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August 2011
Features
Maarib House

Back to Nature at Maarib House in Shannon

Since I handed over the reins of BVI Property & Yacht in January, I’ve missed being welcomed into the most exclusive homes and properties in the BVI,...
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GOLD for Team BVI

Team BVI Brings Home the GOLD

I spoke to the coach and athletes of Special Olympics BVI over the phone as the team made their way back to base after the prize giving ceremony, and I could imagine the s...
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Summer Incentives

Special Treatment: Seeking Summer Incentives

Summer in the BVI used to be a fairly fallow period. Charter companies pulled their boats from the water and crews worked to refurbish and repair them for t...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

Editor's Letter

This August, party like you mean it.

Jump up in the name of freedom and dance for the soul rebels of the past. It’s that special time of the year again, and we hope our magazine finds you overjoyed this festival season, in the midst of—or recovering from—a weeklong party filled with gyration-infused debauchery.

I love the vibe that emancipation celebration evokes...
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Lionfish Wars
36 Hrs in Dominica

Thirty-six Hours in Dominica

When BVI Airways pilot and co-founder Luke Smith proposed I take a flight out to Dominica to experience firsthand the island’s majestic beauty, I jumped on the opportunity. Out of the numerous Caribbean destinations he regularly visits through his work, he admitted that Dominica is his favourite. A few days later, I found out why.

Luke secured two spots for me and...
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Developing Tourism
Developing Tourism

Developing Tourism in Developing Countries

In May this year, I had the privilege of being invited to attend the 2011 Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, to discuss the topic of sustainability and tourism. As chairman of OBM International, I was representingthe tourism development industry, offering the unique vision and understanding of an international brand ...
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Soaking up the BVI
Soaking Up the BVI

Soaking Up the BVI

Who says learning can’t be fun? Ask the kids participating in the educational programmes offered through Sea Trek BVI, and they’ll tell you all about the fundamentally fun activities they dived into this summer. They’ve been reeling in the good times over the summer—and who could blame them? If I could use the BVI’s national parks and inviting ocean ...
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Deadly 1924 Hurricane
Deadly 1924 Hurricane

The Deadly 1924 Hurricane

At 3 pm on Friday, Aug 27, 1924, the brunt of a severe hurricane hit the BVI and caused serious damage to many buildings. Main Street was choked with smashed buildings. Twenty-nine people were killed and around 80 badly injured. Most of the population was made homeless and destitute. We know what happened as the then-Commissioner Capt Otto Hancock’s wife Agnes kept a...
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My Own Private HIHO
My Own Private HIHO

My Own Private HIHO

When I think of HIHO, I think of a windsurfing adventure in the BVI that attempts some hundred miles or so over the course of a week. Throw in a few crazy parties and catamarans as a home for a week, guaranteed wind and a lot of training and anticipation and it’s grit, go and as the legend of the Highland Spring HIHO is known, “go big or go home.”

In fact, this ...
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Profit from History
Profit from History

Property Owners Can Profit from History

With 185 potential landmark sites recorded, the BVI is poised to add historical tourism to its many attractions. In the past, ruins have been bulldozed or built over by landowners who did not see the value in a pile of old rocks and lime. At a recent seminar at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Dr. Mitch Kent, historian and archaeologist, suggested that pre...
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CLOSING 101
CLOSING 101 CLOSING 101: The basics to title transfers in the BVI

Some compare closing a real estate purchase to taking a final exam. Undoubtedly it can be a stressful process. Here are a few tips to reduce the stress and any surprises that come along with a closing.

What is closing?

Closing, also called, completion, is the process by which (a) title to property is transferred from the seller to the buyer, in ...

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Havoc on Your Pool
Havoc on Your Pool

Curtailing Hurricane Havoc on Your Pool

Summer is hot upon us. Is your pool safe? The sultry summer days can spell defeat for your swimming pool—save in mind the threat of another Earl. Sure, the refreshing, cool water is more appreciated now than ever, and keeping the kids out of it is a feat. And so it should be—that’s why we have swimming pools.

But keeping the water in perfect...
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