From Cruz Bay to the Baths, including the initial check-in with BVI Customs, it is almost 2 hours at the start of the day to get to Virgin Gorda (with good water conditions).
Taking a trip to Virgin Gorda on a power boat is highly weather dependent. If the seas are at all rough or the wind is moderate, the trip all the way across Drake Channel can be uncomfortable. For this reason, we can plan on a Virgin Gorda trip, but might make a change of plans on the day of.
If we meet at Joe’s Rum Hut promptly at 8:30a to fill out the customs forms and are on the boat by 8:50a, we can be at BVI Customs on Tortola by 9:15a, and over to the Bath’s by 11am. Along the way we’ve seen some beautiful island and beaches and probably many boats of all shapes, sizes, and price ranges.
At the Baths, we like to drop you off for your ‘one-way’ self-guided tour on the northern entrance. You will wade in to shore and spend probably 30 minutes wandering and wading through the sandy floored, volcanic rock boulders that make up the natural wonder they call the Baths. When you come out the south end of the Baths, you will see us waiting just off the beach. Swim around for a bit to cool off, or come right back on board the boat so we can move on.
From Virgin Gorda, it is about a 90 minute boat ride to White Bay on Jost Van Dyke…you’ll probably be enjoying the music, wind in your hair, and a cold drink. If we end up with enough time, we might stop by Sandy Spit or Sandy Cay before reaching Jost. We will moor or anchor and you can swim, float around near the beach or head in with a camera and a drink to sit on a deserted island for a few minutes.
As we pull into White Bay around 2:45p, you’ll probably see dozens of sailboats and powerboats from all over the BVI and USVI anchored in with a beach party in full swing. We’ll anchor somewhere near the shore and help you off to swim/wade into Soggy Dollar Bar or Hendo’s for a beach drink, ring toss game or two, or a snack. Most of our guests like just spending time in the water with a Painkiller, Bushwhacker or beer – enjoying the party.
We’ll give you a wave around 3:30p to make your way back to the boat so we can get back to US Customs on St. John, refuel the boat and drop you off on the beach at Joe’s Rum Hut with a complimentary drink coupon in hand.
It’s a full day with a lot of time on the water, but some really spectacular memories (and photos). This trip is made even better if you take a few minutes the night before or the morning of to stop by the North Shore Deli, Sam & Jacks, or other restaurant and order some take-out lunch sandwiches and/or breakfast that you can enjoy during the motoring to and from Virgin Gorda.
This is just one idea for a boat charter trip involving the Baths at Virgin Gorda. The open sea is your playground and each trip is custom and can involve different destinations depending on the type of activities you want to enjoy.