Anegada BVI is different from the rest of the British Virgin Islands as it is not a volcanic island. It’s just a build-up of coral that has formed over eons into an island continuously shifting.

The highest land mass on Anegada is only 28 feet above high tide. Shallow fringing reefs surround Anegada. You do not see any sight of land until you are halfway there. This 15 square miles of island is hard to spot! Anegada will be on your BVI charter yacht itinerary after you have been to Virgin Gorda, a 2-3 hour sail.

Anegada, British Virgin Islands from the International Space Station
Anegada, British Virgin Islands from the International Space Station

Ashore on Anegada

Anegada has some of the most pristine sandy beaches in the Caribbean that stretch for miles. During a short walk, you will find your patch of sand without anyone else in sight.

The beaches are mainly on the northern and western shores; this means a taxi ride from the anchorage. If you go to any of the bars, they will arrange a shuttle or cab for you; they generally leave every 30 minutes. It’s worth getting an island tour across the island; they will show you the Settlement, the capital of Anegada. The Settlement is just a couple of dozen tiny homes, many of which are wooden and sit atop blocks of coral.

Anegada British Virgin Islands Yachts at anchor
Anegada British Virgin Islands Yachts at anchor

Pirates and Golden Tables

There are salt ponds where one can often see flamingos wading around looking for lunch. One of the salt ponds is rumored to have a solid gold table buried in its mud.

Table Pond is one of the three large ones on the island. The legend says that pirates had pillaged the table from the Spanish and then buried it in the soft mud of the lake. Unfortunately, because of the table’s immense weight and the clay’s quicksand-like nature, the table had sunk beyond where it could be found again 🙁

View of Salt Ponds on Anegada from Walker Magnum
View of Salt Ponds on Anegada from Walker Magnum

Anegada British Virgin Islands Bars and Restaurants

Over on the north shore, there are many small bars and restaurants; take your snorkel gear with you as the water is shallow, warm, and protected by the fringing reef.

Loblolly Bay is the most popular spot, with Cow Wreck Beach Bar and Anegada Beach Club being firm favorites additionally. On the south side is a gift shop at the Anegada Reef Hotel with many unique Caribbean items. Several restaurants will serve you BBQ lobster for dinner. Nothing is like being outdoors, sitting under a palapa barefoot, running white sand between your toes, eating a lobster feast, and washing it down with a glass of wine.

The Wonky Dog has tempting original cocktails to enjoy at their beach bar. Restaurants on Anegada have been popping up regularly, serving lobster and more. If you are on a crewed yacht charter, each yacht crew will have their favorite they recommend.

Anegada Reef Hotel Lobster Dinner
Anegada, British Virgin Islands Lobster dinner

Interesting facts about Anegada BVI

Anegada has two unique items of interest. One is the native Anegada rock iguana, which is not found anywhere else. For many years, the Zoological Society of San Diego had a breeding program running to stop this endangered iguana from disappearing.

The DNA from all Iguanas on the planet reverts to this one. The other item of interest is a small, fast-growing shrubby plant locally called “pokemeboy.” It is a prickly plant and is highly prized for its ability to survive as wood for construction in boatbuilding. Its uniqueness is that once again, Anegada is the only place that its found.

Conch Mountain, Anegada British Virgin Islands
Conch Mountain, Anegada British Virgin Islands

Conch Mountain, Anegada BVI

For the more adventurous person,  Conch Mountain and Horseshoe Reef are nearby. Conch Mountain is a collection of empty conch shells that have existed for hundreds of years. I have seen charts from the late 1600s that mention it.

Conch Mountain is on the southeastern side of the island. The conch is deposited here by fishermen who clean the conch and then toss out the shells. They always wash them in the same spot because if not, the conch is inclined to move away from the dead conch. This way, they do not disturb their favorite conch bed.

Often, in the early afternoon, fishermen clean their catch. You can usually purchase some conch meat straight from them and some of the cheapest lobster we have ever bought in the Caribbean!

Visit Conch Mountain Anegada. BVI Yacht Charters
Visit Conch Mountain Anegada on your BVI Yacht Charter

Snorkeling Horseshoe Reef, Anegada BVI

While snorkeling around one of the dozens of coral heads in the shallow warm water, one can see many aquarium-sized multi-colored fish. To dinghy to the conch pile, go slow and keep a lookout. In the crystal clear shallow water, you may see giant eagle rays, southern stingrays, turtles, barracuda, and maybe even some small sharks!

Once at the mountain, the water is only a few feet deep. You can hop out of the dinghy and look around; water shoes are great. If you see a massive shell high up on the mountain calling your name, my advice is, “Don’t do it.” The likelihood of you falling is tremendous, and these shells are sharp! There are many small fish and tiny turtles around. A trip to the beach on the island’s eastern end is also possible.

Anegada British Virgin Islands on Horseshoe Reef
Anegada British Virgin Islands on Horseshoe Reef

Anegada, British Virgin Islands Beachcombing

The eastern windward beach has much trash washed upon it. Check each bottle for a message? I have found three so far; one was from a Canadian couple on a cruise ship in the mid-Atlantic 52 years earlier.

Another exciting thing we see a lot is weather sondes from weather balloons. They look like styrofoam blocks, about 12 inches by 6 inches by 3 inches, and have a few circuit boards, a battery, and several sensors. Sometimes, we find 2 or 3 on a single beach comb. Some beautiful small shells are also possible here. Another way to visit Conch Mountain is by dinghy from the main anchorage; this trip takes some planning.

Conch Mountain
Visiting Conch Mountain Anegada British Virgin Islands by tender

It’s a long way, but think of it as a 12-mile to 15-mile return trip. Do not try it in a dinghy that cannot do 10 knots with everyone. For safety, it would be better if two dinghies took the trip together. It will be hot, so bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and hats.

The trip is anywhere from 15 to 3 feet deep of water. There is always lots to see and many reefs to run into if you are not careful. Plan on a half-day excursion; by the time you stop along the way many times to watch the rays and turtles, have some time at the conch pile, and then return, it will have taken up at least 4 hours.

A more straightforward method to see Conch Mountain is to arrange a sightseeing tour with Kelly’s Tours. You may even be lucky enough to grab your Caribbean lobster to throw on the BBQ!

Beachcombing on the South Eastern Side of Anegada
Beachcombing on the South Eastern Side of Anegada

Heading from Anegada BVI To Jost Van Dyke

The trip back is smooth and uneventful. You can sail back anywhere you want if you are bareboating your yacht. Just exit the marked channel, then pick a spot to head. If you are on a crewed charter yacht, grab a drink and enjoy the downwind sail stretched out on the trampoline to relax.

Many sail from here to Jost Van Dyke as it’s usually a dead downwind sail. This sail takes you right over the wreck of the Chikuzen, which is at about the halfway point. It’s a fantastic scuba dive if the conditions permit. Some other options are Cane Garden Bay, Guana Island, Mountain Point, Marina Cay, or the Dog Islands. If you enjoy fishing, troll baits or lures are available to and from Anegada.

Many a Mahi Mahi and mackerel from these waters have been on the BBQ. During Whale season, watch for humpbacks that pass through here from January to the end of April. The first sighting is often the water spray when they come up to breathe.

Anegada Lobster Dinner BVI
Does this look like a great place for you to watch the sea from

How do I get to Anegada British Virgin Islands

We have Fully Crewed and Captain Only Yachts that can get you to this unique destination.  If you would like to bareboat your catamaran, there are several bareboat fleet companies that have a guide taking a flotilla out to Anegada safely weekly. 

Anegada Lobster Dinner BVI
Lobster Traps on Anegada waiting for your dinner