I booked a boat BVI trip as a surprise gift for my husband for our Anniversary. The original plan was to go to Jost Van Dyke only but I saw the option to go to other islands for a minimal additional cost. I thought it would be more enjoyable to do multiple stops so I booked it. When the day came, we arrived at the Marina 7:00am sharp and arealized we had no passports. The Captain was nice enough to allow us to rush home and hurry back. Thankfully we only lived approximately 15 minutes away and he took my cell number to ensure we got back in time.
*** McLaughlin Anderson says, "Luanda was very lucky indeed! Please always have passports (or passport cards) for everyone (even babies) if taking a day trip or traveling on to the British Virgin Islands during your St. Thomas or St. John stay!" ***
We took off to our first stop, Virgin Gorda. Drinks and a light breakfast consisting of fruits and different sliced muffins were served. Wendy took us on an adventurous tour of The Baths which was very enjoyable, and with great photo opportunities. (Click on any photo to see the larger version)
After the Baths, we went to Marina Cay where our delicious lunch was preordered and ready for us when we arrived, thanks to the First Mate.
After we had eaten our fill, we took off to go snorkeling. This was quite an experience for us both because neither of us have ever gone snorkeling. I am not a confident swimmer, so I really appreciated it when the First Mate took me out and stayed with me the whole time so that I could enjoy the tropical fishes and coral.
After snorkeling, we headed over to our last stop, Jost Van Dyke, where I got to put my short swimming lesson into practice because we had to swim to shore due to lack of a dock. While on Jost Van Dyke we got to walk the beautiful, white, sandy beach; food and drinks were available, and we lounged in the hammocks under the palm trees or in beach chairs. When it was time to go, we swam back to the boat to head back to St. Thomas, stopping in St. John to clear customs. This trip was definitely worth doing and I have no regrets.
The Captain and First Mate were very knowledgeable about the islands we passed on our way to the destinations and gave us some interesting history about them. On top of that, they made sure all of our needs were met, our thirsts were quenched, and our bellies filled. I would definitely do it again.