Jost Van Dyke Nature Sites

The Bubbly Pool

Featured in photo journals and magazine articles around the World, the “Bubbly Pool” is still a somewhat closely guarded secret of Jost Van Dyke.  Nature’s Jacuzzi, this naturally formed tidal pool is located behind jagged cliffs facing the open ocean coming from the North.  When the North swell is up, this is absolutely a National Geographic experience as you wade in the pool and fearfully watch as the rolling sea comes at you with full force! Just at the last second as it looks as if the wave will go straight over you, the unique formation outside the pool prematurely breaks the wave and the resulting “bubbles” fill up the pool and give everyone a reason to be glad to be alive!!!

The Bubbly Pool is a place that makes everyone smile. It is a short hike from where we stop the boat — through Mangroves, a Wild Sage forest, and a little amateur-amateur rock climbing. For the more adventurous, serious free-style rock climbing affords unbelievable photo opportunities of the whole area as well as a visit to the “Eagle’s Nest” and to the “Mighty Blow Hole.”  The area is surrounded by Seagrape trees, Turks Head Cactus and Blue Agave Century Trees.  We can take guests on guided, informative Eco-adventures to the Bubbly Pool on an excursion that also can visit Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit, Diamond Cay and Little JVD!

Diamond Cay National Park

Although connected to Jost Van Dyke most of the year by an age-old coral rubble bridge, Diamond Cay is a National Park of the BVI and considered a separate island on the nautical charts.  This small Cay off the East End of Jost is home to nesting tropical seabirds and indigenous flora.  Surrounding Diamond Cay is a diverse variety of coral reef and marine life giving nature lovers the best of both worlds, above and below the water!  We can take guests on guided, informative Eco-adventures to Diamond Cay on an excursion that can also visit Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit, the Bubbly Pool and Little JVD!

Little Jost Van Dyke

Little Jost Van Dyke is located about 200 feet East of Jost and almost attached by the ankle deep reef between the two islands.  The Blue Hole is a small area where a volcanic boulder has sunk deep into the surrounding shallow water turtle grass beds and the tides have carved out deeper water around it.  Juvenile reef fish have found a safe haven to grow up safely in this area.  This micro-ecosystem is one in which you are a stranger in another world as you watch the small marine life move on undisturbed.  Nearby are numerous Red Mangrove colonies that are considered by Marine Biologists as the building block of the reefs.  Crustaceans, invertebrates, and small fish all have ample opportunity to feed and hide in mangroves.  Many seabirds use the mangroves for nesting and resting as well.  We can take guests on guided, informative Eco-adventures to see these sights on Little JVD on an excursion that can also visit Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit, Diamond Cay and the Bubbly Pool!

The Cathedral

An unknown natural phenomenon located only by the guides of Jost Van Dyke Scuba & BVI Eco-Tours, the Cathedral is entered only by swimming. And you better be able to hold your breath, as to enter this you need to be able to swim under the water through a short tunnel!  So what is it?  It is a naturally formed “room” inside of the island of Jost Van Dyke!  Some might call it a cave, but one thing is for sure, only a few people have EVER seen it!  The water depth once inside the Cathedral is about 10 feet deep and the ceiling inside is about 60 feet high.  Light shines in from a hole in the top of the chamber and fills the entire room with a spectacular sparkling glimmer!  Your company is the fish swimming around you and the lobsters below you! Another National Geographic experience here on Jost Van Dyke!
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Hatchette Hill

Above Great Harbour lies a rugged road that stretches to both the East and West.  The views cannot be described by words as you look North over the Caribbean and Atlantic border into the deep blue sea.  As you look down upon Great Harbour to the South, you will see spectacular views of the bay, St John, St Thomas, Tortola, Great Thatch, and too many islands to list!  Hatchette Hill peaks at 1054 feet.  It can be reached by Little Harbour, White Bay, and Great Harbour roads.  Many people use rental cars to get up there, but if you want to really appreciate the experience, you must hike it!  This is a great spot for a picnic — bring a camera, sunscreen, and plenty of water!

Brown Ghut Ruins

In a hidden and virtually unknown area of JVD lies Brown Ghut.  In the time of year when we get heavy rains, this area temporarily becomes a running river with waterfalls and is unapproachable; however, most of the year it is explorable.  The guides at BVI Eco-tours can take you to these hidden Plantation and Quaker ruins that date back to more than 200 years ago. This area is dense forest on the North side of Jost Van Dyke and is a very relaxing and special place.

Snorkeling Sites

The snorkelling around Jost Van Dyke is absolutely World-class! The points at the headlands and far corners of White Bay, Great Harbour and Little Harbour offer unusually diverse experiences.  The best sites around the island are undoubtedly reached only by boat with the guides of Jost Van Dyke Scuba & BVI Eco-tours!  There is a lot of coastline around this small island and we know every inch of it and the most exciting and secluded spots.  It would be our pleasure to introduce you to some of these wonders to give you a once-in-a-lifetime snorkelling experience on Jost!

Nature Trails

Everyone likes a nice hike, but not everyone wants to go out on an “extreme” trek, cutlass in hand. However, we do have some low effort, amateur nature hikes that cater to all ability levels. The guides at BVI Eco-tours can make a delightful walk into a truly educational and delightful experience. We share with you info about the local flora, fauna, history and many other interesting topics that will bring you to a closer appreciation of JVD and the BVI.  We also offer hiking tours to many others areas such as Sandy Cay (our most popular!), Little JVD, Virgin Gorda, Great Tobago, Norman Island, Salt Island, St. John, and many others.

Beaches

A fascinating eco-system where the sea and shore meet, beach environments also include adjoining reefs and rocky shores, often in the same cove or bay. While beach plants like Sea Purslane and Sea Grapes are highly resistant to salt spray, they often are actually nourished by a dome of fresh water riding over the heavier salt water. The beaches of Jost Van Dyke and the surrounding islands are pure white sand (some will argue they are as much “pink” as white… from the many colorful shells that millenniums of surf have ground up to a fine powder).  Our most popular beaches are: White Bay, Sandy Ground, Great Harbour, Little JVD, Sandy Spit, Sandy Cay — but the options are limitless. With over 60 BVI islands to choose from, the guides at Jost Van Dyke Scuba & BVI Eco-tours know even the most secret, secluded spots, to make your vacation one that you’ll never forget!

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