Monday, August 15, 2005

BVI anchorages - Cooper Island

Manchioneel Bay on Cooper Island is a beautiful spot with a palm fringed beach, a beach bar/restaurant and moorings balls. Good snorkelling is found at Cistern Point where you'll find large coral formations and plenty of sea life.

The restaurant is called Cooper Island Beach Club. The establishment is open for lunch and dinner, has a boutique and is also an outlet for UBS Divers.

Manchioneel Bay has a limited amount of mooring balls, around 40 and we advise that you get there early to avoid disappointment. Anchoring is extremely difficult due to a lot of Turtle Grass on the sea bed and we strongly advise that you don't try anchoring on your yacht charter in this for environmental issues and to preserve peace on board!

Manchioneel Bay on Cooper Island is ripped right out of picture post card with beautiful palms and a small beach. There's even a small bungalow on the beach that finishes off the image completely. The best snorkeling is near some jagged rocks. The snorkeling is spectacular. Large coral formations and colorful fish abound.

There is a small open air bar and restaurant right off the beach. There is also a boutique and dive shop as well as some cottages for rent. Cooper Island has about six full time residents, but no roads, cars, etc.


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