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About Tortola

For a true Caribbean experience, cruise to the beautiful British Virgin island of Tortola. Rising to 1,709 feet at its highest point and famed for its rugged volcanic landscape, Tortola has proved difficult to develop as a major tourist haunt, and so has preserved its charm.

 

Its quaint capital, Road Town, is charming and compact. Just five minutes walk from the tender drop-off at Wickhams Quay you will find Main Street, home to a colourful crafts market and a range of small speciality shops selling Tortolan ceramics, Mexican glassware and unusual carvings sculpted from sea flotsam.

 

You will also find some of the loveliest and least crowded beaches in the Caribbean. At Cane Garden Bay you can tuck into a barbecued freshly caught fish; snorkellers will find the most eye-boggling marine life at Lower Belmont Bay, while those who enjoy a walk can stroll through the rainforest at Mount Sage National Park.

 

Shore excursions in Tortola

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beautiful BVI

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the delights of Tortola and view the beautiful surrounding British Virgin Islands from both land and sea.

Joining your motor launch, you’ll take a delightful cruise among the archipelago of islands that make up the British Virgin Islands.

You’ll view the southern shoreline of Tortola and the small islands of Salt, Peter and Norman, famous for their colourful history of pirates, hideaways and buccaneers. There’s time to enjoy a refreshing fruit punch, before returning to the Road Town Ferry dock to board your tour bus.

Your tour continues by bus along the north shore of Tortola, passing through small villages before ascending the Ridge Road. Take in the spectacular views before descending back to Road Town and your waiting ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by island bus and boat and any walking is at passengers’ own discretion.

Escape to Jost Van Dyke

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the sandy shores of Jost Van Dyke and enjoy some relaxing beach time.

Embark on a boat ride to White Bay on the beautiful island of Jost Van Dyke. The island is a haven for visitors who enjoy the white sandy beaches, warm waters and a relaxed atmosphere.

Upon arrival, you’ll have approximately 2½ hours’ free time to enjoy the beach at your leisure. Relax on a beach chair, stroll along the white sands or take a refreshing dip in the glistening Caribbean Sea.

During your stay, refreshments of a soft drink and a light snack will be available at the ‘Oceans 7 Beach Bar’.

At the end of your stay, the return boat ride will offer splendid views, as you make your way back to Tortola.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. Children under the age of 5 may not participate. The boat ride to Jost Van Dyke is around 45 minutes. Passengers will be transferred from the boat to White Bay by landing craft and there are some steps to negotiate. Passengers may also be required to wade ankle deep in the water. Depending on sea swells, an alternative anchorage may be used and it may be necessary to transfer you to the beach by island style buses once ashore. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and towel. Water shoes are advisable. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Beach/Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Virgin Gorda

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover one of the hidden treasures of the British Virgin Islands - a paradise of tiny coves, rock basins and sea caves.

Take a 40-minute motor-launch crossing to the island of Virgin Gorda, named the ‘Fat Virgin’ by Columbus in 1493.

After a short bus ride, you’ll reach the 300 yard trail taking you down to the stunning beaches. The rock formations were created by volcanic activity resulting in huge boulders being stacked upon one another, which now form small grottos and natural pools. The pools and ocean bed are carpeted with the softest, whitest sand - a natural phenomenon.

A refreshing drink will be served before your return boat ride to Tortola.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat, island bus and on foot. Children under the age of 3 are unable to participate. This tour is only for those in good physical condition and competent swimmers, due to a possible strong undertow. The ferry transfer may be choppy. The trail to/from the first beach is rocky, uneven and inclined. The trail to access the 2nd beach is very tight in places with ladders and small bridges to climb; you will get wet, often up to your knees. Water or flat closed toe shoes with a good grip are essential. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Virgin Gorda is popular and can become crowded. Sunchairs are not available and there is limited shade on the beach. There are no stowage facilities for wheelchairs. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports or equipment, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

 

A selection of cruises to Tortola

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