Last Update: 26-DEC-2011


Day 9, DEC 13, Tortola - B.V.I.


Tortola was our last port and the best weather of the trip.  We have been here 4 times and I wanted to go to Norman Caves
or Jost Van Dyke, reachable by boat only.  I didn't plan this ahead, figuring we could book it once we got off the ship.
This time we arrived early @ 7 and had to be back on board by 3:30. After looking in the marina for boat tours, and the
guy at the taxi stand was trying to get enough folks for the Norman Caves trip, we gave up and decided to go to Brewer's
Bay on Tortola. I had read this was a nice snorkel and it was close, $8 a person cab ride so we went with another couple.
Tortola is very hilly and lush due to the record rains they had.  This island was more laid back and nobody pushing their 
wares, so we enjoyed ourselves.
 
The snorkeling was the best I had this trip but you had to go out pretty far.  The pelicans and brown boobies were diving
in catching fish right next to me.  Beautiful sea fans, corals and fish were plenty once you got out past the turbid water.
The water was calm and sheltered so I felt safe and no currents pulling me out farther.
 
Ken bought several Carib beers at the beach bar.  I found a friend who insisted on fetching black rocks along the beach.
We also met a guy from New Hampshire who lived along the beach in a hammock in the winter months.  He is a carpenter and 
fisherman, and sells his fish to rich people who live in the hills and barters with the beach bar.


Brewer's Bay    

Another "hidden" beach, Brewer's Bay is a calm, expansive bay, nestled between two steep ridges. 

Beautiful day with blue sky !

Not many people

Ken & Mary in 30 years !

Ken in the water

Deserted beach

Mary playing with her dog

Chickens on the beach 

Termites and the mud tube up the tree

The bar and a very steep road

Last look at the beach

Little Jost van Dyke and Jost van Dyke 6 miles away, as we get higher

Now looking down at our ship 1,100 feet below us and 1.5 miles away.
The islands visible are (from left to right) Salt, Dead Chest and Peter Island which is a private island 7 miles away

Getting lower

Last look at the outside of the ship before cold Baltimore

Road Town Cruise ship Terminal with lots of room for expansion

Ship graveyard

Traveling thru the Sir Francis Drake Channel

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 kmē). Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island "The Fat Virgin", because its silhouette resembles a
rotund woman lying on her back. 

The Dog Islands with Virgin Gorda in the background

Looking back at Tortola B.V.I

Anegada 

One of the British Virgin Islands. Unlike the restof the BVI which are mountainous, Anegada is a coral and limestone atoll.
The highest point is only 28 feet above sea level.  We were appx. 16 miles away

Back in the Atlantic and setting the course for Cape Henry, Virginia which is 1,261 nautical miles away

Sunset over the Virgin islands.   We did not see the sun touch the water as it set over the mountains of Puerto Rico
appx. 80 miles to the SW

Mary watching the sunset

As usual nobody out

The waiters dancing

The moon, stars and ocean

Ice carving at the "fudge brownies & ice cream under the stars party".


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