The Baths at Virgin Gorda
Duration: Half Day
The Virgin Islands archipelago is an idyllic Caribbean destination, and with 60 beautiful islands and cays to discover in the British Virgin Islands alone, you will be spoilt for choice. Mainly volcanic in origin, these paradise islands boast breathtaking landscapes comprising lush mountains and rainforests, pristine white-sand beaches and sparkling clear blue waters. Approximately 15 of the islands are inhabited, each offering something special and unique for its visitors, but one of the most beautiful islands is Virgin Gorda, the third largest and second most populated island in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). This tour will take you to see one of its most breathtaking natural attractions, The Baths.
Renowned for its exceptional natural beauty and rich diversity of wildlife, Virgin Gorda is one of the British Virgin Islands’ main tourist attractions. Christopher Columbus allegedly named the island "The Fat Virgin" because he believed its shape resembled a rotund woman lying on her back. Her plump belly is the island's central highest point, known as Gorda Peak, where dramatic lush green slopes plunge to the sea below.
One of the main reasons why visitors are drawn to this island, however, is because it hosts one of the most interesting geological wonders in the eastern Caribbean − The Baths. Located on the southern tip of the island, The Baths comprise a large number of spectacular granite boulders, which can be found strewn across one of Virgin Gorda’s most beautiful white sandy beaches. These gigantic rocks, some of which measure up to 40 feet in diameter, were the result of volcanic activity thousands of years ago.
Today they are a significant landmark, forming a labyrinth of exciting tunnels, grottos and secret tidal rock pools which are a delight to explore. In one area of the beach you will find a large mystical cavern which hosts a sheltered, turquoise tidal pool, perfect for swimming in. Many of the saltwater pools between the boulders are in fact ideal for swimming, and also snorkelling due to the abundant sea life found here. Many fish species and rays can be spotted in these waters, and even turtles and seahorses if you’re lucky.
This is a unique experience not to be missed. If you want to explore the area further, you can follow a path through the tunnels which leads to Devil’s Bay. Some people think this tranquil, crescent-shaped beach is even more beautiful than The Baths. An area of spectacular natural beauty, The Baths will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in the British Virgin Islands.
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