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mocepts
11-04-2010, 14:00
Well 2 weeks is not enough in the BVIs. I could definitely spend another 2 weeks, not do any of the same things, and still not come close to seeing it all. We had a great vacation both above and below the water. Couldn't ask for better weather or travel buddies. Here is a quick rundown on my experiences:

Accommodations:
We rented the Cane Garden Bay Beach House (http://www.tortolabeach.com/) in Cane Garden Bay on Tortola. The house is located at the end of the bay, and separated by a rocky area, so even when the cruise ship passengers pour on to the beach, there is still a lot of privacy. Overall, I was very pleased with the house, and the only real issue we had was there was some "wildlife" in the house, but it is the tropics. Just had to remember to keep the food all locked away, and check your shoes for scorpions. :smiley5: There was a small market within walking distance, and several restaurants.

Here is the view from our deck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXc_Gwoaym4

Dining:
We didn't eat out a lot, that's why we rented a house, but here are a few places we were able to hit up.

Myett's (http://www.myettent.com/restaurant.htm) (Tortola/Cane Garden Bay) - B+ - Good food, decent price, nice atmosphere.

Rhymer's (Tortola/Cane Garden Bay) - B - Only had breakfast here, but it was very good.

Pussers (http://www.pussers.com/t-pussers-landing.aspx) (Tortola/Soper's Hole) - B+ - Gotta try the painkiller. They are awesome. Good food, average price.

Bath and Turtle Restaurant (Virgin Gorda/Spanish Town) - A - Best fish and chips I think I've ever had. Their homemade tartar sauce made all the difference.

Bananakeet (http://www.heritageinnbvi.com/restaurant.shtml) (Tortola/Carrot Bay) - A - You have to come here and at least have a few drinks and watch the sunset. Best show I've seen in a long time. The food was delicious, but a little pricier than the others. The beautiful location made it worth it though.

Non Diving Fun Stuff:
Bomba Shack (http://www.bombasurfsideshack.com/) - If you never heard of the Bomba Shack, you need to look it up. It's literally a shack made into a bar where they throw great parties every time there is a full moon. We made sure to schedule our trip so we'd be there for one. Everything gets a little blurry after midnight, but up till then I was having a great time. Make sure you take a taxi. :fulle:

The Baths (http://www.b-v-i.com/baths.htm) - The Baths on Virgin Gorda are beautiful, and a must see. Make sure you pack light and wear comfortable water shoes. You don't want to be carrying a lot through the caves, as there are some tight squeezes. Make sure to snorkel in Devil's Bay, and finish the day with fish and chips at the Bath and Turtle. Speedy's Ferry (http://www.speedysbvi.com/specials.php) has a special which include round trip ferry, taxi to and from the Bath's, and lunch at the Bath and Turtle. Very good deal.

Aristocat Day Sail (http://www.aristocatcharters.com/index.html) - We had a great day on the Aristocat with Capt. Steve. Rum punch, great snorkeling, rum punch, great food, sun, and did I mention rum punch? You might want to catch a taxi home from this day also.

Diving
We did all our diving with Blue Water Divers (http://www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com/default.asp) and were very pleased. Now they may not have the newest boats, or a lot of other perks, but they had very friendly, knowledgeable dive masters and my experience was wonderful. I know some divers like to be pampered while on the boat, but that's not me. They definitely had the best price, and that included free beer on the ride back to the dive shop. OK, it was Old Milwaukee, but you'd be surprised how good that tasted after a day of diving. :smiley36:

Here is a list of the sites we hit:

Blonde Rock
Rhone Reef
Soldier Bay Reef
Angelfish Reef
Thumb Rock
Cistern Point
RMS Rhone / Bow Section
RMS Rhone / Stern
Wreck Alley
Vanishing Rock
The Indians

The highlight had to be the Rhone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Rhone) dives. I thought that this might end up being an over-hyped dive, but I was wrong. It was gorgeous. I only wish I had taken the time to dive her at night. Guess I'll have to go back.

My second favorite dive was Angelfish Reef. The day we were there, there were several turtles and nurse sharks everywhere!

On our last dive at The Indians, my wife found a Lion Fish. They are beautiful fish, but I hate to see them there. There hasn't been a lot of sightings in the BVIs yet, and it was the 1st our dive master had seen there. He put down a marker and called it in so that it could be removed.

It was a great vacation. I'm so bummed it's over and I had to come back to reality. Here are some pics. (http://picasaweb.google.com/oates.mike/Tortola2010FB?authkey=Gv1sRgCOiyl_mz9a6jYg&feat=directlink)

Chilly
11-04-2010, 19:24
Mocepts,

Thanks for sharing your holiday! Great pictures, and I especially appreciate the restaurant reviews - I thought that Myett's had the best Conch Ceviche EVER!

TwistedSister209
11-04-2010, 21:42
Thanks for the report!! I'm looking for another place to go with non-divers.