British Virgin Islands, a sailor's paradise

British Virgin Islands

Arriving in the BVI by ferry

British Virgin Islands - How to get to the BVI

The British Virgin Islands are a paradise for sailing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, sunning, beachcombing, relaxing, and tropical drinks. Getting to the BVI isn't too hard, but there are options to consider. Here are some tips on how to get to the BVI...
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Nothing says tropics like palm trees

Back to the Balmy Breezes,Virgin Islands

It's one of the greatest feelings in the world. You step through the door of the plane, out onto the metal stairs. Sultry tropical air greets you, heavenly after the chilly plane. Palm trees sway against a bright blue sky, and in an instant, "normal life" is gone. You are now on a tropical island... Read article...

Sit back and relax at the beach bar on Anegada

Anegada - The drowned island

Anegada is the most remote of the British Virgin Islands. You reach it after a nice long sail, then thank your stars that you've got a competent and experienced captain steering you through the reefs to a safe anchorage. And then you go ashore to investigate & celebrate! It can be tricky to get... Read article...

Power lounging in the British Virgin Islands

So there we were.. power lounging at White Bay

Just got some updates from Yacht Promenade in the British Virgin Islands, and it looks like the Adventurous Wenches aboard right now are having a fine time. They broke out the power lounger at White Bay, one of the loveliest spots... Read article...

Inside the baths, looking out

View from the boulder baths

As you approach The Baths (near the tip of Virgin Gorda, in the BVI), from the water, it looks very weird. There are enormous boulders in a jumble, with some stacked on top of others, and some heading down into the sea. They don't look like they belong here, on this beautiful sandy beach... Read article...

Anchored off Anegada, British Virgin Islands

Tranquility, my image of

I decided years ago that my meditation focus for difficult and uncertain times would be "tranquility", and that my image to go with that would be one from sailing days. This perfect peaceful image is from the British Virgin Islands, and here's the feeling to go with it... Read article...

BVI - sailing away on our yacht (1000)

Photo: Sailing away in the BVI

One thing about sailing is that most of my photos end up being taken FROM the boat, not OF the boat. And the pictures I do get that are OF the boat are generally while it's "on the hook" at some anchorage. But some smart person realized there was a business opportunity here... Read article...

Coral reefs and tropical fish

Coral reefs and Coppertone don't mix

You try to be good, and do the right thing. On a tropical vacation, you know all about applying sunscreen liberally to protect from those damaging rays. But now a new study finds that common sunscreen ingredients may be killing coral reefs... Read article...

To ride the predator, you need to hold on tight!

So there we were... scuba-ing and predator-ing

We've got a bunch of adventurous wenches sailing down in the British Virgin Islands right now. Reports are that they've been conch blowing, scuba diving, kayaking, predator-riding, and bushwhacker drinking. And that's all in 24 hours! Here are a few photos from the trip... Read article...

Pirate Hunter: Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd - fine woodwork and piracy

Researchers believe they have found the wreck of Captain Kidd’s ship, the Quedagh Merchant. Charles Beeker, the archaeologist who made the discovery, said it will take about two years of careful excavation to confirm the vessel's identity. The team is hoping to find some intact woodwork. Samples could prove... Read article...