Jost Van Dyke, four miles long, is truly known as the 'barefoot island'. The smallest of the British Virgin Islands, it is known as a popular destination for yachts and is celebrated for its casual lifestyle, protected anchorages, fine beaches and beachfront restaurants and bars. The island has fewer than 200 inhabitants and they are widely known as a welcoming people. The island's name conjures up its rich, colorful past. Jost Van Dyke is said to have been named for an early Dutch settler, a former pirate. View more
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Embrace the tropical splendour of the British Virgin Islands during this panoramic cruise excursion between the islands of Jost Van Dyke and Tortola.
Jost Van Dyke, Little Harbour and Diamond Cay
After receiving your safety and tour instructions, embark your awaiting, twin-engine snorkel launch for a scenic, narrated boat-ride along the Jost Van Dyke shoreline. After passing by Little Harbour, a stop is made in the sheltered bay of Diamond Cay. Sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing beverage whilst your guide shares interesting aspects about the history of this unique area.
Tortola, Cane Garden Beach, Long Bay, Smugglers Cove and Great Harbour
Next, resume your journey with a ride across the channel to the island of Tortola. Upon arrival, follow the shoreline past Cane Garden Beach, Long Bay and Smugglers Cove to the west end of Tortola, then cross over to Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke. Your picturesque cruise concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 20 yards (about 18 metres), at times over inclines, with four steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the twin-engine snorkel launch. This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking or boat shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, fish and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the pristine natural beauty of the British Virgin Islands in an invigorating new way during this picturesque hiking and swimming excursion.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour guided hike over the headland to White Bay. En route, take in splendid views of Great Harbour, which is home to beautiful beaches and sheltered by small mountains and a large coral reef.
Upon arrival at White Bay, some time is made available to relax on the lovely, white-sand beach with a cool, refreshing drink and swim in the crystal-clear waters. Following your visit, commence the approximately one-hour hike back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two miles (about 3.2 kilometres) on concrete roads, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, comfortable walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a dry t-shirt and a beach towel from the ship. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the spectacular undersea beauty of Norman Island during this memorable, half-day snorkelling excursion.
Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island and Treasure Point
After receiving your safety and tour instructions, embark your awaiting, twin-engine snorkel launch for a scenic, approximately 35-minute ride across the Sir Francis Drake Channel en route to Norman Island. The reputed history of piracy on this island was immortalized in Robert Louis Stevenson's famous book, Treasure Island. Upon arrival at the uninhabited, legendary Norman Island, proceed for a visit to Treasure Point, one of the premier snorkelling sites in the British Virgin Island.
The Indians or Caves Snorkelling Sessions, Coral Beds, Tropical Fish and Marine Life
Your first guided swimming and snorkelling session takes place at either the Indians or Caves at Treasure Point, where pirate treasures are said to have been hidden. After donning your equipment, snorkel amidst a myriad of beautiful coral beds, colourful tropical fish and a host of marine life. Following your guided snorkelling session, embark the boat and head to a second location for more swimming and snorkelling in shallower waters. At the conclusion of your tour, embark the boat and relax with a refreshing beverageduring the approximately 45 minutes ride back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 20 yards (about 18 metres), at times over inclines, with four steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the catamaran, and manoeuvre in/out of the catamaran. This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and change of clothing from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. The total snorkelling time is approximately 1.5 hours. Snorkelling equipment is provided. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, fish and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Alternative snorkelling locations may be selected according to sea and weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
For guests wishing to travel to the beach at White Bay, Silversea offers the option of an organised transfer for those who prefer not to walk or avail themselves of the local transportation.
A short 10-minute drive by open-air safari truck will take you from Great Harbor to White Bay for some fun in the sun. The white sand beach of White Bay is the draw to this part of the island. Upon arrival, you are free to swim, beach comb, or visit one of the small rustic bars, restaurants and boutiques that dot the beach area. Facilities are limited, but some chairs may be found available for rent. Meet the truck at your leisure for the return to the ship.
Please note: This beach transfer is very basic; the vehicle is used is a rustic, open-air truck with bench-style seating. Guests are advised that alternative transportation options are available for hire, including water taxis and regular taxi services. The walk to White Bay is approximately 20-minutes over the hillside (30-minutes along the coast). The transfer schedule will be published onboard; the frequency and capacity of this transfer cannot be guaranteed. Silversea Cruises, Ltd cannot be held responsible for delays or the availability of seats on the return transfer. The vehicle requires a high step to embark and disembark, which may be challenging for guests with mobility issues. This transfer is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair.
Tortola's smaller sister island, Virgin Gorda, boasts the British Virgin Islands' main attraction - the Baths. Board the boat at Road Harbour pier for your cruise along Sir Francis Drake Channel toward Virgin Gorda. The famous waterway has seen scores of pirates and buccaneers who once plied their profitable trade here.
Landing at quaint Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda's main settlement, an open safari bus awaits for the short drive to the top of the Baths at Spring Bay. As you approach the area, you begin to see the characteristic boulders strewn across the arid ground that stand as reminders of the volcanic action that took place here some 70 million years ago. Follow your guide down to the amazing Baths along a narrow trail set between huge boulders on both sides.
Along a powdery, white sand beach, giant boulders are poised on top of each other in seemingly precarious positions. Weathered by time and the elements, a series of spectacular pools and grottos have been created. The site is a natural phenomenon and never fails to amaze its visitors. Take a swim in the clear, warm water, or squeeze through narrow crevices and discover small caverns where sunlight creates cool hues. The picture below the waterline is equally fascinating with small tropical fish darting through the crystalline water. A total of about two hours is spent at the Baths.
After hiking back up, rejoin the safari bus for a scenic island drive back to the local beach side restaurant where a freshly prepared lunch is served before returning to the marina and the boat back to Jost Van Dyke.
Please note: The boat trip to Virgin Gorda is 45 minutes each way via ferry and is un-narrated. Transportation on the island is in open safari buses and is an un-narrated transfer to the Baths. The walk to the Baths requires about a 15-minute downhill/uphill hike on an uneven path. We recommend wearing beach attire under a cover-up and rubber-soled shoes. A sun hat and sunscreen are essential. Snorkel equipment can be rented at the Baths (subject to availability), or you may bring your own. The Baths are a popular destination and therefore frequently crowded