by Ray Larson
Although the beautiful island of Virgin Gorda offers Sunset Watch Villa visitors a variety of things to do, one of the best places to visit while in the British Virgin Islands is the northernmost island of Anegada. A short 15 miles north of Virgin Gorda, Anegada is a remote paradise with wide-open beaches, exquisite snorkeling and the fourth-largest coral reef on Earth.
Anegada is the only inhabited island in the BVIs formed from coral and limestone instead of volcanic materials. The 15-square mile island is home to merely 200 people who live primarily in the main town known as The Settlement. The residents offer tourists tremendous ways to enjoy a day trip away from Sunset Watch Villa and Virgin Gorda, including fishing excursions, diving and snorkeling, as well as high-quality beach-side restaurants and bars with succulent Anegada lobster and tasty conch fritters.
Horseshoe Reef is home to an 18-mile stretch of white sandy beaches at the world’s fourth-largest coral reef. This reef has cause several shipwrecks over the years, making it difficult to travel to Anegada. Fortunately, private outfits have daily ferries and lead day trips for folks who want to take an adventure on the spectacular island. Here are the daily ferry schedules to Anegada from Virgin Gorda as well as return trips to Virgin Gorda. With this option you can explore Anegada on your own by renting a car from Dean Wheatley with D.W. Jeep Rentals (call 284-495-9677 or email email@example.com). Another option is to book a one-of-a-kind experience with Sunset Watch Villa’s friends at Dive BVI and the Anegada Day Trip.
Dive BVI takes at least eight guests on their fast catamaran – named the Sea Lion – across gorgeous blue waters and to the white sandy shores of Loblolly Bay on Anegada. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy lunch and drinks at The Big Bamboo before embarking on a snorkeling adventure or simply enjoying the relaxing beach.
Anegada is full of unique underwater and above-ground creatures; the island is well known for its expansive population of bonefish, ideal fly fishing, rock iguana and several species of turtle. The most unique life on the island, however, are the flamingos. Throughout the island, travelers will find salt ponds where the flamingos like to congregate. Although the island had a terrible poaching problem, the flamingos are starting to return.
The cost is $100 for an adult and $80 for children.
This is a magnificent way to spend a day in the BVIs, and you’re sure to enjoy all of the company on Anegada – from the people and beautiful surroundings to the vibrant variety of animal life.