With its white sand beaches, beautiful mountains and friendly people, Tortola is a popular destination for tourists seeking to get away from it all and it is a delightful port for Caribbean cruise ships. Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands and has a long history since its discovery by Christoper Columbus in 1493. It’s the perfect spot for anyone who loves a good pirate tale, Tortola was the hideaway of many of history’s famous pirateers. The treasures of Tortola are bountiful, with incredible snorkeling and scuba diving, hiking in Sage Mountain Park, enjoying the local West Indian cuisine or simply soaking up the Caribbean sun, Tortola is the perfect destination for a tropical vacation.
Dolphin Discovery Tortola is one of the most popular actitivies on the island, a chance to get up close and personal with our friendly dolphins. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you are pushed full speed through the water by a dolphin and enjoy a wet fishy kiss from your new marine friend. If you are visiting the nearby islands of St. Thomas or St. John, Dolphin Discovery is pleased to offer you ferry service to Tortola to experience our swim with dolphins programs. Dolphin Discovery Tortola is located in Prospect Reef Park, a natural environment on the turquoise Caribbean Sea with views of the lush green mountains. We have programs for the whole family, young children will love the Dolphin Discovery Swim Tortola where they will be able to kiss, hug and shake hands with a dolphin, sing a song with them and spend free time with these gentle creatures from the safety of a platform in the water. For those of you looking for speed and adrenaline, the Dolphin Discovery Royal Swim Tortola is the program for you. This is the most dynamic program, with a kiss and a hug, the “dorsal tow” (holding on to the fins of the dolphins while they speed through the water) and the famous “foot push”, a day you will never forget awaits.
Bring the whole family and make Dolphin Discovery Tortola the most unforgettable day of your British Virgin Islands adventure. Live the experience of a lifetime!
(See more photos in our Dolphin Discovery Tortola Flickr set).
BVI – Tortola
The British Overseas Territories are fourteen territories that are under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom, but are not part of the United Kingdom itself. Consisting of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands -approximately fifteen of the islands are inhabited and cays- the British Virgin Islands is one of the British territories located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico.The capitlal, Road Town is situated in Tortola.
The Arawaks inhabited the islands until the fifteenth century when they were displaced by the more aggressive Caribs, a tribe from the Lesser Antilles islands, after whom the Caribbean Sea is named.
Columbus came upon the entire string of Virgin Islands on his second voyage to the New World, in 1493 and named them after the 11,000 virgins of 4th century martyr St. Ursula. Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands. The local belief is that the name was originally given to the island by Christopher Columbus, meaning “land of the Turtle Dove“.
Air travel is the only way to access the British Virgins Islands, however, long-distance direct flights are unavailable. Connections are readily available through Puerto Rico and Antigua. Some travelers opt to fly directly into St. Thomas and then travel to Tortola by ferry.
Tortola history took on a distinct European flavor in the 17th century when the British established a permanent plantation colony on Tortola and the surrounding islands. The sugar industry dominated Tortola history over the next 150 years, faltering only in the mid 1800s with the abolition of slavery.
Tortola is governed by a British-appointed leader, but many of the island’s affairs remain controlled from London. Financial services are the main source of income to the island. The hugely popular International Business Companies Act, passed in the early 1980s, led to huge growth in government revenue. Even though the British Virgin Islands are under the British flag, the U.S. dollar is the official currency. The island is home to many offshore companies that do business worldwide.
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