British Virgin Islands Warnings and Dangers

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British Virgin Islands Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't bring your Spear Gun to the BVI

    Although the Virgin Islands area quintessential water sports territory, spear fishing is not permitted in the BVI and the use of SCUBA equipment to capture or remove any marine animal or coral is against the law. Even in the adjacent USVI, there are rules about spear fishing as it is illegal to spear fish for lobsters in all Territorial waters and...

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  • Many Restaurants Close Over the Summer

    Be aware that many of the nicer restaurants on the BVI are closed during the summer as this is their off period. We found this the hard way when we drove around Tortola trying to find some of the higher rated restaurants.

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  • A TIP ABOUT TIPS

    If you are getting your check in a restaurant you better check if the service charge was already added or not. If not please add your tip. If it was added, however, feel free to not tip at all.

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  • CASH!

    Better bring some cash to the BVI. ATMs don't always work on the islands and while most restaurants and shops accept credit cards, taxi drivers, beach bars and even some petrol stations want cash! Also don't forget to keep some money to pay for your departure tax (see Transportation Tip).

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  • SAFETY!

    Do you know a place where people don't lock their houses when they are out? What about a luxurious hotel where you don't get a key to your room? Where cars aren't locked and you never have to worry about the stuff on the beach while you are in the water. Where the police headquarters are closed in the evening? Welcome to the BVI. No unemployment....

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  • Virgin Islands Fishing

    I was just there, and I was told by locals that spear fishing and any kind of fishing is illegal in the waters around the islands, as the waters are full of coral and many of the fish are poisonous... Also there is a high metal count in many of the fish due to dumping in deeper water, Mercury is high. If you want to fish, you'll have to go out on a...

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  • Fragile Reefs

    When playing in the water, whether windsurfing or diving or snorkeling or just swimming around, please remember that coral is very fragile and takes decades to grow back. Although some critters can harm you if you touch them (e.g. the very obvious spiney sea urchins), most are harmed more by you touching them.It's also highly illegal to take beach...

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  • Pricy Taxis! It ain't cheap getting...

    Taxi's: This island infrastructure is designed for sailers who get around by boat or dinghy. Therefore getting a taxi here is expensive, the BVI is not like many remote island locations where you can sometimes get a deal on transport, every taxi ride is a small fortune. Expect to pay $10 to go 200 yards (up an insanely steep hill), and $40 to go...

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  • Actually, there are sharks

    After reading one writer, I feel I must respond. There are dangers in the water. Sharks are around but rarely if ever attack. Sea urchins abound and can cause a nasty infection. My sister-in-law spent two days in the hospital in Roadtown after dislocating her shoulder when a large wave capsized the dinghy. Another friend got stung by fire coral...

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  • no phone?! what to do?

    Often you may end up on islands where phones are unavailable. The easiest form of communication is through VHF radio. You can call for help or even radio in dinner reservations.Helpful channels:Channel 16 for distress and hailing (then switch),Channel 68 or 6 for general conversation ship-to-ship,Channel 3 for weather,Channel 12 for charter...

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  • rules of driving

    Be cautious if you decide to rent a car and drive in the BVI. Things get a little interesting. Although the country drives on the left side of the road (like other British Territories), cars are imported from the US. So steering wheels are on the left side as well. Confused yet? Since cars are also purchased in the US, driving distances are marked...

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  • prices

    Seeing as almost everything is imported into the BVI, costs are pretty steep. There are generally few restaurants on each island (all catering to foreigners), allowing them to charge exorbitant prices. Even walking into a local grocery store is a shock.Try to pack goods in your suitcase so that you won't have to buy as much here.

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  • sailing to USVI

    Since most visitors to the BVI are sailing, it is wise to say that you cannot sail to the US Virgin Islands if chartering a boat without proper paperwork. The USVI are so close, sometimes even closer than other BV islands, but you can be fined quite a bit if you don't heed to these rules.

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  • Curves ahead

    The roads are in good driving condition but narrow . Driving is on the left. It is very hilly and there is one curve after the other.The picture discribes it somewhat.

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  • Locals

    We had a problem with the locals wanting to jump in the back of our jeep.One day we stopped at a stop sign and one jumped in. He wanted to show us something,he said. He showed us how he could climb a tree and get us a coconut to drink.Of course, them he wanted money.

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  • Creepy Crawlies

    The first I knew that there were scorpions on Tortola was when my fiance picked up my reef walker shoes and accidentally dropped one and a scorpion fell out! There ARE scorpions, so make sure you shake out your shoes and other clothing before putting them on! Also, I was told that there were big spiders in the rain forest, but wasn't warned that...

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