Anegada – meaning “drowned island” is the most northern island in the British Virgin Islands and is the only all-coral atoll in the BVI. It is a mere 28 feet above sea level at its highest point. Surrounded on one side by the infamous Horseshoe Reef, a watery graveyard for many an unsuspecting wind-tossed ship, it is known to have over 300 wrecks in its waters, some of whose artefacts can be seen in a local nautical museum.
Known for its endless white sand beaches and salt ponds that host a growing flock of pink flamingoes, Anegada is an eco-tourist’s delight. Rare indigenous iguanas are nurtured by the National Parks Trust and released in the wild, and many rare types of plant life are also found on this unique, long, flat atoll. Bone fishing is a popular sport here, with many shallow flats that are home to bonefish, snook and permit.
Sandy roads, with a few paved stretches, link the beaches and small apartments and villas on the north side and criss-cross through The Settlement, the main village which boasts schools, a clinic, a police and fire station and a few small restaurants. Setting Point is the main harbour where both ferries and yachts arrive in a quiet cove, lined with seafood restaurants all featuring the succulent Anegada lobster. Accessible also by a small airport, this gem in the BVI continues to be a quiet and beautiful get-away spot.
Kite-surfing is available off the beach at the Anegada Beach Club between November and June. This is run by the professional Tommy Gaunt who has his kite surfing school on Anegada at Anegada Beach Club. Lessons are available from beginner level.
If a Robinson Crusoe island in the sun appeals to you, then Anegada is definitely the place for you!