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Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound #311208
01/04/2024 11:25 AM
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Hi - we'll be going on our third BVI trip in early March. 4 adult couples on a power cat for 5 nights. In the past we always included Anegada for a night or two. This year we are going to skip Anegada and hope to spend more time in the North Sound area. We loved spending time at Saba and BEYC last time, and made it over to Nova (had the place to ourself at the time). Any areas on places or areas to add to the itinerary? We always start the week snorkeling the Indians then hitting Wily T's for the afternoon, and spend our last full day at JVD. Love to snorkel, anchor in secluded areas, hit fun beach bars. Thanks!

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Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #311215
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I've spent months in the North Sound. I really like to anchor across from Leverick at Prickly Pear island, between the outer reef and the Sand Box. Tranquil at night, but unless the wind is really up I can dinghy across to Leverick or to Saba / Bitter End if I want to.


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Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #311217
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This is very timely for me - I was just going to ask almost the same question.

Specifically, I was thinking about anchoring in Drake's Anchorage, just east of Moskito and behind the reef that juts out in to the channel. Anything to be concerned about doing an overnight there? Can I dinghy to Leverick from there?

I don't know where the Sand Box is, can you give more details?

Thanks

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Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: tmsxmsails] #311218
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Sand Box is on Prickley, across from BEYC. Nice beach bar and the beach is beautiful, looks across to Leverick.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #311222
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Originally Posted by Flynny70
Sand Box is on Prickley, across from BEYC. Nice beach bar and the beach is beautiful, looks across to Leverick.


Thanks, I think I see where it is.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #311223
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Sandbox is very hit or miss as to when it's open. Mostly miss.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #311228
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Don't know about the OP (sorry for slightly hijacking this thread) but that's fine for me. I'm kind of looking for a deserted place - which is why I was considering Drake's Anchorage.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: tmsxmsails] #311232
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I've only been to Sand Box once, but we were the only ones there, and had the beach to ourselves.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #311236
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Here is the sandbox area.

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Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: tmsxmsails] #311241
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We have spent time at anchor in both Drake's anchorage (to snorkel the reef) and Prickly Pear (just to swim and look around, it was closed at the time). But never overnight. The holding seemed good in both places, but we never tested it for real. I'd be interested how you get on in Drake's anchorage.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #311247
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I heard or saw that the observation platform on Gorda Peak may have been repaired and be back in service. If so, that's a nice hike and a stunning view on a clear day. If I have been misinformed then Hog Heaven is probably a good alternative (without the hike).

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #311262
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We've day-anchored at Drakes. Not sure I would overnight there unless the wind was on the light side of normal. Prickly Pear is a good overnight spot. There used to be balls there. Anchoring is good although the sand is hard in spots....make sure you have plenty of scope as the slope is not in your favor under normal conditions. Our fave spot to overnight (for seclusion) is the other side of PP island. There are two beautiful white sand beaches (usually deserted) facing NNE but in the lee of Eustatia I. Short tender ride across to the reef WNW of Eustatia for some great snorkeling.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Husker] #311281
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Thanks for the thoughts on Drake's. I thought about the other side of PP in the lee of Eustatia but I've never been over there. The Scott book makes it sound like it's not too hard to get too - maybe I'll do that. Any idea if it's off-limits per The Moorings? I don't think I'll have access to their no-go zones until I get the chart briefing.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #311287
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The Moorings chart briefing is available online as soon as you make a booking.

https://hub.moorings.com/briefing/chart/caribbean/british-virgin-islands

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Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Zanshin] #311298
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I totally agree with Zanshin regarding Prickly Pear. We like to anchor and have anchored off the Sandbox on PP. For us it was always quiet and the holding was good.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: tmsxmsails] #311304
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TMSXsails: For the NE side of PP, one can enter from the NW (Necker I Passage) or, if you are coming from Gorda Sound, just come thru the Saba Rock marked channel and once you are out in deeper water make a hard left back thru the reefs between PP and Eustatia Is. Go slow and watch your depth and you'll be fine.

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Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: GeorgeC1] #311305
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The Moorings chart briefing is available online as soon as you make a booking.

https://hub.moorings.com/briefing/chart/caribbean/british-virgin-islands


I've seen that and, unless I'm missing it, the e-Guide available at that link doesn't really give you detailed info on go, no-go zones. It talks about major anchorages but, for example, doesn't cover PP.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #312017
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Timely for us too. Heading down in March and are going to spend 2 nights in the north sound - mainly because we want to taxi to the baths & hog heaven.
Has anyone dinghied to Nova at Oil Nut Bay from Saba? Too far? We loved Nova on one of our last trips - just can't find a way to fit in a night there with our current itinerary.

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We've made that dingy ride on our last 3 trips. No issues. The folks at Nova are always welcoming.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #312021
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We have but it was a rough ride. If sea is calm would be fine but we all know how this goes right..flat calm then boom swells hitting you on the face on return. A tip someone gave us years ago..after heading out in the dinghy turn around to see how bumpy the ride is on the return before proceeding.


Kim

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #312031
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We just took a dinghy all the way from Leverick to Nova two weeks ago. We happened on a calm day and took the opportunity and it was super easy. There's been other times we've scratched it due to conditions so it's kind of a game day decision unfortunately.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #312042
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If it is too rough, we can also arrange a pick up and drop offs from Saba Rock/BEYC for guests who want to come to Nova!

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: VirginGordaResident] #312044
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How would we reach Nova for transport? This sounds like the perfect answer.

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #312045
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You can email me directly and I would be happy to assist.

adobbs@oilnutbay.com

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We have used Oil Nut’s transportation services from the BEYC docks. Excellent. No reason to take the dinghy on an adventure ride.

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Before the resort at Oil Nut Bay we used to dingy from Biras to Oil Nut to snorkle

Re: Itinerary Suggestions - VG/North Sound [Re: Flynny70] #313436
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My big concern on a Dinghy ride from Nova to Leverick would be getting run over if returning after dark.


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