Protected by 18 miles of reef, Anegada is the northernmost island in the British Virgin Islands chain. Tourist flock to this destination for the reef diving, prime flat-fishing grounds, and nearly deserted beaches. Getting to this sparsely inhabited island takes some doing, but once you arrive you'll find it was worth the extra planning it took to get there.
Once you have arrived on Anegada you will have to decide which form of transportation you'll use to get around. Anegada offers several options that might not be as effective on other islands in the chain, such as biking and sailing, but tourists will also be able to utilize rental cars and taxis along with ferries.
Getting to Anegada requires several transfers, and perhaps even more than one form of transport, but the adventure it takes to get there is all part of the fun of traveling. If you aren't chartering a yacht and sailing directly to Anegada yourself, you'll have the option of flying to Anegada with an airline transfer or two, or flying part of the way and traveling the rest of the way on a ferry. Most tourists choose the latter option because it is less expensive. Chartering a small, private air craft for the cost of the entire trip rather than per ticket may end up being a wise choice if you're traveling with enough people to warrant the expense, but otherwise, the least expensive route will include a ferry ride.
Rental cars and taxis are the most effective means of getting around Anegada. Plus, thanks to the flat terrain and small size of the island, tourists with a get-up-and-go attitude can consider saving money by peddling themselves around on a bicycle.
Travelers can fly aboard one of a handful of smaller, regional airlines such as, , or into the British Virgin Islands and land at the (EIS) on Beef Island, BVI. Though this airport serves as the hub of air traffic in the British Virgin Islands, it simply is not equipped to accommodate jumbo jets, thus the need for your flight to originate elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Upon your arrival on Beef Island, you will be faced with the decision to take one final flight to Anegada aboard a small charted plane, or travel to the neighboring island of Tortola and take a thrice weekly ferry. For more details about flying to Tortola, click here.
Once upon a time, yacht charters were not permitted to sail to Anegada due to the perilous reef that surrounds the island, but recent years have see the waters better marked and now experienced sailors who are up for a challenging course often choose to visit the small island aboard their personal or chartered watercrafts. Those who choose this method of arrival will dock at Neptune’s Treasure Marina which can be contacted by phone at 284-495 9439 of by VF Channel 16. Another option is to dock at Anegada Reef Hotel at Pomato Point.
Renting a car on Anegada is an affordable option for tourists who plan to do a more than average amount of exploring during their trip. It also offers peace of mind to those who don't like to be trapped at one location waiting on someone to pick them up and take them somewhere else. At between $50 and $80(USD) a day, most agree a rental car is worth the cost.
Before you go, know that there are no large international rental car agencies on tiny Anegada. Instead, you'll be supporting a local business with your rental. Click here to read more about Rental Cars on Anegada, and find out how you can get in touch with local agencies.
Despite the size and low population of Anegada, there are plenty of cab drivers to go around. You'll find them waiting by theor driving through the airport just in time to pick tourists up as they land on the island. Be on the lookout for a vehicle with “TP” on the license plate to ensure that your driver is legitimately licensed.
The rates for hiring a cab on Anegada are set by the government to discourage price gouging, haggling, and people being taken advantage of. For specifics on how much you'll pay to hail a cab on the island, visit our page about Taxis on Anegada.
There are no public or private bus services on Anegada, and no plans to add them any time soon. The low population doesn't warrant the public funding, even with the spike in tourism over the years. Find out if your hotel offers free transport to the beaches if you are looking for an affordable transportation option other than renting a car or hiring a cab.
As of April 2013, there is one available ferry route from Tortola. It is serviced by Smith's Ferry. The trip departs from the on the island's south coast on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week at both 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $35 for a one way adult ticket and $55(USD) for a round trip adult ticket, and the trip lasts for just under an hour.
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If you catch the 7:00 a.m. ferry to Anegada, you can sail back Tortola aboard the 5:00 p.m. return ferry, making it a great option for a day trip to “the drowned land.” Still, most tourists use this ferry service as a connection to their final vacation destination.
Because the airport on Anegada is so small that it only services charter planes, the most affordable way to get to the island is to take the ferry. Tourists can fly into theon Beef Island, then take a 15 to 20 minute cab ride over the Queen Elizabeth Bridge to the on Tortola for between $12 and $27(USD) depending upon how many passengers the cab is carrying. If they have arrived at least 30 minutes prior to departure time, they are welcome to board and sail to Anegada. Otherwise, they will end up having to stay a night or two on Tortola, or book a charted ferry, which can get pretty pricy.
The average savings for one person taking the ferry fromto Anegada versus flying a charter plane is close to $100(USD) per trip. If your ultimate goal is to fly into Beef Island then take the ferry to Anegada, you would be wise to book your arriving flight time as early in the day as possible so you run no risk of missing the boat.
You can learn more about the policies, prices, and schedule of Smith's Ferry (and ferries on Anegada in general) when you click here.
The underdeveloped nature that attracts tourists to the island of Anegada is exactly the reason that procuring transportation to the island can take some doing. Once you arrive, however, the days spent relaxing on private beaches, diving the colorful coral reef, and feasting on local lobster make every moment of planning worth the effort.
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