When there’s no wind, water sports enthusiasts often turn to kayaks for a little excitement. Seaworthy one- and two-person kayaks are a good way to explore coastal areas, especially on the southern shore of Tortola and other protected areas.
Kayaking can be hard work, especially if there is strong wind, current, waves, or all of the above. But it is a great way to maneuver around mangroves, rocky shores, and other hard-to-reach areas.
You can rent kayaks from Island Surf and Sail (Nanny Cay Marina, 284/494-0123, www.bviwatertoys.com) or Boardsailing BVI (Trellis Bay, 284/495-2447, fax 284/495-1626, www.windsurfing.vi, 7 a.m.–6 p.m.). For a guided kayak tour, contact Tortola Kayak Snorkel & Eco Tours (UBS Dive Centre, Harbour View Marina, East End, 284/494-0024 or 284/496-8475, www.tortolakayaktours.com). The guided tour explores the mangroves, sea grass beds, and secluded sand beaches of East End, as well as some off-the-beaten-track historic sites of the area.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition