MUST SEE PLACES ON 8 DAY SAIL IN THE BVI's
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 14, 2012 3:09 PM Last Post By: mgtraveler
Jul 17, 2012 4:29 PM
Jul 17, 2012 7:40 PM
1I would say there is one absolutely must see sight in the BVIs and that is The Baths and Devils Bay on Virgin Gorda. There are lots and lots of other beautiful beaches though throughout BVI but you pretty much pick them at random and find a beautiful one. Cane Garden Bay on Tortola is a good place for boaters to stop for bars, restaurants, etc. Long Bay on Tortola in the West End is also beautiful. The other places I would make a point to see would be Jost Van Dyke and try to get over to St. John, USVI and spend the day if possible (it is just a few miles from the west end of Tortola). St. John is the nicest town in that area, but Road Town in Tortola isn't bad either ... in fact, they are probably the only two places in that area (other than Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas) that you could even really call a town. If you are a diver, the Rhone is one of the better wreck dives in the Caribbean.
Jul 19, 2012 10:12 AM
2In the BVI, the most unique places would be:
(i) Anegada - but I think you must have a captain with you (i.e. no bareboats) because of the enormous (3rd largest in the world I believe) horseshoe reef that surrounds the island. There's a hotel there with outdoor dining where you can get lan
(ii) The Baths on Virgin Gorda. Get there early or late to avoid the crowds.
You'll probably want to see the Norman Cave's. Though I think they're a bit over-rated, you can combine them with a lunch stop at the Willie Thornton (a floating bar/restaurant/scene) and snorkeling at the Indians, and maybe a dive at the Rhone (I think you can also dive the wall on the east side of the Indians. A lot of fun in one area.
A trip to Salt Pond on St.John would be a nice place to go for an overnight - or even overnight in Coral Bay (east end of St.John) and have dinner at one of the restaurants for a change from eating on the boat. Cruz Bay, on the west end, has more options and will give you a view of St.Thomas and some of the islands in between.
If it's an adults trip, stop at the famous bars on Jos (have a "painkiller" at White Beach or head into "town" and have a drink at Foxy's.
8 days is plenty of time to see pretty much everything in the BVI and on St.john (USVI).
Aug 14, 2012 9:29 AM
3I would suggest that you get a copy of Chris Doyle's Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands. I have found them invaluable when sailing all of the Caribbean Islands.
Aug 14, 2012 1:20 PM
4The previously mentioned places are definite must sees...but other than the Caves at Norman Island, not much for scuba diving.
I worked a term charter boat that included scuba diving in it's 'amenities' and have found several awesome spots in the BVIs. What matters most is talking to the boat you are sailing on. There are a couple great dive shops on Tortola and one on Jost. Dive BVI ( http://www.divebvi.com/ ) is awesome, as are Blue Water Divers (http://bluewaterdiversbvi.com/ ). Jost Van Dyke Scuba is the one dive shop on Jost and they DO get around. (their website: http://www.jostvandykescuba.com/about/about.html ). As far as I know these dive shops do rendezvous diving - they pick you up from your boat to take you diving and return you to your boat at the end of the dives. Your boat may well be in another destination, and as long as it's set up before hand, they will deliver you to the boat's new destination. Many of the islands south of Tortola are fairly close and that makes this service invaluable.
Sites like Painted Walls, Alice in Wonderland and the Indians are great. The most famous wreck is the Rhone - and it is a deep dive. It's great but CAN be subject to a current. It's best to dive with a guide.
Feel free to pop me a note and I can give you some more detailed info.
Aug 14, 2012 3:09 PM
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