Bomba's Shack - Tortola, BVI
Bomba (the full moon party king) is one of the most enigmatic people I know! From all appearances, Bomba's Shack is strictly, adult entertainment! Ladies panties and bras dangle from the roof, signs offer "free T-shirts if you get naked for Bomba" ... yet he is a true gentleman!
Notoriously camera shy, (except during the occasional Full Moon Party) it took the former owner of the Jolly Roger (Lou Schwartz) to get him to sit for this photo!
Bomba built his surfside shack on the beach in Cappoons Bay, (beside Apple Bay and often misspelled as Capoon's Bay) Tortola in 1976. Not having a lot of money for building supplies, he used driftwood, pieces of tin roofing, broken surf boards and anything else he was able to scrounge or which happened to wash up on the beach. The end result is a distinctly eclectic, ever changing, collage of trash ... which somehow works!
Bomba's Shack quickly became a popular hangout for surfers and hosts various surfing competitions. In 1989, he decided to hold full moon parties, a tradition which continues today. Much like an island style tailgate party, the full moon party takes place on the road between Bomba's two buildings and provides an excellent opportunity for people watching, limin' and having a great time!
The "decorations" include Graffiti contributed by visitors, faded photos of women in various stages of dress and, of course, the above mentioned panties and bras which substitute for the burgees and license plates found in most BVI bars!
Despite the Hoopla about Bomba's mushroom tea, (though I have never tried it myself) ... it is reportedly more myth than reality and is quite safe. Don't hold me to that because, as I said, I've never tried it!
At Bomba's Surf Shack in the British Virgin Islands, you'll always find someone who loves to dance! If you can muster the energy and are fast enough to dodge the arms and legs which suddenly appear where you might not expect them to be... you'll have a blast!
The British Virgin Islands boast a growing population of young surfers who take part in various surfing competitions. Marley Donovan is well on his way to becoming an excellent surfer!
Definition of Bomba: An Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance form dating back to the 17th century.
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