Passage between Tortola,
Guana and Great Camanoe Islands.
The primarily inhabited islands besides Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke are Beef Island, Great Camanoes, Little Camanoe, Peter Island, Norman Island, Saba Rock, Necker Island, Little Thatch, Cooper Island & Salt Island.
There are also many discovered islands, cays, beaches and bays just waiting to be explored. Dead Man's Chest, Carrot Rock, Pelican Island, The Indians, The Dog Islands, Moskito Island, Prickly Pear, Eustatia, Great Thatch, Great Tobago, Little Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Cay and Green Cay.
Beef Island Airport
Beef Island is located at the most eastern end of Tortola, connected by a short bridge to Tortola. Most of the visitors that come to the British Virgin Islands arrive by air transport, and Beef Island is home to the Terrance B. Lettsome International airport. On Beef Island are several beaches, Long Bay, and Trellis Bay. Trellis Bay is a perfect place to meet your Crewed Yacht Charter, if that is your vacation choice. Located in Trellis Bay are many shops to browse, a small hotel, internet cafes, a water sport shop, and a small market. If you are on island during a full moon period, there is a fabulous "full moon" party that is well worth attending! Also located in the middle of Trellis Bay is a very small island where you will find The Last Resort, a popular nighttime dining spot, with the "singing chef" to entertain you after dinner! Trellis Bay is also a ferry connection point for Virgin Gorda, which includes, transport to Spanish Town, Leverick Bay, Briars Creek, Bitter End Resort, Little Dix Bay, and Guana Island. Also, there is ferry service to nearby Marina Cay island. If Tortola is your final vacation destination, a five-minute taxi ride from the airport takes you over the bridge, and you are on Tortola, and the length of the taxi ride can range from fifteen to forty-five minutes, depending on where your accommodations are located.
The Caves, Norman Island
Located south of Tortola, approximately five miles from Road Harbour, is the ever-popular Norman Island. The island has much history dating back to when the pirates would hole up in the "Bight," which is one of the largest anchorages found in the British Virgin Islands. The island is known for its legends of pirates and treasure caves - the most famous legend of all being the role of the island as the model for the epic "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. The island is now uninhabited, but in the past, farmers reared cattle there. Today, Norman Island is a water sports haven for diving, snorkeling, wakeboarding, windsurfing, water skiing, and a perfect clam anchorage for overnight on your yacht. The world famous "Willy T" is anchored in the Bight, and is a fun place to visit. The only building ashore is the "Pirates" bar and restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner. The Caves are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the British Virgin Islands.
Comprising one of the southern islands of the BVI archipelago, Norman Island lies close to the international boundary line separating the British Virgin Islands from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Norman Island is an area of 610 acres and approximately 2½ miles long with a central ridge extending along the length of the island creating gently rolling hills. Norman Hill is the highest point on the island at 427 feet above sea level.
The coastline offers a number of bays and offshore reefs providing excellent snorkeling and diving. The Bight is one of the most protected and well-known anchorages in the region although Soldier Bay, Benures Bay and Money Bay provide secluded anchorages given the right conditions. Treasure Point is located at the southern entrance to The Bight and comprises a rocky headland along which the famous Caves can be found. Also, at the eastern entrance to the Bight, is a small cove that also offers good snorkeling. Mooring buoys are abundant throughout the Bight and anchoring is also allowed.
Deadmen's Bay, Peter Island
Located directly across the Sir Francis Drake Channel from Road Town, Peter Island is the home of the luxurious Peter Island Resort, a privately owned island resort. Visitors are welcome to explore everything that the Resort has to offer, from boutiques to fine dining. To the east of the resort is Deadmans Bay, where anchoring in the daytime you will find excellent snorkeling and a swimming beach that is one of the best on Peter Island.
On the south shore of Peter Island are two large bays, White Bay and Key Bay, both being excellent watersports areas and also recommended as overnight anchorages. Remember that Peter Island is accessible by water only. The island is private and largely undeveloped. Scenic walks to private beaches, dramatic views to outlying islands, as well as activities and seclusion are what this island is all about.
The small island just to the east of Peter Island is Dead Chest, and legend has it that Blackbeard the pirate stranded some of his mutinous crew on the island with only a barrel of rum for them to drink!