The British Virgin Islands Calendar of Events Full of Incredible Activities For 2006

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ — A necklace of lush islands rising from the technicolor tides of the Caribbean Sea, the British Virgin Islands offers some of the most remarkable activities and events for 2006. Recognized as one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world and the undisputed Sailing Capital of the World, the BVI presents 60 islands for exploring its secrets. Coming alive in 2006, BVI offers guests and BVIlanders alike a multitude of cultural events, spectacular music festivals and exhilarating sporting events. Following is a preview highlighting the BVI line-up of unforgettable 2006 events:

Sailing

BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival – March 27-April 2
* Seven days of sailing excitement including two big events wrapped into
one

Fishing

Wahoo Fishing Tournament – April 14-17
* 10th Annual fishing tournament including fishing, food and live music

Events

Virgin Gorda Easter Festival – April 15-17
* Activities ranging from calypso music, scratch bands, vendors and food
fairs, as well as numerous parades and nightly village entertainment

BVI Music Festival – May 26-28
* Fifth annual music festival including Reggae, Calypso, Funji, R&B,
Rock and Roll, Dance Hall and Jazz from International, Regional and
Local Artists
BVI Emancipation Festival – July 28-August 12
* Annual premier cultural showcase with activities and events including
the freedom march, emancipation service, Calypso monarch competition,
boat races, rise and shine tramps and August Monday Parade
New Year’s Eve on Jost Van Dyke – December 31
* Annual celebration including an overabundance of food and lots of live
entertainment

Windsurfing

HiHo Windsurfing Competition – July 2-9
* One of the most celebrated windsurfing competitions in the world with
activities ranging from snorkeling and diving to the famous HiHo
pirate party

Diving

Wreck Week – TBD
* Second annual Wreck Week highlighting extraordinary diving in the BVI.
Includes a treasure hunt, wreck diving certification course and a
grand finale party on Cooper Island

“The British Virgin Islands is thrilled with the lineup of events and activities for 2006,” said Janis Braithwaite-Edwards, acting director of tourism for the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board. “The roster is sure to keep guests busy as well as highlight everything that our astounding islands have to offer.”

The British Virgin Islands remains an undeveloped haven for natural treasures. The BVI boasts no high-rise hotels, no casinos and no crowds, rather, the purity of the land — from pristine beaches with powdery sand and crystal clear waters home to an aquarium of the world’s most diverse sea life, to extensive coral reefs responsible for claiming renowned wrecks and vast Outbacks sheltering endangered species. The BVI is rich with the storied islands of Norman, Deadman’s Chest and Anegada, while the islands of Peter, Necker, and Guana anchor luxury resorts and sun worshippers find a haven on Jost Van Dyke, Cooper Island and Virgin Gorda. Whether it is discovering the natural phenomena of The Baths or diving the Indians, Sandy Spit or fabled Wreck of the Rhone, the BVI is bountiful with Nature’s Little Secrets.

For more information on the 2006 Calendar of Events, please call BVI Press Office toll free: 866.491.8155 or visit http://www.bvipressoffice.com/ .

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