Every once in a while, it’s fun to do a little day tripping and explore some of the nearly islands. On Monday, I hopped aboard Island Time and cruised up to Virgin Gorda and the Baths with the crew from Cruz Bay Watersports. I had a great time, so I thought I’d share some pics and info with all of you. Check it out…
Cruz Bay Watersports brings guests up to Virgin Gorda and the Baths every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost is $200 for adults and $130 for children, and includes the British Virgin Islands customs fee, as well as lunch at the Baths.
Our day started at 7:30 a.m. when we arrived at the Westin beach. We filled out our customs forms and then hopped onto Island Time where a continental breakfast was waiting for us. Then after about an hour or so, we pulled into Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. Captain Doug handled all of our customs paperwork while Brent and Sean, two of Cruz Bay Watersports crew members for the day, led us to two awaiting taxis that took us over to the Baths.
After a quick 5-10 minute taxi ride, we arrived. For those of you not familiar with the Baths, here’s a quick description from BVI Tourism:
“The Baths is a collection of massive granite boulders as large as 40 feet in diameter, with white sand beaches and secret rock pools. The cavernous surroundings are a result of the molten rock seeping up into the existing volcanic rock layers; because the molten rock did not reach the surface it cooled slowly and formed the hard crystalline granite layer. Further shrinkage and cracking formed blocks, which were exposed when the softer volcanic rock above eroded away. Weathering rounded the corners of the boulders to what they are today.”
After about an hour or so of exploring, we hiked a quick trail up to The Top of the Baths restaurant for lunch and took a quick dip in the pool.
At that point, some weather moved in and some much needed rain – yay! After about 45 minutes, we hopped back into a taxi and went back to the boat. We then cruised down to Norman Island where some of the guests on the boat snorkeled the Caves. My friends and I decided to stay onboard and took advantage of Island Time’s open bar and delicious rum punches. And then it was off to US customs and back to the Westin.
It was a great day overall and we highly suggest this trip if you’re looking to visit the Baths. If you’d like any other information on the trip or if you’d like to book a trip, please feel free to email me at [email protected]