Excursions: Tropical Caribbean
Excursions in Tortola
The Baths beaches at Virgin Gorda are famous for their unique rock formations and sandy beaches. Using the a modern passenger ferry, guests board pier side and enjoy you for a scenic 40-minute cruise along the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. At Spanish Town, open Safari Buses take you on a 5-minute drive to the baths beaches for swimming and snorkelling in the unique atmosphere of mammoth boulders, palms, and sand and sea caves. Roam through the intricate network of trails and boulders to discover hidden caves and sea pools. Make your way to the Top of the Baths where your buses await you and where souvenir shopping is available. A short tour will take you back to your launch for the return cruise to your ship. A complimentary drink will served before boarding the launch. **We recommend comfortable walking shoes as the footpath to THE BATHS is rough and uneven. Persons participating in this tour should be energetic and physically able. Please bring swimwear, towels and sunscreen.
Island tour & beach
Board open air safari buses in Road Town for a scenic island drive of beautiful Tortola. Your tour takes you up Fort Hill along the Ridge Road passing the local villages of Long Trench and Fahie Hill before arriving at Sky World. Stop here for souvenir shopping and viewing from the observation deck, the islands of the Virgin group. Re-board your buses and continue your tour along the ridge for still more views descend Ross path to beautiful Cane Garden Bay. Stop here to swim and relax in the crystal clear water of this spectacular white sand beach. Bar, restaurant, change, shower and other facilities, compliments of the establishment. After your swim the tour continues along the north shore and over Zion Hill for the scenic drive along the Sir Francis Drake Highway back to Road Town, where the tour ends.
* Complimentary beverage offered at Cane Garden Bay Beach chairs available for rent at beach
Participate in a memorable experience at the Dolphin Swim program in the natural lagoon at Prospect Reef Resort. Proceed to a briefing room, for an informative 20-minute talk and introduction to the dolphins and procedures to be followed during the swim. Then, you'll change into your swimsuit (it is recommended that guests wear swimwear under touring clothes) and join the dolphin trainers pool-side where life vests are fitted. Enter the water to stand on the submerged platform (4ft depth) where you will get to give the dolphins a hand rub, tummy rub, "pec" shake and kiss as well as swim in the open pool with the dolphins with a belly ride.(towed to platform by dolphin swimming on its back).
* Note: An in-house photographer will have photographs of participants in the water for sale at the end of the program.
Land and Sea
Board tour buses for a short transfer to the marina where your launch awaits to take you on an exciting cruise among the beautiful islands of this unique archipelago. View the southern shoreline of Tortola and the surrounding islands of Salt, Peter and Norman, made famous in legend as hideways for pirates and buccaneers. Your journey takes you past uninhabited islands and the island of St. John preserved for posterity by Laurence Rockefeller as a nature reserve, before arriving at Sopher's Hole, the first landing place by European settlers in these islands. Enjoy a stroll through the interesting boutiques and souvenirs shops before boarding open sided safari tour buses. The tour continues along the north shore of Tortola through small fishing villages before ascending to the ridge road, which twists its way along the ridge of the island offering spectacular views Tortola and of the surrounding islands. Photo stops will be made before descending to Road Town and thence through the town to the ship.
Virgin Island sail away
Board yachts dockside in Road Town and enjoy an exhilarating sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to one of the surrounding islands. Norman Island, the reputed setting of "Treasure Island" in the novel by that name, Cooper Island, Salt Island or Peter Island - for spectacular snorkeling and swimming off the beach or over beautiful coral reefs. Enjoy the history and geography of this historic waterway as you retrace the paths of Columbus, Drake, Kid and other historical notables
* Complimentary rum/fruit punch.
Escape to Jost Van Dyke
Escape to the famous island of Jost Van Dyke named after a famous pirate and where the famous White Bay is located. Enjoy a cruise through the Virgin islands from Road Town to Jost Van Dyke. Land on straight onto the glorious white sand beach of White Bay as the early settlers did – directly onto the sand!! Relax on the beach, swim in the azure waters, and enjoy a complimentary cool drink before enjoying alight snack. The beach facility provides a relaxing venue from which to enjoy your day at this glorious beach. The beach is lined with Caribbean beach bars. -You have approximately 2 hours to enjoy the beach and swim in the azure waters.
* Beach Chairs, Snack and drink included.