Savvy cruisers know that you can usually do excursions for a fraction of the cost of the ship excursions, in this port I think it was about 1/2 the cost. Speedy's is one of the choices for ferries, Princess also uses them so I assumed they were the most reliable, and the one with the best schedule. The ferry terminal is a 10-15 minute walk from where we docked, we headed off the boat, made a left at the 1st street and another left at the traffic light to get there.
The current price of the ferry is $30 round trip or $20 each way so it pays to buy your return ticket in advance. Add $8 on for a round trip safari taxi ride to the Baths, they are not walkable so you might as well get it through Speedy. You can pay with cash or with credit card at the terminal. The ferry was punctual and speedy, it took 30 minutes in both directions.
Ask for the schedule coming back, there was an extra ferry at 2:45pm that wasn't listed. When you get off the taxi at the Baths, the driver will tell you the options coming back, the taxi leaves a 1/2 hour before the ferry sails.
We took the ferry from Red Hook, St. Thomas to West End, Tortola with Native Son, Inc. The cost was $30/person one way, and it took about 40 minutes to get there.
Once we got to Tortola, we rented a car. Whew...what an adventure!
Taxis in the Virgin Islands are basically vans that deliver you to your location along with other folks. When we finished up our charter, our charter captains called a cab for us to have a tour of the island. They couldn't get the man they usually used, so they flagged this taxi down and negotiated a rate for an island tour. I think it was about $15-20. He had some folks to deliver from a boat that had come in to their hotels, before he could do the tour. That was OK with us.
After he delivered the other folks, he drove us up to the top of the mountain, and I got out to take some photos (see my travelogue for more pictures), and he let the engine cool off. Then he stopped by his house to feed his dog and let him run, and then delivered us back to our boat.
When we came to Roadtown by cruise ship (photo 2), there were the multi-person taxis that were used for tours. I also took a taxi from the ferry dock back to the ship.
On Tortola, taxis can be found at the Beef Island Airport, BVI Taxi Association stands near Wickham's Cay and the ferry dock in Road Town as well as the ferry dock at Sper's Hole. Taxis can be chartered by agreement.
Taxi fare on Tortola is, from or to the Beef Island Airport, $15 to Road Town, $30 to Cane Garden Bay and $35 to the West End. Also, it's $15 to/from Road Town and Cane Garden Bay.
The British Virgin Islands have some of the most spectacular views anywhere in the Caribbean. Getting there is worth the effort whether for a day or a longer vacation.
There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands, but can be reached by island hoppers, small planes, after a connection in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, etc. The "Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport" on Beef Island just off the eastern shore of Tortola. There is ferry service to both Tortola and Virgin Gordon from St. Thomas ONLY!!.
Cruise ships bring tourists on a regular basis and spend a reasonable amount of time in port for the day. Ships also offer "Excursions" to Virgin Gorda. Private sailboats are another method of arriving at the British and US Virgin Islands for the intrepid sailor!
This is an example of a local tour bus/taxi that you can easily join for a great guided tour.
Coming straight off our cruise ship, there were many of these open-sided buses to take us away for a couple of hours. The local guides know all the best routes to keep the tourists happy too!
The scenery is breathtaking here so these open buses are ideal!!
During a cruise a stopover in Tortola permits to cross the island.
There was no public transport, we started walking and somebody stopped and took us to the next beach.
Very friendly population