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Oil Nut Bay #212741
01/01/2020 02:03 PM
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For a change we (spouse and self) thought it might be nice to visit Oil Nut Bay when we go to the BVI in mid January. Does anyone know if Moorings allows that? Is the best way to approach via the channel past Saba or from the other direction. We will check with Moorings of course! But for now we are just planning.

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Peter

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Re: Oil Nut Bay [Re: Nibj] #212746
01/01/2020 03:00 PM
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You might study the Oil Nut Bay webpage for links to a map or they will email one to you. The channel between Saba Rock and Bitter End is well marked with channel buoys … red on your right and green on your left heading out of Gorda Sound toward Oil Nut Bay. It gets a little weird at the entrance between Saba and Bitter End as the old mooring balls are scattered about, so you need to wind your way through the field. There is one strange green buoy close to shore at Bitter End, maybe that is if you wish to skirt the mooring field, but I didn't want to get that close to shore. Otherwise it is very straight forward. Note you will be going to the marina in Deep Bay, not to the main resort further up. This is also very much straight forward, but don't cut in front of that last red channel buoy before heading straight to the Oil Nut Marina. The marina is the 'light colored' structure to the right dead ahead. On the left are the marina private slips. The marina has public slips, however they do not want you to tie up to the outside of the dock, as we were told this is where the water taxi/ferry stops with guests. During the 'season', the main resort is exclusive to their guests only. You may be able to purchase a day pass, however they are advertised at $75 per person. The marina is brand new and very nice, and there are mooring balls also available. There are heated pools, restaurant, shop, and very nice restrooms at the marina. It was not busy when we stopped for lunch, arriving about 10:30 am. No one answered the radio, however when we approached, a nice fellow appeared to help us into a slip. The restaurant didn't open until 11:30 am, therefore we simply hung around for an hour. They did not charge us for temporary use of the slip. It was a nice stop, but not sure about staying overnight. You are somewhat 'trapped' at the marina, as you can't go to the main resort, nor is there a road back to the Virgin Gorda mainland.


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Re: Oil Nut Bay [Re: Nibj] #212747
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I had just contacted them by email. They replied quickly with a chart of the approach plus additional info.

Re: Oil Nut Bay [Re: Nibj] #212748
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I was about to say that I was unable to actually post the link, but if you go to the Oil Nut Bay webpage, click on 'Marina' and then scroll down and click on 'Water Depth', you will find a navigation map.


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Re: Oil Nut Bay [Re: NoelHall] #212769
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Thanks all. That map is very useful together with the comments. If Moorings allows we will get a ball there, I think. Then depart for Anegada by the northern channel.

Do you think ONB would be bad in a North swell? I have no experience with North swells, but to me it looks like the reefs would offer protection.

Peter

Re: Oil Nut Bay [Re: Nibj] #212777
01/01/2020 10:40 PM
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I saw several Mooring boats there in early December. At least one had a hired Captain. Not sure if it was fully crewed. Not sure if rules would change.

Going in by Saba, the channel is well marked all the way in.
I had come from the east(From St Bart's) so I came in thru the reef cut and it to was well marked.
Haven't been there for North Swells but I believe it would not be an issue.


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We went on a MarineMax boat in November. They didn't allow us to enter from the North Sound and had us approach from the north instead. The channel was marked, but really shallow in spots. Wouldn't attempt it on a monohull.

Re: Oil Nut Bay [Re: Nibj] #212873
01/03/2020 09:56 AM
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I too contacted them via email and they responded quickly. The $95/pp charge is fir facilities other than the marina village (small pool, lounge chairs & Nova restaurant all in marina village).

Can anyone shed light on what access/ amenities you get for the extra $95/pp?

Re: Oil Nut Bay [Re: CottageGirl] #212882
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My wife and I were there in late October and stayed in the Marina and paid for the resort access. While it was an extravagance, we did thoroughly enjoy it. We had full access to their pool and beach club which included a swim up pool bar and restaurant. They drive you to and from the Marina or you can walk (15-20 minutes hilly). The beach had snorkel gear and water toys. We saw lots of turtles while snorkeling. It is a very private and chic setting. The day we went, we had the entire place to ourselves - literally the two of us and the bartender. We also had access to walk the entire property. It is a great place to hike. We may go back in March with kids, but will most likely just stay at the Marina or on a ball.

Re: Oil Nut Bay [Re: Nibj] #213207
01/07/2020 08:51 AM
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Thanks for the info - sounds lovely!!


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