The British Virgin Islands are one of those pleasant and all-too-rare tropical backwaters in the Caribbean, still relatively unspoiled and known best to yachtsmen and canny tax lawyers and accountants. These are one of the world’s last great peekaboo tax hideaways with more than a million offshore trusts and companies registered here – about 50 companies for each one of the island chain’s 20,000 population.
The islands were originally discovered, in the European sense, by Christopher Columbus who named them for St Ursula and Her 10,000 Virgins – a name that has since been shortened to The British Virgin Islands. Unlike the more heavily developed US Virgin Islands, and the other better known Caribbean holiday islands, the British Virgin Islands are off the beaten path. There are no glitzy resorts in the BVI, no famous restaurants, no mass tourists, nor do the big international jets land here – just the private ones owned by the likes of Richard Branson, who resides on Neckar Island, near Virgin Gorda.
As a photographer I loved the vibrant colours of the Caribbean and was fortunate enough to spend a couple of months in the British Virgin Islands, living on Tortola, the main island, not far from the capital, Road Town.