Virgin Gorda is the third-largest and second most populous of the British Virgin Islands. Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island Virgin Gorda, or “Fat Virgin”, because the island’s profile on the horizon looks like a fat woman lying on her side.
Virgin Gorda’s claim to fame is an unusual geologic formation known as “The Baths” located on the southern end of the island. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island’s volcanic origins with the boulders forming natural tidal pools, tunnels, arches and scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. The largest boulders are about 40 feet long and the area is a national park. You’ll find incredible snorkeling, but the fun thing to do here is to enter the rock formation at one side and climb, crawl, wade, swim and scale your way to the other side, which opens onto a beautiful little bay. You’ll need about an hour to make the journey, with time of course to stop and soak in one of the natural pools.
While The Baths are stunning, getting here can be challenging if the weather isn’t cooperative. On a smooth water day, it takes a solid 45 minutes to get there by boat. On a rough seas day, it can be double that time and you may arrive exhausted from the ride. We recommend that you decide whether or not to make the journey after you see how the weather is cooperating.