You can set off for dozens of off shore diving sites, most notably the Rhone, a nineteenth century British wreck. Lying off Salt Island, it featured in the 1977 movie ‘The Deep’ and is an excellent swim-through site, its hull encrusted with corals and overrun by fish including ‘Fang’ Barracuda, Lobsters, Eels and Octopuses.
This is the scuba centre of Tortola although there are courses and equipment hire for every form of water-sport, including the rental of some serious motorboats.
While the main attraction is the chance to swim and interact with the adorable, playful dolphins, each visit includes an interesting introduction to these most intelligent of mammals. You will also have the opportunity to interact with the parrots and sloths that live at the centre.
Untrawled by big factory ships, there is an abundance of fish, so why not organise a trip out to catch your dinner?
Dorado and mahi-mahi are common throughout the winter, Marlin in the summer, and sailfish and Wahoo in the fall.
The warm and clean water and steady trade winds draw top yachtsmen from far and wide. Many claim it to be the best sailing ground in the world, with its hundreds of protected coves that offer a calm anchorage.
Not surprisingly, all manner of yacht charters are available. Uncrewed or crewed, with or without catering, some offering dive gear and instruction.
A harbor used by boats traveling to and from Jost Van Dyke. Its quaint array of shops, sell typical tourist clothing with the focus on sailing gear.
A secluded spot, located to the east of Cane Garden Bay. Sheltered and quiet, it is home to a variety of fish and other aquatic life making it a perfect spot for snorkeling.
A great day trip, across Drake Channel, lays Norman Isle. Once a pirate den with treasure ships at anchor, but now deserted, it is reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
A harbor used by boats traveling to and from Jost Van Dyke. Its "quaint" array of shops, sell typical tourist clothing with the focus on sailing gear.
A snorkeling site on the western tip of Tortola, a little difficult to get to but worth the trip.
Sea fans, sponges, parrot fish, elk horn and brain coral all close to the beach and so within easy reach of beginners.
This is Tortola's number one spot for surfing. Naomi's restaurant located at the entrance offers a wide range of boards that will suit everyone from the nervous beginner to the accomplished professional.
A popular anchorage, with cafes and restaurants, almost every form of water sport is available here, including sailing, and windsurfing with tuition as well as equipment hire.
Directly below Tingalayo and a surfing spot that is up to 'pro' standards (watch out for the coral!). Board rental is available nearby, at Sebastian's Restaurant.
Safe and enclosed it is a perfect for water sports, with jet skiing, banana boating and other fun stuff on offer. Surf is 'up' at the end of the bay, with surf and kite-boards available for hire.
Located just below the house, five minutes from Apple Bay. It is regarded as one of the best restaurants in the Caribbean. Good for lunch and a romantic spot for a candlelit dinner, you can watch the striking colours of the sky hit the sea at sunset and the tinkling lights of the nearby islands.
A smart new restaurant at the tip of Frenchmans Quay, it is already a favorite for Sunday brunch, washed down with great Bloody Marys. Informal, but if the mood takes you feel free to dress to impress.
Located two minutes from Apple Bay and really close to the house. Great for breakfast before hitting the waves or enjoying a nice lunch afterwards. A simple menu with delicious ribs and chicken wings. Come evening, local bands start jamming.
Here, a well known local artist has created a more sophisticated full moon event; a beach sculpture park with bonfires, music, food, fireworks and Jumbie entertainers, who perform on stilts.
A boat harbored off of Norman Island, step on the boat and straight away the staff make you feel right at home. A good simple food but the big attraction is the drinks. Experienced barmen deliver great cocktails and shots. A very lively atmosphere and you might even catch a couple people skinny-dipping off the roof.
Situated in the Treasure Isle Hotel, in Road Town, its terrace features a sunken bar overlooks the pool and faraway marina facilities.
About as formal a Tortola gets. If you fancy getting dressed up this is the spot. The menu is broad and you can enjoy a selection of different cuisine. Even here, around midnight the music gets groovy and diners begin to strut their stuff.
Located in Road Town, the restaurant offers an international menu for lunch and dinner. It has a relaxed atmosphere and towards midnight it becomes a local hang-out for all ages, tables are pushed back and hey, you have the dance floor!
On Waterfront Drive, on the ground floor of Spaghetti Junction this bar and dance venue attracts a younger crowd with a music selection that favors current pop hits. Often gets busy around midnight as everyone starts to pour in from ‘town’.
Situated on the water at the west end of Sopers Hole, by Frenchmans Cay. Often full of “boaters” it has a relaxed, breezy Caribbean feel. It offers local and international dishes you can enjoy, as you watch the four-foot Tarpin swim round the deck below. Often features US bands, playing everything from reggae to blues.
A small quaint island to visit. Also on the island of Jost Van Dyke is a great nightspot Foxy's, this is the place to party on New Years Eve, luxury yachts arrive from all over the world. It may be centred in Foxy’s bar/restaurant, but the whole island is out to party. Don’t plan on getting too much sleep.
On the island of Jost Van Dyke. It is a great spot for lunch and to sample some local dishes perhaps one of the freshly caught Lobsters, still salty from the sea.
Situated on Josiah's Bay this is the perfect spot to take a break from surfing and relax over lunch.
Dishes include local specialties like patties and roti's through to burgers and the like.
As it name suggests, it is located at the very east end of Tortola, a five-minute ferry or boat trip
If you're in the mood for live music and dancing then this is a great spot that famously hosts a music quiz, offering free shot of tequila.
Located right by the water on Cappoon's Bay. For a real walk on the wild side go to their monthly
full moon party it is something of Virgin Islands tradition where you can enjoy a free house tea spiked with magic mushroom.
Found in Frenchman's Cay, a good spot for a quick, inexpensive meal, typical array of Caribbean/American dishes and an impressive selection of lethal cocktails. Perfect place to start an evening and watch the breathtaking sunset. Or end it, dancing to a local group.
Shadow's Ranch offers horseback rides through the national park or down to the shores of Cane
The four-acre J.R. O'Neal gardens in the centre of Road Town includes a mini rainforest with lush displays of exotic indigenous plants, waterfalls and ponds as well as wildlife, including tropical bird and the red-legged tortoise
The islands are home to deer, wild donkeys, goats and mongoose. Reptiles like anole and gecko lizards thrive here too while, a short flight away, on one of the few coral-formed Virgin Islands, Anegada, you can encounter a 'living dinosaur' the famous six-foot long rock iguana.
An unspoilt 92-acre wooded landscape forest some 1800 feet above sea level. Visit for a challenging climb, up to Spy Glass Hill, or a relaxing 'twitch'. Along with the ubiquitous bannaquit or 'yellow bird' some 200 species have been sighted, including seabirds, songbirds, and migratory waterfowl.