There are 16 inhabited islands and about two dozen uninhabited ones.

There are plenty of inter-island ferries between the main islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke). If you wish to go to one of the smaller islands, or simply want to explore by yourself, sailboats, yachts and motorboats can all be rented. Most of the companies are based in Road Town, Tortola – Island Time Powerboat Rentals, Jolly Mon Boat Rentals, Sunshine Power Boat Rental, Palm Yacht Charters, Bareboat BVI and Patouche Charters are just a few of the places that do rentals. Prices range anywhere from less than $100 to over $5000 a day, depending on type of boat. A few boat rental places do guided sightseeing tours as well.

Although pricey, another good way to get between islands and get in some sightseeing as well, is to take an aerial tour. Fly BVI, Clair Aero, Caribbean Wings and Island Helicopters all offer chartered flights between islands. The majority have their base on Beef Island at the airport.

Renting a 4WD vehicle is a great way to see Tortola or Virgin Gorda with rental operators in abundance.  Rental on Jost Van Dyke and Anegada is more limited, but available.  Driving is always on the left in the BVIs but its not as hard to adjust as you may think.  Always honk your horn at a blind corner to avoid a head-on collision.  Finally, beware the oversized speed bumps which are strategically placed on the main roads to keep the speeding in check.  Scooters can be found but are considered by most to be suicidal, given the terrain and local drivers.  Cyclists would be subject to the same limitations.

Taxis are readily available with a phone call on Tortola, Virgin Gorda or Jost Van Dyke.  Also, they are always waiting for the arriving ferrys.  Arrangements can be easily made for a drop-off/pick-up if you want to see a particular site or for a whole island tour if you wish.

 Overall, for islands that lack public transportation systems, its pretty easy to get around in the BVIs