British Virgin Islands

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A group of idyllic Caribbean islands offering world-class sailing, white sand beaches and tales of buried treasure that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write Treasure Island.

Only, in September 2017 it was directly hit by Hurricane Irma, the worst Atlantic hurricane on record, causing devasting destruction across the territory.

We know because we were there when it happened.

We absolutely hope to return one day. Until then, here are the articles we published based on our experience there.

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Blog Posts

Hurricane Irma - The Eye Of The Storm

The Eye Of The Storm – How We Survived Devasting Hurricane Irma

Our housesitting assignment in the British Virgin Islands was quietly drawing to a close – but the largest Atlantic hurricane in history changed everything

Hurricane Irma - Aftermath

Aftermath – Staying Strong In The Fallout From Hurricane Irma

Irma’s devastation on the British Virgin Islands was total – and like everyone else, we had to stay strong if we were to survive its aftermath

Hurricane Irma - Sanctuary

Sanctuary – How We Fought To Be Evacuated From Tortola

How we finally made contact with the outside world after Hurricane Irma and our frantic search for a way to evacuate from Tortola

The Roti Man Of Tortola

The Roti Man Of Tortola

The green shoots of recovery are apparent in the British Virgin Islands – and here’s one family-run catering business who are leading the way
A Perfect Day Of Sailing In The British Virgin Islands

A Perfect Day Of Sailing In The British Virgin Islands

How to combine a perfect day of sailing in the British Virgin Islands with a beautiful round trip between Tortola to Norman Island, via “The Indians”

The Best Beaches In Tortola – And How To Explore Them In A Day

Visiting the British Virgin Islands soon? Here’s how to explore the best beaches on Tortola by road
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Map of British Virgin Islands

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Ian and Nicky New Zealand

Hi, we're Ian and Nicky, an English couple on a voyage of discovery around the world, and this blog is designed to reflect what we see, think and do. Actually, we'd like to think it also provides information, entertainment and inspiration for other “mature” travellers, too. So please feel free to pour yourself a glass of something suitably chilled and take a look around.


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