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01-13-2013 08:34 PM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI

If you have an iPad, download the free Garmin Bluechart app, and then download the free ActiveCaptain database into it. Even of you don't purchase their marine charts, you'll have their anchorage reviews right at your fingertips for offline use. And if you have GPS available (either internal to the iPad or an external puck that transmits Bluetooth or WiFi) you can see your boat position relatice to the ActiveCaptain markers. I found that it was a handy supplement to the Scott Cruising Guide while I was down there last week.
01-12-2013 09:19 PM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI

Agree that the Scott guides are good, but I wouldn't ignore the Seaworthy Guide to the Virgin Islands, which has coverage of the SVI, but aren't as slick. I have both and recommend both for a more complete perspective.

Maybe I'm missing something, but the Free Cruising Guides are a high level overview, based on a quick look a few minutes ago. They have some useful information, but are not what I would call a "guide".
01-12-2013 08:05 PM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI

The Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands by Nancy and Simon Scott is the definitive guide to the VI and used by most. Pretty much anywhere you want to sail in the Eastern Caribbean there are guides available; those by Chris Doyle being great for the Windwards and Leewards. There are even free cruising guides available for many areas at; Free Cruising Guides.
All have detailed charts, hand drawn sketches and aerial photos for most anchorages as well as written details about each.
They are worth the money.
01-12-2013 11:53 AM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI


last time we were going to go to SVI, the winds were not going to make for a very nice return. Good point on the water, but we really don't use much unless we have company.
01-12-2013 11:13 AM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI

There is anchorage information on the ActiveCaptain site: ( You have to register if you want to read the details on what appears to be a Google Earth background.

For example, you will find descriptions for several anchorages at Norman Island that are outside the Bight.

BTW, the moorings at nearby St. John are only $15 ($7.50 if you are a senior) , but you'll have to check in at Customs/Immigration in Cruz Bay if you are coming over from the BVI. You want quiet? Try the Lameshur Bays. Note that anchoring is not allowed for a lot of St. John, thus requiring the use of moorings. The Park Service publishes an informational brochure that maps things out.

If you want to get further away from the BVI crowds, keep moving west the the Spanish Virgins, where the mooring balls are free and there aren't any scenes like Foxy's or Bomba's and you are pretty much on your own. That said, the town of Dewey on Culebra has provisions and shoreside restaurants--and even a chandlery--, but you will have to replenish water by hauling it in jugs. For what it's worth, Soper's Hole is approximately equidistant from Anegada and Culebrita.
01-12-2013 10:19 AM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI

Solitude is good. I've been alone down there many times. However, the popular anchorages are pretty quiet and tame, with a very rare exception. I mean, don't grab a ball next to Willy Ts.
01-12-2013 10:12 AM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI

Yes, that is precisely what I'm looking for!
Sometimes you just want to be alone. Sailweek, the PR Navy or the floatilla blasting DISCO is sometimes/(all the times) too much for me.

I have never had a chart plotter before. Does Don Street's IMRAY charts manage to help with this? if there is a book/chart I'm all into buying it.

TIA, Robert
01-12-2013 10:01 AM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI

There are plenty of places to anchor in BVI. More than plenty. However, they're not at the popular beaches or restaurants or towns and many could be more exposed. If you want to be alone, no issue.
01-12-2013 09:24 AM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI

Here is the article referenced:

30 bucks is pretty much the norm now, leverick/SABA is still BY FAR the most generous with the ICE/water being free...for now. Although it does have some good holding in quite a few places.

I'm really surprised that most of the places I used to anchor, now have balls. I suspect that the people that do know of good places are unlikely to share the secrets...grin....
01-12-2013 07:14 AM
Re: Detailed anchorage (not mooring) map-BVI

There is another side to mooring balls: in a dense boat population area like the BVI moorings help to prevent further degradation of the bottom (help protect coral). Taking a mooring when one is available is an environmentally responsible thing to do. That said, I have found places to anchor in the BVI, sometimes with the whole anchorage to myself. Such places can be a bit rolly though...
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