The twice a week flights are operated by VI Airlink on Fridays and Saturdays and connect with the arrival/departure of scheduled British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights between London Gatwick and Antigua.
Flights start from £249 round trip, including taxes and include a personalised meet and greet concierge service, meaning guests will be met after clearing immigration and be escorted through the baggage hall, customs and security, ensuring a stress-free connection.
With the timing of these new flights allowing visitors to enjoy more time in The BVI, here’s a top 10 list of things to do during your visit:
1. The Baths National Park – for those in awe of the wonder of nature
A geological wonder and undoubtedly one of the The BVI’s most famous attractions, these exotic pools and grottos, formed by ancient volcanic boulders, are the centrepiece of Virgin Gorda's north shore. Visitors can enjoy swimming or snorkelling through this beautiful maze of rock formations or just spend time relaxing in the cool and tranquil pools.
2. Anegada Lobster – for the food lover
Reputed to be the best in the Caribbean, the famous Anegada lobster can be enjoyed grilled, jerked, curried, ceviche, broiled or stewed. In addition to fantastic lobster, visitors can also experience the spectacular scenery of the island, formed from coral which has created stunning white beaches that go on for miles.
3. Sunset at the Loop – for the romantics
Peter Island Resort offers guests a truly spectacular sunset experience at the most beautiful point on Peter Island. With a fruit and cheese platter and favourite beverage in hand, guests are left to enjoy watching the sunset over the stunning backdrop of The BVI. The perfect setting perhaps for the perfect proposal!
4. Dive the Wreck of the Rhone – for the diving enthusiast
If you only get one chance to go on a dive trip, the Wreck of the Rhone is the most celebrated dive site in The BVI. The well preserved wreck is that of a Royal Mail Steamer, which sunk during a hurricane in 1867, and offers an unforgettable dive with much of it still intact including decking, parts of the rigging, the team engine and propeller.
5. Sandy Spit – for the desert island newlyweds
Although you can get married anywhere on The BVI, Sandy Spit, a minute paradise located South East of Jost Van Dyke is a truly unique place to say your vows. Only accessible by boat, this uninhabited island epitomises the classic ‘desert island’ utopia. With just half an acre of white sandy beach surrounded by beautiful green foliage, Sandy Spit is a truly secluded spot to get married or renew vows.
6. Full Moon Party at Trellis Bay – for the party animal
The Full Moon Party as Trellis bay is a monthly celebration, alive with fire, located on the beach of Trellis Bay, Tortola. Popular with both locals and Island visitors, the party is home to local artist Aragorn who brings the party to life by crafting striking fire sculptures in the sand. It is a celebration suitable for the entire family who can enjoy a moonlit beach barbeque, watch the stilt-walking ‘Mocko Jumbies’ and listen to upbeat rhythms of local reggae bands.
7. Monkey Point– for the underwater lover
Monkey Point is a stunning location for snorkelers. Teeming with colourful fish, you may also find yourself with the unique opportunity to swim with several sea turtles that make the day anchorage home. Gently swimming behind one of these creatures as they glide peacefully through the water is a truly indescribable experience.
8. Gorda Peak – for those at home with nature
A walk up to Gorda Peak, the highest point on Virgin Gorda, will reward you with spectacular views of some of the surrounding islands. The area, which contains a variety of indigenous and exotic plants, has been extensively reforested with mahogany trees – perfect for the flora and fauna lover.
9. Painkillers at The Soggy Dollar Bar – for the cocktail connoisseur (or anyone who enjoys a tipple)!
Home to The BVI’s most famous cocktail, the Painkiller, The Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost van Dyke is guaranteed to have a fantastic atmosphere at every visit. The bar offers a wide range of different Caribbean beverages, but you can’t leave The BVI without tasting the famous Painkiller cocktail – a delicious concoction of premium Dark Rum, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple and Orange Juice, topped with fresh grated Grenadian Nutmeg.
10. Biras Creek – for those looking for a piece of paradise
One way to enjoy the stunning views that The BVI has to offer is to sit on top of Biras creek with a cool rum punch watching the sunset over 140 Acres of Virgin Gorda. You will enjoy stunning views of the warm turquoise Caribbean ocean, the calm and tranquil lagoon of the North Sound, and if you turn look over to the opposite Atlantic side you might catch a glimpse of pelicans diving into the sea.