Salt Island, British Virgin Islands

One of my favorite places in the Virgin Islands. I regret telling anyone about my ongoing long term love affair with this island, as, I have to share it with more people then I ever did.

1 Salt Island, British Virgin Islands, steeped in history, ice challenge done! Salt Island- H2O Trips exploring the island

However, in off season (now, my favorite time of the year) I don’t have to share barely any of the anchorages with anyone…

We anchored on Peter Island for the possible storm that came through Friday and then Saturday made our way up to Salt Island.

2 Salt Island, British Virgin Islands, steeped in history, ice challenge done! Salt Island- H2O Trips exploring the island

I have been coming here for almost 20 years and the feeling of peace I get here is still the same.

3 Salt Island, British Virgin Islands, steeped in history, ice challenge done! Salt Island- H2O Trips exploring the island

No one lives full time on this island. Salt Island at one point in history used to be a thriving community with over a 100 people living on it and collecting salt. Salt being an important commodity for transporting cargo back to Europe from the colonies hundreds of years ago.

When you arrive at the island, it certainly looks like people are living there with the variety of houses and buildings you see, but no one has lived on the island for several years.

4 Salt Island, British Virgin Islands, steeped in history, ice challenge done! Salt Island- H2O Trips exploring the island

There are several salt ponds on the island, and with our lack of rain this spring, they were all fairly low. You can walk around most of them currently.

5 Salt Island, British Virgin Islands, steeped in history, ice challenge done! Salt Island- H2O Trips, exploring the island

Back in 1867 when the RMS Rhone wrecked on Salt Island, the inhabitants of this island were instrumental in not only saving the people who lived on the shipwreck around the corner on Black Rock, but also buried the dead they could find. The cemetery is still on the corner of the anchorage, although having to be cleaned up a couple times because of land slides.

In gratitude, the queen gave the people on Salt Island the deed to the island in perpetuality, in return for the rent of one bag of salt per year, which the Governor still takes when he goes back to the UK for his yearly holidays in May.

6 Salt Island, British Virgin Islands, steeped in history, ice challenge done! Salt Island- H2O Trips, exploring the island

They could not sell the land, consequently, Salt Island is now owned by thousands of descendants, who do meet a couple times per year there for a get together.

Many of the buildings there are not actually houses, but salt storage sheds and charcoal smoking buildings. Some of the last inhabitants into this century still sold salt and also made charcoal for sale over on St Thomas!

7 Salt Island, British Virgin Islands, steeped in history, ice challenge done! Salt Island- H2O Trips, exploring the island. This particular building was a chicken coop

Not only is it our favorite island, but it is also my cats favorite place! She tries very unsuccessfully to trap lizards every time we take her on there.

8 Salt Island, British Virgin Islands, steeped in history, ice challenge done! Salt Island- H2O Trips, exploring the island

We can wander around there for hours collecting sea glass. There is plenty to be found, old metal buoys, and glimpses into years gone by.

9 Salt Island, British Virgin Islands, steeped in history, ice challenge done! Salt Island- H2O Trips, exploring the island

The snorkeling here is some of the best around. If you know where to look 🙂 It is a picturesque anchorage, and I always giggle when I see two hundred boats moored up at Cooper Island next door and no one where I am. But, that is one of the pleasures, you DO Have to anchor here and IF you are not as wide as what our yacht is, it can get fairly roll.

I have several more posts coming up on Salt Island, the interiors and stories of some of the buildings, and what you can see snorkeling, never mind the stories of the RMS Rhone, the top wreck dive in the Caribbean and a top 10 wreck dive in the entire world.

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