Famous, Crazy, Naked – THE Party in the BVI

Bar’s like Bomba’s won’t be around forever. Visit and enjoy them while you can.

If you are into beach bars even just a little bit, I’m guessing you know or have at least heard of The Bomba Shack. The shack was built by a horny old guy named Bomba back in 1976. The setting is breathtaking, situated directly on the beach in Cappoons Bay on the north west corner of Tortola, BVI. As cool as this bar is, it didn’t become famous until 1989 when Bomba decided to start throwing a Full Moon party, complete with his own mystical mushroom tea.

Bomba's from the beach

Bomba's from the beach ©2011 Carlton Grooms

Some say the tea leads to hallucinations. Some say it’s a bullshit marketing gimmick. I can’t say as I wasn’t there for a full moon. Though I missed the big party, what I gained was almost two hours one on one with Bomba, the man himself. He recalled stories of crazy naked parties of moons gone past. He reminded me that February 1865 was the only month recorded in history without a full moon as he laughed. The bar is replete with pictures of hot naked drunk girls sitting in Bomba’s lap. He doesn’t seem to discourage such antics and there is a prominent sign on the front that reminds everyone that Bomba’s is an adult bar.

Bomba's is an adult bar!

Bomba's is an adult bar! ©2011 Carlton Grooms

I got a good laugh while doing my background research for this article. I happened over to Trip Advisor and found countless one star reviews of how bad the place was. How dead it was or how there was no energy. Some complained about the panties and naked pictures. Wow, get a life or go home. Bomba’s is no different than any other beach bar in the tropics. The vibe and attitude begins with you. If you need a crowd, loud music and too much rum (if there is such a thing) in order to get into the island vibe then go back to your velvet roped night clubs in your particular frozen city. I hope I never run into you while I’m down island. I got a better idea. Go home and enjoy your Bahama Breeze Restaurant in all it’s plastic fake persona and I’ll take Bomba’s any day of the week, busy or quiet.

Fun signs

Fun signs © 2011 Carlton Grooms

After a good long laugh with Bomba, I grabbed a beer as the sun set and looked out across the water at Jost van Dyke. Places like Bomba’s, Ivan’s Stress Free and Stanley’s Welcome Bar won’t’ be around forever. Sure they’ll be replaced by a new generation but they’ll never be the same. I recommend you stop by Bomba’s on your next trip to Tortola even if it is not the Full Moon. If you happen to make the Full Moon, make sure you send me pictures of all the naked drunken fun. Will you do that for me?

Enjoying Happy Hour at Bomba's

Enjoying Happy Hour at Bomba's © 2011 Carlton Grooms

The Shack effect

The Shack effect ©2011 Carlton Grooms

After Dark at Bomba's

After Dark at Bomba's ©2011 Carlton Grooms

The Bar

The Bar © 2011 Carlton Grooms

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6 Responses to “Famous, Crazy, Naked – THE Party in the BVI”

  1. Conchyjoe August 8, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    I think I am the only person with a positive review of Bomba Shack on Tripadvisor. We were there on our Honeymoon AND a Full Moon Party, hung out with Balvin George, and had a blast with him, and other locals as well as a few other couples that were there to people watch. it is something you have to do at least once.

  2. RumShopRyan August 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Great story. I agree with you on people not understanding and leaving bad reviews. Take your bitching and go home! Run down rustic beach bars are what you make them. They are special whether they are busy or it’s just you. Some people just don’t understand the personality and vibe of places like this.


  3. Shiloh August 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Thanks for the info!
    Pictures of Bombas seem to be a rare thing on the net, (what happens at Bomba’s stays at Bomba’s?)
    I’ll be sure to post my review on TA after our visit this September 12th! I’m a fan of dive bars and beach bars so it looks like fun!
    And yes, I will send you pictures!

    • Carl Grooms
      Carl Grooms August 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

      Shiloh, how true about the pictures. It was a quiet night and so had lots of opportunities for pics. We still made the place ROCK.

  4. Shiloh August 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm #


    Do you hang out in the BVI?

    • Carl Grooms
      Carl Grooms August 12, 2011 at 10:37 am #

      Shiloh. I try to get to the islands at least every six weeks if not more often. Otherwise I split my time between Sarasota, FL and Key West. I’ll be back to the BVI in January.

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