The pristine beaches of the British Virgin Islands are renowned for their natural beauty, but there is much more to these idyllic islands than first meets the eye. Step away from the beach and explore two captivating destinations on sister islands Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.
Photo of the Anegada Conch Mounds by Khari Adams, Khaptured Photography

Anegada, meaning ‘the drowned island’ is the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands and harbours a hidden gem; the Conch Shell Mounds. Crafted centuries ago by the island’s ancient fishermen, these historic mounds provide a glimpse into the vibrant history of the island.

Fishermen upheld a unique practice of disposing conch shells onto the seabed, giving rise to towering shell mounds that have transformed over time into a unique landscape.

Today, these peaceful and striking conch shell mounds are not only breathtakingly beautiful but also serve as a tribute to the island’s rich fishing legacy.

The conch is a local delicacy and culinary treasure in the British Virgin Islands, rivaled only by lobster. Every conch served up in the BVI is harvested locally, mostly from the waters around Anegada.

From crispy conch fritters to flavourful conch chowders, savour this local delicacy at a variety of charming seaside restaurants on the island. Indulge in the dishes made from freshly caught conch at eateries such as Big Bamboo and Cow Wreck Beach Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy mouthwatering cracked conch and other seafood specialties while taking in the views of Horseshoe Reef.

Today, Anegada’s fishermen still fish for conch at the historic Conch Shell Mound, keeping alive a tradition passed down through generations.

Bubbly Pools of Jost Van Dyke

The Bubbly Pools of Jost Van Dyke are a magical oasis, nestled along the coastline on the far eastern side of Jost Van Dyke. This extraordinary rock formation is a natural pool that comes alive with foamy bubbles when the waves crash.

You can reach the Bubbly Pools by land or sea for an unforgettable experience. Start your adventure at Foxy’s Taboo Restaurant in the Diamond Cay area of Jost Van Dyke. With easy parking, a dock for dinghies, a lovely gift shop and delicious food, Foxy’s Taboo is the perfect starting point for your journey.

Replace your flip-flops for sturdier footwear, take a short 10-15 minute hike and when you arrive, step into the crystalline waters of the pools – which are akin to a natural jacuzzi.

As you explore these two unique destinations, you will see a side of this tropical paradise that goes beyond its picture-perfect beaches. These secret gems promise not only visually interesting and stunning experiences, you also get to dip into how history and nature has shaped this part of the world.