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Page Contents
Accommodations
Anegada "Harbour"
Andgadan "Outback"
Anegada Reef Hotel
Bonefishing
Bromeliads
Campgrounds
The Big Bamboo
Cow Wreck Beach
Deep Sea Fishing
Fishing in Paradise
Flamingos Restoration
Flash of Beauty
Flora and Fauna
Getting Around
Getting There
History
Pomato Point
Loblolly Bay
Neptune's Treasure
Nutmeg Point
Sea Kayaking
Sea Turtles
Shipwreck Treasury
The Settlement
Shops
Touring
Villas

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Anegada, an island 10 miles long by 2 1/2 miles wide with extensive salt ponds, reaches its highest point at 28 feet, hence its name which means the "drowned land." Of coral reef origins, Anegada has "extruded" sixteen miles of sandy beaches with a primeval quality. Anegada is "guarded" by the famous Horseshoe Reef which, at eighteen miles long, is one of the world's largest coral reefs
A World Apart.

Due to its remote geography, sparse population (a couple of hundred people now) and indigenous culture, Anegada is truly a world apart.

History. On the East End of Anegada, large piles of conch shells, some even forming islands, attest to the presence of aboriginal people. Later, pirates hid in the maze of reefs, with legends of pirate treasure.

Diane

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One of the world's best Anegada lobster cooks, Diane is seen here at the Big Bamboo in Loblolly Bay (photo: George).

In modern times, earlier generations of Anegadans practiced agriculture, of which The Walls at The Settlement are unique artifacts. Subsisting in close harmony with nature, its rich marine environment was harvested as well. Contemporary Anegadans are skilled fishermen supplying BVI markets. Sea turtles, now conserved, were communally shared.
 
A Splendid Paradise.
Today, Anegada attracts people from around the world as friendly modern Anegadans apply their talents to creating interesting business places and activities.

Shipwrecks and conch shells, fishermen and lobster pots, beaches and wild orchids--this is Anegada!

So let's take a virtual tour, a Safari in fact into this remote world, this strange and splendid paradise.

Natural Wonders.
A pure coral island in the Caribbean, Anegada has its own distinctive geography, environment and flora and fauna, including the restored flamingos and the Anegadan "Outback."
Getting There.

Touring
One of the smallest airport terminal buildings, is aptly joined by Lil's, one of the smallest snack bars.

Check for the two small chicken hawks residing on the airport light poles.

From the airport, take a right to go to Loblolly Bay and a left to go to "Anegada Harbour."

On the way, an interesting stop is Pat's Pottery near Nutmeg Point on the water side near the distinctive Bonefish Villa..

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Anegada has an airport (NGD) near The Settlement and a "harbour" near Setting Point (see Anegada "Harbour").

The flight goes to 2000 feet and lasts 10 minutes but the views are fantastic!

FLY BVI has its Anegada Days package. See Local Airlines for setting up charter flights to Anegada.

Scheduled Flights

Clair Aero (email 495-2271) has regularly scheduled flights from Tortola's Beef Island airport as well as St. Thomas and Virgin Gorda by reservation.

Lil's Snack Bar (495-8007), open only when flights arrive, right beside the airport with a tiny bar and 2 tables on a shaded porch, has sodas, beer and mixed drinks, tuna and grilled cheese sandwiches as well as some gift items.

By Water. Anegada has regular ferry service (see schedules).

Boat Trips are a great way to get to Anegada (see Day Sails), especially from the North Sound, which is about 14 miles to the south. See Navigating to Anegada.

Bareboat charter "flotillas" also sail from the North Sound--contact your charter company.

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Getting Around.

Teresa's
Cold Beer
Safari

Anegada is a great place to go beach bar hopping for a cold one, especially in D.W.'s popular old blue Samari jeep. Follow this icon for the Anegada Safari.
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Check with your innkeeper or restaurant to see if they provide free transportation. If not, call Anegada Taxi (495-0228 VHF 16).

Or rent a jeep or mini-van from D.W. Jeep Rentals (495-8018, 9677), who will also pick you up, and let you drop the jeep off, at the airport or anywhere else. ABC Car Rentals is at 495-9466.

Also, the Anegada Reef Hotel (495-8002 VHF 16) has a shuttle bus service to the northern beaches and rents cars.

Credit Cards. Note that many Anegada businesses do not accept credit cards.
Restoration of the
Flamingos
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Keep an eye out for flamingos in the distance on the inland side salt ponds.

The small concrete bridge slab near Nutmeg Point is a good sighting spot.

On the ocean or north side, there is a red and white striped stake at an somewhat elevated spot near a solitary house for sighting.

The Anegada habitat is perfect for a wide variety of shore birds, especially the elegant Roseate Flamingos, which have been restored to the island's massive salt ponds on the western half of the island. See The Return of the Flamingos. See an update here on Flamingo hatching.

Feeding on microscopic aquatic creatures such as brine shrimp that contain carotene gives the flamingos their distinctive rosy tint.

Once thousands inhabited the islands. However, the young could be easily rounded up and herded to boats for food.

Salt Ponds. Anegada has an impressive array of salt ponds with their associated mangroves.

Here are found wading birds like the great blue heron, little blue heron, stilts and terns.

Anegeda "Harbour" at
Setting Point.

Touring
Anegada can be toured in a day. Be prepared for the sun as there is virtually no shade on Anegada.

To begin, make a big circle around the salt ponds on the western half of the island.This is a beautiful drive.

Turn in or pull out the "harbour" area by the Anegada Reef Hotel for food or drinks.

This is an honor bar, so serve yourself and pay accordingly.

 

 

Look for the covey of sandpipers do their little hurried walks, sometimes around the seating floor.

They like to hang out on the transom of the hotel's power boat. Take a mini tour of the docks.
 

Also check out the  Purple Turtle , formerly Sue's Gift Shop, which has an interesting collection of items.

Once off-limits for boat charterers, Anegada has better markings now. The Anegada "harbour" is simply an opening in the coral reef in its southwestern side between the Anegada Reef Hotel at Setting Point and Pomato Point. Most establishments can be reached on VHF Channel 16. Wharf.
Tying up at the wharf is the weekly public cargo boat used by Anegadans to get groceries and supplies in Road Town. Here also is a gas station.

Anegada Reef Hotel and its Grill House

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Arrivals by boat to the Anegada "harbour" often anchor off the Anegada Reef Hotel, as seen here from the hotel's self service honor bar. The shadowy figure at the right is evidenced only by a "very cold" beer.

Developed by the late raconteur and local legend Lowell Wheatley (see In Memorium and A Tribute), and his gracious wife Sue, the Anegada Reef Hotel (email 284/495-8002 VHF 16) has recently renovated rooms and excellent food, including great English breakfasts, fresh fish, conch and the house specialty, barbecued lobster.

An outdoor setting with tables and a bar under the trees right on the water and docks, the hotel's Grill House is the island's social center in the evening.

Sue's Sea Tours. Sea kayaking tours (284/495-8002) can be arranged on the ocean reef lagoons to Cow Wreck Bay and on the inland reef from The Settlement to the hotel. Sue knows a "bit," as the British say, about Anegada's natural world, but book ahead, she's a busy woman. The "harbour" is a good windsurfing venue as well.

Purple Turtle, just down the road from the Anegada Reef Hotel, has island dresses and wraps, including Indonesian batik sarongs, matching hats and shirts, kid's sweatshirts, "sail fast, live slow" t-shirts and hats, Anegada and spaghetti strap t-shirts and other clothing, music tapes, books of pirates and treasure tales, Haitian sculptures, local arts and crafts, including cards of local scenes, Flukes items and Sunny Caribbee spices and relishes, scented candles wrapped in seagrape leaves and other gifts. Here also is sold soaps and lotions from Lowell's Soap Factory.

       
 

From Setting Point, head west on the south shore road paralleling the"Anegada Harbour."

Stop at the Neptune's Treasure compound for Pam's Kitchen and her excellent baked goods and preserves.

Or have a drink at the outside bar (note the shark's jaws hanging from the rafters).

There are several restaurants here, inclduing the Whistling Pines restaurant.

Continue on to Pomato Point where the beaches begin.

Stop in at the small museum at the Pomato Point Restaurant.

 

 
Neptune's Treasure Compound & Restaurant.
Specializing in seafood, Neptune's Treasure (VHF 16) serves deep-sea fish caught by family members such as swordfish, tuna and spearfish (related to marlin) as well as lobster, conch and grouper and great pasta. The small outdoor bar right on the water serves the most refreshing house drinks. Family Recipe. For dinner, all fish are cooked by chef Linda according to a method passed down as a family tradition. In general, the fish is broiled down to a butter sauce with island spices from a lemon marinade. Excellent!
Pam's Kitchen. A down-to-earth place at the Neptune's Treasure compound, Pam's Kitchen (495-9237) offers freshly baked goods by dingy directly to boaters at anchor at 5:30 pm as well as jams, chutneys, salsas and hot sauces--the best in the BVI. Baked goods include Pam's famous cinnamon buns, blueberry muffins, banana bread, chocolate chip cookies and brownies and key lime and apple pies. Jams, chutneys, salsas and hot sauces come in papaya, mango and pineapple-coconut flavors. Also try the hot pepper relish, hot pepper red jelly and lime marmalade. Delicious!
Whistling Pine Restaurant.
Named for the sound of the whistling pine in the wind, Whistling Pine Restaurant (VHF 16), open for lunch and dinner, is a new bar and restaurant offering lobster, chicken, ribs, fish and steak as well as sodas, beer and mixed drinks. Try the "Pine" tea.
Pomato Point Restaurant.

Continue along the south shore and then around Anegada's West End Point, making a half circle around Flamingo Pond.

Often little more than a track through the sand, find the north shore road by the sign to Cow Wreck Beach.
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Known for good local food, especially its conch and swordfish, Pomato Point Restaurant (495-8038, VHF 16) has a small island museum featuring Arawak Indian and shipwreck artifacts. ABC car rentals (495-9466) is here also.

Lobster Trap. Formerly the Anegada Beach Club, the Lobster Trap is alternatively open with Pomato Point restaurant.

Museum. Most of the collection of this small one room museum comes from Horseshoe Reef's shipwreck treasury. In the collection is an old map showing the location of over 200 wrecks as well as cannon and musket balls, ships' timbers and copper rivets, many apothecary jars, bottles, and ink pots, a silver teapot and coins from many nations, including a beautiful Mexican silver piece.
Villas and Lodging.
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Shops. Sea Kayaking.
Shops on Anegada include Pat's Pottery, Pam's Kitchen, Sue's Gift Shop, Pal's General Store, Faulkner's Country Store, Dotsy's Bakery and V n J's Souvenir & Gift Shop.

Shops are scattered, except the three in The Settlement. So it's best to stop in and window shop as you go along.

Sea kayak rentals are available at Neptune's Treasure and Sue's Sea Tours at the Anegada Reef Hotel. Venues include ocean reef lagoons to Cow Wreck Bay and on the inland reef from The Settlement.
Cow Wreck Beach.

Touring
Stop in at Cow Wreck Beach at its turnoff. This is the drive, shown in the Anegada Safari icon, across a series of sand dunes like waves--great fun!
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Here is Lauren with Teresa, the Safari Girl herself, hard at work testing a cold one. Note the cow skull above Teresa's head.

These sand dunes are a great place to stop and take a close look at the sand hugging plant life.

The thin fleshy leaves of these succulents are a delight to the touch.

Further around on the ocean side is Cow Wreak Beach Bar & Grill (email 495-8047), open for lunch and dinner. Cow Wreck Beach is famous for the cow bones (especially skulls) washed ashore from wrecks of ships carrying them to be ground up into bone meal used as fertilizer.

A great setting right on the beach with a cozy shaded bar and sitting area! A free shuttle is provided for patrons.

A small restroom offers a changing space and an shower outside for patrons who may want to do some snorkeling before eating. Notice the local art on the restroom floor.

Have a drink at the under a palm thatched "umbrella." George's Anegada Information Site recommends the "conch fritters, the lobster salad sandwich for lunch, and Belle's lobster is also great at dinnertime."

The conch is true local conch--Wendall gets it from the next point.

A family business, lovely daughter Lauren recommends the Wreck Punch, a special blend of cane rum and fruit juices (photo-BVI Pirate).

Ocean Reef Lagoons. The famous beaches of Anegada are on the North, or ocean side. Guarded by a straight line of reefs just offshore, the beaches make sweeping curves on the shore to form protected "lagoons."

Land peninsulas, named as points, jut out to separate  scenic bays and bights. This gorgeous setting invites sunbathing, beachcombing, secluded picnics, snorkeling or sea kayaking.

Sea Kayaking. Experience these ocean lagoons up close and personal! Sea kayak the north beach coast inside the reef (the current is from east to west) on a suitable day. Sue's Sea Tours puts in at Windlass Bight and takes out at Cow Wreck Bay Beach Bar for a cold drink (Pinot Grigio).

Sand Hugging Succulents. Exquisitely formed, these low spreading succulents save moisture with their thin fleshy leaves as well as tiny blossoms and fruits.

Flora and Fauna.

Touring
Continuing past the turnoff, you will find this to be a very scenic route, and very smooth and a delight to drive, winding between the beaches and the salt ponds.

The old road (the vegetation tends to scratch vehicles) to Cow Wreck Bay is the next left at a large seagrape tree.

Bones Bight has a new nature trail (watch for a large loblolly tree on right) where it's occasionally possible to see the Anegada rock iguana.
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Anegada is home for the highly endangered Anegada rock iguana. Growing to six feet long, this harmless and very rare iguana can be found at Bones Bight, which has a new nature trail. This iguana uses the crater-like coral rock with its holes to make a home.

Endangered by feral cats who prey on the iguana young, a program of neutering the cats has begun.

Also here are Anegada's famous wild orchids.

The loblolly tree often has a large base of white horizontal trunk roots as it "looks" for break in the rock to the soil.

The wild sage with its light blue flower in bloom most of the year makes a delightful aromatic for the car when crushed.

Wild cattle in this area sometimes graze minature "pastures," or grassy mounds.

Sea Turtles. A traditional food, sea turtles were communally shared in a festival-like atmosphere in the past. One way turtles were caught was by leaping on them from skiffs.

The conservation ethic is almost universally practiced today as to the endangered sea turtles. And Anegada, with its magnificent beach ecology, exports turtle hatchlings into the sea for the benefit of the world.

Ocean-side Anegada has the most important BVI nesting beaches for green sea turtle (see swimming turtle). Anegada's west end beaches and related sea grass communities from Pomato Point to Cow Wreck Bay are important as well to the hawksbill turtle. Keep a lookout for turtles along the beaches on the eastern edge of Pomato Point, on West End Point, in Bones Bight, and in Loblolly Bay.

Traditional practices, when restored in a ritual form in return for these preservation efforts, demonstrate and help preserve the roots of this unique culture and its natural wonders alike.

Anegadan "Outback."

Touring
The "road" becomes a little confused here, passing by a low mudflat area on the right.

If you drive out on the mudflats when wet, be careful braking or you will be sliding sideways suddenly.

The true route bends left and right and enters the Anegada "Outback" area with a now very bumpy road (only a mile or so).

This takes you to the main road by the airport, where you take a left to Loblolly Bay.
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The first sign is the mud puddles--not brown, but chalky white. It's a coral island, and the underlying "rock" is coral. Hard as rock, though, as the bumpy roads will attest. Especially toward the east end.

The vegetation differs also. At first glance a "scrubland," note the many interesting plants well adapted to drought, such as  century plants.
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In the wild, the frangipani tree, (identified by its characteristic "wild" branch scuptures as seen above in the left back), always has a white flower, while its cultivated cousins have flowers of more colors.

Both the frangipani and limbo gumbo store moisture in its twigs or trunk and branches.

Also, look for termite mounds in the trees.

The "Air Plant"

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The above "air plant" or bromeliad is in a wildly shaped gumbo limbo or turpentine tree (called the "tourist tree" because it is "red and peeling").

Found in trees in Anegada's eastern, rocky biome with other plants characteristic of this area such as cactus and the loblolly tree.

In the western, sandy areas are found flora such as wild orchids and whistling pines, originally imported.

Also, despite its low profile, Anegada has natural springs.

Loblolly Bay.

Touring
Loblolly Bay is reached by turning right out of the Anegada "Harbour" or out of the airport.

Go straight to the Big Bamboo. Mac's Campground and Flash of Beauty restaurant (call first) have turnoffs to the right. All are on Loblolly Bay.

Loblolly Bay is a great location for beachcombing, especially shell collecting.

And check out the bay lavender which is of its namesake color and feathery to the touch.

At the Big Bamboo, put your order in with Diane before you go snorkeling. Also, try out the hammocks under the shade of the seagrapes after you've eaten.

Head back out to take another side trip to The Settlement.
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By its famous line of white surf, Loblolly Bay visibly demarcates a coral island meeting the vast Atlantic, its reef making an oceanside lagoon before the "surf" gently laps the beach.

Framed by canopies of fine seagrape trees, the shore slowly sweeps along its sandy crescent, covered with a variety of low succulent plantlife, especially patches of the beautiful bay lavender.

Superb and unique snorkeling is accessible right off this beautiful white sand beach, inside of the brilliant white foaming breakers on the reef's outer edge. Schools of  mojarra, shimmering needlefishes, and mantis shrimp in holes are found on the sunlite sandy bottoms.

Go out to the left of the Big Bamboo to the dark reef area in the middle of the lagoon to find three small caves and a wreck.

Skimming over the shallows, the reef structure below is visible with magnificent stands of huge branching elkhorn coral and big brain and other boulder coral. Angel fish, yellow tail snappers, and blue tang feeding en masse are found with horse-eye jacks and groupers inhabiting the mazes below. Stoplight parrotfish audibly crunch coral and extrude sand. Mackerel, tarpon and nurse sharks roam the reef.

The darker indigo blue indicates the deeper holes of this ocean reef environment. Scuba dives are possible right off the beach into the maze of tunnels, drops and caves. The water generally comes in over the top of the reef, but some caution is advised when a severe north swell is up, since some rip-like currents are possible (remember, swim parallel to the shore until you're out of a rip current, rather than directly against it).

The Big Bamboo.
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Loblolly Bay is also the location of the Big Bamboo restaurant with a large, colorful open air dining pavilion and bar in the "crop" of the seagrapes on the beach.

Above is Nancy from Nancy and Walker's Scrapbook about their trip to Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.

Deservedly famous for its excellent lobster served with rice, potato and vegetables. Here also is conch and a wide variety of local fresh fish, such as snapper, kingfish, triggerfish, and grouper.


Kick back under a sunshade and try its famous Rum Teaser (photo: jerzeegurl).

Flash of Beauty. Nearby Flash of Beauty beach features great snorkeling as well and has a beach bar by the same name. Generally open for lunch only.
Deep Sea Fishing.
Anegada is at the windward edge of an undersea plateau that supports the islands. The North Drop area, just north of Anegada and Horseshoe Reef, goes from 30 fathoms to over 200 (1200 feet).

Huge schools like squid and flying fish congregate into dense "clouds" in and above the numerous canyons in this area to feed on the upwelling currents and, in turn, become baitfish for the ocean roaming predators, such as yellowfin and blackfin tuna, wahoo, dolphin or dorado and the most popular gamefish in the world--the blue marlin.

Long Line Fishing.
Mark Soares, out of Neptune's Treasure, is the largest local supplier of deep sea fish to BVI tables.

Fishing on the North Drop and South Drop (in the Anegada Passage on the Caribbean sea side of Virgin Gorda and other islands), Mark goes on 4-10 day trips. A 30 mile line is laid 60 feet below the surface, taking 4 hours to put out and 8 hours to retrieve, beginning at daybreak after it is left overnight.

Captured are yellowfin tuna (40-160 lbs.), swordfish (typically 60-100 lbs., but a few at 150-250 lbs.) and spearfish (50-60 lbs.).

The Settlement.

Touring
Coming back from Loblolly Bay past the airstrip, take the concrete road to the left to The Settlement.

Stop in the "village square" for Pal's General Store and Faulkner's Country Store.

Take the road back toward Setting Point to finish your tour, passing Nutmeg Point on the way.
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Often called the Village, The Settlement is the main habitation of Anegada, including about 120 dwellings, a post office and police building, a bar, two restaurants, the Ocean Range Hotel, a bakery, two groceries and a general store.

The "Village Square"

Actually Pal's parking lot.

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Above is Pal's General Store, the world's smallest "department store," with a large assortment of things in a small space.

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Faulkner's Country Store. Across from Pal's, go through the white picket fence gate into a nice little garden, for everything a small country store would have.
For housekeeping cottages and Anegadans, Faulkner's Country Store is the place for canned goods, detergents, fresh vegetables, frozen meats (including tripe), saltfish (cod), yams and plantains and cured pigtail.

Dotsy's Bakery & Dinette. Down the side road from the town square, Dotsy's (495-9667), lunch and dinner made to order, has fresh baked bread, cakes and tarts, little lunches and sandwiches.

The Walls.
The remains of stone wall enclosures, known as The Walls, are widespread in The Settlement. These enclosed fields were planted with banana, corn, sweet potatoes, and other crops in previous generations when agriculture was important.

Goats and cattle, trained not to climb over the low 4' walls, still return to pens in The Settlement at night, along the radiating animal paths bordered by stone walls.

On the "Inland" Reef.
Totally different from the ocean side is the vast "inland" side of Horseshoe Reef. Especially in the vicinity of The Settlement, the Reef has ancient islands made of conch shells, mangrove islands, including an island of the magnificent frigatebird (who nest in the mangroves), mudflats, sandy bottoms and reefs.

These often shallow areas provide a gigantic nursery that helps stock the abundant marine life of downstream BVI reefs.

Sea Kayaking. Put in at the Settlement's fishing dock. Drift on the inland reef among islands toward the Anegada Reef Hotel (the last part is a workout).

See bonefish, small sting rays and baby nurse sharks. Get out at the hotel's dinghy dock for a cold Rum Smoothie. See Sue's Sea Tours

Nutmeg Point.

Touring
On the way back as you pass Nutmeg Point, stop at Pot's Pottery.

Also check the views to Red Pond on the inland side for possible flamingo sightings in the distance.

Return to the Anegada "Harbour" at Setting Point.
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On the south shore, Nutmeg Point has great sites on Horseshoe Reef for shallow water fishing, especially bonefishing. Horseshoe Reef here has lots of mud flats with tiny mangrove islands.

Pat's Pottery. Located at Nutmeg Point near Bonefish Villa, Pat's Pottery (495-8031)(mailorder at buyer's own risk) creates in her workshop platters, plates, cups, pitchers, map magnets and other items that are sold all around the islands. Her pottery is hand-painted in island motifs such as crabs, palm trees and fish. A popular item is a seagrape leaf motif made into a service platters or decorations. Pam took a seagrape leaf, made a mold, painted, then fired each piece twice over 12-13 hours.

V n J's Souvenir & Gift Shop (495-8018) makes pottery, handpaints T-shirts, and sells gift items.

Fishing in Paradise.
Interestingly, Anegada has some of the finest of both shallow water and deep sea fishing in the world. Its extensive "flats" make it an ideal spot for game fish such as bonefish, tarpon, snooke, jacks and barracuda, pursued via classic wooden boats as well as newer sea kayaks. Rentals are available from Neptune's Treasure as well as the Anegada Reef Hotel, which also arranges deep sea and bonefishing trips ($200 half/$300 full day).

Traditional local fishermen, typically use small skiffs to catch snapper and triggerfish in fish traps and sell them to island restaurants.

Anegada lobster, caught in pots, are famous throughout the islands. Fishermen dive for conch off the beaches north of the salt ponds and elsewhere. Whelk are also harvested.


See at YouTube:
Cow Wreck Lobster

Horseshoe Reef is a marine conservation area with no fishing or conch collecting permitted without approval.

Bonefishing. A surprisingly elusive, slender and silvery fighting fish, bonefish feed on the bottom and can weigh up to ten pounds. "Most fishermen will get out of the boat and wade in water eight inches to two feet deep, looking for the tail of the fish as it feeds off organisms on the muddy sea bottom in shallow water. The tail is exposed above water level, and it is quite a sight to see a group of bonefish feeding with their tails flapping above water," says guide Garfield Faulkner in Bonefishing in the BVI.
Shipwreck Treasury.
  Anegada's reefs are a shipwreck treasury, with over 300 wrecks off its shore (see list of about 150 wrecks between 1654 and 1899).

AstreaCapturesGlorieIcon.jpg (5751 bytes)HMS Astrea. A 32-gun, 689-ton British Frigate wrecked in 1808, the HMS Astrea saw action in the American War of Independence and later made its claim to fame by capturing the larger French frigate GLORIE in 1795 in a classic sea battle, as pictured above. Having escorted a mail packet past the danger of Caribbean privateers, the Astrea, thinking Anegada was Puerto Rico, came upon the deadly reef, as a later court martial found, due to an "extraordinary weather current." All but four of the crew were saved.  Honored on a BVI stamp, the HMS Astrea was later rediscovered and some items salvaged, but not the heavy cannon, the rugged reef conditions still treacherous. See "The History and Wreck of the H.M.S. ASTREA."

Anegada Passage. A traditional entrance to the Caribbean from the Atlantic, the hundred-mile-wide Anegada Passage continues as a major sea traffic route. Modern ships are guided by the Sombrero Light, some 50 miles due east of Anegada.

Horseshoe Reef is a marine conservation area with no anchoring permitted. See Pomato Point Museum for shipwreck artifacts.

 

An Enchanting Place.
For those who want to get close to the elemental aspects of life, Anegada, the sunken island, has been described as a most enchanting place with miles and miles of sandy beaches and total immersion into primeval seclusion.

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