Heli-lunch in the British Virgin Islands
Duration: Half Day
There is something magical about flying across the British Virgin Islands, and is an experience like no other. Marvel at lush, green islands, scattered like gems in the sparkling clear turquoise waters below; look down onto tiny coral atolls, miles of white sandy beaches and extensive coral reefs. The scenery will take your breath away. This tour will take you on a luxury helicopter ride to Peter Island, enabling you to enjoy a unique bird’s-eye view of this paradise destination.
Boasting pristine white sands, breathtaking mountain scenery, rare wildlife and crystalline waters abundant with coral reefs and marine life, the British Virgin Islands is an idyllic Caribbean holiday destination. Located approximately 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, there are 60 islands and cays to discover here, of which only 16 are inhabited. There are many ways to explore the islands, but flying has to be one of the most exhilarating.
Enjoy spectacular views of the islands, ocean and coastlines as you take a scenic helicopter ride from Beef Island airport to Peter Island, flying over the beautiful islands of Cooper, Ginger and Salt on the way. Look out for a variety of exciting marine wildlife on your journey. You may be lucky enough to see dolphins and even humpback whales during certain times of the year.
We will also fly over the National Park of Fallen Jerusalem, which comprises beautiful coastal vegetation and enormous granite boulders. This lush island is also an important nesting site for seabirds such as brown boobies, laughing gulls, noddies, terns and brown pelicans, as well as the endangered red-billed tropic bird, so who knows what you will see flying around you.
As we near Peter Island, look out for the sunken Rhone Wreck located off Salt Island, which is now part of the Rhone National Marine Park, the first and only marine park in the British Virgin Islands. The RMS Rhone ship was a British royal mail steamer which sank during a hurricane in 1867. Much of the ship is still intact, and today the wreck is considered one of the best dive sites in the BVI and one of the most famous dive sites in the world.
When we reach Peter Island, you can enjoy a couple of hours relaxing for lunch. Home to the luxurious Peter Island Resort, this private island is an idyllic Caribbean retreat, boasting paradise beaches, lush vegetation and calm, crystal clear azure waters. The most breathtaking beach has to be Deadman’s Bay, a stunning, secluded white-sand beach lined by towering coconut palms. Enjoy an unforgettable day flying and relaxing in paradise.
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The tourism sector in the British Virgin Islands is continuing to grow, and in 2016 it experienced a significant increase in overnight visitors. Figures released by the government revealed that more than 406,000 visitors stayed overnight in hotels, apartments, and B&Bs by the end of the year. This is the first time that the Caribbean nation has recorded more than 400,000 visitors overnight.
The north-eastern Caribbean's British Virgin Islands (BVI) is hosting its very first month-long celebration of island food this November. The BVI Food Fete's highlights will include the Anegada Lobster Festival, Restaurant Week and a range of street barbecues and parties showcasing local cuisine.
The Great House on Richard Branson's private Necker Island will be opening its doors once again to holidaymakers wanting to experience a truly luxurious Caribbean holiday, after it was badly damaged by a fire in 2011. The nine-bedroom property has been renovated over the past two years and it is scheduled to open again in September, 2013.