7 Reasons to do a Shore Excursion to The Baths at Virgin Gorda, BVI

1. It Is Paradise

Paradise means different things to different people.

I found my paradise in the British Virgin Islands, the day I took a shore excursion from Tortola, to The Baths at Virgin Gorda.

If you are ever taking a cruise holiday to this stunning part of the world, you must go and see it!


2. The Beaches & Caves

Beautifully decorated with huge granite rocks and swaying coconut palms, the first beach at The Baths is an impressive sight.

After relaxing a while at the beach, it is then time to explore The Devil’s Bay Trail.

To navigate this labyrinth of boulders, caves and rock pools, you will need to walk, crawl, climb small wooden ladders, wade through shallow water and cross boulders using rope handrails.

It is not as strenuous as it sounds and you can make it as easy or as adventurous as you like.  However you choose to do it, it is so much fun and so worth it once you get to the other side.

When you make it to the other side you will find the secluded, unspoiled and totally tropical Devil’s Bay.

With powder-soft sand underfoot, it is the perfect place to sit or sunbath and simply enjoy the sound of the surf.

It was so quiet and peaceful at Devil’s Bay beach, I could have stayed there forever.

(If you would like to go to Devil’s Bay but don’t fancy navigating the caves, there is an alternative walking route).


3. Swim & Snorkel

You will never find a better place to unleash your inner mermaid.  The clear, warm water at The Baths makes it a perfect place to swim.

It is also a top spot for snorkeling, so be sure to take snorkel gear and an underwater camera if you have one.


4. An Instragrammers Dream

If you are a keen photographer or love to post picture-perfect beaches to Instagram, this is a must-see destination for you.  The beaches are photo heaven and the photo opportunities inside the caves are incredible.


5. A unique experience

Whether you’re a history buff or a beach bum, a thrill seeker or a chill seeker, a shore excursion to Virgin Gorda is a unique experience you will love.  It is also a great alternative if you have previously cruised to Tortola and would like to do something different on your next visit.


6. Priceless Memories

I organised my shore excursion via a cruise line and it was brilliant value for money.  The memories I have from this day are priceless and will stay with me forever.  You can view an example of an excursion here Princess Cruises Virgin Gorda Excursions


7. The Top of the Baths Bar

Last but not least, if you think this pretty piece of paradise can’t possibly get any better, it can.

At the end of your trip, make your way to the Top of The Baths bar, which serves the best rum punch ever, along with some seriously delicious Caribbean food.  The bar even has a freshwater swimming pool which visitors can use for free.  How amazing is that!?!

For as long as I live, I will never forget sipping my rum punch at the Top of The Baths, taking in the breathtaking views of Virgin Gorda, while soaking up the sun.

A perfect end to a perfect day in paradise.


Have you ever been to Virgin Gorda?

  If you would like to take a peek INSIDE the caves and see how beautiful this place really is, take a quick look at this 3 minute video I found on Youtube

I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment in the box below.


Despite the devastation caused to the BVI by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, Tortola has worked tirelessly to rebuild.

The BVI Tourist Board has confirmed that The Baths and Devil’s Bay have reopened and are as beautiful as they have always been.


  1. February 9, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    Excellent write up and stunning pictures
    During a cruise on Sea Princess 2010 we elected to see all the Islands from Barbados when visiting family
    I believe on a tour around StVincent the guide said how wonderful their rum was😄
    He knew Liz was from Barbados so I told him the best rum was from Barbados 🇧🇧
    At a stop with a free punch he pulled out a flask and added more rum so I could taste.

  2. thisiscruising
    February 10, 2018 / 1:29 am

    Hi Rob, thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on my blog post. I very much appreciate it, especially coming from an established blogger such as yourself.

    It sounds like you had a great cruise in 2010, you must have many Caribbean tales to tell after visiting so many islands. What did you think of the rum? It’s strong isn’t it?!

    St Vincent was the first island I ever cruised to and the first place I sampled the infamous rum punch (but we won’t say anymore about that!).

    As you have mentioned it, I will do a post about St Vincent next week.

    Thank you again Rob.


    • February 10, 2018 / 3:53 am

      Thank you Kerrie 😊
      You have mastered Instagram to your blog as such. I was involved with computers all my life like the ones that needed a cabinet and now processing like power in an IPhone. 😜
      When I retired my hobby became my cruise blog on WordPress aside from dogs and family I also have a Facebook equal
      Twitter annoys me / 😂
      All the Islands 🌴 have a special unique charm and mix of poverty and wealth
      Being married to a Bajan most of our time is with family so that was why we took that cruise around all the Islands
      Take care

  3. February 16, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    Great first post! I haven’t been, but will definitely try to check it out next time I am in that part of the world.

    • thisiscruising
      February 16, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      Hi Beccy! Thank you so much for your comment. It is such a stunning place, you definitely have to go there next time you’re in that part of the world!

  4. Nick Vitani
    April 10, 2018 / 11:07 am

    BVI is definitely my favorite place ever! Absolutely gorgeous and love island hopping. St John, although it’s USVI is included in this grouping lol. I enjoyed seeing the photos.

    • thisiscruising
      April 25, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      Hi Nick! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. The BVI is just stunning, with any luck I will be back out there in 2019!

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