Experience a Full Moon Party in the BVI

Full moon celebrations are held throughout the Caribbean, but no other island throws a party quite like the BVI

Bomba ShackOnce a month, Full Moon parties take over the BVI. If you happen to be on a yacht charter during the full moon, you’ll want to check out one of these celebrations!

Full Moon parties are popping up at several establishments in the BVI, complete with live entertainment, dancing, arts and craft vendors, local cuisine, and cocktails. The two most popular take place on Tortola, at Bomba’s Shack and Trellis Bay.

The world famous Bomba’s Shack is the undisputed king of the Full Moon Party, and is where the tradition began back in 1989. Located on Capoon’s Bay, near West End, the legendary spot was started by a local surfer, Bomba, who would serve drinks and sandwiches to other surfers. The shack is made from whatever washes up after a storm, and is kitschy, tattered, graffiti-covered, and decorated with a collection of underwear. Each full moon, Bomba’s Shack turns into party central, and is considered the top Full Moon party in the BVI by both locals and visitors. This island-style tailgate party starts around 9pm, and is more adult-oriented although you may see some families in the earlier hours. It’s great for people watching, drinking, and enthusiastic partying. When the clock strikes twelve, Bomba himself serves up their famous Midnight Tea, made with hallucinogenic mushrooms. There may be many copies, but this is the original Full Moon Party!

A more family-friendly Full Moon Party is on the other side of Tortola, at Trellis Bay, near the Beef Island Airport. This is a convenient location with water taxis and resort boats making frequent trips to Trellis Bay. This party starts earlier at 8pm, and is right on the beach. Entertainment includes steel drum music, reggae bands, Moko Jumbies (dancing stilt walkers dressed in colorful costumes), and fire twirlers. Arts and craft vendors sell local wares, and you can sample island cuisine at the Caribbean buffet. Trellis Bay’s distinguishing feature is the FireBall, bonfires encased in elaborate metal sculptures, with a giant FireBall being lit at midnight.

If you plan to attend a Full Moon party while on your BVI yacht charter, you may want to arrive to your preferred location at least a day in advance, as mooring points fill up quickly. They are definitely something that should be experienced at least once, and will be a memorable part of your visit to the BVI.