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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 19th, 2007, 06:30 AM
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cawhite,
I don't think there is any way to plan ahead for that. It depends on how many vessels they have running among other things. You will also likely have to pick up passengers on STJ on the way. Paradise isn't easy to get to. You should arrive and have cleared customs between 9:00 and 10:00 either way. You will have to be back at the ferry dock at 3:00pm and it does leave on time.
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Jan 19th, 2007, 06:49 AM
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Cawwhite; Yes bleaching is around MOST of VG. There are a very few spots, one was Oil Nut Bay, off Biras Creek a mile+ where the coral heads were alive in an area of about 1/2 mi. But that was it. Sure we saw fish but 1/3 of what we normally see elsewhere and less variety.
If you will be at Caneel (our last visit 2004) but we did run into folks while in VG in Dec. who had come from Caneel and said it was 50-75% healthier off most of the 7 beaches there. Then compare it to VG and Anegada. While we have not been to Grand Cayman for 3 years there was very little bleaching then but found damaged coral from boats and people made a search necessary for quality snorkeling. Out near the Wall (20 minutes from town) off the beach the snorkeling was still first rate but you have to careful of the under tow and current. We got caught in under tow and ended about 1/2 down from where we went in and that was no fun. Fortunately we had life-preservers on, though bulky they really saved us from major panic, though panic we did. We now have bought thin CO2 inflatables that work well and far more comfortable though a bit heavy around the neck because divers use them primarily.

I think I used the wrong word when I said jaded. It is more like spoiled, after Belize, Honduras, Tobago Caye, Thailand and Malaysia, etc.
In 2002 the Big Island and Maui had good snorkeling but the waters have warmed everywhere so I do not know now. Coral lives well in water temps under 80 degrees and begins dying at 83. The water temp in 2 areas of VG were 83 and 84 according to one of the ive masters. But down at 40 ft. it is 74-75 degrees+/- so coral, fish etc. far superior but we do not enjoy diving.
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Jan 19th, 2007, 02:19 PM
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StanKase - Well, it sounds like my husband and daughter will see good results as they will be diving... my son and I will just be snorkeling, so we'll have to see.
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Jan 19th, 2007, 07:36 PM
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Oh, and brenandg - thanks for the clarification on the ferry. I got excited there for a moment thinking we could plan a direct ferry ride to Jost Van Dyke!
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