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Looking for tips on our itinerary #320533
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We are 14 people ages 6 to 67, 3 Smal Kids, 3 Older Teens
Bare Back Charter on a 54ft Bali 5.4

Day 1: Sleep a board in Tortola, Road Town

Day 2: Leave around Noon. Travel to Coopers Island. Snorkel and Dive. Dive Cistern Point?

skip Coopers if cant find ball stay in bitters end/Leverick 2 days

Day 3: Travel to Leverick Bay Early (Or Bitters End). Rent Car, Drive to Baths. Lunch Spot? Maybe Hog Heaven or Coco Maya. Return Rental. Take Dinghy to Saba Rock. Taron Feeding at 5:00. Water sports with teens at Bitters End
Dinner or any other things we should do?
Recommendations on car rentals? Speedy’s?

Day 4: Travel to Anegada, Leave early. Rent a Safari Truck. Try to do Horse Reef Tour with Sherwins Adventures or Kelly. . Cow Wreck, Loblolly, Flash of Beauty. Lunch option Wonky Dog. Dinner Option at Potters. Reserve Lobster no later than 4:00.
May stay two nights here if we see we need more time.
Rental Companies for Truck?
Any tips on beaches worth the visit?

Day 5: Travel to Cane Garden Bay.
Possible Stops along the way George Dog, Great Dog Dive Coral Gardens, Stop at Marina Kay If we need Fuel, Snorkel Diamond Reef, Monkey Point. Sandy Cay.
Band at Quito's Restaurant? Dinner Options in Cane Garden Bay, Maybe Indigo Beach house or Bananas (book ahead)
Tips or thoughts on any of these stops?

Day 6: Travel to Great Harbor. (if cant get ball then Little Harbour) On way stop at Sandy Spit and Foxy Taboo Bubble pool, maybe Little Jost Lunch at B Line.
Dinner Recommended at Tipsy Shark.
Afternoon/Night Do the whole Jost Party thing, Foxys Ivans and Soggy Dollar Ect. Maybe spend the morning there before heading out.
Tips for these Stops?

Day 7: Travel to Soper’s Hole. Stop off at Cinnamon Bay. This will be taken off if we do 2 days on Anegada or are short on time. Dinner in Sopers hole? Omar’s Asian Infusion

Day 8: Travel to Normans Island. Stop off at Indians Dive and Snorkel, Caves, go to Willy T’s. Dinner at The Bite?

Day 9: Return to Hodges Creek. Vacay over :-(

Any thoughts or tips on our plans are greatly appreciated.
We know that we need to book Boaty Balls starting at 7:00 AM which stops are a must for a reservation?
We rented a Sun Chill
Any Dive spots along this route to consider? Will be the first open water dive since teens have just got their driver's certifications.

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Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320535
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Lots to unpack there, but initial observations:

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If you are at all late getting off the dock and the weather is rough, RT to Leverick might be less than ideal.

You can't just stop off at Cinnamon bay (USVI) from Soper's Hole without clearing in.

I've never seen Wonky Dog actually be open for lunch.

May add more comments when more time.


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Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320536
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If you have new divers I think you will have to budget more time for a guided dive(s), and may require some advance reservations. If you have a qualified dive leader and equipment aboard then this may not apply.


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Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320539
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You need reservations with a dive company way ahead

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320540
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Why are you going to Soper’s Hole? It’s not really pretty or interesting. It’s a fuel dock, some stores and immigration entry

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320546
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A few thoughts…

Day 2 … probably need a Boaty Ball at Coopers depending on time of year

Why dinghy to Saba …easy to move boat , visit saba rock and/or Bitter end.
Dinghy and snorkel the cannons ?

On Anegada… Flash of beauty is the best snorkel spot. Also great for lunch!!

Day 5 Indigo house … get reservations

Day 6 .. Boaty ball at great harbor.

Another approach is to go to B line on Day 5 … go early the next day and anchor at Soggy Dollar if you are comfortable with that. Night at CGB.

Skip Sopers hole

St John is excellent … but unless you have a couple of days not worth the check out(BVI) check in (USVI) check in BVI. Way easier than before but still takes time.


Cheers
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Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320547
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Marina Cay does not sell gas. Scrub and Loose Mongoose do.

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320551
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Update: we have taken out Sopers hole and doing two nights on Anegada.

Thanks everyone for the tips we are adjusting our plans with all the feedback

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320555
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Just a mention on Sopers. It’s not a place I overnight but is a good breakfast stop if transiting the area.

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320564
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Yesterday Letica Paul at Leverick Marina arranged a slip for us and a rental car with L&S.
We were last there in 2017 before hurricane Irma. Based on those experiences we made reservations or plan to eat at;
Cooper Island Beach Club
Hog Heaven
Chez Bamboo unless we can find the name of the restaurant in VG with tables up in the boulders with a lot of greenery.
Wonky Dog and Potters by the sea
CGB seeking suggestions for dinner.
Norman Pirates Bight
We are six adults and seeking feedback on restaurants.
Also, we need a car on Anegada.


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Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320565
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You'll enjoy the Bali 5.4. It's our go-to for big groups. I suspect you won't need to refuel. I've only burned about half our supply for week-long charters, even with a fair amount of motoring and running the generator at night. Sounds like you are trying to pack a lot in at Jost Van Dyke for one day. May consider an extra day there - do Sandy Spit then grab a ball at Diamond Cay. Hike to Bubbly Pool. Spend the afternoon/evening at B-Line/Foxy's Taboo. Next day you can head over to Great Harbour and spend the day at the White Bay beach bars. Many dinner options ashore in Great Harbour.

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: tjkunes] #320579
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Originally Posted by tjkunes
Yesterday Letica Paul at Leverick Marina arranged a slip for us and a rental car with L&S.
We were last there in 2017 before hurricane Irma. Based on those experiences we made reservations or plan to eat at;
Cooper Island Beach Club
Hog Heaven
Chez Bamboo unless we can find the name of the restaurant in VG with tables up in the boulders with a lot of greenery.
Wonky Dog and Potters by the sea
CGB seeking suggestions for dinner.
Norman Pirates Bight
We are six adults and seeking feedback on restaurants.
Also, we need a car on Anegada.



Restaurant you are looking for and want to go to is Coco Maya https://www.cocomayavg.com/

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320580
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Then restaurant you were asking about in VG is "The Rock"
We had a fantastic meal there in April.
Never been to Coco Maya but everyone seems to like it.
Just not our "thing"

Mike

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Had dinner at Coco Maya last year and the food was excellent. Would also recommend Sugarcane at Nail Bay

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: Michael Gadilhe] #320587
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Coco Maya has great food
However I would check if they have the DJ and disco if you are visiting in evening

I must be getting old … could barely hear the waitress or our group talking!!

And we were furthest away from the DJ.

Cheers

Bob

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I responded to your Trip Advisor post so won’t repeat that novel here - lol. Glad to see that you posted here as well - as you can see, this is a great resource.

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OP may have been talking about that pre Irma restaurant down there my kids used to call the tree house restaurant…what was that called?

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If I'm remembering correctly, The Tree House was a special seating area
but, still part of The Rock.
The Rock reopened fairly recently but without the Tree House.
Still a wonderful dinner set among the boulders.
I think our dinner for 2 and 4 drinks was about $125.
Not bad for VG
Great service

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got it...thanks my friend

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320623
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Question about Anegada. Day one we will get a truck and do some beaches. Day 2 we have a tour for half a day. Can we use the dinghy to get to cow wreck beach or will we need a vehicle for both days.

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You cannot dinghy from the anchorage around the entire island to Cow Wreck beach on the north shore. Do Cow Wreck on Day 1 when you have the rental truck. There is a free shuttle from Lobster Trap restaurant in anchorage to the Anegada Beach Club on North Shore that you can use Day 2

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Great Tip! Thanks. We are trying to knock out all our vehicle rentals out the way, we will be there next week!!

Re: Looking for tips on our itinerary [Re: KimSellers] #320631
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I recommend Dean Wheatley for a vehicle on Anegada. dwjeep@hotmail.com or WhatsApp 284-545-0118

As was said earlier, Flash of Beauty is the snorkeling spot. Monica makes a really good roti there and her Bushwhackers are amazing. Also check out a couple of places not mentioned above. Tipsy's and Sid's. Tipsy's is a very fun place and will be loaded with action. Sid's is a fantastic dinner spot.

Enjoy your trip!


Go Irish!!

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What are your dates or time of year? Depending on timing, I'd recommend planning to get an earlier start on day 1. If you can get your briefing scheduled around 8, you should be able to get off the dock by 10, in which case Cooper for the first not should not be an issue. If you don't leave RT by noon, I wouldn't count on landing a ball at Cooper.

I agree with the comment about skipping Soper. Check the cruise ship schedule and if no ship in town, do CGB for a night instead.

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We are Leaving Friday!!!! So, June. We put in a request for first briefing, but they said they could not guarantee it. Hopefully we are.

We are skipping Soper and doing two nights on Anegada instead now.

I did not think about checking Cruise schedule there will be a cruise line when we are on Anegada and Jost.

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It's a longgggggg dinghy ride from BEYC/Saba to Leverick or Leverick to Saba/BEYC. Especially considering you have 14 people.

If you are set on doin the 5pm tarpon feeding at Saba, I would recommend that you put the big boat on a ball at either BEYC or Saba, and then take their ferry to Gun Creek and back for the car rental and VG exploration day.

If Speedy's doesn't work out for the car rental, Mahogany Rentals is another option who will meet you at Gun Creek with the rental car.

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Just checked cruise schedule for JUN/JULY and it looks pretty light outside Road harbour as we start end of month

Agree the dinghy from Leverick to Saba is very long

Make sure to get noodles for the kids to snorkel as much for visability as floatation

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Originally Posted by KimSellers
We are 14 people ages 6 to 67, 3 Smal Kids, 3 Older Teens
Bare Back Charter on a 54ft Bali 5.4


I think you mean bare boat charter?. Otherwise you may need another or x-rated forum🤪🫣🙄😂

Even for a 54' that’s a lot of folks on one boat!


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