Peter Island, the largest private island in the British Virgin Islands, is a dream come true for those who want to start their day with a swim, go for a hike, and then relax on the beach. Ever since 1878, the island was owned by the Amway Corporation. It currently is under the administration of the Van Andel family, Amway’s co-owners.
Traveling to Peter Island, BVI
Those who want to visit the island can book a flight to Tortola island’s Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport. From here, tourists can take a ferry, a private yacht, or a helicopter to Peter Island. A private limo, luxury taxi, or regular cab can be booked or taken from the Tortola airport’s taxicab stand to get to the port if needed.
Accommodation in Peter Island
The Peter Island Resort is the only accommodation facility on this island. It has 32 ocean view rooms, 20 beachfront junior suites, and is considered one of the best resorts in the world. But the epitome of a perfect tropical vacation is staying at their 3 beachfront villas high up on the hills, but still in close proximity to the beach.
And as if this wasn’t enough, you can even buy out the island all for yourself for as long as you please. This, obviously, comes with astronomic prices – but some executive events, conferences, reunions, or birthday parties here are something out of this world. The owners can even institute a no-fly zone above the island so you can enjoy the tropical nature in its pure glory.
Peter Island Beaches
The island’s beaches face the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Sir Francis Drake Channel. With white sand and azure waters, they are guarded by tall palm trees and tall, rocky hills that seem so out of place in this tropical paradise you will be permanently astounded by the scenery.
Here’s where you can lie back in a hammock and enjoy your tropical vacation:
White Bay Beach
Rumors say this marvelous place inspired the famous Treasure Island novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, and by the looks of it we incline to agree. The White Bay Beach is not just about the fine, warm sand and clear water of the perfect temperature. This beach has a whole new vibe, one that you won’t experience anywhere in the Caribbean or the rest of the world. It faces the Norman Island and is far away from the Peter Island Resort, which means only a few hikers visit it.
Deadman’s Bay Beach
Legends say this beach was named after the many pirates that were left stranded on the nearby Dead Chest Island and tried to swim to Peter Island but drowned and washed up on the shore. The mile-long crescent beach is covered in pristine white sand and is the largest beach of the island.
Little Deadman’s Beach
This tiny beach at the end of Deadman’s Beach can be considered a destination by itself. Given it overlooks the Deadman’s Bay and the Sir Francis Drake Channel from the perfect angle, the scenery truly is dreamlike.
Located at the opposite end of Little Deadman’s Beach, this little beach is one of the most secluded and intimate places in the British Virgin Islands. Only residents of the Peter Island Resort are allowed access to the Honeymoon and White Bay beaches, which further increases the intimacy you will enjoy.
Big Reef Bay & Beach
The Caribbean perfection is summed up into the Big Reef bay & beach. A trail goes in and out of the tropical forest making a route for a morning hike you will not forget. In addition, the Peter Island Spa is just a few steps away for when the sun or salty water get too harsh for your skin.
What Else to Do on Peter Island
As mentioned before, there are plenty of other things you can do on this unique Caribbean island. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or a beginner, instructors are available at every rental or reservations center on this island. Here are the most popular activities:
Hiking & Mountain Biking
The rocky mountaintops and hilltops of this volcanic island are great for a quick hike before or after sunbathing on the island’s pristine beaches. Adventurous guests can even bring their mountain bikes and explore.
Volleyball, basketball, tennis – you name it, they have it. Moreover, you can choose a shaded or a sunny court for your favorite sports. And if you want to make his journey a spiritual one as well, you can participate in their complimentary yoga classes every morning between Sunday and Thursday.
If you want to discover more about this tropical area, you must go diving and snorkeling around the island. Tourists who come here can also go kayaking, windsurfing, or paddleboarding to enjoy the scenery at their own pace. You can also roam the seas surrounding this island on motorized water vehicles like ski jets. and if you’re lucky, you might even encounter a few dolphins on your way.
If that still isn’t enough for you, you can sail towards nearby islands like the Dead Chest Island which is just a few minutes away. Or you can sail further from the shores and dive into the reefs, observe the exotic marine lifeforms, and have an unforgettable experience.
Backcountry & Deep Sea Fishing
If you are a fishing enthusiast, you definitely dreamed about catching groupers, snappers, bonefish, tarpons, or mahi-mahis in the Caribbean. And if you are willing to spend a whole day fishing, you simply have to go to the North Drop and fish for blue marlin.
There’s no better way to experience the bejeweled turquoise waters and the gray-black cliffs than from high up in the air? An hour or a whole day of cruising through the blue skies and watching the birds and dolphins enjoy the landscape as well will be the highlight of your trip.
If you perfect holiday means climbing on the highest peak and admiring the soothing turquoise-to-ultramarine and, ultimately, deep blue nuances of the sea, then Peter Island is the place for you.