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Aneganda or Jost Van Dyke for day trip from Virgin Gorda?

Aneganda or Jost Van Dyke for day trip from Virgin Gorda?

Jan 16th, 2007, 11:12 PM
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I will definitely write a trip report... although we won't be going until June, unfortunately.

Here are some great pictures of Anegada (and other BVI locations). Unbelievable....

http://www.bvipirate.com/BVIPanos/index.html

Carole
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Jan 17th, 2007, 02:34 PM
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I've been to both.
They are completely different from each other.
Anegada is flat, coral based beaches in long stretches. It's extremely sleepy (You'll see very few people!) and has great lobster. You can tour the island in less than an hour, including stops for some pictures and a drink. Other than snorkel, there is nothing to do than to hang out on the beach. (Not that that's a bad thing!)Check out the weather before you go---Anegada is prone to winds and the water can be wavy-but June is usually calm.

Jost Van Dyke is hilly like Virgin Gorda. Soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy's definately have personality. White Grape Bay is a stunning beach, so scenic it's featured all the time on covers of magazines. It has gotten crowded over the years-but still worth it.

Are you only there for a couple of days? If you can do both-the beauty of the VI's is the island hopping.
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Jan 17th, 2007, 03:37 PM
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Hi blaloma - thanks.

Yes, we're in the BVIs only 5 nights (USVIs for 8 nights). While on Virgin Gorda, we'll be going on a scuba dive / snorkel trip 2 days, to the Baths 1 day, and to the North Sound 1 day. That pretty much leaves 1 day for another island.

I just took another look at a map of the VIs. Jost Van Dyke is closer to St. Thomas than I thought... we can take a ferry to Jost on one of the USVI days, it looks like. That is one way we could see both Anegada AND Jost!

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Jan 17th, 2007, 04:01 PM
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Carole
You have really got a handle on this trip, if I can just make one suggestion....just be careful not to overplan!!! you guys will need to recover when returning home!!
I think a Jost trip from Stt is a good idea.
I am not sure how much there is to enjoy on stt when compared to stj and the bvi's.
just leave some limin'time!!
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Jan 17th, 2007, 04:31 PM
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Thanks soggydollar...

You know, I always plan like a maniac and have everything lined up before we go (w/ an excel spreadsheet w/ itinerary, phone numbers, etc.)... but then when we actually get there, I'm easy. The days we pre-schedule actual excursions (e.g., scuba diving / snorkeling with a dive operator) will be set. All other days will be flexible for changing if we feel like doing so. But I always have a Plan A.... and have ideas for Plans B & C in my back pocket.

We plan to spend most of our STT time on STJ... we chose STT as the Marriott is a free (points) stay for us.

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Jan 17th, 2007, 07:01 PM
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The snorkeling in Anegada is only fair since about 75% of the cora in Loblolly Bay is dead or dying. The currents are such that only on calm days can you get into Cow Wreck where the snorkeling is better but no comparison to the current health of the coral in adatound St. John.Most outings do not even try to get into Cow Wreck. we paid $100 extra for the boat to go there after having been disappointed at Loblolly Bay . this was only 4 weeks ago.
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Jan 17th, 2007, 07:20 PM
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Thanks StanKase,

We are thinking we can ferry to Anegada, hire a taxi driver for the day, then have the driver take us to Loblolly Bay Beach for awhile (including having a lobster lunch at the Big Bamboo). After lunch we can have the driver take us to Cow Wreck Beach (which I'm told is 6.5 miles West of the Big Bamboo). We can drive around a bit and head back to the ferry dock in the late afternoon.

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Jan 18th, 2007, 07:25 AM
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cawhite:
If you have time and do see both islands, I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed.
Although Jost has become quite a bit more popular from my first visit 15 years ago-White Bay is beautiful no matter how many people are there. Soggy Dollar or Foxy's are worth stopping by and having a drink if you're already there; not for making the trip though (imo).

Anegada is an unspoiled treasure.
It's makes me think what the Caribbean might have been like 50 years ago. The Big Bamboo epitomizes this….a shack on an unpopulated beach, which btw serves incredible lobster.
You can take a short walk on Loblolly beach and truly feel as if you're the only one on the island-it's quite a unique feeling of solitude……in a good way.
Any rate apparently there’re other sites to see- I did read Flamingo congregate at a pond on the other side of the island which some have said is worth seeing.
If what Stankase claims regarding the bleaching of the coral is true-that's very upsetting. When I visited, I thought the snorkeling was hands down as good as anything I saw in an around the USVI/BVI.
With that being said, if you only have time to visit one of the two, I would chose Anegada for two reasons, it's a unique experience and as you mentioned Jost is a much closer ferry ride and easier to get to, so you can always visit next time.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 08:19 AM
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Thank you WaywardSeal - I do think we'll plan to visit both... Jost from St. Thomas, and Anegada from Virgin Gorda.

How long ago did you snorkel on Anegada? I was reading a recent thread ("Favorite Off Beach Snorkel Spot?") and A_Traveller had Loblolly Beach listed as his/her #3 favorite spot so I'm crossing my fingers!

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...5&tid=34920357

I just can't wait to see BOTH of these islands!

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Jan 18th, 2007, 08:33 AM
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We spent the whole day on Loblolly Beach;
Unfortunately a storm came in @ 2PM and cut off our snorkeling at about 4 hours total.
We saw an abundance of sea life that we hadn’t seen at some other popular spots in the BVI/USVI because it hadn’t been over used by snorkelers like the others.



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Jan 18th, 2007, 09:55 AM
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Fabulous... how long ago was this? Recently?
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Jan 18th, 2007, 04:02 PM
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I am green with envy, sounds like a wonderful trip. Just keep in mind when you go to Jost from STT, the ferry still only runs on Fri, Sat, Sun.

I have wanted to go to Anegada for a while now but there doesn't seem to be any reasonable way to do it without staying 2 days on Tortola (or VG) just to do that. We stay on STJ. The ferrys and even flights do not jive with Customs and Immigrations hours. Even flying from STT doesn't work. If anyone has any ideas for me, I would appreciate it!
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Jan 18th, 2007, 04:49 PM
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Hi brenandg... I was just thinking earlier today about the whole Customs thing. So if we go from STT to Jost, I guess we would stop on STJ to clear Customs? Does that mean it's actually easier to ferry from VG to Jost? Hmmmm.....

Does anyone know the in-route ferry time from VG to Jost vs. the time from STT to Jost?

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Jan 18th, 2007, 04:50 PM
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cawwhite; I will be interested in your impressions of the snorkeking at Anegada. We may be spoiled having snorkeled multiple times at Caneel, Belize, Tobago Caye in the Granadines as well as a few places in Asia and Australia. We may just be jaded.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:05 PM
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Sounds like it must be nice to be jaded in that way, StanKase!!

We will only be able to compare the Virgin Islands to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Hawaii for snorkeling / diving. So I'm sure we'll be happy with what the marine life we see.

I'll certainly report back on Anegada snorkeling however.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 06:19 PM
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I'm no expert here, but think it will be easier to ferry from STT to Jost than VG to Jost. Those ferry schedules will never cease to confuse me. I would think that you would clear customs on STT rather then STJ if your destination is STT returning from Jost.
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Jan 18th, 2007, 11:12 PM
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Hmmm... it seems like we'd have to clear customs to enter the BVI, and then clear customs again at the end of the day to re-enter the USVI.

Also, I know there is a BVI departure tax to pay. I guess if we do what we're proposing (ferry from STT to Jost as a day trip, and later in the trip ferry back to VG for a 5 night stay), we'd each have to pay the BVI departure tax twice.

Does this sound correct?

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Jan 19th, 2007, 05:28 AM
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Yes, you will have to pay the immigration fee each time you go to the BVI's. When we went to Jost though, it was included in the $50pp round trip fare. Also, going from STT to Jost, you will either clear customs at West End, Tortola or Jost. We have done it both ways. It was a pleasant surprise to go directly to Jost last time.
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Jan 19th, 2007, 06:38 AM
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Hi Carole,
Sorry to make you wait for a response-computer trouble prevented me form doing much yesterday.
To answer your question: I visited October 04- which is why I qualified my remarks regarding the quality of snorkeling after stankase mentioned bleaching has occurred.
I don't have a marine bio background, but from what I understand bleaching can and has spread in the V.I. that quick with water temp. being very warm the last few years.

But to compare- I always stay at Caneel when on STJ and the snorkeling was on par with that.
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Jan 19th, 2007, 07:03 AM
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brenandg - So I guess I'll look for a ferry that goes direct to Jost with no stop on Tortola.

WaywardSeal - We plan to snorkel at Caneel, so we'll be able to compare Anegada with Caneel. We'll also snorkel Mahoe Bay (where we'll be staying) on Virgin Gorda with Anegada... although I believe I read in another post from StanKase, that bleaching is apparent around Virgin Gorda as well.

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