© dta Anegada, British Virgin Islands
Known as ‘the drowned island’ because it is only 28 feet above sea level at its highest point, Anegada is the only coral island in the BVI’s and, as a result, it is like a different world….
The approach to Anegada is spectacular, and a bit daunting for the unseasoned sailor, due to the vast 18-mile horseshoe reef that surrounds the island.
Once you arrive on Anegada, it is just as spectacular as the approach, a true desert island paradise measuring only 11 miles by three. It is quiet and spectacularly laid back with only a handful of small beach bars and restaurants where reservations are made in the afternoon so that they can catch the lobster or fish and prepare your meal.
If you can’t chill-out and wind down on Anegada you probably never will. This is the ultimate Caribbean getaway - where the rest of the world seems a million miles away and where your troubles really do melt away.
Cow Wreck Beach, Flash of Beauty, Bones Bight, and Windlass Bight are some of the beautiful beaches where you can relax under the shade of a palm or sea grape tree in perfect harmony with nature, undisturbed by the modern world.
One of the highlights of a trip to Anegada is the excellent snorkeling the reef provides. There is a maze of tunnels, drops and caves, all boasting rich marine life. Beyond the reef scuba divers will find angelfish, stingrays, triggerfish, parrotfish, blue tang, and horse-eye jacks have made their home around the many ships that have been wrecked here.
There are regularly scheduled flights from Tortola's Beef Island Airport, and charter flights from St. Thomas and Virgin Gorda to get you to Anegada. There is also a ferry twice a week from Tortola.
Alternatively you can charter a boat and find a good anchorage as you approach Setting Point. Once you arrive, if you aren’t staying on board a boat, there are a small number of hotels and campgrounds. The Reef Hotel at Setting Point is a popular spot to stay and eat.
If you dine on Anegada you must try the lobster – it’s reputed to be the best in the Caribbean.
For a more detailed map of Anegada and the British Virgin Islands, experience our Interactive Map here.