About The Baths
British Virgin Islands
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The Baths are a great place to snorkel, swim and wander around and is easily accessible by taxi followed by a short 5-10 minute hike down to the beach. The boulders there form grottoes that fill with seawater.
Also nearby are Spring Bay, which is similar to the Baths and also offers good snorkeling opportunities, and Devil’s Bay – which is a 20 acre national park accessible via a 15-20 minute hike south from the Baths. There are huge boulders to squeeze by and duck through along the hike ands some beautiful tidal pools. At Devil’s Bay, there are more excellent snorkeling opportunities among the boulders and waters.
The baths, located on the southern end of Virgin Gorda, is an interesting geological formation approximately 70 million years ago. Molten rock formed into huge sections of granite rocks piled together. Over time erosion rounded the giant boulders, and carved out natural caves, tunnels, grottos, and pool. The area is ideal for exploring, sunbathing, and snorkeling. Though there is not much coral, there is plenty of sealife, including colourful fish, turtles, and rays.
Note that during the winter months, the a National Parks flag system is in effect to warn visitors. Giant waves can swell suddenly, making the region potentially dangerous.
The Baths National Park is located on the northwest coast on the island of Virgin Gorda. There are two ways to reach the Baths:
Many moorings are available near the baths, and it is a short dingy ride or swim to reach the baths.
From Spanish Town:
A ten minute tax ride, after which it is a 15 minute hike.
First To Review: Mark L.
Feb 17, 2009
Virgin Gorda is most famous for "The Baths." This a great set of giant boulders at the edge of the ocean. One can walk among the boulders, over and mostly under (between) them where they sit against each other. The water is shallow and creates natural pools, referred to as "The Baths." Sunlight filters through between the boulders and shines in the pools creating surreal sparkling caverns. Sturdy walking/water shoes are recommended as waking through the water and clamoring over rocks is necessary to get through. Once through there is a beautiful white-sand beach on the other side.
Nov 22, 2008
It is worth the short ferry ride over to the Baths in Virgin Gorda. It is absolutely spectacular and the water is clear and warm. This area is called the Baths because of the pools that are formed by large boulders and rocks. There is a short hike to the Baths area going down a steep hill, walking thru caves and maneuvering around rocks, and streams. I would not recommend this trip for anyone who has trouble walking or climbing. There is only one way back and that is uphill on a dirt path.
Nov 30, 2009
The Baths is one of the most surreal looking and beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Huge boulders shaped by the waves into strange shapes, crystal blue water and white sand, plus there is a little shack that sells ice cold Heineken, it doesn`t get much better than this.
May 15, 2009
think Thailand or Vietnam - but in the Caribbean. Fascinating black rock formations on pure white sand, just waiting to be explored. And the best news: BVI is still largely undiscovered and you are likely to have at least your little cove all to yourself.