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The Fat Virgin's Baths and Snorkeling at Great Camanoe

Overnight at the marina to get a jump on the cruise ship hordes


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Thursday 6 February 1997 - continued

The Fat Virgin

The Fat Virgin


I was told that Virgin Gorda, or "Fat Virgin", was named by Columbus. I can see how he would get the Fat part of it, but how did he know that she was a Virgin? Maybe she was pregnant and not just fat.
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Marina in Virgin Gorda


We went to the marina at Virgin Gorda.
I did a little shopping. – 3 T shirts $30.00
starscope kaleidoscope $50.95 + $10.00 ship
Sunset

Sunset

Friday 7 February 1997

You should see the Baths at least once. It is an amazing conglomeration of huge boulders that appear to have been cast carelessly on the beach by some giant who was planning to build a giant stone wall.

But in spite of what you read, the snorkeling isn't that good here. There are some fish, but not much coral. The water is usually nice and clear though.
Sunrise

Sunrise


In the morning, they called a cab ($15.00 for all of us) who took up to the Top of the Baths.
Flowers at the top of the Baths

Flowers at the top of the Baths

Rainbow

Rainbow

Looking out from the top

Looking out from the top

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Building around the pool

Pool at the top of the Baths

Pool at the top of the Baths


Looking out over the top of the rocks

Looking out over the top of the rocks

Boats anchored off the baths

Boats anchored off the baths


We walked down to the beach, and Bob and Don explored and climbed among the rocks of the Devil's Bay trail.
Entrance to the trail with warning sign

Entrance to the trail with warning sign


The Devil's Bay Trail goes from the main beach at the bottom of the hundreds of steps (exaggeration) down from the top of the Baths to Devil's Bay beach. It is a challenging trail and most of the time you are either walking in water or climbing on rocks. Some of the more difficult places to climb were aided by wooden stairs or a rope. I did not attempt it, but Bob went with the male Captain of our boat. It is NOT handicapped accessible.
Charter captains

Charter captains

Bob and me at the Baths

Bob and me at the Baths

Gwen looking down the trail where Bob and Don are

Gwen looking down the trail where Bob and Don are


In any case you must wear SHOES (for climbing on the rocks) which can get WET. Teva sandals or something of the sort would be appropriate. Bathing suits or shorts would be appropriate with exposed areas covered in sunscreen. And if you want pictures, you will want at least a water resistant camera.
The trail that is in the water

The trail that is in the water

Bob's pictures of the rocks

Bob's pictures of the rocks

Rocks

Rocks

More rocks

More rocks

Bath Boulders

Bath Boulders


When we went, the trail was not marked with signs, only with piles of stones (cairns) so watch out for those so you don't get lost. I just went a little way into it, and then came back out.
Our charter captain (she's 5'10"<img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_wink.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=';)' title='' /> peeking over the rock

Our charter captain (she's 5'10";) peeking over the rock


The alternative would be to anchor off the shore, and swim/snorkel in.
Edge of the rocks

Edge of the rocks


We had the place almost to ourselves this early. It is another extremely popular location that can get crowded from cruise ship jaunts, charter boats and day trippers.

Were we EVER glad that we came early!!! As we climbed back up to the Top of the Baths, we met a couple hundred cruise ship passengers coming down to the beach as we were coming up. Our cab driver came back for us.
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We had lunch on the boat. Then we went to Great Camanoe and anchored in a little lagoon all by ourselves,
Island

Island

Great Camanoe

Great Camanoe

From anchorage

From anchorage

Cockpit with the table and flowers

Cockpit with the table and flowers

Bob in the cockpit

Bob in the cockpit

View from the cockpit

View from the cockpit


and I did Open Water Checkout Dive #5 at Diamond Reef.

We had dinner on the boat.

Saturday 8 February 1997

We had breakfast boat and went snorkeling.
Whisper from the water

Whisper from the water


Bob snorkeling

Bob snorkeling

Bob snorkeling back to the boat

Bob snorkeling back to the boat


Then we moved the boat to Guana Island and had lunch, and Gwen and I did a dive at Lizard Point.
Beach

Beach

Posted by greatgrandmaR 21:07 Archived in British Virgin Islands Tagged dive baths snorkel boulders virgin_gorda guana_island

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If the island looked untouched to Columbus that could explain the Virgin part :)

by hennaonthetrek

I guess that might be it, but he already knew that there were local inhabitants

by greatgrandmaR

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