May 15th, 2015

Island Hopping in the British Virgin Islands

Visitors and residents at Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda can enjoy island hopping and hiking in the 21 National Park Trust locations scattered throughout the British Virgin Islands.

Virgin Gorda

Oil Nut Bay visitors can enjoy the fabulous view from Gorda Peak National Park. This is the highest point on the island at 1,379 feet. The peak is located in the northwest part of the island overlooking Soldier Bay and North Sound.

The trail leads through a protected dry forest that is home to the world’s smallest lizard, the Virgin Gorda gecko. The lookout tower at the peak affords a spectacular view of most of the British Virgin Islands. Picnic tables are available at the junction of the east and west trails for hungry hikers.

A 15-minute hike from the car park at the Baths, a national park, will take visitors to Devil’s Bay National Park at the south tip of the island. This secluded beach can also be reached climbing over the boulders at the Baths. Another trail at the south end of the beach leads to Stoney Bay on the Atlantic side of the island. Devil’s Bay has mooring buoys and a dinghy dock making it accessible by boat.

Jost Van Dyke

Take a day trip by boat to Jost Van Dyke and go ashore at Diamond Cay. This is a national park and nesting area for several species of birds including native boobies, terns and pelicans. Leatherback turtles nest here and on neighboring Sandy Cay, which is also part of the park. There is also a small hiking trail on Sandy Cay.

Great Camanoe and Dead Chest

This small rocky island is home to the Cam Bay National Park that includes a salt pond and dry vegetation inland. The calm anchorage offers good snorkeling. Hikers can walk along the salt pond trail that divides the island.

Dead Chest is an uninhabited rocky island that is a national park. It was possibly named by the notorious Blackbeard.

Tortola

Sage Mountain National Park has a series of short, interconnecting trails that cover the 92-acre park. Hikers reaching the 1,780-foot peak will have another fantastic view of the islands.

The J.D. O’Neal Botanic Gardens park offers a look at rare and endangered plants on the islands.

All of the BVI national parks are beautiful, preserved areas to be explored by visitors to the islands. Oil Nut Bay is a fantastic place to begin your exploration through all that the BVI national parks have to offer.

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