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Things to do on Necker Island
From sandy white beaches to crystal clear water, on Necker Island there’s no shortage of things to do during the day. And when the sun goes down... the party starts.
On the water
Our highly qualified watersports team can call on the latest state-of-the-art equipment to give you the chance to try all the sports we have available. Here are a few ideas…
If you fancy giving it a go then we can teach you in a controlled, safe environment on Necker Island. The first stage is simply mastering to fly a kite and then we move into the water for some serious fun. We can also offer advanced tuition for anyone already riding.
Water-skiing and wakeboarding
The best ski area is on the back side of Prickly Pear Island, less than a 5-minute boat ride from Necker. We have beginner and advanced water-skis and wakeboards and offer high quality instruction for all these activities.
We have a fleet of Hobie Cats located on Main Beach and offer beginner to advanced sailing instruction. Alternatively, if you want to lie back and simply enjoy the exhilaration of being on the water, we can take you for a cruise around the islands. Also popular is a sailing regatta around the islands with a number of our boats, helmed by either guests or members of our team.
Otherwise known as ‘stand up paddleboarding’, this sport has taken the world by storm from the big waves of Hawaii to inland waterways of England. Necker has a range of paddleboards (10ft – 14ft long), and people of all shapes and sizes can have a go at this easy but fun watersport.
8 Man Paddleboarding
If you fancy having fun with friends all one Paddleboard then our inflatable 6-8 Man Sup boards are for you. We have 2 of these on island so if you are competitive a race can be arranged!
SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) Polo is a new sport that is best described as a cross between Stand Up Paddleboarding, water polo and lacrosse all played out on inflatable boards inside an inflatable field. This is a new addition to Necker and can be played with or against the staff!
A number of kayaks and paddles are situated on main beach, available for guest use.
Subwinging allows you to experience the ocean in a whole new way. Riders are towed behind a boat allowing them to turn and dive by holding onto the 4 foot carbon fibre wing.
This is a fantastic way to discover some of the diverse marine life in the British Virgin Islands.
You will find snorkels, masks and fins on both Turtle Beach and Main Beach. Both beaches offer excellent snorkelling depending upon weather conditions, so please check with a member of staff which is most suitable. For people wanting to venture further afield we will prepare our boats with fins, towels and a cooler with refreshments to explore other underwater locations.
The waters of the BVI have a superb range of dives. Wreck, reef and night dives can all be arranged to suit your level of adventure. If you are already PADI qualified we can arrange a number of excursions. If you’re not qualified, instruction can be arranged on island however an additional charge would apply.
If you don’t quite have your sea legs yet, or if you prefer to look at the ocean rather than taking the plunge, there is plenty to keep you busy on the island itself.
There are plenty of places on Necker Island to lie on the beach and enjoy the sun, sand and sea. Main Beach is where most of our water activities are based, and where you will find the Beach House and Pool Pavilion, where there are sun loungers to lie on. Turtle Beach is a peaceful palm-fringed beach, with hammocks hanging between the trees, sun loungers to relax on and snorkelling equipment for floating around in the calmer water with the sea life.
If you would like we can organise some beach Olympics for your whole party. Here is an example of some games we usually offer:
• Dizzy sticks: This is a relay race. One member from each team will race down the course, spin around a flag 5 times, and run back to the start line to tag the next team mate.
• Stand up paddle tunnel: Our paddle boards are layed on the beach. It’s a race for each team to dig under each board. First team to get everyone under the board and through to the other side wins.
• Driving range: This is a simple golf game. Hit the fish friendly balls from the putting green, see how close you can get to the bulls eye on the other side of the beach.
• Blind kayak races: This is a race in the pool. The kayaker is blindfolded, and must rely on their team to steer them around the pool.
• Champagne diving: We hide bottles of champagne in our main pool. Everybody jumps into the pool to find them. The team that comes back with the most is the winner.
• Sumo wrestling
For a thrilling (and fast!) way to get down to Turtle Beach why not try our zip line?! Stretching from The Great House to the far end of the beach it only takes seconds, and we can arrange to have champagne and lunch ready on the beach in time for your arrival!
The Great House has an infinity pool with beautiful views over Necker Island and of the ocean. Just off Main Beach is a second infinity pool which can be accessed from both the land and the beach. The swim-up bar off the freeform infinity pool is complete with seats in the pool where guests can sit and enjoy a drink plus there is a huge hot tub right on the beach with space for more than 30 people.
Our owner has always been a big tennis fan so it’s no surprise we have two floodlit Astroturf tennis courts next to the Beach House. Both courts have beginner and advanced racquets along with ball baskets in the huts by the courts. We have a resident tennis pro who can organise individual or group lessons, tournaments or someone to hit with if you fancy a challenge.
Necker is 74 acres in size with a 3-mile perimeter. There are a number of trails on the north end of the island which will take you around the coast or over the main ridge of Necker. Staff can take you on a guided tour and share some interesting facts about Necker or simply point you in the right direction to brave it alone!
Pilates and Yoga
Classes can be arranged at various locations on the island. It's a great way to appreciate the island's spectacular sunsets. Extra charges may apply for this activity.
As if being on Necker wasn’t relaxing enough, the island also boasts the beautiful Bali Leha and Bali Samudra spa treatment rooms, combining fabulous treatments with an incredible setting. We use Aromatherapy Associates skincare range. Treatments are charged additionally – for a full list please contact us by email: email@example.com
Here are some of our favourite treatments...
Aromatherapy Associates Revive Facial
60 min | $210
When time is short and you need to look your best, this deep cleansing and brightening facial will leave your skin looking clear and luminous.
Aromatherapy Associates Refresh Facial
30 min | $110
If you are just looking for a quick fix to cleanse, exfoliate and brighten your skin, our 30 minute facial is perfect to add on to any massage.
30 min | $110
60 min | $210
Our traditional Balinese-style massage uses a combination of gentle stretches, acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy to stimulate the blood flow and “qi” around your body bringing you a sense of well-being, calm and deep relaxation.
Muscle Release Massage
30 min | $110
60 min | $210
If you have been making the most of what Necker has to offer, you may be in need of a deep massage to work on those tight muscles to keep you ready for action. Our Muscle Release Massage works deeply to relieve stress and tension from your body.
30 min | $110
60 min | $210
At Bali Leha Spa we use the power of nature to help heal you. Our Traditional Bamboo Massage combines the power of the hand with specialised bamboo techniques to help smooth out congested areas of tension.
Party time! Well… you’re not here to sleep! Necker Island has held some legendary parties but remember, Vegas rules apply! Here are some of the things we CAN tell you about…
Make the dress code white for the night and dance the night away under our black lights wearing glow stick accessories! The recommended location for UV night is the Great House or the Beach House.
Las Vegas comes to Necker for those that would like to try their luck at the blackjack or roulette table. Guests are asked to dress in white, black, or red with a touch of glitz and glam, and are given Necker poker chips to play with during the evening. The guest with the most chips at the end of the night will be presented with a prize. Casino nights are usually held in the Great House.
Inspired by our sister property Kasbah Tamadot, our Moroccan night is a relaxed evening with a continuous flow of amazing dishes served either buffet or family style. The recommended locations for Moroccan Night are the Great House or at the Crocodile Pavilion where you can enjoy a bonfire and gaze at the stars after dinner.
Necker has a huge collection of funky hats, glasses and accessories for guests to wear that will help transform your night into a disco party! Ask your guests to bring an outfit of your choice (many opt to coordinate disco night with Austin Powers costumes) to make this evening even more funky and fun. We set up a variety of coloured disco lights and let the tunes play until the last one goes to bed. The recommended location for disco night is the Great House or the Beach House.
A party on Main Beach is a night to remember forever! We set up large speakers, disco lights, a cushion area for looking at the stars, and of course have a fully stocked bar to enjoy. Incorporate a fancy dress theme if you want to really go all out, or hire a band to play on the stage at the edge of the beach.
If you’re on Necker Island for several days we can take you further afield – here are some of the options:
These famous granite boulders and series of caves on Virgin Gorda were formed from volcanic action many years ago and are an amazing place to spend the morning or afternoon exploring. Afterwards we go for an amazing snorkel at Devil’s Bay before heading back out to the boat and returning to Necker.
Located 12 miles northwest of Necker, Anegada Island has the third biggest barrier reef in the world and is an amazing place to visit if you have time during your stay. Anegada has 17 miles of beaches no higher than 8 feet above sea level and is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places you’ll ever experience.
We will take you in our speedboats to enjoy lunch on one of the most beautiful beaches in the BVI. If the seas are rough, we do not recommend this trip, so it is best if organised once you're on island when we can assess the sea and weather forecast.
A cruise around the British Virgin Islands can be a leisurely and relaxing affair or a crazy booze cruise as we take you around the islands and fun bars around the BVI. We generally leave Necker at about 10:30am and stop for a quick snorkel at Guana Island, followed by lunch at Foxy’s on Jost Van Dyke. After lunch we visit the Soggy Dollar Bar which is a great place to lounge in the crystal clear water while sipping on one of their famous ‘painkiller’ cocktails. We end the day with a stop at the infamous 'Willy T' boat bar which is anchored off of Norman Island and then head back to Necker before dark.