The British Virgin Islands was a group of islands boasting serenity, tranquility, rich green hillsides bordered by amazingly white sandy beaches and the clearest blue water you have ever seen. The islands are bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the northern shores and the Caribbean Sea on the southern shores, providing safe and easy access to the islands for even the deepest draft vessels.
North and southeasterly trade winds over the islands, maintain temperatures in the low to mid eighties, ensuring that the 17,500 people calling the islands home, as well as the visitors, remain comfortable while enjoying the year round sunshine and warm weather. Local time in these islands is -4 hours Greenwich Time. The British Virgin Islands are accessible by airplane through the Beef Island Airport on regular flights from Puerto Rico, Antigua and the United States Virgin Islands. Regularly scheduled ferries provide daily transportation to and from the United States Virgin Islands.
Our main harbour, Road Harbour, on the island of Tortola is located at approximately 18 24’N 64 36’W, which is 100 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Road Harbour is on the southern side of Tortola, and has a “C” shape with the entrance to the harbour also facing south. The tide range throughout the islands ranges from 6 to 18 inches.
Towering hills to the north and west form a protective cove sheltering the harbour from northerly winds, while numerous islands to the south offer protection from the southeasterly winds usually prevailing in the area. Other harbours within the islands include St. Thomas Bay and Gorda South on the island of Virgin Gorda, or Fat Virgin, as named by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Great Harbour on the island of Jost Van Dyke is also one of the approved harbours, all of which are owned and managed by the British Virgin Islands Port Authority.