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“Don't go early”

Bomba's Surfside Shack
Ranked #2 of 8 Nightlife in Tortola
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Owner description: Check out this surfside bar and restaurant for its famous Bomba Punch, which packs quite a whallop, and the so-called "herbal" tea.
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“Don't go early”
Reviewed June 13, 2012

We'd read about this event which is highly rated on tripadvisor (and seen the bar during the daytime) for over 10 years but never timed our visit to the BVI's during the full moon until last week. We were staying in Virgin Gorda but figured it was close enough to make this once-in-a-lifetime trek. Little Dix Bay had a hotel ferry transfer us to Trellis bay (their own dock shared with Biras Creek for transfers) on Tortola around 6:30pm last Monday evening. We were told the bigger Tortola full-moon party was right there at Cyber Cafe (didn't sound like the kind of place for a full moon party, but oh how we were wrong! there were at least 100+ by 6pm & many festivities planned including stilt-walkers & HUGE metal with wood-filled fireballs just off shore) next to Trellis bay. But NO, we had to pursue the notorious Bomba Shack and found a taxi to drive us 45 minutes to the bay (NOTE - it is NOT in Cane Garden Bay which is 5-10 min drive further) in Cappoon's Bay. This alone cost us $75 round trip. We finally got there at 8pm and had to leave at 9pm to taxi back for our return ferry to Virgin Gordan by 10pm. There were about 15 people there. The shack (yes, it is very much a ramshackle bunch of driftwood, metal, & old underwear) had 2 servers with not much to do. They were selling $6/drink tickets which means if you drink only beer you are paying $6 for each beer. Simple bar drinks also available. $20 for a BBQ pork & beans/rice plate. The "mushroom" drinks were not given nor available until 10pm so we missed out on those. I wasn't all that sad since the taxi driver warned us not to drink or eat anything we didn't see get opened up in front of us. He claimed he tried the mushroom drink once and didn't walk (his feet didn't work) for a week. As for the crowd, it was all white (as the native cab driver told us it would be) not locals and mostly what looked like an older (50+) nautical bunch. 'Course this was probably due to the 8-9pm hour... When we finally were too bored with the one drink and minimal eats we headed back. By then there were probably 20 more people show up. I think there was a band that was scheduled to play around 10 or 11pm, so we missed that too. On the other hand, we wished to have stayed at the Trellis Bay full-moon party as it was several hundred people by then and much more festive atmosphere and vibe.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank sofun1
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253 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Full Moon”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

We were in Tortola for the Full Moon. We decided to walk to Bomba's from our hotel. This place is a typical shack: 2x4s, tin and sand floors all decorated with spray paint and old panties. We are down for a good time but have no desire to trip out on any punch. We showed up about 11pm stayed for about an hour. Island Music was played and all seemed pretty tame. It rained and I can say the tin on the roof kept us dry. This party is all about who you come with, what you drink and the attitude of who you meet. It can be as tame or as wild as you make it.

Visited May 2012
4 Thank runash202
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Boca Raton, Florida
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“Hot, hot, hot...”
Reviewed May 11, 2012

If you are looking for upscale and fancy, look somewhere else. But if you want to have fun, dance in the sand, sip on a Bomba punch or drink mushroom tea under a full moon, Bomba Shack is the place to go!

A conglomeration of corrugated metal, drift wood, ladies panties and discarded junk, this party place has lots of character. Filled with locals and tourist alike, you can always be sure of a good time at the Bomba Shack.

If you happen to be in Tortola during a full moon, head for The Shack for the night of your life! You'll meet people from all over the world, some of them coming specifically to attend this event. And don't miss the barbequed ribs - they're the best!

Visited June 2011
1 Thank ESBurr
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St. Thomas
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11 attraction reviews
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“A BVI Classic: Full Moon at Bomba's”
Reviewed April 9, 2012

The Bomba Shack. Yet another BVI bar known for it’s patron’s bad decisions.

If you drive by Bomba’s during the day you see some hastily put together shacks on both sides of the road. They used wood and scavenged bits and pieces to put together a precarious few buildings. In one word? Unimpressive.

If you look a little closer, you see proof of other’s bad decision’s (or maybe yours?) and a few dirty reminders of what has happened in times past at Bomba’s. The event that encouraged these bad decisions? Bomba’s famous Full Moon Party.

During Bomba’s full moon parties the desolate seeming shacks fill up with locals, expats and tourists alike. There is live music in the back (where there are more shacks), a DJ in the front and several bars. To simplify things, Bomba’s operates on a ticket system. At the beginning of your evening, buy your tickets and use those to buy drinks. Repeat until vision is blurry and you’ve lost your friends. Don’t worry too much, you’ll find them again. They’re probably just getting more drink tickets or getting mushrooms.

Yes, mushrooms. Hallucinatory mushrooms grow in the BVI with no human intervention. They are not illegal to have but are illegal to sell. What? Why didn’t we tell you this before your vision was ruined by drinks from the bar?

Two reasons:

Reason 1: a trusted mushroom fanatic has claimed time and time again that the mushrooms at Bomba’s are not as strong as they should be. This blogger has seen people eating the mushrooms at Bomba’s like popcorn with apparently no ill effect.

Reason 2: mushrooms taste horrid. This blogger LOVES mushrooms, Portobello, shiitake, morels, truffles….but these mushrooms lack the deliciousness that we’re grown to expect from mushrooms. If trying mushrooms is your thing, we recommend dead taste buds, which will happen after a few rum and cokes.

Full Moon parties are held on the full moon of EVERY month, rain or shine, Monday or Friday. The ones on the weekends tend to be a little more lively, but I’ve seen a decent weeknight or two during season (November-April). The next one is tonight: Friday, April 6th.

Have a favorite memory at Bomba’s? Let us know what it is!

My current favorite involves a girl doing hand stands (drunkenly) on the road. Always a good time!

Visited March 2012
1 Thank CoconutWireVI
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St. Croix
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Full Moon Party”
Reviewed December 12, 2011

Last Full Moon Party of 2011! The music was good, dancing was great "Except mine" all you can drink for $50! Good food available. Partied to the wee hours of the morning. Was a very safe and enjoyable party.

Visited December 2011
2 Thank Citabria411
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