Day trip to Virgin Gorda from Tortola

Old Aug 5th, 2009, 01:15 PM
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Day trip to Virgin Gorda from Tortola

We would like to take a day trip by ferry during our September visit. How far are the baths from the ferry dock? What is the best way to get there once we arrive? Since we will only be there for the day should we limit ourselves to that area or go exploring? What would be the best way to explore the island? We love to snorkel and would be happy on the beach but would hate to "miss" the rest of the island due to time limitation. Any suggestions appreciated.
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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 02:29 PM
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skip the baths and go to spring bay, less crowded and no entry fee. Also, check out savannah bay. Great snorkeling from shore.

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Old Aug 5th, 2009, 07:14 PM
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Sorry, greenie, but no one should skip the Baths. Amazing, and tons of fun no matter when you go. If you take the ferry, you will have to cab or shuttle it - I think it is a good 10 minutes, maybe more like 15 (only went once by shuttle because the waves at the Baths were so high that you couldn't come in by boat). You might also think about getting a boat trip that goes straight to the Baths - most of them also stop by Norman Island for a snorkel in the caves and a visit to the Willie T.
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On our day trip from Tortola to VG we took a quick cab ride from the ferry to the Baths. Once there we explored the Baths. When we came back up we ate at the restaurant and then walked over to Spring Bay (through the guavaberry complex). It was a great day. We were so charmed that on the next trip we made VG our base.
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I agree, don't skip the Baths. It was great fun finding our way through the boulders and coming out the other side to a nice beach. I advise not carrying a lot of stuff because you have to crawl through some spots that may have a little water in them. I don't know what the snorkeling is like there because we were there during the winter swells and the beach was closed for swimming but we still had a ton of fun. We took a ferry from Tortola and then a short taxi ride to the Baths.
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The Baths are an amazing site and the trek to get to them is an adventure! We rented a vehicle at the dock for the day so that we could see the rest of the island. Very lovely!!!
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well, I actually agree with Greenie. Although you can't do "the crawl" there, Spring Bay has all of the picturesque boulders and grottos and beautiful beach that The Baths has, but with fewer crowds and no admission fee. If you want to be with the crowds, though, the Baths should be just what you're looking for.

If you feel that you won't have seen Virgin Gorda without stopping at the Baths, by all means, do so. But if you want to skip the crowds, go straight for Spring Bay. Savannah Bay is a nice counterpoint to Spring Bay -- long stretch of sand, pretty isolated, and not many people. You could spend the morning in one spot and the afternoon in the other.
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