Located on the northernmost section of the
British Virgin Islands lies the magical island of Anegada. Unlike its sister
islands in the BVI which are volcanic in origin and very steep,
Anegada is a flat limestone atoll with miles of deserted
pristine beaches. Although it is the BVI"s second largest
island, with under 200 inhabitants Anegada it is a true get away.
The mystique of Anegada is legendary.
With the highest point of the island being only 28 feet above
sea level, Anegada is not even visible by sea until mariners are
within a few miles of its shore. In fact, the word "Anegada"
means "sunken island." The surrounding Horse Shoe Reef is
one of the largest living reefs in the world. In the
days of the Spanish Main, the Anegada Passage was a principal
route for vessels entering and leaving the Caribbean.
Vessels following this route faced great danger as the hidden
coral lurking just under the water surface proved treacherous to
hundreds of unlucky vessels that were claimed by this reef.
But as treacherous as the reef has been, it
is also one of the world's most prolific ecosystems.
Teaming with coral and abundant fish, the reef is in pristine
condition and is still virtually untouched by man, save local
fishermen and a few divers.
While once inhabited by pirates, today the
island's occupants are friendly folk who fish for a living or
run small businesses. The few lucky visitors that make it
to this remote island experience a get a way that is
increasingly hard to find these days. There are no five
star resorts, no McDonalds, no rush, no lines, and no crime.
Anegada is a place where time seems to have no purpose other
than simply existing. Its a place so far removed from the
hectic pace of modern life you'll find relaxation in way you
have never imagined.
And when you're not relaxing there's plenty
to do. Exploring the island can be done by walking the
miles of empty beaches, by renting a car or bike, hiring a taxi,
by sea kayak or by boat. The island boasts two massive
salt ponds and the largest flock of flamingos in the territory.
The highly endangered and rare Anegada Rock Iguana is also found
in the area. If you don't see one in the wild, don't
worry there is an Iguana Preserve in the Settlement where you
can get up close.
The water related activities are unlimited.
World class fishing is everywhere, from the famous North Drop
and its infamous billfish including the great Blue Marlin, White
Marlin, Sailfish. To sport fishing on the South Drop for
Tuna, Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo, and Kingfish, to inshore
fishing for Blunrunner, Bonito and Mackerel. To bottom fishing
for Snapper, Grouper, Trigger Fish, and Hind. To fly
fishing for Bonefish, Tarpon, Barracuda, and Permit.
Snorkeling and Scuba diving are outstanding
as one would expect in this remote and pristine area of the
globe. Sea kayaking and exploring by boat are also popular
options. But, by far the most common activity is simple
with its home style hospitality, simple comforts, and freshest
seafood, capture the essence of the Anegada experience.