With fair weather and constant trade winds, the British Virgin Islands has more than 60 islands within easy reach—including Norman Island, the nearby snorkeling destination that inspired the classic novel Treasure Island.
The Island Sailaway excursion allows you to participate in the activity for which Tortola is famed on a large catamaran. You’ll sail across Sir Francis Drake Channel to one of the surrounding islands for excellent snorkeling or swimming from the boat. At a second site, reef snorkeling is accessible from the beach.
Or you can escape to Jost Van Dyke, the smallest of the main British Virgin Islands. During your cruise from Road Town to the island named after a notorious pirate, you can admire the views of smaller islets and St. John as the motor launch travels Tortola’s south coast and rounds its West End. Land directly on the glorious white-sand beach of White Bay, and spend the day relaxing, swimming, and perhaps sipping a Painkiller from one of the beach bars or checking out the water sports.
The Tour to Virgin Gorda Baths is a popular choice. Named for the batholith boulders that form beautiful grottos and serene pools, the Baths are a highlight of the British Virgin Islands. A ferry takes you from Tortola to Virgin Gorda, where the baths are a quick bus ride away. Explore the geological wonder, swim among the giant rocks, wander through hidden caves, meander the rugged trail to Devil’s Bay beach and soak in the warm, shallow waters.