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Virgin Gorda Full Day Charter

Virgin Gorda is the farthest trip you could choose and requires passports and customs paperwork to be filled out in advance along with $45 Cash Per Person for Customs. 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.

Once cleared 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.

Arriving 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.

Most guests 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.

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Captain Jim - (317) 987-7237 | Captain Lisa (910) 228-2113