BVI Odyssey – Do’s and Don’ts at the Baths, Virgin Gorda

The BathsWe set sail from Cam Bay across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Virgin Gorda and its main event, the Baths. This unique rock formation, which looks like a huge truck has just dumped many enormous boulders on a beach, was caused when volcanic eruptions deposited granite that eroded into piles of boulders on the beach.  This type of formation is found only in the Seychelles and Virgin Gorda.

The Baths is a must visit for virtually everyone, but especially for families with children.  The boulders that form a series of caves, grottos and pools, create endless possibilities for exploring, playing and snorkeling. The waters are calm and sheltered, so even the most novice snorkeler can enjoy the spectacle. Your children will invent games on the spot, and will most likely be entertained for hours.

One warning – hordes of tourists descend upon the baths between 10 am and 3 pm most every day. Many arrive from large cruise ships.  The trails at the baths are very narrow, and you will find yourself in the middle of a “tourist jam” if you time your visit wrong.  We strongly recommend that you either arrive quite early in the day, or just be more relaxed about it and arrive at 2 or 3.  You will enjoy it a lot more, as the Baths is a peaceful place best experienced when you’re not bumping into other visitors.

The View from the Top of the BathsTop of the Baths

The “Top of the Baths” is a gem of a restaurant, with a free, freshwater pool, a varied lunch menu, and refreshing drinks. It’s just a short walk up and unmarked path, but well worth it! The view north toward tortola is stunning  – you could look at it all day long.

There are also some shops for beachwear and t-shirts and the Mad Dog restaurant, famous for great sandwiches.

About Tom Virden


Leave a Reply