Gorda Full Day Charter
is the farthest trip you could choose and requires passports
and customs paperwork to be filled out in advance. With that
in mind your trip departs at 8:30 am from St John for approximately
40 minutes travel to Jost Van Dyke for customs clearance into
the British Virgin Islands.
into the BVI we will settle in for a roughly one hour and twenty
minute scenic ride to the East, along the North shore of Tortolla
(if the seas are accommodating). On this route we'll thread
our way through a string of small islands and cays like Guana,
Camanoe, Beef and Marina Cay.
If the north swells are up then our trip will take the Southside
of Tortolla and East up through the Sir Francis Drake Passage
(aka Pirate's Alley) amongst the many islands that form the
passage Salt, Ginger, Cooper, Dead Chest, Peter, and Norman
to Virgin Gorda and the Baths.
at the Baths you can walk and or snorkel among the huge granite
boulders along the shoreline between Spring Bay Beach and Devil's
Bay. Significantly crowded at times (read "Cruise Ship
traffic"), the Baths are a great place to people watch.
If it's seclusion you seek this may not be your first choice
of trips and many better destination choices are to be had.
choose to stay only for the Tide Pool and boulders walk and
then we dash off to another snorkel stop along the string of
cays lining our return route.
Due to the
lengthy transit time of this destination we recommend bringing
a picnic lunch rather than lunch ashore (which can take as long
as 1- 1 1/2 hours--it's "island time mon") and cut
significantly into your snorkel/fun time. There are several
lunch stops along the way should you choose: Cooper Island Beach
Resort, the Beach Bar at Great Harbor, Norman Island Pirate's
Beach Bar or Willy T's.
We leave the BVI around 2:30; weather permitting we travel the
south side of St. John for some different views, otherwise we
travel the famous North Shore to arrive at Customs and Immigration
by 3:30 in order to miss the large ferry boats and lengthy lines.
Here you will disembark and pass through customs and immigration
after which we reboard "Tropicat". This process can
take as little as 20 minutes or as long as an hour. Your patience
is appreciated and we will expedite it as quickly as we can.
We then return
to your morning pickup point arriving 4- 4:30pm. Virgin Gorda
is definitely a full day of boating (60 plus miles round trip)!
This is a great trip for those with stamina.