Fly the Bvi (british Virgin Islands)
Duration: Full Day
One of the best ways to witness the breathtaking beauty of the British Virgin Islands during your Caribbean holiday is to fly. This tour will take you on a short scenic flight from Beef Island or Virgin Gorda to the stunning coral island of Anegada, where you will discover miles of beautiful white sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife.
Located approximately 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the British Virgin Islands are part of the Leeward Islands of the eastern Caribbean. Comprising 60 islands and cays, surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, this idyllic holiday destination has much to offer its visitors.
There are many ways to explore the islands, whether it be sailing, hiking or diving, but one mode of transport is particularly unforgettable – flying. A scenic flight around the BVI will give you a spectacular bird's eye view of these paradise islands, revealing lush, mountainous scenery and stunning coastlines. Look down onto miles of white sandy beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs, and marvel at the stunning shades of the ocean as turquoise waters merge with royal blue. You certainly won’t forget this trip in a hurry.
Anegada, meaning "Drowned Island," in Spanish, rises only 28 feet above sea level at its highest point. Measuring 10 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, this flat atoll is the only inhabited coral island in the BVI. Upon your arrival, you will be taken by taxi to The Big Bamboo beach bar and restaurant at Loblolly Bay, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh Anegada lobster, conch, fish or chicken. Loblolly Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and one of the most visited spots on Anegada Island, mainly because of its excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities.
After lunch, you can enjoy free time to relax on deserted, powdery soft white sands, lined with coconut palms and seagrape trees. Or perhaps you would prefer to swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters, which are teeming with tropical marine life. Anegada is protected by the famous Horseshoe Reef, one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Grab your snorkelling mask and fins and prepare to be amazed at the diversity of this spectacular ecosystem. Swim amongst schools of blue tangs, angel fish, needlefish, parrot fish and horse-eye jacks, and look out for mantis shrimps, sea turtles, lobsters and many beautiful coral species such as elkhorn and brain coral. This is a magical experience not to be missed.
Anegada also hosts an abundance of wildlife on land, including several rare plant and animal species such as the “air plant” and the endangered rock iguana. A wide variety of birds can also be spotted throughout the island, including sandpipers, herons, terns and ospreys, whilst a large flock of Caribbean Flamingos reside at Flamingo Pond, one of several extensive salt ponds located on the western side of the island.
If you are looking for an idyllic Caribbean island during your holiday in the British Virgin Islands, Anegada Island is the epitome of paradise.
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