Sailing on Shiwara is very much like staying in
an exclusive villa with professional full-time staff to look after
you and make sure you have everything you want. The great advantage
is that on your sailing vacation you can move from anchorage to
anchorage or another island every day. Its totally up to you to
decide on the itinerary. If all you want to do is relax in a shady
cockpit or hammock, sunbathe, read a book, swim and snorkel or chat
with friends then by all means, or perhaps you want to go ashore
and explore little villages, hill climb or shop in local markets.
This sort of sailing experience would not be possible on a cruise
Virgin Gorda, or "Fat Virgin", refers to a protruding mountain
noted by Columbus on this second largest of the British Virgin Isles.
Only ten miles long and two miles wide, the island is known for its
yacht clubs, quiet coves, and safe anchorages for bareboats.
Its most celebrated beach - The Baths - is an intriguing grouping
of huge granite rocks framing grottos filled with with sea water.
While geologists ponder the origins of these mysterious boulders,
swimmers and snorkelers refresh themselves in the cool waters of
hidden pools and secret passages.
Nature lovers can enjoy a short stroll from The Baths to the Devil's
Bay National Park, one of several parks given by the Rockefellers
to the British Virgin Islands' government in the 1960s.