Enjoy a taste of home in the British Virgin Islands

30th November 2017

It goes without saying that Christopher Columbus is one of the most renowned explorers of all time, having completed a number of journeys between Europe and America throughout the 15th century in search of new land. During his second travel to the American continent, he discovered a Caribbean island group which he would later name Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Virgenes (Saint Ursula and her 11,000 Virgins). Despite being settled by many countries, these islands have maintained their ‘Virgin’ name in honour of the story of St Ursula.

The British have held claim to the islands since 1960 and the archipelago became autonomous in 1967. Once heavily invested in agriculture, the British Virgin Islands have refocussed their main industries on tourism and financial services – which has led to them becoming highly lucrative. The Star Clippers ‘Treasure Islands’ cruise provides an opportunity to see for yourself why these islands are so highly-prized. This week, we take a look at each of the destinations you can visit on this fabulous itinerary.

Gorda Sound | Virgin Gorda

Jost Van Dyke

Once an underwater volcano, the island of Virgin Gorda is one of the easternmost situated of the British Virgin Islands. Evidence of the volcanic history of the island can be discovered today, with many unique water grottos formed by ancient lava flows. There are many huge boulders situated along the coastlines – some of which hold the key to a series of hidden caves and pools. A journey to The Baths will enable you to discover these for yourself and intrepid explorers will be able to uncover Devil’s Bay – one of Virgin Gorda’s most-renowned beaches.

The Bight | Norman Island

Owned by Dr Henry Jarecki, Norman Island is one of the most untouched destinations of the British Virgin Islands. Other than a series of roaming goats, there are no permanent inhabitants on the island and the surrounding waters provide plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and diving. Near The Bight, visitors can discover three water-level caves – each providing ideal conditions for snorkelling.

Sopers Hole | Tortola

Jost Van Dyke

Tortola is the capital and largest island of the British Virgin Islands, with plenty of opportunities available. At Soper’s Hole, you will discover an enviably relaxing way of life and many watering holes – where you can mingle with locals and enjoy a glass of rum or two. Travel further afield and you will discover some of the most highly-renowned beaches in the Caribbean, with options including Lambert Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Brewer’s Bay and Cane Garden Bay.

White Bay | Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke gets its name from a famed Dutch pirate of the same name, who used the island as a hideaway. Upon arrival, it is easy to see why he chose such a destination – with a relaxing atmosphere and some of the finest beaches in the world to be discovered. This feeling of relaxation can be realised by heading to the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, where you can enjoy a rum or two. Alternatively, if you are looking for a more active experience, you can embark on one of the many hiking trails up the hills – which will provide you with stunning vistas out to sea.

The first of a series of seven-night ‘Treasure Islands’ itineraries depart out of the St. Maarten capital of Philipsburg on 10th February 2018 aboard the Star Flyer, with additional sailings also available through to March and in 2019. For more information or to book a traditional tall ship sailing with Star Clippers, contact our friendly team via the freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.

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