Adam and Brandy visit the BVI's
01 February 2012 | BVI's
Toby and JoAnne Hynes
Our family has traditionally enjoyed the holidays as one family. It is important to all and with Christmas forcing us to separate for the first time, Adam wanted to be sure to get together for the holiday period. As a result, he and his girlfirend Brandy made the decision to join us between Thanksgiving and Christmas in the British Virgin Islands.
We greeted them at Beef Island, after they completed a grueling day going from Fort Collins, Colorado to Tortola. The greeting gave them some of the rare cold and blowing weather that Colorado has been missing this year. OK, not cold, but blowing and rainy. After donning the plastic suits for the trip from the airports close by piers, we proceeded, by dingy, to the boat. For new boaters, with lots of visitors, buy cheap plastic parkas.
The next morning, we headed to Virgin Gorda. It was blowing stiffly so we sailed quickly into Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor where we holed up for two days. Two great days. We started with dinner at Che Bamboo. This was a return visit for Adam, who ate dinner with us there 20 years earlier. Rose is still the owner and continues to run an outstanding business. She remembered us instantly from our visit with Norm and Lee. She commented that she had found a billing mistake from our recent visit, and corrected it, despite our complete lack of awareness a mistake had ever been made. The food was great. Her menu includes a lot of new sushi style dishes that hit Adam's palate perfectly. The next day we taxicabed around the island, having lunch at The Bitter End. A hint about getting to the Bitter End: the short ferry ride commences on the top of the hour. That night we had a great dinner, and dinner experience, at the Rock Restaurant. The Rock features a great female vocalist with a very sweet, almost "Celien" like voice.
The following day, with the weather improving but still large swells, we headed to the Parks Commision Moorings outside the Baths, a natural rock wonder that is not to be missed. The avilable moorings fill fast, so early is a good decision. We took the dingy to the available dingy tie ups, then swam to shore with the help of a strong swell. Joanne led Adam and Brandy for a rock tour while I relaxed on the beach. After two hours enjoying the rocks, and swimming , we headed to the boat for lunch and then a 4 hour sail down to Norman Island where we spent the night...with dinner of course, at Pirates Bight.
The next day we dove the Caves off Norman Island. Carol, from Northstar joined us and spotted the turtle we all followed for at least fifteen minutes. Dinner that night was on board Comocean.
The next day we were off in the morning to dive the "Indians" outside Norman Island. Once again, moorings are available, but there is always a fight for an open mooring. Following the snorkeling, we headed to Peter Island for the evening. Once again, the winds were brisk, accented by additional speed from winds falling down the islands hills. Rain led to another dinner on board Comocean.
Our final night was at Nanny Cay, where we all had dinner at Peg Legs and enjoyed "the greatest shower stalls in the Caribbean", before our early morning flights back to the states to enjoy the holidays.