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5 Adventure Activities In Virgin Gorda

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Let’s say you’re looking for a little adventure, beach-style. Something out of the ordinary, but still featuring enough development to meet minimal needs. Here’s a suggestion: block out some free time and start searching through some of the magnificent Virgin Gorda villa rentals.

Located in the British Virgin Islands, “The Fat Virgin” is said to have gotten its name from Christopher Columbus, who noted that the island looks like a fat woman lying on her side. Within her ocean gates lies a true adventurer’s paradise.

Dive The Shipwrecked RMS Rhone

Excellent diving options are plentiful around Virgin Gorda, with transparent waters and a wide variety of colorful sea life. One of the best local sites is the shipwrecked RMS Rhone, which went down off the coast during a hurricane in the 1860s.

Both for historical interest and teeming marine life, this is considered one the best wreck dives worldwide. And whether you’re an experienced or novice diver, this shipwreck welcomes you.

Kayak Beach Tour

Take a different view of the coast by paddling from beach to beach in a kayak. You’ll wade through light to medium surf while discovering one stunning beach after another separated by stunning granite sections that have been there for centuries. Speaking of those big rocks…

Baths & Devil’s Bay Beach

This collection of three-storey high boulders is striking enough on its own, but adds additional appeal by encompassing an enchanted maze of tide pools and heavenly grottoes just waiting to be explored. A trail leads through the pools and caves to Devil’s Bay Beach, but you’ll want to avoid the mid-day crowds that come with the small cruise ships that dock here. The best time to go is either between 8:00 and 10:00 am or 3:00 and 5:00pm.

Hike Up To Gorda Peak

Once you dry off, head to North Sound Road and hike one of its connected trails up beyond 1300 feet to Gorda Peak. Its aerial platform is the best spot to take in the whole island spectrum of beaches, coves and boulders. It’s a fairly friendly climb, easy for anyone in at least average condition (just make sure you bring water).

Credit: Peter Pawlowski

Credit: Peter Pawlowski

Become A True Sailor

With its protected inland seas, the British Virgin Islands are perfect for learning and practicing sailing techniques. Those with a basic background can really elevate their skills with help from local sailing schools, which offer excellent classes for absolute beginners as well.

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