Saturday, 23 June 2012

Virgin Gorda

Hello my dears! It feels like ages since I last posted, I think it's because I've been so busy this week! Monday and Tuesday were exhausting days cleaning out the animal shelter and Thursday Tony's cousin Marc took us out on his rib to Ginger Island, The Baths at Virgin Gorda and Scrub Island for the day.

The beautiful cove at Ginger Island is around the back - so we have to leave the Caribbean Sea and go out into the big, scary Atlantic Ocean to get there. The sea was really scary and rough, our tiny boat couldn't make it past the huge waves to get into the cove, so we turned back and headed to Virgin Gorda instead.
Virgin Gorda means Fat Virgin, because the island looks a bit like a big naked lady lying down in the water! It's the 3rd largest island in the BVI (after Tortola and Anegada) and is somehow always super hot compared to Tortola, even though it's only a short boat ride away. The island is made up of the most beautiful and unusual rock formations. The famous place that tourists go to is called The Baths - it's like an natural adventure course of caves and rock clambering, with cool lagoons under the rocks and gorgeous things to see!
After clambering through the rocks we came out at Devil's Bay. We had a wander around all of the rock pools and the beach - when I came across this guy! The sea urchins spines are really sharp and can be pretty nasty - Tony is standing on them all the time!
We stopped at Savannah Bay to see if any of the trees had ripe mangoes in to munch on the way over to Scrub Island.
It started to look a bit grey and we were worried a storm was coming through!
It cleared up nicely and we got to Scrub Island safely. Scrub is a tiny island that was used to build a huge Florida/Miami-like resort. It doesn't look so nice if you're used to the small, quiet and understated island places but I can't deny that it looks really luxurious, especially inside! The jacuzzi here is amazing, it's really hot and bubbly. We enjoyed expensive Bushwackers ($14 each!!!) from the in-pool bar before heading back home extremely sunburned and sore!

What have you been up to this week? ♥
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32 comments:

  1. Oh I am so jealous! It looks so gorgeous there!
    And that sea urchin looks too cute!

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    1. It's a really pretty island! The sea urchin was moving along my hand and all the spines wiggle about! xxx

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  2. Every time I see your photos I'm so jealous!!! You look like you're having an amazing time!

    All I'm doing this weekend is taking my son to a birthday party, it's a great feeling when my 8 month old son has a better social life than me! xx

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    1. Thank you so much hun! I'm sure things will pick up for you soon, it must be lovely seeing your little one having such a good time! xxx

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  3. Oh wow it looks so wonderful there! Your adventures look really fun and I wish we had sunshine over here, or even just for it to not rain atm would be good! lol but I'm working anyway so I wouldn't notice oh well

    Lisamello xx

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    1. I'm sending virtual sunshine over to England every day! I hope it will get there eventually!! Are you taking a holiday this summer? x

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  4. Ohhhh, this brings back great memories for me. Must get back there someday.

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    1. You've been to VG? Isn't it just stunning to see it for real. My pictures just can't capture how amazing it all looks xxx

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  5. It is like going on an awesome vacation every time that I visit your blog. To be able to pick fresh mangoes would be wonderful!

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    1. I'm so glad my pictures and stories can make you feel that way! Thank you so much for the lovely comments xxx

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  6. what beautiful photos and a beautiful place! totally jealous you get to spend your days here. and i thought moving form England to Cyprus was a good call. Should have looked a bit further to BVI!! :)

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    1. I've never been to Cyprus, but it looks beautiful! BVI is definitely a place worth visiting though for sure! Open invite to my house when I move here! :P xxx

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  7. Oh wow, this looks amazing, especially since it's such a cold winter here in Sydney! Really paradisic :) I've been going to a lot of rum tastings lately and they always talk about how great it is in the Caribbean!

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    1. It seems to be really rubbish weather everywhere except here. We are desperate for rain at the minute - it's not rained in over 2 months and everything is looking so dry and brown and the cisterns are getting low! Rum is AMAZING here. I recommend Pussers if you can get hold of some! xxx

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  8. It looks so gorgeous there! My friend lives in Tortola :) How long are you there for?
    Carissa xx

    Vanilla Crush Blog

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    1. Oh my gosh that's so cool! Who is your friend? I'll probably know them! I'm here til Mid-August xxxx

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  9. Lovely photos, it looks amazing x

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  10. Well, this certainly beats my weekend in Weston-Super-Mare. ;D Such gorgeous photos, they're making me want to go back to the Caribbean so much! xx

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  11. lovely photos!:)

    www.photoblogbylisayang.blogspot.com

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  12. Wow! The water looks amazing! I wish I was there!

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    1. The water in VG is the most beautiful and clear I've ever seen. At the Baths beach it's completely see-through! xxx

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  13. These are really lovely photos Rachael. Glad you're having so much fun : )

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  14. this pictures ares o beautiful :) must be great to be there.

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    1. I have to admit that it is pretty great! This place has felt like home to me since the first time I visited, so it's more than just a holiday to me. I can't wait until I can make it my home permanently x

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  15. It looks absolutely beautiful here, i love the caves, must of been so exciting exploring there.
    I never knew you could hold sea Urchins - i saw a black spiky huge one while snorkeling last year in the Maldives, i thought they were poisones (can't spell it) lol



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    1. It's so much fun - I've been there on every visit to Tortola so far and I never ge tired of walking through all the little nooks and crannies! :D. Sea Urchins are hard to pick up, their spikes are very sharp. I let the boys do that :D But underneath they just have little bristles that move around and a beak in the middle that comes out to eat :D They aren't poisonous they just hurt like hell if you stand on them :D xxxx

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  16. I love your bikini! Is it wrong that I think the sea urchin looks cute?? xx

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    1. Thank you so much! Haha no I don't think so, I think they kind of look like an albino hedgehog with it's head tucked in :P So cute! x

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