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calling all sailors,Eustatia Reef

Parker, Colorado
Destination Expert
for St. John
posts: 1,001
reviews: 7
calling all sailors,Eustatia Reef

Hi all. Been chartering in the BVI for over a decade and looking for some brand new, off the beaten path, not in the VI Cruising Guide snorkel spots. Suggestions? Done the Dogs, Indians, Caves, Cistern Point on Cooper, Monkey Point on Guana, Loblolly on Anegada. Love 'em. Are there any hidden gems for experienced (and spoiled) snorkelers? Always wanted to snorkel Eustatia Reef, but every time we bring the dinghy between Saba Rock and Prickley Pear, we freak out that it's too shallow to pass. Is there a good, safe way to dinghy there other than traversing clockwise all the way around Prickley Pear? Is there a trail over the top of Prickley Pear leading to anything good?

Many thanks in advance for your help! Open to all suggestions.

BVI
posts: 148
1. Re: calling all sailors,Eustatia Reef

Send us an e-mail to info@bviproperty.com, and I'll ask the sailors who contribute to our BVI Yacht Guide for some tips. Feel free to post them here afterwards.

Thanks,

Stuart, Florida
posts: 396
reviews: 4
2. Re: calling all sailors,Eustatia Reef

Take your dinghy between Saba Rock and Bitter End if you are nervous, then go past the shallower patch behind Saba Rock, then turn left towards Eustatia or head to the right to go down to Oil Nut Bay. We take our 18ft Mako to that area all the time and many sailboats (on their way to St. Martin) and fishing boats use the pass in the reef just past Deep Bay. BTW, you can pass in a dinghy between Saba Rock and Prickly Pear, it's not as shallow as you think. There is good snorkelling between Eustatia and Prickly Pear as well as the reef area extending from Eustatia down to Pajaros Point (the backside of Bitter End & Biras).

Parker, Colorado
Destination Expert
for St. John
posts: 1,001
reviews: 7
3. Re: calling all sailors,Eustatia Reef

Thanks to you both. Don't know why we never tried the other side of Saba to cross. All I know is that we always chicken out. BUT, if you can get an 18 footer through, we can certainly navigate a way with a small dinghy.

Only 3 more days to wait!

L

Parker, Colorado
Destination Expert
for St. John
posts: 1,001
reviews: 7
4. Re: calling all sailors,Eustatia Reef

Thanks to you both. Don't know why we never tried the other side of Saba to cross. All I know is that we always chicken out. BUT, if you can get an 18 footer through, we can certainly navigate a way with a small dinghy.

Only 3 more days to wait!

L

5. Re: calling all sailors,Eustatia Reef

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