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About Virgin Gorda

The British Virgin Islands are a magnet for the rich and famous. And, with just one glance at Virgin Gorda, you'll instantly see why. It's the perfect paradise island escape, with the ideal blend of blissful beaches and lush green interiors. Its quiet settlements bear a welcome sense of calm, free from the shackles of commercialism. Without doubt, the main reason to visit Virgin Gorda is its pristine white, sandy beaches. What better way to dive into your latest novel, sip a cooling cocktail and let the warm sunshine wash over you. One of the most visited spots on Virgin Gorda is an area known as The Baths. Here, you'll find a fascinating scattering of giant boulders - some as large as houses. These granite megaliths draw in the crowds and make for excellent photo opportunities. But if you'd like to enjoy a little peace and quiet amongst these stony behemoths, then try to visit early or later in the day. Known for its rich natural beauty, Virgin Gorda measures eight and a half square miles. Take a walk on the wild side and explore its verdant trails, nature havens and picture-perfect protected national parks.

 

Shore excursions in Virgin Gorda

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Visit to Tortola

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the beauty of the largest of the Virgin Islands, Tortola.

A 40 minute boat transfer across the channel will take you to Trellis Bay Tortola to meet your driver-guide. There will be an opportunity to browse the small Trellis Bay craft market, before setting off to see the highlights of Tortola.

Your route will take you through the village of East End and along the ridge road that covers the length of the island. During your journey you can admire the panoramic views and surrounding countryside at several viewpoints along the way. You’ll take Windy Hill road and head towards the picturesque marina of Pussers Landing, where you can enjoy a short stroll. Afterwards, you’ll continue south along the shoreline of Tortola and make a stop in Road Town. Here, you can browse the small shops before re-boarding the boat to take you back to Virgin Gorda.

During your tour, a fruit or rum punch will be served.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat, bus and on foot. The boat transfer may be choppy. This tour involves around 1 hour or walking over varying terrain including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The land transport may vary from open-sided island buses to minibuses. The island buses have narrow seating and high steps on to and off the bus.

Island Tour and Baths

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the scenic highlights of Virgin Gorda with some time to enjoy the ‘Baths’.

Setting off from Spanish Town Marina, you’ll make your way to the Gorda Peak. Photo stops will be made en route for you to enjoy the splendid views. You’ll drive back along the Gorda Peak road, through Spanish Town and towards the Copper Mine Ruins. After a short stop here, you’ll drive to the Mineshaft Café to enjoy a soft drink, rum or fruit punch.

Your final stop is the ‘Baths’, Virgin Gorda’s most famous beach. The pools and ocean bed are carpeted with the softest, whitest sand and the rock formations form small grottos and natural pools. A 500 yard trail will take you down to the ‘Baths’ to enjoy around 1½ hours of free time.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by safari bus and on foot. This tour is only for those in good physical condition and competent swimmers, due to a possible strong undertow. The trail to/from the first beach is rocky, uneven and inclined. The trail to access the second beach is very tight in places with ladders and small bridges to climb; you will get wet, often up to your knees. Water or flat closed toe shoes with a good grip are essential. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. The beaches can become busy. The drive to Gorda Peak is along a steep and winding road. The transport in Virgin Gorda is by open-sided safari buses. These have narrow seating and high steps to negotiate on to and off the bus. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports or equipment. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Transfer to Gorda Baths

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

This simple transfer provides the opportunity to enjoy the ‘Baths’, Virgin Gorda’s famous beach, at your leisure.

Just a short drive from Spanish Town Marina is the entrance to Gorda ‘Baths’. The tiny paradise of coves, unusual rock basins and boulders is one of the main attractions of the island. The rock formations at the baths were created by volcanic activity resulting in huge boulders being stacked upon one another, which now form small grottos and natural pools.

A 500 yard trail will take you down to the ‘Baths’ where you’ll have around 3-3½ hours to spend as you please. Refreshments, snacks and souvenirs will be available for purchase during your stay.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by safari bus and on foot. A local escort will accompany this tour. This tour is only for those in good physical condition and competent swimmers, due to a possible strong undertow. The trail to/from the first beach is rocky, uneven and inclined. The trail to access the second beach is very tight in places with ladders and small bridges to climb; you will get wet, often up to your knees. Water or flat closed toe shoes with a good grip are essential. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Lockers may be hired and toilet facilities are available. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. The Baths can become busy. The transport in Virgin Gorda is by open-sided safari buses. These have narrow seating and high steps to negotiate on to and off the bus. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports or equipment. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Virgin Gorda by Land and Sea

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

Prepare to double your fun with a tour of beautiful Virgin Gorda by land and sea.

Start your open-air safari bus journey of this verdant isalnd with a trip through Spanish Town, and along Millionaire's Road which is just one of the island’s most scenic drives, filled with views of the many crystal-clear bays and coves filled with soft white-sand beaches. You’ll head up to Gorda Peak National Park, which is one of the island’s most dramatic landmarks and the views from the peak are absolutely amazing.

Arriving at Gun Creek you’ll swap your methods of transport and head out onto the water for an exhilarating cruise of Gorda Sound, passing by Richards Branson’s private Mosquito Island and the smaller Dog Islands.

The highlight of this cruise will be your views of ‘The Baths’, where huge granite boulders in all shapes and sizes seem to appear out of nowhere. Created by volcanic activity, the imaginative mind envisions a pirate’s lair or a giant’s playground and as you glide by this astonishing scene, your expert crew will fill you in on the legend and lore of this geological masterwork. The gorgeous beaches that rise from the feet of the rocks and the brilliant white sands dotted with sea grape trees and coconut palms will keep your camera clicking.

Having experienced the many beauties of Virgin Gorda, reflect on the day as you sail back to the marina.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by safari bus, boat and on foot.The drive to Gorda Peak is along a steep and winding road. The transport in Virgin Gorda is by open-sided safari buses. Tour may be operated in reverse with guests travelling by boat first and then by bus.

Virgin Gorda Island Tour

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 2¾ hours

An ideal way to capture some of the best views and scenic highlights of Virgin Gorda.

From Spanish Town Marina, you’ll take a short drive through the quaint town, before making your way to the Gorda Peak. Your drive will offer splendid views and stops will be made en route for you to enjoy the scenery. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the Gorda Sound and the scattering of British Virgin Islands in the distance.

Afterwards, you’ll return along the Gorda Peak road and back through Spanish Town towards the Copper Mine Ruins. The site was first mined by Spanish settlers in the 18th century and subsequently by Cornish miners 150 years later. Following a short stop here you’ll drive to the Mineshaft Café, where you’ll be offered a soft drink, rum or fruit punch.

To round off your tour, a stop will be made overlooking the ‘Baths’ Virgin Gorda’s most famous beach. The tiny paradise of coves, unusual rock basins, boulders and seas caves is one of the main attractions of the island.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by safari bus. The drive to Gorda Peak is along a steep and winding road. The mode of transport in Virgin Gorda is by open-sided island buses. These have narrow seating and high steps to negotiate on to and off the bus. To derive full enjoyment from this tour some walking is required. The terrain at the Copper Mine Ruins is rough and uneven. There are a few steps to negotiate at the Copper Mine viewpoint and at the refreshment venue.

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