Getting Around

In the British Virgin Islands, you’ll find the makings of great adventures, all in close proximity. Hop islands by plane or ferry, dock at a yacht club or tie up to a mooring, or get in the backseat or behind the wheel to see where the island spirit leads.
Moorings + anchorages

In order for sailors to enjoy the many beautiful sites both above and below the water, The BVI National Parks Trust has installed more than 200 mooring buoys (surface buoys attached to stainless steel pins set in bedrock) for daytime use only at many BVI dive sites. The system has been operating since 1991, and is aimed at protecting the fragile, underwater marine ecology from physical damage, particularly by boat anchors, and maintaining the pristine reefs for the future.

There is a 90-minute time limit on all moorings, and use is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Vessels over 55 feet in length or over 35 tons may use 18-inch diameter yellow buoys only.

Please note that in virtually all of the areas where the National Parks Trust moorings are found, the areas can encounter rough and unpredictable seas. In addition, some buoys are in the vicinity of shallow rocks and reefs. The moorings are, therefore, for DAY USE only, and it is illegal to use them overnight.

Sailors must check the integrity of their mooring, its pick-up line, and down-line for safety before tying up or leaving the vessel. They are responsible for the vessel, even when tied to a National Parks mooring.

A small fee is charged for the use of the moorings. This conservation fee provides for the maintenance of the system and installation of new buoys in other high traffic areas.
Sailors must, by law, obtain a National Parks Permit, either from the charter company when Customs is cleared, or from the National Parks Trust Office at 61 Main St. Road Town, Tortola.

The mooring buoys are 13 inches in diameter and are colour-coded as follows:
ORANGE BUOYS: Non-diving, day use only
YELLOW BUOYS: Commercial dive vessels only
LARGE YELLOW BUOYS: Commercial vessels or vessels over 55 ft.
WHITE BUOYS: Non-commercial vessels, for daytime dive use only
BLUE BUOYS: For dinghy use only

Where mooring buoys are not provided, sailors should anchor in sandy areas and be sure to never sail at night. Nightfall arrives quickly, and even the most experienced sailors in the BVI do not sail past dusk.

Although we have listed several accepted anchorages throughout the islands, it is recommended that current navigational charts be used when cruising and anchoring in the BVI waters. U.S. National Ocean Service (NOAA), U.S. Defense Mapping Agency, British Admiralty and Imray produce charts for the area. Electronic charts are available from C-Map, BSB/NOAA, Garmin G-Map, Laser Plot, Maptech, Navionics and Northstar.

Moorings

 

 

Anegada Reef Hotel

Island: Anegada

Website: www.anegadareef.com | Email: info@anegadareef.com | Tel: (284) 495-8002

 

Neptune's Treasure

Island: Anegada

Website: www.neptunestreasure.com | Email: information@neptunestreasure.com | Tel: (284) 495-9439

 

Green Cay

Island: Green Cay

National Parks Trust.

 

Tortola Rhymer's Beach Bar

Island: Tortola - Cane Garden Bay

Tel: (284) 495-4639

 

Dead Chest Island The Rhone Marine Park

Island: Dead Chest

National Parks Trust.

 

Devil's Bay Fort Point

Island: Virgin Gorda

National Parks Trust.

 

Fallen Jerusalem The Baths

Island: Fallen Jerusalem

National Parks Trust.

 

Penn's Landing

Island: Tortola - East End - Fat Hogs Bay

Website: www.pennslandingbvi.com | Email: pennslandingmarina@gmail.com | Tel: (284) 495-1134

 

Ginger Island Carvel Rock

Island: Carvel Rock

National Parks Trust.

 

Great Camanoe

Island: Great Camanoe

National Parks Trust.

 

Great Dog (Invisible's)

Island: Great Dog

National Parks Trust.

 

Harris' Place

Island: Jost Van Dyke - Little Harbour

Tel: (284) 495-9302

 

Abe's

Island: Jost Van Dyke - Little Harbour

Tel: (284) 495-9329

 

Cooper Island Beach Club

Island: Cooper Island - Manchioneel Bay

Website: www.cooperislandbeachclub.com |  Email: reservations@cooperislandbeachclub.com | Tel: (800) 542-4624

 

Pusser's Marina Cay

Island: Marina Cay

Website: www.pussers.com/t-marina-cay.aspx | Email: marinacay@pussers.com | Tel: (284) 494-2174

 

Mosquito Island, North Sound, Virgin Gorda

Island: Virgin Gorda - North Sound

Tel: (284) 494-2254

 

Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda

Island: Virgin Gorda

National Parks Trust.

 

Norman Island / The Indians

Island: Norman Island

National Parks Trust.

 

Bitter End Yacht Club

Island: Virgin Gorda - North Sound

Website: www.beyc.com | Email: binfo@beyc.com | Tel: (800) 872-2392

 

Pelican Island, Peter Island & The Rhone's Anchor

Island: Pelican Island

National Parks Trust.

 

Vixen Point, Prickly Pear Island, North Sound

Island: Virgin Gorda - North Sound

 

Salt Island

Island: Salt Island

National Parks Trust.

 

Scrub Island Guana Island

Island: Scrub Island

National Parks Trust.

 

The Bight, Norman Island

Island: Norman Island

Website: www.normanisland.com/info.htm 

 

The Last Resort

Island: Tortola - Beef Island - Trellis Bay

Website: www.lastresortbvi.com | Email: info@lastresortbvi.com | Tel: (284) 495-2520

 

Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina

Island: Tortola - West End / Soper's Hole

Website: www.sopersholemarina.com | Email: erinrentals@gmail.com | Tel: (284) 494 2983

 

Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda

Island: Virgin Gorda

Tel: (284) 442 6178 or (284) 547-6178

 

 Anchorages

 

The beautiful, clear waters of the British Virgin Islands offer countless anchorages. Sailors should use caution when anchoring to prevent damage to fragile coral reefs. Where mooring buoys are not provided, sailors should anchor in sandy areas and be sure to never sail at night. Nightfall arrives quickly, and even the most experienced sailors in the BVI do not sail past dusk.

 

Although we have listed several accepted anchorages throughout the islands, it is recommended that current navigational charts be used when cruising and anchoring in the BVI waters. U.S. National Ocean Service (NOAA), U.S. Defense Mapping Agency, British Admiralty and Imray produce charts for the area. Electronic charts are available from C-Map, BSB/NOAA, Garmin G-Map, Laser Plot, Maptech, Navionics and Northstar..

 

Deadman's Bay, Peter Island

Island: Peter Island

Eastern tip; long beach at the yacht club; prone to swell particularly in winter.

 

Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

Island: Tortola

Well protected harbour bordered by white sand beach and restaurant.

 

Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

Island: Jost Van Dyke - Little Harbour

Calm, quiet lagoon, three restaurants on shore.

 

Machioneel Bay, Cooper's Island

Island: Cooper Island

Northwest shore; dock for dinghies, beach and restaurant.

 

Marina Cay

Island: Marina Cay

North of Trellis Bay, enter from the north to skirt coral. Moorings, small beach, Pusser's Restaurant and Stores, and the Rob White happy hour bar on the top of the eight acre island.

 

North Sound, Virgin Gorda

Island: Virgin Gorda - North Sound

Eastern tip of the island, surrounded by several islands, a variety of overnight anchorages; northern Caquhoun Reef for drafts greater than five feet; Anguilla Point entrance for shallow drafts in calm weather only; restaurants.

 

Pelican Islands & The Indians

Island: Pelican Island

Close to The Bight, good snorkelling and scuba diving.

 

Road Harbour, Tortola

Island: Tortola - Road Town Area

The BVI's largest harbour bordered by Road Town; immigration and custom facilities; shops, restaurants, grocery store, and marina close by.

 

Salt Island

Island: Salt Island

Location of the Wreck of the Rhone II, accessible by moorings at Lee Bay. Both Lee Bay and Salt Pond Bay have rough anchorages - recommended for day use only.

 

Sandy Cay, Jost Van Dyke

Island: Jost Van Dyke

Long white sandy beach; prone to swells.

 

Soper's Hole, West End Tortola

Island: Tortola - West End / Soper's Hole

One of the main ports of entry, deep and sheltered. Restaurant, ferries, marinas, and immigration and custom clearance.

 

The Baths, Virgin Gorda

Island: Virgin Gorda

Southwestern shore; small grottoes and pools, excellent snorkelling; overnight swells are common.

 

The Bight, Norman Island

Island: Norman Island

Uninhabited, hiking to the top of the island; caves reachable by dinghy.

 

The Dogs

Island: Virgin Gorda - North Sound

Between North Sound, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke; look to anchor on calm days west of George Dog or on south side of Great Dog.

 

Trellis Bay, Beef Island

Island: Tortola - Beef Island

Sheltered anchorage across from Marina Cay bordered by semicircular beach; restaurants, water sports, arts and crafts, and cyber café on premises. A short walk to the airport. Great Full Moon Party too.

 

White Bay, Jost Van Dyke

Island: Jost Van Dyke - White Bay

A channel through the reef provides access; subject to swells in the winter; white sand beach and restaurant.