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Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? #212866
01/03/2020 10:32 AM
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All,

We are finally headed back to the BVI for a 10-day bareboat cruise after a two year hiatus.

One of our party would like to visit Necker Island.

Since we are not staying there, I presume this would mean anchoring off and coming in via dingy, and staying below the high-water mark on the beach.

Is this worth doing?

Last edited by Twanger; 01/03/2020 10:52 AM.
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Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #212890
01/03/2020 12:43 PM
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No. Do a Nature Tour with Gumption if you want to really see Necker Island.

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #212891
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I agree with using Gumption. You won’t see much from the beach areas and won’t be welcomed.
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Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #212894
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In 1990 we anchored off the lee side of the island and I swam ashore. There were 3 or 4 burly fellows watching me from the bluff. I was back in the water within a few minutes.

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #212895
01/03/2020 02:05 PM
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Other then having the experience of standing on some wet sand of a private, billionaires island I doubt a dinghy trip is 'worth it'.
The Gumption tour is outstanding however.

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #212903
01/03/2020 03:34 PM
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Thank you all for the feedback. This is basically what I figured, but it's nice to get confirmation.

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #212910
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We like to go ashore below the high tide mark and sit there just to piss off Sir Richard. Pretends to be a great guy but stay off my sand.

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #212924
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We were at Necker in August. Sir Richard and his entire family were there. He was swimming off the beach on the SW corner of the island the day we were there. We decided to take a swim as well and he didn't seem to mind at all. Sir Richard is a strong swimmer. We didn't talk or socialize and his security team never asked us to leave. Of course, we were about 200 yards away so Sir Richard probably never felt threatened!

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #212925
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He truly is a nice guy and his reputation is spot on...we ran into him at Soggy in April and he chatted with us and let us take pics with him. It was funny because at the same time someone was pretending to be Kenny Chesney there and was a real clown.

Gumption tour is well worth it

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #212932
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1+ For Gumption Tour


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Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: NCSailor] #213003
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Originally Posted by NCSailor
We like to go ashore below the high tide mark and sit there just to piss off Sir Richard. Pretends to be a great guy but stay off my sand.


This seems a bit odd to me. Would you want someone purposely sitting at the edge of your yard just to piss you off?



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Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: NCSailor] #213007
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Originally Posted by NCSailor
We like to go ashore below the high tide mark and sit there just to piss off Sir Richard. Pretends to be a great guy but stay off my sand.

You’re actually just pissing off some couple who spent a lot of money for a special time alone.
You should feel real proud.

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #215101
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We went to wedding there once and I would definitely recommend a proper tour. I haven't done the Gumption tour, but you have to see the lemurs and the grass tennis court with the beautiful bar next to it. The house on the hill. It's crazy. I would definitely do a tour if that's an option.

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #215140
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I never understand why anyone would intrude where they are not wanted. There is no shortage of islands or beaches in the bvi that are free and you are welcome to the vegetation line and beyond. The thinking of I'm going to do something to piss someone off on vacation creeps me out. Go round back of his island..take pics of flamingos and find another beach.

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Will_L] #215209
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Originally Posted by Will_L
I never understand why anyone would intrude where they are not wanted. There is no shortage of islands or beaches in the bvi that are free and you are welcome to the vegetation line and beyond. The thinking of I'm going to do something to piss someone off on vacation creeps me out. Go round back of his island..take pics of flamingos and find another beach.


Well said.

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: ndfaninnc] #215210
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Originally Posted by ndfaninnc
Originally Posted by Will_L
I never understand why anyone would intrude where they are not wanted. There is no shortage of islands or beaches in the bvi that are free and you are welcome to the vegetation line and beyond. The thinking of I'm going to do something to piss someone off on vacation creeps me out. Go round back of his island..take pics of flamingos and find another beach.


Well said.

Agree 100%👍

Re: Visiting Necker Island by Dingy? Worth it? [Re: Twanger] #219286
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Originally Posted by Twanger
All,

We are finally headed back to the BVI for a 10-day bareboat cruise after a two year hiatus.

One of our party would like to visit Necker Island.

Since we are not staying there, I presume this would mean anchoring off and coming in via dingy, and staying below the high-water mark on the beach.

Is this worth doing?


I wouldn't recommend going to shore on Necker Island as previous posters have stated. But, there is really cool snorkeling via dinghy of the southwest side of the island if the weather is calm and also an awesome sand bar off the east side of the island with three fake palm trees. You can dinghy in there with a cooler, relax, have lunch and watch the talented kite surfers put on a show!


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