Water Fun: A Bit of Heaven in the Devil’s Bay
Far from being a “paradise lost” spot as the name might otherwise suggest, this beach is one of the most sought-after stretches of sand in the entire Caribbean. There’s a great deal about it that makes it special, and once you get there, you will absolutely understand why.
Situated just below the fabled Baths geological formation — that is an adventure unto itself — the short hike to the Devil’s Bay is like getting an incredible reward after traversing through a marvelous journey. Once you arrive, it’s just you, the sands, the sea and the fun you choose to have on these gorgeous shores. So what are the best things to do in the water here? Everyone has their preferences, but one thing is for sure: if you love frolicking in the ocean, there’s a great activity awaiting you!
Dipping With the Devil
The number-one reason people come to Devil’s Bay is to sink themselves into the placid azure waters that have drawn people to the spot for decades. Folks find it not only relaxing, but actually feel like the water itself is healing. Tranquil and clear, don’t be surprised if you find yourself meandering and floating for hours on end. The bay itself is very small and well sheltered. On most days, the tides are kind and gentle, making it a stress relief like none other. While the beach itself has some pebbles to negotiate (be sure to bring seashore shoes), the sand beneath your feet in the water itself is soft beyond comparison.
Swim lines are set up around the area to keep you guided and separated from the boats moored just beyond the borders of the bay (more on that later). So if you fancy doing a nice sidestroke or crawl, you can do it safely and easily within the confines of the bay. Should the tides be a little rougher than expected, there’s nothing wrong with a little wading and wave-watching from the edge of the shore, being mesmerized by the endless waxing and waning of the ocean tides as you soak up the sun in some of the most picturesque surroundings you will ever see.
Under the Sea
If you like viewing the undersea kingdom through a mask while floating gently in perfectly clear water, you are in for a treat in Devil’s Bay. By far the most popular water activity here is snorkeling. Skimming from the top of the shallow water, the glass-like viewing reveals a continuation of the rock formations that define the bay and make The Baths the attraction they have become. It’ll be like you’re floating around in some kind of underwater castle. The sandy bottom may stir gently as you kick by revealing perhaps a critter or two.
Another amazing thing to view as you’re snorkeling through this amazing natural fishbowl is all of the coral you’ll find blooming along the bottom. Representing the beginnings of the greater reef that stretches beyond the borders of the bay, these plant-like formations are colonies of living animals. As you wriggle your way past them, don’t be surprised to find them fanning in your wake! Of course, you can also expect to see an assortment of little fishes schooling about as they make their daily living there beneath the waves. It’s an enchanting and incredible accessible way to do a little snorkeling.
Come by Boat
In order to make sure that the Devil’s Bay area stays pristine and keep both visitors and the local wildlife undisturbed, no boats or dinghies are allowed into it. That doesn’t mean you still can’t make this amazing destination one of your stops while boating about Virgin Gorda! As mentioned earlier, there is a mooring set up for any boat that wants to park it next to the bay. Be aware, you will need a mooring permit to do this if you are captaining your own boat, but all charters know the deal. Once moored, you can follow the swim lines right up to the bay along with all of the folks who arrived via the hike. However you choose to enjoy it, the Devil’s Bay is one spot in the British Virgin Islands you will not soon forget.