My wife and I will be booking a trip to Scub ISland in the very near future for travel in August. My question is getting to the Island itself. It looks like there are a couple of different options in getting there. I understand the very final leg must be done via a ferry, but getting to that point seems that it can get done in a couple of different ways.
I'd like to hear from some folks who actually have taken this trip how they did it and how well their choice worked out. We will be flying in from New Jersey.
Lastly, regarding the ferries, do you need to (or recommended) to make a reservation or is it just first come, first served?
This is actually much easier than is sounds - best to fly into Tortola directly (Beef Island airport code EIS?); if you don't have a lot of luggage you can literally walk to the Trellis Bay ferry dock, paved for rolling luggage too - otherwise you will laugh at how close it is via taxi (45-60 second drive!) Scrub Ferry operates on an hourly schedule - best to check with them directly in case the schedule changes before you arrive. No reservation needed, free, just be at the dock and hop on. A 10 minute ride with great view of the many sailboats anchored in the surrounding bay areas.
Google map the location and you'll see how close everything really is.
If you have to wait between flight arrival and ferry departure, Trellis Bay is fun to eat/get your first Painkiller (local island rum cocktail) at The Roti Bar, or several other establishments right in same area. Don't miss browsing Aragorn crafts and if you're lucky you can meet Aragorn himself (you can't miss the sculptures/fire balls he makes at water's edge).
Have a blast, Scrub is really a great place ~
Just back from a 4 night stay at Scrub Island. Best way to sum up the entire trip from the moment we were met at EIS and dropped off at the Trellis Bay dock from the ferry back to reality from Scrub Island is...........we have no idea if the TV in our room even worked or not as we didn't attempt to turn it on!!!! An entirely outstanding trip.
So you don't want to see the nude beach pictures? Just kidding, that is forbidden in the BVI.
Probably the best day was when we rented a 25' center console boat and crusied all the way from Saba Rock at Bitter End, back to the west almost all the way to St. John and then back to Scrub Island. The entire day as simply relaxing and fun, Copper Island is a must for lunch, and get the Roti, it was enough to share and still I was stuffed. You can either get the boat with or without a Captain, since I grew up with boats in Gulf of Mexico we did it without a Captain and it was simple.
We didn't get to the little island restaurant near the Trellis Bay dock called Last Resort as they are only open for dinner, but from all we heard the place is a must see on our next visit. Marina Cay we stopped and had a drink only, this was the place we found the least friendly staff yet I would not even call them rude, just not as friendly as others we ran across.
North Beach is about a 10 minute walk from the resort, nice spot but a bit rocky so take along some water shoes if you plan on getting into the ocean, but the pool is wonderful and the drinks pour strong all over the BVI.......just how you'd make them at home!!
We so enjoyed watching the boats coming and going from the marina at the resort having wine and on our balcony, a relaxing experience no matter. The deli at the resort is pretty well stocked, but getting any alcohol or wine is much less pricey at the Trellis Bay Market.
Gotta dash so that's all for now.
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