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Boating capitol of the world, the British Virgin Islands is surrounded by beautiful beaches and bountiful waters full of marine life.

Saba Rock Saturdays with Antilles Helicopters

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Saba Rock Saturdays with Antilles Helicopters

EmailPrintAntilles Helicopter Services in collaboration with Saba Rock Resort, are excited to announce the Saba Rock Nature’s Kaleidoscope helicopter tour. Beginning on Saturday, January 30th and every Saturday thereafter, AHS will be offering this heavenly aerial experience. I’ve done it a few times and cant express how beautiful it is to see the Virgin Islands from above. Experience includes: Views of the North Sound islands, Virgin Gorda and many surrounding BVI islands (even Anegada on most days) Doors off for maximum viewing pleasure Complimentary champagne, painkiller, or virgin cocktail after the tour Complimentary Saba Rock ferry from many locations in the North Sound area Special promotions and discounts for “Saba Rock Saturday” tour guests Pricing: $125 per guest (based on a full helicopter – 4 seats) Reservations recommended Groups of 8 or more qualify for discount When: Saturdays at 11:00am (or around that time) Book: Visit www.antilleshelicopterservices.com Call 1-284-441-7335 (cell) Call 1-284-499-0545 (office) Email: fly@ahs-vi.com Saba Rock: 8 bedroom boutique hotel Restaurant and bar 10 slip marina Gift shop, gardens and sun deck...

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Foxy’s Charters in Jost van Dyke BVI

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Foxy’s Charters in Jost van Dyke BVI

EmailPrintFoxy is now offering guided night and day time kayak tours in his new clear bottom kayaks. Also on offer is boat charters on Excellent Adventure to all of the beaches of Jost van Dyke as well as Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Norman, Cooper, The Indians to snorkel and just about anywhere you want to go. The watersports area is located right at the famous Foxy’s sign in front of the bar. There is also a water taxi service from Great Harbour to West End Tortola for after hours entertainment you can hope on the taxi from West End and spend the evening at Foxy’s then return back the same night. Visit on Facebook...

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BVI Power Boat Charters with Privateer

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BVI Power Boat Charters with Privateer

EmailPrintSpend the day with Privateer Charters and experience the beauty of St. John, the white sand beaches of Jost van Dyke, snorkel the Caves of Norman Island, or enjoy yourself at the Baths in Virgin Gorda. USVI & BVI power boat charters leaving from Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas daily. Book your BVI boat trip using the link below. If you don’t have a passport you can enjoy a full day of snorkeling and beach hopping in St. Thomas and St. John....

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St. John Snorkel Excursion with Nightwind Charters

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St. John Snorkel Excursion with Nightwind Charters

EmailPrintSt. John snorkel and sail charters from Sapphire Marina, St. Thomas. Experience amazing snorkel spots on St. John in the National Park. Some of the spots we sail to for snorkeling are Honeymoon Beach, Hawksnest Bay, Maho Bay, Whistling Cay, Mary’s Point, Reef Bay and Rendezvous Bay. Nightwind provides not only a great sailing experience to these great locations, we also offer you a continental breakfast upon boarding, snacks, lunch, dessert and an all day open bar. Not to mention we have great snorkel gear for your use, snorkels, masks, and fins as well as snorkel vests, ski belts, noodles, and floats for your flotation needs. Of course, if you have your own gear, you are welcome to bring it along. Bring your cameras also for some great photo ops you are sure to experience. Snorkeling with The Nightwind crew adds another great view into our beautiful undersea life in St. John, US Virgin Islands. Come snorkeling with us. Visit Nightwind’s website and click “Book Now” page to secure your spot on this awesome snorkeling...

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Racing Day 1 – Antigua Sailing Week

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Racing Day 1 – Antigua Sailing Week

EmailPrintDay 1 racing action at Antigua Sailing week on the South Coast of the island. Race results...

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St. Thomas Carnival 2015

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St. Thomas Carnival 2015

EmailPrintApril 4th to May 2nd, 2015. It will be “Culture to the extreme, V.I. Carnival 2015”. Every year, thousands of visitors from the United States, Caribbean Islands and other international destinations gather in Charlotte Amalie for the island’s largest event…The Virgin Islands Carnival. For sixty-three years, Carnival has been an integral part of our cultural heritage. The exuberant creativity, colors, pageantry, sights and sounds of Carnival come once again to the island of St. Thomas. A mixture of our customs and traditions, pageantry, food, music, parades, and much more, celebrate what is special about “Culture to the Extreme, V.I. Carnival 2015,” the theme created by Carmen Figueroa. Social divides blend into splendid unity. Everyone – local or tourist, young or old – come together and celebrate; it is in that spirit, that I extend the warmest welcome and heartfelt gratitude for their presence at this memorable event especially to our visitors and Virgin Islanders returning home. It is a time to reconnect with old friends and family, and to create new memories as we look forward to performances featuring local and guest artists from other Caribbean Islands who showcase their talent at our various venues. The Virgin Islands Carnival Committee remains poised to leave behind a legacy of fun, culture and tradition. I would like to thank everyone this Carnival season, all of whom have contributed, in no small measure, to making this event a success. Our efforts would not be as grand if it were not for the support of the Government of the Virgin Islands, our sponsors, and media that bring our Carnival activities to life with splendor. Special congratulations are extended to the 2015 Honorees: Mr. Cleve “Grapo” Turnbull (deceased)- Carnival Village, Alvin Turnbull – Cultural Fair, Dale Benjamin, Grand Marshal – Adult’s Parade Na’Kaya”Princess KeKe”Esdaille, Grand Marshal – Children’s Parade. In closing, I would be remiss if I failed to mention the volunteer work of the few that do so much. I humbly thank the dedicated group of organizers, the Executive Committee, subcommittee members, and the office staff of the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee who work vigorously to make this event a success! To quote Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool – one of our cherished icons and a veritable National Calypso Monarch himself; I’m not going to ask for us to Rally ‘round the Virgin Islands, I’m simply going to say that for the next month…….Carnival Is the Ansaw! Have a most enjoyable and safe Carnival. Kenneth L. Blake Chairman For more info visit http://www.vicarnival.com/ St Thomas Carnival 2015...

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14 Nations for BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

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14 Nations for BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

EmailPrintPRESS RELEASE: 20 March 2015 A magnificent fleet of yachts from Europe, North America and the Caribbean will be racing at the 44th BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival where a thousand sailors, family and friends are expected from at least 14 different nations. The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival is one of the most popular regattas in the Caribbean, well known for superb sailing conditions and a friendly atmosphere. Competitors enjoy racing around a stunning array of beautiful islands with a fun atmosphere ashore. Hosted at Nanny Cay, Resort & Marina, recognised as one of the Caribbean’s finest marine facilities, the marina becomes party central every night with celebrations suitable for all. Who’s out on the race track? Racing in CSA 1, there are the mouth-watering hi-tech yachts from America and Germany, competing against each other for the first time. Steve & Heidi Benjamin’s Carkeek HP 40, Spookie from Connecticut USA and Stefan Jentzsch’s Carkeek 47, Black Pearl from Hamburg, Germany are both well sailed carbon-fibre hi-speed flyers on the course for the first time. Multiple World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Steve Benjamin will be at the helm of Spookie, with a highly competitive American team. Stefan Jentzsch’s Black Pearl, which counts America’s Cup tactician, Marc Lagesse amongst the professional crew, will be a great match. A number of customised flyers with skippers returning to the regatta, will also be racing in CSA 1. Bernie Evan-Wong’s Antiguan RP37 Taz, Peter Peake’s Trinidadian Ker 11.3, Dingo and Ben Jellic’s St.Maarten team on Wild Devil. TP52Varg/Conviction, skippered by Bajan, Clint Brooks makes its debut, as does New Yorker Gosia Rojek’s Swan 42, Better Than with America’s Cup helmsman, Andy Green calling tactics. Five Melges 32s from Puerto Rico, USA and St.Maarten will battle it out on a mixture of tight windward leeward courses and point-to-point varieties. Sergio Sagramoso’s Lazy Dog was just a point ahead of Luis Juarbe’s Soca at this month’s St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and Jaime Torres’ Smile and Wavemakes up a hot Puerto Rican trio at the BVI Spring Regatta. Commodore of St.Maarten YC, Ian Hope-Ross, racing Kick ‘em Jenny 2 and Tom Elsen’s Big Trouble, from Chicago Illinois, make up a fine class of one design rockets set up for some electric racing. In the IC 24 One Design Class, eight teams will be pumped up for some rock and roll action on a tight windward leeward course. A high-octane programme of at least 12 races in just three days is scheduled. Colin Rathbun’s Tortola Express was a runaway train last year, winning 8 out of 12 races. Rathbun’s team is back, but teenage Tortola protégé, Jason Putley, at the helm of CYM/INTAC, will be looking to go one better than runner up last year. Team Island Water World, skippered by Fritz Bus also returns having come third in 2014. Tyler Rice, racing Bambooshay, may be one to watch; the youngster from St.Thomas was 8th in the 2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship. CSA 2 features a number of well sailed yachts of similar design, which should provide highly competitive racing. British sailor, Tony Mack has been racing for 50 years and has taken part in numerous European and World Championship regattas. Last year, Tony’s team was victorious in CSA 2, racing Grand Soleil...

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Steel Pulse Headline Antigua Sailing Week 2015

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Steel Pulse Headline Antigua Sailing Week 2015

EmailPrintLegendary roots reggae band Steel Pulse will headline the live entertainment for the 48th Antigua Sailing Week. Dubbed ‘The best live reggae band on the planet’ by Vibe magazine, Grammy Award winners Steel Pulse have shared the same stage as Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Police, The Clash and Billy Idol. Steel Pulse will be live on stage in Nelson’s Dockyard on the big party night, Tuesday 28 April along with iconic Antiguan soca star, Tian Winter. Kennedy’s Club Ltd., a major beverage distribution company in Antigua has made the party possible with support from key brands Johnnie Walker Whisky and Presidente Beer, the Official Whisky and Beer of Antigua Sailing Week. Commenting on their support of Antigua Sailing Week this year, Dion Francis, Managing Director said: “Kennedy’s Club was formed in 1962, 6 years before Antigua Sailing Week was born and we have always had strong ties with the event. Following our return to sponsorship in 2014, we have worked with the organisers to develop a party schedule that both visiting sailors and the Antiguan community are going to love. We look forward to seeing the whole of Antigua at the parties to enjoy the atmosphere and welcome all visitors to our shores and our culture.” Opening on Friday 24 April, The Presidente Beer Garden at Antigua Yacht Club will be the place to go after racing for a cold beer and daily prize givings, where a portfolio of beers from the Caribbean region and the USA will be found, including: Presidente, Red Stripe, Wadadli, Hairoun, Kubuli and Budweiser. The same great choice of beers will also be found all week in Main Brace, the old English Pub at the Copper & Lumber Store, Nelson’s Dockyard and on the lawn bars throughout the regatta. In addition, a Beer Festival will take place in Nelson’s Dockyard on Sunday 26 April with two of Antigua’s top musical acts performing live on stage; rock and pop band 17 61º and beautiful soca diva, Claudette Peters. The Lay Day Beach Party featuring the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge at Pigeon Point will be on Wednesday 29 April. From midday there will be great music from DJ’s Easy P and Tanny taking this beach party into the night. Party goers will enjoy barbecues, cold beers, fire dancers, beach games with DJ Sporty and fantastic action on the water. The Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge is staged right off Pigeon Beach and live commentary will keep spectators informed about the on-the-water action where world class sailors compete for the ultimate prize, one weeks’ accommodation for two with use of all watersports facilities at Nonsuch Bay Resort, and of course, major bragging rights! Tickets for Steel Pulse will go on sale on Thursday 2 April. For information on ticket outlets and the full race and party schedule for the 48th Antigua Sailing Week please visit www.sailingweek.com or the Facebook page:...

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Waterlemon Cay St. John Snorkeling

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Waterlemon Cay St. John Snorkeling

EmailPrintWaterlemon Cay is a small cay surrounded by a fringing reef located in Leinster Bay on Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. It is surrounded by a fringing reef, and one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. A trail leads from the sandy beach at Leinster Bay approximately 1 km (0.62 mi) along the point, from which is a ten minute swim to the cay, where there is a small beach. The cay boasts a wide variety of reef fishes and coral, however bleaching is prevalent, and the marine life has decreased in recent times. Many attribute the depletion of coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands to high rates of erosion and run off caused by...

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Hiking Biras Creek Trails BVI

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Hiking Biras Creek Trails BVI

EmailPrintIf you are in the area of Biras Creek Resort on Virgin Gorda and looking for a challenging hike to get your day started try out the trails. We started our hike right from the dinghy dock in front of the Crawl Pub at Bitter End. The trail goes for about 10-15 minutes on flat paved road in front of Bitter End and winds around to Biras Creek Resort thru the mangroves. The trail then leads up about 20-30 minutes to some pretty spectacular views of Deep Bay below. At the top you will also find great views of Saba Rock, Eustatia and Necker Island in the distance. We measured our trail to be around 2.5 miles roundtrip and ranges from dirt paths to rocky inclines with various vistas of aqua blue water below. Trails: Deep Bay (Biras Creek) Guy’s Trail (Bitter End Yacht...

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