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Fire medic ignites hiking renaissance on Tortola

- Joseph S. Graham is the owner of ‘Hike BVI'
Young business owner Joseph S. Graham is looking to make his hiking company ‘Hike BVI’ a household name in the territory. Photo: Provided
Launched in June 2020, Hike BVI is an adventure events company and guided tour agency that specializes in creative outdoor experiences especially on Tortola. Photo: Provided
Launched in June 2020, Hike BVI is an adventure events company and guided tour agency that specializes in creative outdoor experiences especially on Tortola. Photo: Provided
Hikers traverse a trail on Tortola, in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Hikers traverse a trail on Tortola, in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Company owner Jamal S. Graham said the mission of the company was to make Tortola the hotspot for sight-seeing and for people to appreciate the beauty of the islands, in the same way, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke are appreciated. Photo: Provided
Company owner Jamal S. Graham said the mission of the company was to make Tortola the hotspot for sight-seeing and for people to appreciate the beauty of the islands, in the same way, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke are appreciated. Photo: Provided
To date, he said the company has taken over 1000 plus explorers over hills and ghuts across the Island through group hikes with some tourist and locals from right in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Provided
To date, he said the company has taken over 1000 plus explorers over hills and ghuts across the Island through group hikes with some tourist and locals from right in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Young business owner Joseph S. Graham is quickly making his hiking company ‘Hike BVI’ a household name in the territory.

Launched in June 2020, Hike BVI is an adventure events company and guided tour agency that specialises in creative outdoor experiences, especially on Tortola.

“One of the comments I hear often from potential bookers is that they can’t believe all of my tours are on Tortola.”

He said the mission is to make Tortola the hotspot for sight-seeing and for people to appreciate the beauty of the islands, in the same way, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost van Dyke are appreciated.

“I want people to leave those islands to come enjoy what the biggest island has to offer,” he further said.

Experienced team of hikers

At Hike BVI they offer hikes, water sports, water tours and historical tours, led by a specialised team of hikers whose experience and passion for the outdoors ensure patrons have a safe and enjoyable time.

To date, he said the company has taken over 1000 plus explorers over hills and ghuts across the island through group hikes with visitors and residents.

“I’m a fire medic at Fire and Rescue. Being a certified paramedic is what gave me the confidence to do tours, knowing I can handle any medical emergencies for hikers on my watch.”

However, while the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the business, Mr Graham told VINO that it has inspired a lot of persons to get outdoors, plus sparked positive movements in the community.

Love for the outdoors

“I have always enjoyed the outdoors and would constantly post pictures of my adventures on social media. After the COVID-19 lockdown in March, my friends who could no longer travel but were craving new activities reached out to me.”

“At first it was just fun and then I realised I could take it further by creating an entire experience for other BVI Residents and eventually tourists. On my travels to Thailand in 2018 in particular, my wife and I did two amazing tours where everything was taken care of. It was this experience that inspired the famous cold towels on my tours. We never forgot these memories,” he told VINO.

So far, Graham said the response has been incredible and has sparked an island-wide initiative with several other hikers joining forces to create one large brand.

Positive community movement 

“Whether you are booking through my agency or others or just choosing to do it on your own, it has gotten people out of the house. I’m honoured I could help encourage such a positive movement in my community and the constant feedback I get continues to inspire me to be more creative with each new hike,” he said.

Graham can be reached on 441-2315 for any additional information on the company and for those looking to experience what Tortola has to offer.

No doubt Hike BVI will be busy as an alternative for tourists when the Territory reopens its borders in December.

21 Responses to “Fire medic ignites hiking renaissance on Tortola”

  • Dan (02/10/2020, 15:23) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    congrats Sef, such an awesome business for the BVI..... N Happy Birthday!!!
  • GG (02/10/2020, 15:56) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good one vino!!! Happy birthday sef
  • the rock (02/10/2020, 16:06) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    That's alot of food sitting on that rock. Anyhow there is no need for this curfew. Its a Agenda in progress
  • SCBgal (02/10/2020, 16:13) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very Cool !!!
  • ok (02/10/2020, 16:47) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    This is good news but please every business owner beware, any company that has BVI at the end must be approved by Government, its the law and a lot of people are using this now and it might come back to bite.
  • Adic (02/10/2020, 17:07) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good vibes #51
  • tola (02/10/2020, 17:27) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    I love his personality from school days down to earth guy. All the best and happy birthday.
  • Hmm (02/10/2020, 17:28) Like (9) Dislike (22) Reply
    Oh come on Mervin hastings is who started hiking
    • @ Hmm (03/10/2020, 10:41) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      Yes Mervyn started hiking and more knowledgeable in his agricultural field and experience from a child hiking the trails.

      Not surprised to see other hikers starting ...there’s about 2 or 3 more. Just like pastry, seasoning, food, juice, eye lash, lip gloss, etc businesses popping up. Nothing is original in the BVI. Health inspectors do your health and safety checks please.
  • No Sweat (02/10/2020, 18:00) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yeah but Mervin ain’t no Sef boss !
  • Mrs Graham (02/10/2020, 19:28) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Happy Birthday Sef and congratulations on this article! No one more Deserving and humble. Thank you VINO for this opportunity ❤️
  • tola (02/10/2020, 19:41) Like (7) Dislike (20) Reply
    Ah Jamican telling us about Tola wa we coming to saw
    • @tola (02/10/2020, 21:51) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well somebody had to do it and it wasn’t you. You didn’t have the vision for it right so hush!!!! Ayo stay mad for every little thing. Way bigger things to worry about than Mr. Graham small business don’t let it consume your energy. Go find something to do for your country!!!!!
      p.s I from right here to so you ain’t got to wonder if an island man (as we say) write this. BE HAPPY.. you are alive and healthy enough to write a comment. Stay positive and safe!
    • guy hill (03/10/2020, 08:46) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      It happens all the time. We need to get out of our comfort zones. It doesnt matter who take you out. I used to hike a lot a few years ago.Some of us here just here. I have a friend from Antigua, been here from a child under 10. Never been to Anegada. I cursed him out ( Not rudely) when he told me that. About a year after he found himself on Anegada, I give him a high five and told him it's about darn time. I've know my friend for 50 years.
    • @tola (06/10/2020, 12:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      lol lol this sh** is to funny

  • Ghost (02/10/2020, 22:51) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great news Sef.. you’re a wonderful person always so friendly, loving and kind-hearted..I wish you all the best.. and @tola- you need to stop being negative and drinking haterade..why don’t you trying commending him for trying to get ahead and if you don’t want him telling about BVi why don’t you do it?.. a lot of us like to sit down Do nothing but find fault when others do.
  • Very deserving (02/10/2020, 23:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish you all the best! Extremely humble young man!
  • Annettee (03/10/2020, 07:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino I like how you promote our residents big ups sef Long live vino
  • Nicol (07/10/2020, 09:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Sef, i am so proud to see people succeed. I know you as verry hard working a kind and carry person, that is the key of any successful business. I do 2 tours with you and your team funny i never see a bamboo in a real investment and i live here for more then 12 yeras. Again your success be the noise!


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