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TORTOLA - THINGS TO DO

Sailing

The BVI are the (unofficial) sailing capital of the Caribbean with many adventures available for experts or novices. The gentle breezes of the Drake Channel and the multitude of small islands make Villa Ariana an ideal starting point for day sails or longer trips.

Day sails should be booked in advance. It couldn’t be easier – there are day sails available from nearby Soper’s Hole at West End, and from other marinas such as Nanny Cay. Most include opportunites to swim, snorkel and explore nearby islands. We highly recommend booking a day sail as part of your time on Tortola.

Serious sailors are encouraged to explore charters and other opportunities. There really are few better places on the planet to go boating.

SCUBA Diving and Snorkeling

There are many great snorkel/dive spots, but here are a few of our favorites! For more information on snorkel locations & private/group snorkel excursions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Bight – is one of the BVI’s most popular site for daysails. Some of the best snorkeling in the BVI is located at the reef on the eastern part of the harbor south of the beach.

The Caves – on Norman Island is said to have been made famous from the 1993 classic story “Treasure Island” which was written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Norman Island is said to have been the inspiration for the story.

The Indians – is located near Norman Island & consists of four unique shaped rocky pinnacles which rise about sixty feet above the water surface. This is a great snorkel/dive site with calm waters and an abundance of coral gardens and many fish.

Monkey Point – is located at the Southern tip of Guana Island. You can easily sail to the site & hook up to a mooring buoy. It is a requirement that you use the National Park Authority mooring balls (orange with yellow floating line) and not attempt to anchor & damage the reef. Here you will see large 5ft Tarpon, sea turtles, yellowtail snappers, grunts & jacks.

Wreck of the Rhone – which was built in 1865 sank in 1867 is the most famous dive/snorkel of the BVI & one of the best wreck, dives in the Caribbean numerous artifacts deposited on her fateful day are still visible today. You will also see where the 1977 film classic The Deep was shot. If you want to get up close, then diving is a must!

Watersports

Kayaking – is a great way to explore the many coves, bays & anchorages of the crystal clear waters of the British Virgin Islands. Additional Kayak rentals can easily be arranged as well as a Kayak, Snorkel & Eco tours.

Surfing – one of the best water sports when it comes to making a splash in the turquoise waters of the BVI! We have some of the best surf in the Caribbean. The surf seasonal, roughly from mid November to late April, although during the summer months swells do show up from passing storms on the north shore beaches. The closest surfing beach to Villa Ariana is Long Bay Beach. This is a good surfing beach for beginners with a close out above 3ft. Apple Bay is also not far from the villa & the surf spot breaks with waves 2ft – 10ft, with reef bottom, right & left hand peaks. Surfboards are available for rent.

Windsurfing – is one of the top watersports in the BVI. The wind that blows steadily here day in day out makes skimming across our pristine water a truly exhilarating experience.

Swim with Dolphins – is a magical, unique experience you won’t forget. Swim with the Dolphins at Dolphin Discovery located at Prospect Reed in Tortola. There are several interactive programs to choose from, suitable for all ages.

Other Activities

ATV Tours
Boat Charters
Deep Sea/Bone Fishing
Island Tours
Kite Surfing
Learn to Sail
Yoga & Pilates