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Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. #194335
05/08/2019 01:59 AM
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We have bareboated 8 times but have never made it out Anegada.

We have two families with four 16-17 yr old boys & going out with a 4500 cat from Moorings.

I think the boys would get a kick to visit Horseshoe reef & lobster hunt. I also read that snorkeling at loblolly/fob is amazing. Also Cow wreck.

Just confirming that doing any of this is something we can’t do by dingy by ourselves?

I got a quote for Kelly 1/2 day for $75pp
Half day 3-4hrs
Sea Tour- Visit The Famous Conch Island, plus snorkel at the Horseshoe Reef known to be the best snorkel in the BVI, Lobster Hunt & Dive for Conch to be showed how they are cleaned.

We are going at beg of August. Isn’t lobster hunting closed then?

This doesn’t inc Loblolly/fob or cow wreck though. The full day tour inc iguanas, museum& bars. The kids won’t appreciate the museum or the bars.

Should I see if we can just add on the snorkel at FOB or cow wreck? Or do this on the first day of arrival?

If so which tour company would you rec? Kelly or sherwin?

Thanks for your advise.

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Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: janeoc] #194338
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I have done 3 Kelly tours and will do the 4th a week from today with 16 people on 2 boats with Kelly. The quality of the tours (which have all been good) has mainly weather and current related but some of the best snorkeling ever and the flamingos are incredible in flight for someone from Washington DC who only sees pigeons in flight.

I am in the Kelly camp and have a good relationship with him personally...others will chime in from the Sherwin camp. I have heard good things about Sherwin as well. Kelly is more well known so has more reviews (a little like Moorings). It truly is a great time and is definitely something that you should do..

I would skip the land tour...do it yourself (if at all) but if the flamingos arent on the ocean you will see them from the taxi to Loblolly at the overlook albeit from far away.

Never heard about snorkeling at Cow Wreck and we are definitely going to try FOB next week for the first time based upon this Forums recommendation. The day after the Kelly trip we plan to snorkel Flash of Beauty, lunch at Big Bamboo, and then end up at Cow Wreck.

I strongly suggest bringing noodles from Moorings base for the snorkel trip with whomever you go for every person. It makes it a lot easier as you can literally snorkel for hours out there. you will bring these and your gear on the boat as gear isnt provided.

I wouldn't consider doing the dinghy by yourself (or at any time) although 2 times ago we saw a dinghy out at the Conch Island. Last time we actually saw 2 Moorings power cats anchored in the Horsehoe reef area which is redlined.

Your kids will definitely enjoy this activity

All IMHO

Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: janeoc] #194342
05/08/2019 08:41 AM
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I have agree with bailau. Sherwin is newer than Kelly. So Kelly has the reviews. Personally I don't think will will go wrong with either. Cow Wreck is a great beach for the bar scene and swimming. Not so much for snorkeling. Loblolly and especially Flash of Beauty are great snorkeling spots. I second the advice of the noodles. If at FOB you have to have their Bushwhacker. Best on the island. And if hungry, definitely the roti there as well.

I recommend doing the land tour yourself. Call Dean Wheatley (284-544-3703) to rent a vehicle. He will meet you at the dock. Great guy with lots of island knowledge.

Have a great time. We will be there in just a few days!!



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Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: ndfaninnc] #194348
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Thank you for the advice. The boys are all water polo players and surfers so they would laugh at the idea that needed floatation assistance. The moms on the other hand would never scoff at the some added help.

Looking forward to hearing about your trip once you are back.

Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: janeoc] #194350
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+1 for Dean Wheatley. He has always looked after us very well. Email below if that helps.

Dean & Henrietta Wheatley <dnhvillarentals@hotmail.com>

Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: janeoc] #194352
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Originally Posted by janeoc
Thank you for the advice. The boys are all water polo players and surfers so they would laugh at the idea that needed floatation assistance. The moms on the other hand would never scoff at the some added help.

Looking forward to hearing about your trip once you are back.


I hear you...my kids are competitive swimmers. Yet in the middle of the ocean on a reef with potentially strong currents and no lifeguards they have noodles...plus as they get separated they are easier to spot..

Not to mention Kelly has beer on the boat and boats don't t have meaningful shade.

You can leave noodles in boat.


+1 for the wives...😁

Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: janeoc] #194381
05/08/2019 04:48 PM
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Sherwin, he is trust worthy has a valid trade license and his boat is insured,

August Lobster season is closed was late last year went to the 15th but probably not this year. Conch season also closes on the 15th August.

If coming at end of August most places will be shut down but BIG BAMBOO (great snorkelling) and ANEGADA BEACH CLUB will still be open and perhaps ANEGADA REEF HOTEL.

Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: sleepychef] #194388
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Peter, janeoc stated beginning of August. I have to assume the same applies that some places will be closed. I totally missed that part of the post. Most shut down for August and September, correct?

See you in a few days sir!!



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Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: janeoc] #194400
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We have gone with Sherwin a few times. Great guy, great host and includes beer. Definitely Sherwin!


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Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: janeoc] #194406
05/08/2019 09:11 PM
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I missed beg I thought mis spelling of end , but no everything will be open beginning of August, well except Lobster season, mid August onwards places begin to shut down

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Re: Anegada: Kelly vs Sherwin? Tour question too. [Re: janeoc] #194409
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I’ve only gone though Sherman, for both a half day cruise and deep sea fishing. I just know that I will always use him first. He was great


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