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Old September 22nd, 2007, 06:13 PM
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I have heard that you can either hike to the Baths or Swim in. Can you tell me what you've done? How did you like it? Also, has anyone done this on their own without purchasing the shore excursion from the Cruise line? Would you do that again?

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There is another discussion board with mainly locals of the USVI/BVI. You can search their board and if you don't find an answer post a question to them on the board.

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I "swam in" from a private charter boat, while others in my group "floated in" on ski belts. The water was amazingly clear, great snorkeling. Arriving by boat was fine, but I would definitely want to spend more time on the beach exploring the Baths than what the charter boat allotted. It was nice to have a guide take you through the paths and "tunnels". I would do it again, but make sure I had more time at the Baths.

I always book shore excursions on my own, when it is safe to do so. Safe in my book, meaning there is AMPLE time at the end of the excursion to return to the ship, and a plan B available to get back to the ship in time should a problem occur with Plan A.
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I hiked in after taking a ferry and overland trip. Had I only known there were mermaids in the water, I would have put on the tanks and dived in.

Take the Plan A, Plan B advice to heart as kiddo and I Planned B back to our ship with our sister ship's tour group. That's how we were able to stretch our tour and had time enough to really see the place.

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I "swam in" from a private charter boat, while others in my group "floated in" on ski belts. The water was amazingly clear, great snorkeling. Arriving by boat was fine, but I would definitely want to spend more time on the beach exploring the Baths than what the charter boat allotted. It was nice to have a guide take you through the paths and "tunnels". I would do it again, but make sure I had more time at the Baths.

I always book shore excursions on my own, when it is safe to do so. Safe in my book, meaning there is AMPLE time at the end of the excursion to return to the ship, and a plan B available to get back to the ship in time should a problem occur with Plan A.
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Divemaster wrote: "Had I only known there were mermaids in the water, I would have put on the tanks and dived in."

! It WAS an enticing place to have put on a tank, but I had only a snorkel. I actually was in the water taking a look around longer than I was topside exploring the Baths. Next trip, I think I'll try an approach by land.

How long did the ferry and overland portion take to reach the Baths?

How strenuous was the hike up and down the hillside?
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The ferry across was bout 45 minutes and the land trip about 25 minutes as I recall. The land trip ends by a gift shop at the top of a hill. The trail down is not bad and reminded me a bit of a trail in a botanical garden (well used, well maintained). The trail was about a half mile in length as I recall. I'm estimating the beginning of the trail was about 175 feet above sea level with a gradual slope - not very strenuous, but not your flat walk around the promenade deck.


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Divemaster wrote: "Had I only known there were mermaids in the water, I would have put on the tanks and dived in."

! It WAS an enticing place to have put on a tank, but I had only a snorkel. I actually was in the water taking a look around longer than I was topside exploring the Baths. Next trip, I think I'll try an approach by land.

How long did the ferry and overland portion take to reach the Baths?

How strenuous was the hike up and down the hillside?
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I took the ship sponsered tour in 4/07 it was about 45 mins on the ferry/20 min on a bus. Usually I don't do ship excursions but this was a time crunch so I did it with the ship.
We tunneled through the caves and swam at the beach. The day we were there the trips that you swim in on were canceled due to rough seas.You need water shoes for this. I had broken my ankle 6 months prior to this trip and I was ok. For some people it would be a bit difficult , but very intersting!!!! have fun!
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Can someone give me a clear description of what there is to do on this excursion? Is it the basic snorkel tour? I see numerous posts raving about this tour but I'm not sure exactly what its all about. I like adventure, snorkeling is ok but we've done this in FL, HI, and the caribbean before. Is there cave exploring? Is there anything for a 7 or 11yr old?

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I would say a visit to the Baths is less about snorkeling (although the water is clear) and more about walking on the beach, and climbing around the boulders, through the trails. It is very scenic. I would think that a 7 and an 11 year old would love it. Do a search for some photos of the Baths, and you'll get a feel for it. As far as I know, there are no real caves, but there are some areas where the huge boulders touch, and form a cavelike feeling.
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We did the ship excursion to the Baths, and it was definitely the most scenic place we have visited. However, if you don't have good "walking feet' it can be difficult. You will need water shoes for the caves, it's rocky, uneven and slippery. The beach is gorgeous, but beware of the jellyfish - it was a bad day for jellyfish the day we were there, and many people got stung.
Forgot to mention the l-o-n-g climb from the the buses down to the beach, and back up again. Once again, you should be in good shape for this excursion!

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We were just at the Baths last Thursday, and it was probably the highlight of the trip for me. We did it on our own - took Smith's ferry ($25 pp round trip) and the ferry landing is walking distance from the ship. I think admission was around $3-4 dollars. The hike down was about 1/3 of a mile, but easy walking. We hiked through the Caves to Devils Bay Beach and that was the best snorkeling we did. It was even better than St. Johns. We never saw any jellyfish. I would recommend water shoes when hiking through the caves, Although I saw many doing it in barefeet.
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DebH,
You were just there in November, did you take a cab from the ferry on Virgin Gorda to the Baths? If so, how much was it? We were there a year ago on a shore excursion. It was so fantastic that we want to take our kids to the Baths when we're in Tortola on another ship next month. Our ship is in port from 7-4 so we're trying to decide if it's too tight to try on our own.
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