Diving Into The Baths: 4 Reasons to Visit Virgin Gorda’s Natural Wonder
Each of the British Virgin Islands has its own unique aspects that set them apart from their siblings in the fabled archipelago.
One may be home to that special fishing village, while another may host top shopping opportunities. While all of them have amazing beaches, they represent an abundance of characteristics from full-service resorts loaded with fun activities to absolutely secluded and private strips. And, of course, each has its own set of natural wonders to explore for those seeking adventure and respite alike. Perhaps the most stunning and alluring of these may well be The Baths at Virgin Gorda.
These astounding rock formations literally look like some giant kicked over a pile of immense boulders into a confounding hodgepodge in front of the beach. These tumbled stones seem incredibly out of place among the lush and gentle coastline, jutting out from the border between greenery and the Caribbean. But what these boulders hold within their jumble is an awe-inspiring beauty sought after by folks from around the world. What makes this curious geological feature so drawing to the island’s visitors? Here’s the shortlist to get you primed for one of the coolest experiences of your life!
1. The Pools
The reason this place is called “The Baths” is because the giant boulders leaning against each other form a series of shallow tidal pools that are sheltered from the waves and sea surrounding it. They are the result of eons of eroding granite piles left over millennia ago by volcanic activity. Placid natural baths form where folks can easily wade, snorkel and swim as if they were in an immense series of seawater tubs, warm as can be. Rejuvenating and relaxing, it’s no wonder visitors spend hours upon hours soaking in the inviting pools whether they’re just chilling out or exploring the underwater view with their goggles and masks. There are also ladders, buoys and guide ropes put in place to help make the place more easily accessible.
2. The Majesty
The natural architecture of The Baths is one of the key features of the experience here. Looming monoliths arch overhead, offering an eyeful of geological geometry to gander and meditate upon. Sunlight enters at different angles, creating lighting effects of varying degrees from the stark to the subtle to the sublime. It’s hard not to be humbled and feel privileged to wander within the divine design of the space. One area is known as the Cathedral, and once you’re standing in it, you will know why! The sun shines into a giant atrium that reflects the vibes of its namesake. You can’t help but believe a higher being created the whole scene!
The Baths aren’t just some small outcropping to take pictures of. This national park is a full seven acres of geological features with the largest boulders being over 40 feet in diameter. The labyrinthine passages can take hours to fully explore, and every nook and cranny is worth the time. Visitors should budget out at least two hours for their sojourn through this remarkable place, and fully taking up half a day is not only doable but even recommended. Meandering in and out of the chambers, rock-hopping, swimming and snorkeling to see what creatures make this spot their home and just being mesmerized by everything you see can be a day well spent!
4. Beyond the Boulders
Coming to The Baths isn’t just about the astounding geological formations themselves, it’s also about the surrounding area and what it has to offer. Folks can hike in the area around the boulders to see a land-lover’s view of the natural wonder. There are even uphill paths for those who enjoy a good climb. On one side you will find the fabled Devil’s Bay Beach. Lined with coral sands, you will be stunned by the azure waters that greet you there. And the winding paths that lead you to the spot make the journey just as enchanting as the destination. Still not cool enough for you? Then how does a nearby restaurant and some shopping sound? Above and behind The Baths is a full-service area that, while easily accessible, is also fully separate from the experience. You won’t even know it’s there until you exit The Baths, leaving your natural experience pristine. And yet, you can enjoy every convenience right nearby with a great view of the awesome wonder you just emerged from!