The Awe-inspiring Rebirth of the British Virgin Islands
What can be said about what the British Virgin Islands went through last year? It was heartbreaking to see one of the world’s most popular sailing destinations facing down one of the worst hurricane seasons on record in terms of damage.
It’s been tough for the community and, boy, have they been working hard. Their efforts are amazing and in just a few months, so much has been restored, rebuilt and reopened. That #BVIstrong spirit is in abundance and the islands’ entrepreneurs and staff are doing everything they can to get back to normal.
Since November, our customers have been returning to the BVIs and we’ve had so much positive feedback about their charters. Just look below at how much progress has been made with our latest post-Irma BVI update. All that is needed is you and your support. So make your 2018 vacation a BVI one and take a look at our bareboat fleet and all-inclusive by the cabin charters!
Tortola: Nanny Cay is fully open and the marina has new docks, the swimming pool is back and the beach bar is serving cold drinks and snacks, while Peg Legs is back too. Soper’s Hole has mooring balls and the restaurant Pusser’s Landing is serving food 11am to 7pm and has free WiFi. Omar’s Cafe is also back with breakfast, coffee and free WiFi. Cane Garden Bay beach is still lovely and Myett’s restaurant has returned too. Provision at Riteway as normal and dock at Fat Hogs Bay and hire water toys from Island Surf and Sail.
Norman Island: Pirates Bight restaurant relaunched early December with a new “modern beach lounge experience” on this beautiful island, which was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. On the menu you’ll find fried conch, BBQ ribs and plenty of fresh, local seafood. The Club has partially opened to serve food and provide beach lounging. The Willy T team is busy aiming to return this year. There’s still fantastic snorkeling at the caves in Privateer Bay with a wonderful spectrum of marine life.
Jost van Dyke: Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay is back in business with its Painkiller cocktails, lunch menu and Ring Toss game. Foxy’s threw an amazing New Year’s party on the beach and has already had the first Friday beach BBQ. Corsairs beach bar and restaurant is rebuilding with plans to open in February. Head to Monkey Point, Guana Island, for fantastic snorkeling and the National Park moorings are still there.
Virgin Gorda: The giant granite rocks at the Baths with their grottos and tunnels are still there for you to see and there are new platforms and ropes. Top of the Baths restaurant returned in November with its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Devil’s Bay beaches are clean and the greenery is returning to the nearby National Park. Leverick Bay Resort and Marina are also open in the North Sound for overnight mooring, drinks and food, as well as water and ice. Or, you can pop over to North Lee Bay on Fallen Jerusalem Island for snorkeling but remember, time at the mooring balls is restricted to 90 minutes.
Salt Island: Wreck explorers can rejoice as RMS Rhone was undamaged and is still a marine life paradise for divers and snorkelers.
Anegada: Head to the Reef Hotel for food, whether you fancy lobster for dinner or a salad for lunch – don’t forget to try their rum smoothie. Big Bamboo, Loblolly Bay, has returned and specializes in lobster, conch, shrimp and ribs.
Peter Island: The Indians, a nearby popular diving and snorkeling spot, has great visibility and marine life. You can visit Deadman’s Bay, Whelk Bay, White Bay, Key Bay and Great Harbour’s moorings. Peter Island resort will remain closed for rebuilding for most of this year.
Dog Islands: Enjoy snorkeling above healthy coral at Coral Gardens off the Great Dog coast and the south-west coast of George Dog.
Scrub Island: The resort, spa and marina expect to be back for you to visit in March.
Cooper Island: The Beach Club is scheduled to reopen April 1st and their microbrewery will be back in action too. For now you can use the mooring balls and snorkel around Cistern Point or Hallovers Bay. You can also hop to Ginger Island and go on an organized dive – the underwater world has fared well.
Keep in mind that some ATM facilities aren’t operational and local businesses may not be able to accept credit cards. We advise that you take cash to buy provisions and for eating out. For a full list of all the restaurants that have opened, which is far more than we’d have room to list, head over to BVI Traveller.