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Things to do in British Virgin Islands

While the main attribute of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are the mainly uncrowded and unspoiled white-sand beaches, there are also a variety of water-based activities for honeymoon couples to try.

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Snorkelling The Baths at Virgin Gorda, BVI – Image courtesy of abeachaday.com


What to do in BVI

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) offers honeymoon couples a choice of water-based activities, including…

Snorkelling

For some of the best snorkelling in BVI, head to Brewers Bay Beach, the islet of Marina Cay, Cooper Island and Norman Isle.

Or try the warm limpid pools surrounded by majestic granite boulders at The Baths on Virgin Gorda. Most hotels and operators offer masks and flippers for hire.

Scuba diving

Dive the wreck of the HMS Rhone, which sank in 1867 near the western point of Salt Island or check out the still visible hull of Chikuzen, which sank off the island's eastern end in 1981.

Both sites are home to a vast array of tropical marine life including black-tip sharks, yellowtail, barracuda and octopus.

For wall dives, try Alice in Wonderland south of Ginger Island, which begins at around 3.6m and descends gently to 30m and is surrounded by marine life such as rainbow-hued fan coral and mushroom-shaped coral.

Try also the Spyglass Wall, a 3m to 18m drop surrounded by tarpon, eagle rays and stingrays. Several licensed operators offer diving excursions as well as PADI open-water certifications.

Sailing

Tortola boasts one of the largest fleets of bareboat sailing charters in the world and is generally regarded as the cruising capital of the world.

Depending on the level of your nautical skills, you can either charter a bareboat yacht or hire a fully crewed boat with skipper, crew and cook. You can also sign up for a sail-training course.

Island hopping

All the inhabited islands in the BVI group are easily reached by regular ferry; uninhabited islands can be visited on a charter.

Head to Guana Island, a private hideaway island located just off Tortola. This 340ha island offers seven pristine white-sand beaches and several hiking trails that range through a nature preserve and wildlife sanctuary where you can look out for rare species of orchid, iguana, red-legged tortoise and the Caribbean roseate flamingo.

Come for a day or stay longer at the charming Guana Island Club resort.

The nearby US Virgin Islands of St Johns and St Thomas are a short flight or ferry ride away and offer a different array of activities, including theme and water parks, gambling and probably the best duty free shopping in the Caribbean.


Latest update British Virgin Islands honeymoon destination: 22 November, 2017


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