The Dogs

photo of The Dogs, Marina Cay, Scrub And Guana IslandThe Dogs, BVI

There are several islands that make up the dogs and none are inhabited but they all offer good diving and snorkeling. The largest Island in the dogs is Great Dog.

There are 2 main areas of interest on Great Dog. One is on the southern side where there are 3 national parks moorings in the middle of south bay. Be cautious here, to the west of the mooring balls is shallow reef. This area has the wreckage of a small airplane on the bottom that makes an interesting dive.
On the western side of the island is another great snorkel and dive site of the dogs which has 5 or 6 parks moorings here. This area is usually quite calm as long as the north swell is not up, there is very little current in here. If when you are visiting any of the dogs and you find the moorings are all taken do not try and anchor. Without local knowledge and diving knowledge of this area of the dogs, there is just too much healthy reef to destroy!

George Dog, West Dog, Seal Dog

All of these islands in the dogs have a couple of park moorings for diving and snorkeling. The Dogs are all quite exposed to the large volume of water that moves through the Sir Frances Drake channel, be aware of possible currents in the dogs. There are no overnight moorings on any of the dogs.

Scrub Island

Scrub has a large new marina, pool, restaurant and bar. Yachties are welcome and overnight dockage can be arranged. The complex is new and upscale, so expect it to be priced accordingly. There has at times been a parks mooring on the southern side of scrub about where the their commercial dock area is. It was an ok dive site with generally poor visibility. There are no overnight moorings at scrub island.

Marina Cay

This is a cute little spot with a ton of history. There is a small dock, restaurant, bar, a Pussers store and a dive shop for air fills. There is usually happy hour entertainment at the upper bar most nights. This island was formerly owned by a couple who the movie that gave the general public one of its first glimpses of life in the Caribbean.

Photo of The Dogs, Marina Cay, Scrub And Guana IslandMarina Cay

The movie was based upon their life living on Marina Cay, It stared Sidney Poitier and was called ” Our Virgin Island”. This was made in 1959 and the film crew and their equipment was on the first commercial flight into the British Virgin Island’s.

At one time the Couple on the island were accosted by Germans who came there in a U boat. The couple had a local as a gardener, and he chase off the Germans with a machete. Another exciting thing that happened to them was that she came down with appendicitis.

At that time there were only 2 motor boats in the islands, one of which was built from a kit and located on Guana island. The couple jumped in their sail boat and tried to sail in the dark to Guana island. Unfortunately, once part way, the wind dropped off and he was forced to jump in and swim the rest of the way. He managed to get the motor boat and take his wife to St Thomas for surgery. She pulled through ok.

In front of the dock at Marina Cay are many overnight moorings, anchorage can be had also to either end of the mooring field. Beware though, as there are underwater power cables in each of the anchoring areas.

Another thing to note is that if you should decide to anchor and you pick the spot that is just inside the reef that extends from marina cay to the north, be aware that often you will sit to current rather than the wind. This may have your stern pointing away from all the other boats. This is fine unless another boat decides to anchor in the space between you and the rest of the fleet. When the tide turns, you will sit with the rest and may not have enough swing room.

Lee Bay Camanoe Island

This bay is usually calm and makes a nice overnight anchorage .It is often deserted. Holding is good but there is much rubble on the bottom so can make for a grumbling anchor chain. There are no overnight moorings here.

Guana Island

Guana Island is a private island and has a couple spots of interest. The first is Monkey point. This is a wonderful snorkel spot. Often huge schools of silverside are pushed up against the shore by large tarpon. Anywhere you see the birds diving into the water next to the shoreline is worth a quick swim to see the entertainment.There are about 10 national parks moorings in monkey point but no overnight moorings.

White Bay

White Bay has a pristine sand beach. There is an imaginary line in the sand at the mid way point, as long as you remain on the half away from the jetty no one objects. Be careful when approaching the beach in your yacht as it gets shallow a long way out. The bottom is all hard limestone and is not conducive to anchoring anyway. Better to leave your boat on a mooring and dingy to the beach.

Muskmelon Bay

This is a rarely used spot and is somewhere you will often be alone. We often do a night dive in here since this is one of only 2 places I have seen batfish while diving in the BVI. There are 3 anchoring options here, the bay is full of shallow reef. If you are in less than 50 feet of water you should be in 1 of only 2 spots. The main sand spot is just to the northern side of the middle of the bay. Its in front of the rocky headland. Its easy to see when the sun is up high.

The next spot is in the southern corner of the bay. Look around and you will see the sand spot. You need to be far enough from the shore to be in 50 feet, out here it is a mud/sand bottom with good holding. The sunset in here can be stunning and makes a fine spot to go to when coming back from Anegada.

It breaks the 7 hour sail from Anegada to Jost Van Dyke into 2 much shorter legs which means the trip from Anegada is a nice broad reach instead of a dead down wind roll. There are often schools of fish crashing the surface in here so snorkeling is excellent along the shoreline. There are no overnight moorings in this bay.