Necker Island Day 3

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Our third day on Richard Branson’s incredible Necker Island was was mostly off-island…

First, nearly all of the guests took a motorboat trip to a local natural attraction on nearby Virgin Gorda, called The Baths.  We did a bit of snorkeling there, but with very little visibility I didn’t even bother to take underwater pictures or video.  Honestly I felt like The Baths were a bit overrated, but it was still fun hanging out with other guests and the always-friendly Necker Island staff. We returned to Necker Island in time for lunch.

After lunch, four of us went scuba diving at a nearby dive-site named “The Invisibles”.  This was my first dive since my too-exciting certification last winter (see: Learning Scuba and feeding fish).  Visibility wasn’t great, but there was plenty to see and I had a blast.  I’m hoping to do more before the week is out.  Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the quality of video from my free-after-Sears-points Activeon camera.  I’ll definitely spring for a better underwater camera when I have a chance.

You can see a bit of The Baths as well as my Scuba experience in the following video:

Shortly after we returned from scuba, a number of us kayaked, paddle boarded, or stand-up-pedal-boarded to a sand-spit just off of Necker Island in order to watch the sunset and the full-moon rise.  The sun played its part perfectly, but the moon lollygagged a bit and we had to return to the island for dinner before it appeared.

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Overall, it was another excellent day both on and off Necker Island.

Background

Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson’s home and favorite hideaway situated in the British Virgin Islands, a stunning and unspoiled area of the Caribbean.  My wife and I are currently enjoying a 1 week vacation on Necker Island.  The usual price for a Celebration Week on the island is just north of $30,000.  Instead, we paid 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles.  For additional background, please see “Considering the 1.2 million mile Necker Island challenge,” and “Days away from Necker Island.”

* The island is normally hired exclusively for up to 34 guests sharing 17 bedrooms on an all- inclusive basis. Rates start from $78,000 per night ($2,294 per person per night). It can also be shared with others during Celebration Weeks; these are held several times each year and allow guests to book individual rooms as opposed to hiring the entire island. Prices for Celebration Weeks start from $30,000 for a 7 night stay.

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