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ttam 10-05-2009 10:29 AM

Things to do BVI January 2010
Hi all!

My wife and I are taking 7 friend for their first trip to the BVI. We have a big cat reserved and want to make sure they have the best time.

We have been once before, in the off season (Early November) and had a great time, but I want to make sure I'm not missing any great places.

For you veterans, what is the one thing, cove, restaurant, shop, hike, etc, that made your last trip special.

Ours was getting up early and sailing to Sandy Cay for a sunrise breakfast.

We are going to the Baths, and the Rhone of course. But everyone does that.


Matt the Landlocked

Zanshin 10-05-2009 11:10 AM

So many nice places - I love Prickly Pear Island and the whole North Sound. Anegeda is for those who wish to feel like they are doing a real passage and the north beaches are awesome. I rented a tank last time around and went diving in various locations in the Dogs and that was nice, it beat the organized tours mainly because the pace we could set and dive times we could keep.
It really depends upon whether your got a party boat, a go-out-for-dinner boat, an eat-aboard-then-drink-ashore boat ... the BVI can cater to all those tastes. The Willie T's is worth a visit at any time of day and the caves make for easy snorkeling. Taking a mooring ball off Cooper is good on a cat (I won't do it again in a monohull as the swell can sometimes be uncomfortable).

If you want BVI specifics and more recommendations than you can shake a stick at, check out the BVI forum on

Zanshin 10-05-2009 11:12 AM

p.s. I just realized that I'll probably be there in January as well. I've renamed the boat "Zanshin" and perhaps our paths will cross!

Dzedzej 10-06-2009 12:22 AM

Plenty to do
Snorkeling at the Dogs is great, Partys at the Willie T are good also.
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ttam 10-07-2009 01:12 PM

Thanks for all the good info. We are going to hit the dogs, and probably have some good time at Willie T's on the last night. I think Anegeda is out. Although the boat is insured.... :) The Bitter End is probably as far north as we will go. Maybe a fleeting glance at Neker Island.

Keep in touch as your trip comes together, Zanshin! It would be fun to meet up with some other sailors while there.

Zanshin 10-08-2009 03:40 AM

The Bitter End and Saba Rock are great places. I anchor off Prickly Pear and try to stay just in range of the Saba Rock WiFi (plus it makes for a quick dinghy trip to/from the bar). My boat is on the hard in Antigua right now, but it is just a quick sail back to the BVI and I love the islands. This season I'll not spend too much time there, as I intend on heading out through the Panama canal somewhere around March 2010. I looked at the cruising routes last night and thought about checking out the northern Caribbean (Cuba, Jamaica) and then doing the 500 mile hop down to Panama straight from Jamaica instead of the usual route down the windwards and then to the ABCs then Panama. Luckiliy I'm not an American nor is my boat US registered so Cuba isn't a problematical destination; although I gather that the embargo restrictions are slowly being removed.
North Sound

BoxedUp 11-16-2009 09:06 AM

Don't forget to visit the Indians, the Caves, Monkey Point.

For overnight, we enjoyed Cane Garden Bay & Marina Cay.


Originally Posted by Zanshin (Post 529010)
Taking a mooring ball off Cooper is good on a cat (I won't do it again in a monohull as the swell can sometimes be uncomfortable).

We're chartering the end of May, beginning of June on a 42' mono. Are the swells bad enough that time of year to keep us from overnighting @ Cooper Island?

lzjay 11-16-2009 12:43 PM

Cane Garden Bay is one of those you can hang out for a long long time. Don't bother looking for the Red buoy making the entrance, its missing, just keep the only Green buoy off your Port side as you come in.
If your looking to get away from everyone drift over to the back side of Peter Island and drop a hook in White or Key Bay. Snorkling was great and we had only 1 other boat come share the bay with us last week.

Zanshin 11-16-2009 12:54 PM

The swells only got bad for me sometime after midnight, when the wind died down enough for the boat to lie at odds with the waves. I've since been advised to grab a mooring ball as close as possible to shore to avoid this happening. Generally there will be less swell that time of year, but it really depends upon the Atlantic weather.

Only 1 more week then I am back in the warmth again :)

RealityCheck 11-17-2009 12:19 PM

Cane Garden Bay is a place that you will need to be careful in the January time frame. It is open to the Northern Swells and can be very rollie but the biggest danger is going into the dingy dock. It is very poorly designed and I've seen several dinks pinned under it punchered and sunk or flipped. You can get swells that will wash the dink dock at times. Often better to visit CGB by taxi from one of the Southern anchorages of Tortola or Trellis or even West End. It is worth half a day and you can walk to the old rum distillery that is still in operation and buy a small sample. Would not recommend getting a big supply... it is a bit rough!! Not a lot of Temp range control of the process which introduces baddie into the product.

If you have been before and your group likes to hike, several trails are available on Norman Island that provide great views and a few secluded beaches.

If your willing to go through the Customs in's and outs' a hope over to St John will provide you with more hiking trails than you could cover in your time. Waterlemon is a great place to swim with turtles and an easy snorkel along the reef. It also has several easy hiking trails, one to the old Danish Sugar Mill and Rum factory and one up to the old Travelers lodge ruins with a Killer view and one longer and a bit harder one over to Coral Bay. Only problem with going to St. John in USVI is you will have to pass out of BVI check into USVI then check back into BVI.... assuming you are all American Citizens. Not a hard process and it would give you the opportunity to visit Cruze Bay for customs check in and a short visit of the town and National Park Service Offices. You will need to have your charter company provide you the documentation and info to do the check in and outs.

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