We don’t need to leave for Anguilla until about 5pm, so we used the opportunity to visit the Baths. This famous location on Virgin Gorda is a must see in the BVIs. It is formed by natural rock piles and I mean huge rocks piled up. Fortunately no boy scout leaders have felt the need to push over the balancing rocks “for safety reasons.” I don’t think they could budge them if they tried.
We did not move the boat, but dinghied over from where we clear out of the country. We tied the dinghy to the rope marking off the swim area and swam ashore. Yep, our dinghy is waaaay out there.
I wish we had move the boat over, though. It would have been a cool shot of the boat from the rocks. Not to mention easier on my spine and bottom! But it was worth it.
We didn’t know which way to go to start the hike, but we felt refreshed after the swim. We chose to start by climbing the small rocks. Dave was smiling at first, but it soon became apparent we chose the wrong direction. The rocks got bigger and bigger until they were not passable and any areas between them were dead ends. This meant we had to retrace our path and start over. Not a big deal if you go the right way, but the wrong way was pretty harrowing.
When I said the rocks are big, I meant it. Look how they make Dave look small standing underneath them. Following the correct path was much better.
There are even ropes and stairs along the way to help out. The natural labyrinth created by the rocks has to be one of the best hikes ever.
There is an area that glows from the light coming in where you can swim to cool off.
Of course, there are more dead ends, but at least there are rocks to sit on and ‘think’ your way out. Okay, maybe I don’t resemble the Thinker, but I was ready for a rest.
At the end of the path is Devil’s Bay. You pass through some shallow water areas and then come out into an area protected by rocks forming a lagoon of sorts. If you venture out towards the anchorage, the water quickly deepens to shoulder or neck height. Ahhhh, refreshed again. Wasn’t it beautiful?The Baths is like a water park or spa. They just need the little fish that nip away your dry skin. Well, that was fun, but now we really must be off to Anguilla!