Powerboat Charter from St. John to Virgin Gorda.
Virgin Gorda is the third-largest (after Tortola and Anegada) and second most populous of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Located at approximately 18 degrees, 48 minutes North, and 64 degrees, 30 minutes West, it covers an area of about 8 square miles (21 km2). Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island "The Fat Virgin", because the island's profile on the horizon looks like a fat woman lying on her side. Getting there from St. John can be a bit of a rough ride, but our Powerboat is really comfortable with its trim tabs and cushioned, forward-facing seating. And the beauty of Virgin Gorda is totally worth the ride!
The Baths on Virgin Gorda
The Baths are a sublime jumbled collection of sky-high granite boulders by the sea they make Virgin Gorda one of the BVI's major tourist destinations.. The rocks are made of volcanic java from about 70million years ago and form a series of grottoes that fill with water and shafts of kaleidoscopic sunlight and look truly otherworldly.
We will drop you off as close to the shore as possible, you can swim in along to the mooring line and take your time climbing around and exploring the boulders and we will wait for you with the boat at the other end of the bay where you finish your hike. It is a private charter so you can take all the time you want, our captain will wait for you.
Instead of exploring the boulders by foot, you can also take paddleboards on your boat trip and paddle around the boulders, truly amazing experience! Check out these amazing photos here.
Spring Bay is lesser known but has the same giant boulders and is less crowded than the baths Virgin Gorda also has some very beautiful bars and restaurants, that are calmer, more relaxed and upscale vs. the typical island-style ramshackle watering holes, for example Coco Maya, where there are low sofas and loungers right on the beach.
after hiking, climbing and snorkeling through the boulders you might be tired and hungry. Coco Maya on Virgin Gorda is an amazing beach club / restaurant and a great place to chill if you want to spend the day on Virgin Gorda, otherwise we can head to Norman Island or Jost van Dyke. Check out their website here.
Possible Snorkel Stops on the way back
Fallen Jerusalem is an uninhabited island of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, located to the south of Virgin Gorda. It obtained its name from the large number of oversized volcanic boulders that scatter the island (some of which weigh thousands of tons) which give it the vague resemblance of a destroyed city. It is very much like the Baths, but much less crowed.
Declared a Bird Sanctuary in 1959, because of its importance as a sanctuary for several species of birds. The endangered red-billed tropic bird finds refuge on the island. In addition, Fallen Jerusalem is an important nesting site for seabirds such as the brown boobies, laughing gulls, noddies and brown pelicans, along with sandwich, royal and bridled terns.
Secluded beaches border delightful snorkelling areas; North Lee Bay beach being the best on the island. On the northwest shore, underwater tunnels and caves are a haven for nocturnal fish, while schools of glassy sweepers glisten like bits of shiny copper. Check out these photos!
This is a great snorkeling spots, which is better and lesser known than the usually crowded Indians. Just between Spanish Town and the Baths is a shallow shoal of a reef with pillar coral formations, shy schools of French grunts and moray eels tucked under ledges. The Aquarium is rather densely textured with lots of rocks and boulders piled up on one another creating a network of small grottos and dens filled with fishes. Sergeant majors, blue tang and chromis fill the mid-water region. Sponges, fire coral and various crawling invertebrates cover the rocks. Nurse sharks can be found napping under the larger ledges. It was ranked #1 BVI snorkeling spot by iYachtclub.
We can also stop at the Caves and the Indians.
Day Trip St. John - Virgin Gorda (Private Charter)
St. John - Virgin Gorda Itineraries
- A possible stop on the way to Virgin Gorda is Tortola (for customs check in, then maybe long beach, Soper's Hole) and dog islands, a small cluster of islands between Tortola and Virgin Gorda which has one of the healthiest reefs in the Virgin Islands and has great snorkeling.
- On Virgin Gorda we can take you to Spanish town and you can take a 5-10 minutes taxi ride to the top of the Baths where there also is a restaurant, or we can take you to the Baths and you can swim in. The boat will then wait for you at the end of the hike to pick you up. Just let the captain know which option you prefer.
- Nice snorkel stops are also Fallen Jerusalem and the Aquarium
- We can stop at Norman Island, Willy T. or Jost van Dyke for drinks on the way out or back
- We will cater the trip to your needs, just let us know what you would like to see! All these stops and captain and fuel are included in the price at no extra charge.
St. John - Virgin Gorda Day Trip review.
Read a review and sample itinerary here.
What to bring on your Day Trip to Virgin Gorda
- Sunscreen, hat, towel, change of clothes, bug spray, long sleeve shirt (against sunscreen and if it gets chilly on the ride back)
- Passport, cash for customs fees, waterproof bag for wallet/camera phone
- We have a large cooler with drinking water on board, you can take food or drinks and we will store them in the cooler for you!
- You are welcome to use our snorkeling gear (incl. the new Easybreath masks) but if you have a favorite set that fits really well you might still bring it along
Ready to go?
Book your unforgettable Day Charter to Virgin Gorda here
You can use the calendar below to directly make a booking (select date and hit book now). Not sure yet? Then you can also send us a Booking Enquiry here.
Or the form below to to make a booking. Select your date and pay a 150$ deposit. The rest is due on day of charter (after trip, cash, card or cheque). All prices include captain and fuel. Not included: BVI customs/mooring fees and gratuity,