Aquatic Ecstasy

Sailing, live-aboard charters, regattas and poker runs. Unparalleled snorkeling and diving spectacular wrecks and reefs, kite and paddle festivals, and so much more. The breathtaking seabound adventures of the British Virgin Islands are ready to provide your next adventure.
Words by Sandy Lindsey Photos by Tommy Gaunt Kitesurfing & Adam Crook | June 29, 2020 | Lifestyle

Raise the sails and your expectations as you explore 600 nautical miles of some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Perhaps a liveaboard charter is more your style? There are plenty to choose from. Or maybe it’s the non-stop excitement of the Spring Regatta or Leverick Bay Poker Run that you’re in search of. The British Virgin Islands is your playground. Divers will revel in the pristine turquoise waters, year-round balmy air temperatures and unforgettable underwater scenery. No matter where you dive, the BVI keeps the adrenaline pumping for everyone from novice snorkelers to experienced scuba divers. The annual Wreck Week each December celebrates island legends including Chikuzen, Wreck Alley, Kodiak Queen, RMS Rhone, Sharkplaneo and Willy T with dive shop specials, exclusive parties and more. Kiteboarders will attain a new perspective on the BVI as they get big air over gentle waters at Tommy Gaunt Kitesurfing; a year-round treat highlighted by the Anegada Kite & Paddle Festival, an action-packed weekend that brings together water lovers to kite, paddle and “spread the stroke.” Fishermen will be equally blown away by casting in paradise. Whether you’re offshore hooking into a trophy marlin or combing the shallows fly-fishing for world-class tarpon, local guides always know where the fish are biting. In between all these adventures, there are the relaxing beaches the BVI is so famous for. Lounging seaside is unimaginably blissful — but where to lay your towel down? The island magic encompasses surf-friendly shores in Anegada to the untouched sands of Tortola’s Smuggler’s Cove. If we had to list all the gorgeous options we’d be here all day, so let’s just say this: You’ll never run out of adventures to be had and photo opps to cherish for a lifetime;