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“One of the most amazing places that we have ever seen!”
Review of Loblolly Bay

Ranked #6 of 15 things to do in Anegada
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Owner description: A bright white beach with a nearby dining terrace serving famous Anegada lobsters.
Reviewed August 7, 2010

We spent a week sailing the BVI and decided to visit Anegada. It's about an hour and easy to find from Virgin Gorda, you simply look to the sky and look for the clouds with the green bottoms and sail that direction. The water is so clear and the bottom so sandy that the refection from the shallows reflect up to the clouds and cause this effect. Pretty cool stuff.

Once we arrived, (At Anegada Reef Resort) we took an open air taxi to Loblolly (Big Bamboo). There's a restaurant, fresh water showers and a small gift shop and an incredible beach. We are beach people, raised in Florida and make it a point to visit highly rated beaches not only in Florida, but in all of our travels, and had never heard of this place. How sad. By far, it is the most impressive beach that we have ever seen. Clean clear water, breathtaking color, unique natural soft sand with tiny specks of red coral and the best snorkeling we have ever experienced.

We are avid snorkelers and take annual trips to the Florida Keys, but this blows that away. Patches of coral reefs begin only a few feet from shore, but if you venture out a bit the beauty becomes overwhelming. At several points we barely fit over the tops of the coral, but once beyond that you were completely encircled by a towering coral wall of about a 30 foot diameter. At this point it was about 35 feet to the bottom, but the sandy bottom in the center was crystal clear.......and the picturesque corals stretched from the top to the water all the way to the bottom.....with an impressive colorful array of tropical reef fishes intertwined throughout. There were seemingly unlimited areas like this. We have a 150 gal. coral reef tank at home, so identifying many of the species (and the cost of each at our local pet store, lol) was a delight. Tangs, wrasses, damsels, triggers, angels, butterfly, cleaner fish, etc.....they were all there seemingly enjoying life. It was surreal. And we have unsuccessfully tried to get sea fans to grow in our tank, and here they were, grown so large that they were above the surface, (at times actually out of the water) flipping back and forth in the waves like a bunch of weeds. Very humbling......

It was also interesting that it seemed as if we were the only ones on the beach at all. There may have been 2 other people somewhere, but the beach is so long that it's easy to harbor the feeling as if you are the only ones there.

It was difficult, but time was a consideration, so we headed back and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Lobster Trap, which is one of the informal restaurants along the beach front near Anegada Reef Resort, which is a bit of a landmark on the island. It was the ending to our best day in the BVI. (And we had several incredible days, but this was the best!) After dinner, we spent the night upon the sailboat and sailed for another destination at daybreak.

Many don't visit here because it is a bit out of the way, but this is why this website is so useful. If you enjoy beaches, snorkeling and seascape scenery, take this tip and add this to your bucket list. It's truly a hidden gem.

5  Thank kindredspirits
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Reviewed June 12, 2009

By far, this was my FAVORITE day of my entire vacation in the Virgin Islands. Better than the Baths, better than shopping in St. Thomas, better then all the rum punches you can drink!

We were staying on the island of Torotla. From the Road Town ferry dock, we took Smith’s Ferry ($50 roundtrip, about 1 hour) at 8:00am to Anegada. When we arrived, we walked over to the Anegada Reef Hotel…actually, I should preface with…we expected to find a taxi at the ferry dock, but, we didn’t find one, so, we started walking…following other tourists, and hoping for the best. We found our way to the Anegada Reef Hotel, which was about 5 minutes away. There, we found everything we needed ~ even though we weren’t stay at the hotel!!

The Anegada Reef Hotel also has a shuttle that goes to the beaches; even if you’re not staying at the hotel you can use the shuttle. For $15 (& tip), the shuttle took us from Anegada Reef Hotel to Loblolly Bay. We arranged a time for the shuttle driver to pick us up at Loblolly and take us to Cow Wreck. Then we arranged a time for the shuttle driver to pick us up at Cow Wreck and back to Anegada Reef Hotel. Also, we had asked the driver about the flamingos we’d read all about. Between Loblolly and Cow Wreck the driver took us to “the ponds” to see the flamingos! The driver said, “I’ve never seen so many flamingos. And they are so close.” (They were still pretty far away.) (FYI – There are other shuttle route options. For example, it was $8 to go from the Hotel to Loblolly and back).

They have a “We Be Divin’” dive shop where we rented snorkel gear ($25 for mask, breathing tube, and flippers). I’m not a “pro” snorkeler or anything, so be careful to get the right kind of gear…for example, my breathing tube kept filling with water (it had this weird apparatus attached to it). When we got back and I told the guy about it, he just laughed and said “you don’t know how to use it” – so, just make sure you ask the right questions to get the right gear…also…we never knew this, but, you should wear socks within the flippers to avoid blisters!

When we were at the dive shop, the worker suggested we go to “Big Bamboo” for the best snorkeling, which is a section of the Loblolly Bay. This is where we asked the shuttle driver to drop us off.

Once we arrived, there is a blue paved walkway which takes you towards the beach and “The Big Bamboo” restaurant. We planned to eat at the Big Bamboo, and read some where online that we could place our order 1st, tell them when we want to eat, then come back to the restaurant and it would be ready – WORKED PERFECTLY! (For a review of the restaurant and photos, please go to the Big Bamboo Restaurant.)

Then we headed to the beach. It was very lovely, lots of wide open spaces. There were benches under “grass” umbrellas, and on the post of the umbrellas were hooks to hang towels/cover-ups/etc. We felt perfectly safe leaving all of our good right there at the bench while we went in the water. The snorkeling was amazing! We didn’t even have to go very deep to see reefs, parrot fish, sting ray, schools of blue fish, schools of white fish and numerous other species. (Again, I’m not a “pro” snorkeler, so I don’t know what most of these fish are called…sorry!)

In the afternoon, we went over to Cow Wreck. And, as if Loblolly wasn’t GORGEOUS enough, in general, I thought Cow Wreck was even more beautiful; however, the snorkeling was much better at Loblolly. We didn’t see much at Cow Wreck. In my opinion, unless you REALLY want to go to Cow Wreck (for whatever reason), I WOULD SPEND THE WHOLE DAY AT LOBLOLLY.

FYI - There was a dive shop at Loblolly, but it was not yet open when we arrived, so I’m glad we picked up our gear at Anegada Reef Hotel. There is also a small gift shop.

5  Thank travlinmel101
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Reviewed March 31, 2004

I visited Anegada in 2000 and I had the best time in Flash of Beauty, and Big Bamboo. The best food ever was in those places had a ball will be back soon for some of that lovely sea water.

1  Thank Climber26005
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Reviewed February 20, 2003

I visited Anegada for 17 days, approximately 4 years ago, and was captivated by the undescribable beauty of the entire Island, especially Loblolly Bay...it was a little piece of Heaven, laying on the hot sand, surrounded by grapes trees, using my finger to pick through the millions of different sea shells lying all over the place, in millions of different colrs and shapes...it was overwhelming...I also found it interesting on the Island of Anegada, of how exciting it was to walk along the beach and for miles and find many interesting things...it was like treasure hunting...incredibly fun!!

4  Thank DayTrip11070
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Reviewed August 20, 2002

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) is an inspiring event in itself, but Loblolly Bay is indescribeable. It is such a beautiful place I decided to propose to my wife there. Beautiful, peaceful white beaches with little to no inhabitance by crowds.

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