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Island Hopping by ferry: the British Virgin Islands

Island hopping in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is an adventure that allows you to discover the natural beauty of this serene paradise in the Caribbean. Located to the east of Puerto Rico, this British Overseas Territory is made up of around 60 islands and cays, each with its unique charm. In this blog, we'll take you on a virtual tour of the British Virgin Islands and tell you about the beauty of the islands. We will highlight the essential ferry services to make your journey smooth and memorable.

So, pack your bags and set sail!

Start your journey in the British Virgin Islands on Tortola

Start your British Virgin Island-hopping trip by taking a flight to Tortola. Of course you need to take a few days to explore lovely Tortola. Walk through the national parks and relax on one of the beautiful beaches.

For example visit the popular Cane Garden Bay: whether you're looking for a beachside party or a serene sunset, Cane Garden Bay has it all. Would you like some more peace and quiet? Then relax on Smuggler's Cove: a picturesque, secluded beach with soft white sand and calm turquoise waters. It's the perfect place to unwind, sunbathe, or take a refreshing swim. And: don’t forget your snorkel gear!

Ferry routes from Tortola

The BVI has a well-developed network of ferry services that connect the islands, making island hopping entertaining and convenient. From Tortola you can go in all directions. Here are some essential ferry routes in the BVI to get you started[1]

1. Road Town (Tortola) to Virgin Gorda

take a ferry to Virgin Gorda with its great diving and snorkeling spots and the Baths national park. This ferry crossing takes about 30 minutes.

2. Trellis Bay ferry dock, Beef Island (Tortola) to Scrub Island

You can catch a short ferry ride (10 minutes) from Trellis Bay to Scrub Island for a day trip or overnight stay in a relaxing resort.

3. West End ferry terminal (Tortola) to Jost Van Dyke

You can visit the lively island of Jost Van Dyke -known for its beach bars and crystal-clear waters– by taking a ferry from Tortola's West End. It's a short 25 minute ferry ride

4. Road Town (Tortola) to Anegada

It takes a 75 minute ferry ride to the most unique island in the BVI: Anegada. Amazing reefs and under water caves make it a perfect spot for Scuba diving and snorkeling.

British Virgin Islands: an underwater paradise

Now that you've seen the sea sparkling in the Caribbean sun from above, it's time to explore underwater. Because there's a whole hidden world beneath the crystal-clear waters surrounding the British Virgin Islands. Beautiful coral reefs, tropical fish, underwater caves and old shipwrecks. Scuba divers and snorkelers can indulge themselves here; there’s so much to discover.

Underwater Art and Sculptures
Even more special is the underwater art reef. Some artists in the British Virgin Islands have turned the ocean floor into their canvas; creating mesmerizing sculptures and artworks that attract divers from all over the world.
coral reef snorkeling
More island hopping by ferry in the Caribbean: the islands St Martin, Saba and St Barth

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