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Anchorages In The British Virgin Islands

Sopers Hole, Tortola
Sopers Hole, Tortola
British Virgin Islands

Discover the many great anchorages that are scattered throughout the BVI. A few key things to remember when anchoring in the islands are - use caution when anchoring to prevent damage to fragile coral reefs, and where mooring buoys are not provided, anchor in sandy areas. Also be sure to never sail at night. Nightfall arrives quickly in the islands and even the most experienced sailors in the BVI do not sail past dusk. 

We have listed most of the popular locations, but as most of the cruisers will tell you, there are a few that you will have the luxury and excitement of finding on your own. So wander, explore and enjoy the adventure of discovering the islands and their secrets.

In our Articles section, enjoy an islander's version of sailing in the BVI.


Keep in Mind While You're Traveling:
If you are arriving or leaving the BVI by water, you must stop into one of the four locations to clear Customs & Immigration. The four ports of entry for the BVI are located at Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke; Soper's Hole, Tortola; Road Town, Tortola and St. Thomas Bay, Virgin Gorda.

There are 9 marina locations offering fuel, ice, water and overnight anchorages ... and several of those provide provisioning services as well.

Anchorages
Road Harbor, Tortola
Bordered by Road town, this is the BVI's largest harbor. Immigration & custom facilities, shops, restaurants, grocery store and a marina are close by.
Soper's Hole, West End Tortola
One of the main ports of entry for the BVI's. This anchorage is deep and sheltered. Restaurant, ferries, marinas and immigration & custom clearance are located here.
Trellis Bay, Beef Island
A sheltered anchorage bordered by a semicircular beach. Restaurants, water sports, arts & crafts and cyber café are on premises. The airport is close by.
Marina Cay
Located north of Trellis Bay and flanked on the south by a crescent shaped reef - enter from the north to avoid coral. Home to one of the Pusser's Landings, which offers fuel, water, food and drink. Moorings are available on the protected, north side of Marina Cay.
Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke
A main point of entry for the BVI's. Offers a well protected harbor bordered by white sand beach and restaurants. World famous Foxy's Bar and Restaurant can be found here.
Little Harbor, Jost Van Dyke
A calm, tranquil lagoon with mooring buoys. Three restaurants on shore.
Sandy Cay, Jost Van Dyke
Prone to swells, this anchorage offers a long white sandy beach for you to enjoy.
White Bay, Jost Van Dyke
A channel through the reef provides access to this anchorage. It is subject to swells in the winter and a white sand beach and restaurant are located here.
The Bight, Norman Island
The largest of the anchorages on the island. Calm waters and plenty of space makes the Bight a great night anchorage.The world famous William Thornton, better known as the "Willie T" is anchored here. An excellent snorkel and scuba dive site called the Caves is reachable by dinghy. Uninhabited but daytime watersports thrive here. Hiking to the top of the island.
Pelican Islands & The Indians
Close to The Bight. Excellent snorkeling and scuba diving are to be found at the Indians, plenty to explore so allow yourself some time!
Deadman's Bay, Peter Island
Located at the eastern tip of the island. Anchoring in the daytime you'll find excellent snorkeling and a swimming beach that is one of the best on Peter Island. Prone to swell particularly in winter.
Salt Island
Location of the famous Wreck of the Rhone II, accessible by moorings at Lee Bay. Both Lee Bay and Salt Pond Bay have rough anchorages, and are recommended for day use only.
Machioneel Bay, Cooper's Island
Main anchorage on Cooper Island. Anchoring can be tricky because of the grassy sea bed. Many moorings are available in front of the Cooper Island Beach Club. Great snorkeling can be found at Cistern Point just to the south of Manchioneel Bay.
Carver Bay, Cooper's Island
A daytime anchorage when the sea conditions are light.
Haulover Bay, Cooper's Island
A daytime anchorage when the sea conditions are light.
The Baths, Virgin Gorda
Located on the southwestern shore of the island. Numerous small grottos and pools surrounded by granite boulders. Known for its excellent snorkeling. Overnight swells are common at this anchorage.
North Sound, Virgin Gorda
At the eastern tip of the island, this anchorage is surrounded by several islands and offers a variety of overnight anchorages. For drafts greater than five feet enter by way of northern Caquhoun Reef. In calm weather only, for shallow drafts go through the Anguilla Point entrance. There are several restaurants located here.
The Dogs
Located between North Sound, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke. On calm days anchor west of George Dog or on the south side of Great Dog.
Setting Point, Anegada
The marked channel must be followed and navigated during the daylight hours. Excellent fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming all around the island.
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