Aug 16, 2015

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5 Must Do’s in the Virgin Islands

5 Must Do’s in the Virgin Islands

Here are 5 must-do’s when on a crewed yacht holiday in the Virgin Islands:

1 Beach Movie Night – Honeymoon Beach, Water Island, St Thomas USVI

Projected from the back of a golf cart onto a white sheet (movie screen) strung between two palm trees on this beautiful white sandy beach. A drive in for locals who sit aboard their golf carts; visitors can sit on seats which are put out for them. You can purchase popcorn and beers from a little stall that’s set up just for Movie night.

Catch the Water Island Ferry from Crown Bay Marina St Thomas to Water Island and it’s a short walk to the Honeymoon Beach, don’t worry you won’t get lost the Ferry Driver will be joining you to watch the movie; or arrive by dinghy directly to the beach. A memorable evening!

2 Full Moon Party – Trellis Bay, Tortola BVI

Ever been to a Full Moon Party? Well it’s time that you visited the Full Moon Party at Trellis Bay. Once a month this tiny bay comes alight with huge metal Fire Balls which are located just off the beach in the sea. Moko Jumbies (local guys & girls on huge stilts) entertain the crowds whilst dressed in traditional costumes. Steeped in history these Moka Jumbies used to chase away the evil spirits. Food and drink is plentiful with a good choice of local bars and the music is throbbing. Good entertainment for all ages even the kids.

3 Horse Trekking – Carolina Ranch, Coral Cove, St John USVI

Dana the owner of this establishment on St John has taken in numerous rescue ponies from Puerto Rico over the years. These ponies are of very good nature and you can enjoy a delightful trek high up in the hills looking down over the fantastic crystal clear waters of St Johns Marine Parks. The horses are incredibly well cared for, and in very good condition. Dana loves and cares for all animals from wild donkeys about to foal, to the local chickens. The rides are on Western Saddles so really easy for all riding levels. The cost is not expensive for a great 2 or 3 hour hack.

4 Bone Fishing – Anegada BVI

Love fishing and fancy something different on your next vacation?   Well try Bone Fishing in Anegada it’s great fun. The boat will pick you up in the morning and it’s either a half day or a full day which includes a packed lunch and all the equipment. Try fly fishing in turquoise shallow waters of Anegada it’s great!

5 Dive the Wreck of RMS Rhone – Salt Island BVI

Listed as the Number 1 wreck of the Caribbean, this wreck is awesome! It is recommended that you are an Advanced Diver due to the currents and also the maximum depth at the condenser of 84ft. The RMS Rhone was one of the first British Royal Mail Steam Ships that used to cross the Atlantic with its cargo of mail and passengers. Back in the 18th century the only indication that ships had that a storm was imminent was a drop of pressure on the ships barometer. So on 29th October 1867 this is exactly what happened. The RMS Rhone successfully weathered out the first half of the Hurricane in Great Harbour, Peter Island. When the eye of the hurricane had passed and there was a temporary lull in the storm Captain Wooley gave orders to way anchor to reposition the ship in Road Town, Tortola to gain more shelter for the second half of the storm. As they were up anchoring, the anchor fowled on coral and due to the strain of the ship the anchor chain snapped. Now faced with this dilemma of having no ships anchor, Captain Wooley gave orders to set sail for the open sea. He ordered all the guests to be strapped into their bunks due to the huge seas that they were about to experience. As they rounded the corner of Peter Island a huge rouge wave hit the steam ship, washing Captain Wooley overboard, blowing up the ships boiler, and dis-masting the ship. Sadly RMS Rhone floundered and hit the rocks off Salt Island, where she later sank. It is now a divers paradise with fantastic brightly colored corals, great fish life including an 8ft Goliath Grouper, and a great swim through. The RMS Rhone was the wreck that they used in the 1977 film The Deep which starred Jacqueline Bisset swimming out of the porthole of the wreck.