. Tortola is the largest island and Road Town the capital. English is spoken and the US dollar used as currency. Road Town is a bustling center of activity. Some spots we like to visit there include La Dolce Vita, a delicious homemade gelato and sorbet spot; HiHo, a Virgin Island based surf-shop, and Pusser’s, the only BVI “chain” restaurant with a great gift shop and island favorites. Get ready for more island highlights like these.
The British Virgin Islands have won several SCUBA Diving Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. After rating their favorite diving destinations, readers chose the BVI as First Place Winner for Top Beginner Diving, 2nd place for Top Underwater Photography, and 3rd place for Top Wreck Diving. The British Virgin Islands (aka “Nature’s Little Secret”) aren’t a secret for divers anymore.