Enjoy these memories with me that were all made on a journey to the British Virgin Islands with the Gottschalk family!
We started this grand adventure by flying into St. Thomas, then taking a taxi to the ferry dock. Once there, we took a short lunch break at the restaurant above with a nice view of the harbor including a sea plane landing and takeoff.
The ferry comes with service before it departs, and good views along the way.
After our ferry arrived and we took another taxi to the marina, we had some time to shower, relax, and look around. There even happened to be a wedding next door.
After our first night on the boat, we all got acquainted with operating our home for the next few days and headed for Norman Island. Once we settled in, I got my inaugural snorkeling trip around the rocky coast. The waters were truly incredible, and filled with so many different colorful coral and fish.
With an early morning start to get a mooring around the Indians for another snorkel we made our way up to Jost Van Dyke.
We arrived and anchored up by the Sandy Spit, then took our dingy to the main island for a little hike to the Bubbling Pool. It's a nice little rock formation where the waves crash through but it's a pretty small pool. Long lunch over with, we headed back to the boat then swam to the inviting Sandy Spit and had fun playing on the perfect beach.
This was by far the longest and hardest day of the trip. We were heading upwind going east all day and the seas out on the exposed northern side of Tortola were somewhere around 6-10 feet from top to bottom all day. After 7 hours of holding on we made it to Leverick Bay intact but exhausted. That night we managed to see a pirate show and Lindsey and I entered the conch shell blowing contest and both failed admirably.
After the family took a morning diving trip we all had a grand New Years celebration.
New years day was another great day filled with snorkeling and smooth sailing. We ended up at Cooper island and had fun swimming with the turtles.
Another relaxing day, this time heading back to Norman Island for the night and more snorkeling.
An early morning start got us back to Tortola for the ferry back to St. Thomas and the flight home.
Hope you enjoyed the photos half as much as I enjoyed the trip! Special thanks to Lindsey for the underwater GoPro shots.