BACKGROUND OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.



Virgin IslandsThe Charter Capital of the world.

This guide is the culmination of 14 years spent continuously living, sailing and captaining a charter yacht in the Virgin Islands. We would take up to 12 guest at a time, for week long charters. We were heavily into scuba diving, fishing, and visiting the out of the way places.

Because of our desire to give our guests a unique experience, we did not do the traditional charter milk run that a lot of other charter boats did. I have gained an in depth knowledge of the area and have visited places where most have not.

I hope to pass some of this knowledge on to you, If you plan on visiting the Virgin Islands either on a crewed charter yacht. a bareboat. a land based vacation or on a cruise ship day stop. There is something here for everyone.

THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.



The layout of the British Virgin Islands.
The beautiful British Virgin Islands

The Caribbean islands were formed by tectonic plate movement along the edge of the Caribbean plate.

This movement caused volcanic activity and land mass upheavals. Prior to this plate movement, the water here would have been thousands of feet deep.

The shifting plates pushed up the islands and created shallow water (mostly 60 to 130 feet) around the islands.

Going just a few miles either out you come to the north and south drops where the water drops from a couple of hundred feet deep to thousands of feet deep.

These areas Have upwelling currents that bring nutrients to the surface. These nutrients attract large schools of bait fish which in turn attract large pelagic fish, making the north drop one of the premier bill fish areas in the world.

Additional Information

The largest of the islands is the main island of Tortola

This fact confuses some as when booking flights to the BVI. most know they want to go to Tortola but the plane tickets say beef island airport! The next most populated island is Virgin Gorda. So named because Columbus, after being at sea for some time, thought the silhouette of the island reminded him of a fat lady laying down.

The main town on Virgin Gorda is Spanish Town. Way back in time Spanish town was in fact the capital of the BVI however after it was destroyed in a hurricane, it was decided to move the capital to Road town as it had a much safer harbor.

The next 2 main islands are Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. These are both sparsly populated and both have a much more relaxed way of life. Many of the other smaller islands have resorts or private homes on them. All islands in the BVI can be accessed by boat. All beaches are public property even on islands that are completely privately owned.



The exclusive Necker Islands on The Virgin Islands.
Sir Richards Branson’s Necker Island.

Of the privately owned islands. The most famous of all is Necker Island. Necker island as well as Mosquito island are owned by the world famous Sir Richard Branson, and is home to the Necker Island Resort.

This resort has been listed as the most exclusive resort in the world with many famous celebrities having rented the island in the past as an exclusive luxury get away.

Immediately to the west of the BVI is the US Virgin Islands. This Chain consists of 3 main islands and many smaller islands and cays much the same as in the BVI. St Thomas is the main island with St John and St Croix being the other 2. St Thomas and St john lay very close to each other with only a couple of miles separating them, St Croix however lays some 40 miles to the south.

Continuing to the west is the Spanish Virgin Islands. These consist of Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra.

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