The sands are of a striking chalky white, the seas a shimmering crystalline blue and the sunsets second to none – welcome to the British Virgin Islands, one of the world’s most illustrious havens for sun-seeking hedonists.
Typically the privileged domain of moguls, models and millionaires, this smattering of lushly forested islands offers countless secluded bays, pristine coral reefs and an infectious Creole vibe that will sweep you off your feet and into a hammock before you can say: “another rum cocktail”.
Our British Virgin Islands trips
British Virgin Islands travel highlights
Snorkel through The Caves at Norman Island
Sip fruity cocktails at a beachside bar in Gorda Sound
Bask on Green Cay’s stunning sands
British Virgin Islands holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit
Geography and environment
Cocktails of the British Virgin Islands
Health and Safety
British Virgin Islands travel FAQs
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS:
Australia: No - Not required
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: No - Not required
South Africa: No - Not required
Switzerland: No - Not required
UK: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required
As the British Virgin Islands primarily caters to high-end tourism, tipping is customary in pretty much all cases from taxi drivers to bell-hops. Most restaurants and hotels will add a 5-10% service charge to bills, but if the meal or service has been particularly good, it’s still appropriate to leave a 5% tip.
Internet access exists in many resorts and hotels and there are a few internet cafés in the larger towns. Wi-Fi subscription services can be bought from BVI Marine, which provides wireless access at all harbours.
Mobile phone coverage in the islands is excellent and roaming agreements exist with some international companies.
Toilets are of the western-style, flushable variety, though pay attention to signs requesting that used paper be put in the wastepaper basket instead of flushed.
Domestic beer = $3
Coffee in a café = $5
Meal in an inexpensive restaurant = $15
3-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant = $85
Treated and desalinated by the British Government, the tap water on the islands is drinkable.
Credit cards from the major companies such as Visa and Mastercard are accepted in some establishments.
A handful of ATMs exist in Tortola and Virgin Gorda that are hooked into international networks (Cirrus, Plus, Exchange etc.).
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for British Virgin Islands
1. Be considerate of the British Virgin Islands’s customs, traditions, religion and culture
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts
4. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive
5. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals
6. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children
7. Never touch or remove coral from reefs. Also, avoid buying souvenirs that have been illegally removed from the reef.