Another the prettiest destination where we decided to spend weekend was an island claimed to be named after a Dutch pirate Joost Van Dyke. According the legend, he was one of the first Europeans at the beginning of the 17th century who set foot ashore.
Actually he was acted with approval and on behalf of the Dutch West Indies Company. And in very short time built forts on Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. The BVI were important strategic location between the Dutch colonies in South America and New Netherlands (which includes New Amsterdam (now it is NY “Big Apple”) The occupation by the Dutch didn’t last for long and since 1860 the territory started under British control.
The population on the island is only about 300 inhabitants. Can you guess it? But the island is definitely worth visiting!
We came to the Great Harbour, which is largest settlement on the island and also a port of entry into BVI. And it was the only area that recovered after hurricane Irma, the 5 category hurricane, which struck the territory in September, 2017.
They have done a great job to recover businesses to work again and make the place all around look tidy and peaceful. Later when we took a tour to the Little Harbour and a Bubbly Pool we had a chance to compare! The situation there was different with fragments of buildings all around the hill slopes and along the road, destroyed houses and broken trees. There were a big damp on the shore and plenty of seagrass that smelled unpleasantly. I really believe that they will rebuild the place till the time we get back there!
Don’t skip the place and let yourself enjoy the perfect view upon the harbor while chilling in the hammock and having cool cocktail, listening sounds of waves mixed with cool rhythm of island music (please, check our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/c/sailingmanakai to watch the video episode!)
We were met by Foxy himself who told us a little legend how Jost Van Dyke got its name. People who live there are friendly and proud of their island! Even the officer in the custom and immigration was just great, pleasure to meet!
The atmosphere around is cool and relaxing. I have never seen such color of the sea – grayish&blue – which made a perfect view contrasting with clear blue sky, green slopes and white sand on the beach. And only here we got the service as taking a garbage from the boat instead of collecting the payment for the mooring ball in the first place. Also we were amazed when the next early morning some guy brought us the lost iPhone. It was even before we noticed the loss! How did he got known it was ours? Later this day several people asked us we got it back!
The next stop were made at Corsairs – the eyes catching Beach Bar with outstanding scenery and decorations. Really, really nice!
We continued past the police station and took a trial up the hill to admire the perfect panoramic view.
And the next day made a taxi ride to see around the island.
Though taxi driver only took us to the Little Harbor, showed the White Bay in the distance and got to the “Bubbly Pool” – a natural pool surrounded by large rocks at the ocean edge. But it was empty at the moment.