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Private Peter Island offers secluded coves and diving all around its shores.

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Peter Island is the largest private island in the British Virgin Islands home to the Peter Island Resort and Yacht Club, two luxurious resorts with excellent rooms and chique dining. It is situated only four miles south of Road Town, Tortola after crossing the Sir Frances Drake Channel. Peter Island has been first occupied by the Germans in 1690 to create a base for maintaining slaves. They never completed the building since friction between the Danes on one hand and the English on the other made them abandon their plans. Afterwards, they tried to cultivate the island for sugar and cotton until they finally tried tourism in the 1960s with a private resort remaining until today.

There are five beautiful white sandy beaches lines in palm trees, more than twenty secluded coves and excellent hiking and biking trails. Sprat Bay, Deadman's Bay, Big Reef Bay, Stoney Bay, Sand Pierre Bay and James Georges Bay are some of the picturesque locations on Peter Island. In the northwest is the small island Dead Chest Island famous for its tale that pirate Blackbeard dropped fifteen of his men and a bottle of rum on this remote island. The reef surrounding the island is vivid with plenty of fish (sergeant major, jawfish, porcupine fish and blue tang), but also healthy colorful sea fans, pillar coral and brittle stars.

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