Day trip to the Baths

One of the best things about vacationing in the Virgin Islands is the ability to island hop to other locations!  Our ferry system allows someone in St. Thomas or St. John to take a day trip to Tortola, Jost Van Dyke or Virgin Gorda.  Today lets talk about the Baths in Virgin Gorda.

Inter-Island Boat Services leaves on Sundays and Thursdays from both St. Thomas (at 8am) and St. John (at 8:30am).  Virgin Gorda is in the BVI so a passport is required.  After purchasing your ticket and grabbing a seat, you set off on a beautiful trip through the VI’s.  Keep your camera handy as you pass Lovonga Cay, Jost, and Tortola.  Off in the distance you will be able to see the Indians (a rock formation off Norman Island) Peter, Cooper, Salt and Ginger Islands.  As you pull into Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda you will catch a glimpse of the huge boulders that make up the Baths.

Cabs are plentiful as you finish through customs and its just a short trip to the Baths.  After purchasing our $3 tickets we decided to take the long trail around to Devils Beach.  The trail at this point is fairly easy to maneuver.  The trail opened up to what I can only describe as a screensaver we torture ourselves with at work.   The clearest blue water, huge boulders and white sand.  We decided to do a little snorkeling to cool off.  Schools of tropical fish swam around in the brightest of blues, yellow and reds.  There was not a lot of coral but the fish kept us entertained.  We then proceeded towards the caves.  This is where the trail turned into an adventure.  Climbing down ladders, up the sides of huge boulders and through warm water, it was like walking in another world.  There are so many nooks and crannys to explore so going a little off the route is encouraged!  After coming out of the caves we snorkeled in the most stunning little cove.  It was a yellow flag day so the waves were a bit rough (always check for posted warnings and ask if you don’t understand the flag system!) but the it was like swimming in an aquarium!  Beautiful pillar coral and sea fans with grouper, parrot fish and trigger fish.

By this time we had about an hour or so left before we needed to leave for the ferry, so we headed up to the Top of the Baths restaurant.  After a quick dip in their freshwater pool, a couple of painkillers and a fresh fish lunch we headed back to the ferry dock.  We were tired, a little sunburned but smiling from ear to ear after exploring another amazing rock here in the Virgin Islands.

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