Did you know that there are over 71 different islands and cays in the U.S. Virgin Islands alone? Each week (along with our other “of the week” posts) we will be featuring one of the many islands that surround us here. Virtually all of these islands have an interesting story to tell.
This week we will look at Hans Lollik island. Greater or Big Hans Lollik, as it is also known, is located 8,000 feet off the North Shore of St. Thomas. It is one of the most recognizable features of the North side view, as it is one of the largest islands visible. It is a privately owned island, and currently for sale. Despite being privately owned, locals often report visiting and even camping on the uninhabited island.
In the past the island was a colonial plantation, growing sugar and cotton. It continued to be used for a variety of enterprises, including logging, fishing, and cattle grazing. Since the 1950’s though, it has remained mostly abandoned. The island hosts some ruins left from the previous habitation, and a shipwreck in its idyllic coconut bay. There is a wide variety of wildlife on the island. From introduced species like goats, rats, and donkeys, to native species like a variety of seabirds and sea turtles.
Remember that the island is privately held, and one should always seek permission before venturing onto private property.
For sweeping views of Hans Lollik, and many other islands, come visit us here at Tree Limin’ Extreme. Call for reservations at 340-777-9477.
-The TLE Island Hoppers