Insight into the British Virgin Islands
9th July 2015
The beauty of embarking on a Star Clippers cruise is the relaxed itinerary and on board atmosphere. Winds and waves effortlessly carry you from one port to the next, whilst you either relax on the top deck or volunteer to get involved with the sailing of the ship. The Star Clippers Treasure Islands itinerary will allow you to visit the British Virgin Islands, widely thought to be the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel, Treasure Island.
Sailing from Philipsburg, St Maarten and visiting Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and St. Barts; this cruise will allow you to visit some of the most beautiful islands the Caribbean has to offer. This week, Star Clippers takes a closer look at the treasure and tranquil beauty of the British Virgin Islands.
This is the first British Virgin Islands destination visited on the Treasure Islands itinerary, and the first thing you may notice on the island is the lack of commercialisation. Since becoming an established tourist destination in the 1960’s, people have flocked to the island’s beautiful array of beaches.
The Baths is the island’s most famous beach, as it contains many hidden caves and pools amongst giant granite boulders. A short trail from The Baths will take you to Devil’s Bay, where popular activities include snorkelling. The island is also very good for rock climbing and there are many designated routes for beginners and experts.
The Bight, Norman Island
Norman Island is one of the islands considered to be the influence for the popular and classic novel, Treasure Island. The time at which Treasure Island was written matches with the time that the booty of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe was salvaged.
This uninhabited island presents a tropical paradise and is renowned for its three water-level caves, which you may witness upon entering The Bight. With so many caves, hidden bays and wrecks on the island; you may uncover some treasures of your own.
Soper’s Hole, Tortola
Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, yet there is no shortage of beautiful beaches and places to relax. Josiah’s Bay offers a beach that is popular with both tourists and natives alike. Enjoy a glass of rum and you’ll come to appreciate the laid back lifestyle of the Caribbean.
Alternatively, Brewer’s Bay is the only non-white sand beach on the island – with the sand instead being a dark, golden colour. This beach presents many opportunities for snorkelling and you may even spot pelicans diving into the sea for fish.
White Bay, Jost Van Dyke
Sticking with the theme of treasure islands and pirates; Jost Van Dyke was named after a Dutch pirate of the same name who used the island as a hideaway. Jost Van Dyke offers some of the finest beaches of the British Islands including Sandy Cay.
The island is also tremendously popular amongst walkers. A path at Sandy Cay can take you all the way around the island and provide an opportunity to admire the local flora and fauna. There are many hiking trails around the island and, after a long trek, be sure to head over to the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar in Great harbour for a spot of relaxation.
If all this talk of treasure hunting and sailing on a traditional tall ship has inspired you; why not embark on a Caribbean adventure of your own with Star Clippers. Sailing on board the Star Clipper, this cruise will take you to some of the finest treasures the Caribbean has to offer.