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Our Day Trip at Sea with DIVE BVI

In July 2016 we spent an incredible week at Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina off the coast of Tortola, BVI.  Among the resorts features is the DIVE BVI shop and station.  This company provides day trips to surrounding islands and support to the marina.

On our second day on Scrub Island we decided to take a day trip with DIVE BVI which would include snorkeling stops, a visit to the famous Jost Van Dyke and lunch at Willy T’s floating bar and restaurant.

We boarded the boat around 9am and quickly made friends with the other passengers.  The crew were friendly and efficient,  fitting everyone for snorkel gear, providing complimentary snacks and drinks and also reviewing our charted course for the day.

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The weather this day was flawlessly perfect; sunny and breezy with relatively calm seas.  The conditions were perfect for our first stop which was snorkeling at Norman Island.  We descended into the calm, clear waters and followed one of the crew leaders along the coast of the island and into one of the caves this island is famous for.  The visibility was great and all kids for sea life were visible along our route.

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We spent a good amount of time there; we broke away from the group after awhile and forged our own course along the coast and back to the ship.  There were a handful of other chartered boats nearby but the area was not crowded at all and we relaxed on the boat  taking in the view and watching our other ship mates swim back to our boat.

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After our snorkeling stop we headed straight to Willy T’s for lunch.  Willy T’s is a famous restaurant on a ship, floating in the British Virgin Islands.  It’s quirky and a unique experience, mostly just a tourist trap to me.

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The food was average; we had mahi mahi sandwiches and though the fish was definitely fresh the preparation and presentation was average.  We filled our bellies and nursed virgin daquiris with our ship mates, watching others take dives off the second floor of the ship for their prize of a Willy T’s tee shirt.

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After our lunch at Willy T’s we headed for Jost Van Dyke.  I had not done my research beforehand so I was totally unprepared for the absolute beauty and perfection that this is Jost Van Dyke.  There were several ships moored not far off shore but we easily found a convenient spot.

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I was apprehensive about having to swim ashore but we were moored so close that the water was only about 6 feet deep when we descended.  My husband was easily able to hold our little bag above water when he climbed in and we waded easily ashore.

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Jost Van Dyke is famous for it’s bars (namely the Soggy Dollar Bar) and it’s flawlessly beautiful beach.  We strolled up and down the beach, taking in the sites and enjoyed an ice cream cone on a few of deserted beach loungers.

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Jost Van Dyke was our last stop of the day and we were soon headed back to our home base on Scrub Island.

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We absolutely loved our day with DIVE BVI and even booked a second tour (this time to Virgin Gorda and the famous Baths) when we returned to the resort.

If you’re ever in the British Virgin Islands I would highly recommend considering a tour with DIVE BVI.

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