Anegada

Anegada is an island in the British Virgin Islands. It has a year round population of less than 200 on 15 square miles (38 sq km), which makes it the second largest island in the chain, after Tortola, but the most sparsely populated of the main islands. It is also geographically isolated, being separated by some 15 miles of blue water from the rest of the chain.

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Palm tree at the island’s west end

In order to get to Anegada, you will have to fly to either San Juan, Puerto Rico or Saint Thomas, and then to Beef Island Airport on Tortola. From there you can take the ferry to Anegada which runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at specific times, normally morning and afternoon, or you can take a chartered flight to Anegada via a number of airlines.

The flight is extremely short (10 minutes) and a popular option is to use one of the local air charter companies for a private flight: either Island Birds or Fly BVI. There is also a scheduled air service on VI Airlink, although service is fairly ad hoc in that they only fly if they have passengers booked, and booking in advance and confirming the day before are advisable.

The ferry service only operates three times a week. Round trip price is currently $55 for an adult (or $50 if you book in a group of five or more), $45 for a senior, and $35 for a child.

People with their own yachts and boats also often sail to the island, but careful attention is necessary as the island is surrounded on all sides by reefs. Anegada, being a low coral atoll some miles away from the main island chain, is not actually visible from your likely starting point, Virgin Gorda (although the reverse is not true — you can see Virgin Gorda, Tortola, and Jost Van Dyke just fine once you’re there.) Because of the reefs, the distance, and the low profile, simple line of sight navigation is not possible, making a boat trip to Anegada more of an adventure than sailing to the other BVIs. There is far less boat traffic, and for that matter far fewer people total, than on the other large islands.

Jeeps and trucks are available for rent on the island. If staying at the Anegada Reef Hotel or one of the villas on the island, you can inquire about having a rental car available for you at the airport. A taxi across the island, say between a remote beach and the Settlement, can be arranged at most restaurants or hotels.

  • The western side of Anegada consists mostly of a large salt pond sporting flocks of flamingoes. There are miles of beaches to enjoy. It is easy to spend a day on the beach without seeing another living soul.
  • You can inquire about fishing day trips with Lil Bit Taz or at Neptune’s Treasure.
  • There is a small museum at the Pomato Point Restaurant which has relics from centuries past that have washed ashore.

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