Posted by: hunterwaters | September 3, 2010

Bareboating in the BVI – Day 5: Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda to Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

Day 5 – Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda -> Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda to Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

Still reveling in our chance encounter with Sir Richard Branson, we jumped in our dinghy and headed past Bitter End and Saba Rock towards Branson’s Necker Island and spent the morning snorkeling around Eustatia Island.

Guana Island

As the August heat beared down on us, and with very little wind, we motored along the north coast of Tortola and stopped for a afternoon swim/snorkel at Guana Island and “accidently” grabbed a private mooring… when a lovely barracuda took shelter directly underneath our boat.  After a bit of hesistation, we jumped in for what turned out to be one of the most spectacular snorkel areas of the trip, where we saw more stingray than any other place so far.

The day ended at Great Harbour in Jost Van Dyke, which turned out to be a pretty popular place even in the down season.  Our drinks and dinner at Foxy’s rivaled that at Trellis Bay Cafe, minus the conch.  Finished off the day as every pseudo-pirate should, with some tasty rum and a spectacular cigar (thank you Kelly L for that one).

Sarah at Foxy's

For those wondering, during the trip we did try out a couple of different rums, a couple of different ways.  Based on straight taste, here’s how we’ve ranked them from best-to-worst: Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Appleton Estate 12 Year, Pusser’s Rum, Callwood Spiced Rum.  Callwood would have been ranked higher if it was Christmas-time.  The clove and cinnamon were way too pungent for a hot August trip.

Question of the day: If a storm is approaching, why is there no wind?  I don’t think there was even a breeze, as soon-to-be Hurricane Earl headed towards the BVI.

Random ipod theme song: Gloria Estefan’s “Conga” – let me first add this disclaimer: this song is NOT on any of our ipods.  After witnessing some young kids at Foxy’s actually doing a conga dance to this song in the middle of the restaurant, it had to be our song of the day.

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