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Made up of over 100 islands, cays, islets and reefs, the Virgin Islands contain some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the Caribbean. A true classic, this trip features some of our longest daily distance swims and also the once in a lifetime swim from Britain to America (BVI to USVI)!
We island hop through the pristine waters of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), making it a challenging and exciting week for all concerned. Besides island hops, we will have a chance to swim over reefs and down coasts to explore the superb underwater vista that this archipelago has to offer.
The trip also includes in-depth swim technique analysis and inspiring island and coastal walks. All up, there couldn’t be a better way to explore these historical and awe inspiring islands!
Fully guided swim tour with full safety escort for the week, Boat Transport, Technique Analysis, Resort Accommodation, Breakfast and Lunch, Guided Walk of Gorda Peak.
What's not included?
The prices do not include:
Remember you can always miss out some of the crossings or jump onto the escort boat if you want to take a rest anytime.
N.B. The itinerary may vary depending on weather
These temperatures are indicative only and can change on a daily/weekly basis
Most walks will be on recognised paths and tracks and on occasions there will be cases where we may walk over trails, scrub land or vegetation. Some of the trails may be tricky.
Equipment to bring along with you
In addition to “normal” daily clothes, you will need to bring the following:
*It is advisable to have a pair of tinted goggles to cater for the sun’s glare off the sea during swims.
Swim Hats, Flippers, Rash vests and Wetsuits
Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats. If you think you will want to use a wetsuit, flippers or a rash vest, we recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
Up to a maximum of 16 people with at least 2 swimming guides and/or local boat pilots with motorised escorts.
Leverick Bay Resort is based on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. There are a few options on getting there:
If you are arriving from North America
The easiest way to Virgin Gorda is to take a scheduled airline from the US through San Juan, Puerto Rico, or St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
You have the following 2 options:
Once you have arrived into the Virgin Islands
If your flight arrives into the BVI: From San Juan, smaller airlines provide a service direct to Virgin Gorda or to the neighbouring island of Tortola (Beef Island Airport). From Tortola you can either catch a ferry from Road Town to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda. From Here you will need to catch a taxi. Alternatively on Tortola you can make your way to Beef Island and catch the North Sound Express direct to Leverick Bay.
If your flight arrives into the USVI: If you arrive into St. Thomas in the USVI, you will need to catch a ferry direct to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda and then catch a taxi.
More information on ferries around the islands can be found at Best of BVI and BVI Toursim. Please make arrangements ahead of time as schedules can vary.
From either place, smaller airlines provide service direct to Virgin Gorda or to the neighbouring island of Tortola. From Tortola, a ferry ride will get you to Virgin Gorda. From St. Thomas, ferries are also available to bring you to Virgin Gorda. Further information can be found at www.bvitourism.com
We stay in the comfortable Leverick Bay Resort for the entire week. It is based upon twin share and en-suite facilities. (Single Supplement are limited)
All breakfasts and lunches are included. Dinners are not included, but this gives the ability to choose where, when and with who you would like to dine.
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, dinner, souvenirs, etc. The local currency is the US $.
Passports and Visas
You require a full passport that should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the expected length of stay. Most nationalities including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require a visa to enter the BVI, but you may require a Visa when travelling through the USA. Visa regulations do change so please check!
You do not require specific vaccinations to enter the BVI, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio are up to date.
Leverick Bay Resort is situated in Virgin Gorda's North Sound, an ideal location for our BVI tour.
Dewi is a triathlon coach, races at all distances up to and including Ironman and is involved with organising expeditions and challenge events. He has a passion for introducing and developing peoples ability in pool and open water swimming.