So while on our exploration of the BVI, and our fabulous stay on Scrub, we decided to indulge in a Sunday afternoon boat trip, purely to see just how our customers could make the most of their tropical retreats. We were invited on board a beautiful yacht and with a cooler full of drinks and plenty of sun lotion we headed off across the turquoise waters to suss out these other islands.
FIRST STOP: VIRGIN GORDA
Oh wow. Good lord, this place is spectacular. Our boat anchored just off-shore and with a heroic dive into the crystal-clear waters we swam to the pristine white sandy beach. From there there is an exquisite walk/climb through the islands on-shore natural caves hidden within the huge, imposing boulders on the beach. It is quite a challenging climb, but it is so, SO worth it. There are hidden natural pools, cracks of sunlight filtering in and the genuine feel that you are the first person to ever discover this natural beauty. Once you reach the beach again, there is an awesome beach bar, or take your chance to just sit on the beach and relax.
SECOND STOP: NORMAN ISLAND
Time for lunch. In all honesty, all of that swimming, reclining, sipping of beverages and sunbathing can make one rather peckish. We pull up to Norman Islands gorgeous jetty after sailing/weaving in and out of the other tiny islands. It really hit home why this fantastic location is the sailing capital of the world. It would be madness not to set foot on deck while you’re here. Pirates Bight beach bar is the place for an ideal midday snack. I thoroughly recommend a cocktail and a plate of their HOT chicken wings. Either that or the shrimps are seriously delicious.
MAKE SURE YOU LOOK OUT FOR: WILLY T’S PARTY BOAT
In the Norman Island Bay make sure you keep an eye out for Willy T’s party boat. Now we didn’t have the chance to experience this infamous good-time spot, but if you want a taster I’d head to their website for their party cam. Cocktails and all-day music.
LAST STOP: JOST VAN DYKE (SOGGY DOLLAR BAR)
After a good few hours island hopping, several beverages, some spectacular sight-seeing and slight sunburn, our captain took us to what is maybe my personal favourite island in the BVI. Jost Van Dyke, originally the hangout of fierce Dutch pirates, is home to the LEGENDARY Soggy Dollar beach bar. The mood here is one of pure relaxation as well as rum, music and people from all over the world. Their infamous ‘Painkiller’ cocktails dusted with Nutmeg are unbelievable and their ‘Ring Game’ is too much fun. Life here is slow and easy, the setting is idyllic and you will not be able to rid the smile from your face. It is truly one of those places you will never forget.