Necker Island

Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands
Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands

Necker Island is the second most northern island in the British Virgin Islands behind Anegada which is 15 miles further north. Necker Island is located just north of north sound and is owned by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin records, airlines, space and just about anything else you can think of to put virgin in front of!

This is a private island that boasts the worlds most exclusive resort. The resort on Necker Island takes up to 28 guests and you rent the complete island for about 62 thousand dollars per night.

There is a sandy patch in amongst the many coral heads that one can anchor on towards the southern side of Necker island. From here you can take a dingy ride closer to the island and perhaps get a glimpse of one of the many movie stars or royalty that stay here. Often you will see them scurry away before you get close. Just in case you are paparazzi.

The staff on Necker island all sign a non disclosure agreement before they are employed to ensure the guests secrecy! Sometimes you may see sir Richard who is an avid sportsman, if a blond haired man comes smoking past you on a wind surfer, be sure to have your camera ready!

Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands
Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands

Just south of the island is a small sand spit which makes a great spot for those Caribbean sand island pictures. Take your dingy to the Necker side of the spit and beach there.
You will see that there are a couple of fake palm trees planted here. For many years they tried to have real palms but the sand spit is constantly moving and is extremely exposed to any storm weather. Be careful when walking on the sand as sometimes birds nest here and lay eggs on the sand.

Take a walk on the Sandy Spit. Necker island
Take a walk on the Sandy Spit

Additional Necker Island Facts

Flamingos can often be seen on the beaches of Necker Island. The island has a large breeding population living on its salt pond. They are native here but their numbers dropped to nearly zero. Sir Richard imported a flock and during mating season feeds them a food that’s the equivalent of flamingo Viagra.
The numbers are growing! On the island he also has a couple of Galapagos tortoise. On his other island, Mosquito, he has some endangered Lemur’s. His intention is to try and breed them to help prevent their extinction.

Flamingos at Bransons Mosquito Island, British Virgin Islands. Necker Island
Flamingos at Bransons Mosquito Island, British Virgin Islands

Although all beaches in the BVI are public including Necker’s, please be respectful and don’t go ashore. Guests pay a lot of money for their private vacation, it’s unfair to ruin that.

If you’re interested in seeing this island from your own charter boat and visit the same sights as some of the worlds wealthiest people, be sure to try our Charter boat search engine out. Here you can research yachting vacations aboard smaller bare boats that cost less per week than one nights happy hour drink bill on Necker. Up to large mega yachts that cost as much as a week on Necker Island. Click the following link for more information on chartering a yacht @ H2O TRIPS.com

Prickly Pear Island and Eustasia Sound

photo of Necker Island and Eustasia Sound, BVI

Prickly Pear

To the south of Necker and east of the main channel into north sound. There is a pleasant anchorage that is much quieter than around in north sound. Enter about mid way between Eustatia and the headland on prickly to its west. There is a shoal that heads out from Eustatia towards the west. Sail towards the eastern end of the beach.

Good anchoring here in about 10 feet in sand. Pretty much anywhere in here is protected enough to anchor overnight. The water shallows towards the western end of the beach. Eustatia Island is privately owned and it is rumored to be owned by Larry Page.

Eustasia Sound

The sound is a beautiful expanse of protected water, by protected I mean really protected. It has either land or very shallow coral reef completely encircling it. It is an off limits area to bare boaters but makes a perfect place to explore with your dingy.

Access can be gained either by a passage between Saba rock and Bitter end resort, or by coming around from the Prickly Pear, Eustatia anchorage.  Travel slowly and be aware of the many areas of shallow reef. If you are in this area because of a land based vacation then this is a perfect area to explore in a small skiff rented from Leverick bay.

Overlooking Eustatia Island in the Virgin Islands
Overlooking Eustatia Island in the Virgin Islands

About a half mile to the east of Eustatia island on the southern reef you will find a lone white mooring ball, this is a snorkel area that has a couple of cannons on the reef. Jump in here and try out your treasure hunter skills!

Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda
A trip to the far eastern end of the sound will take you to Oil Nut Bay. This is a lovely spot to explore in your dingy. In the shallow waters you will often see sting rays and turtles. There is a large building project going on here, the plan is for many very high end private villas and the access for Oil Nut Bay has been severely curtailed with their being a marina and docks there now

Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda
Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda

On your way back follow the shoreline closely. Often you will see flamingo’s wading in the shallows. The sound is a popular area for Kite Surfing. The waters are protected by the reef and are usually quite calm, there is however no protection from the constant trade winds which makes for excellent Kite board waters.

flamingoes at Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda
Flamingoes at Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda

We have many yachts that can take you to Necker Island. Either Crewed charter yachts or do it yourself with a bareboat. Happy to give you more details if you need help on anchoring at Necker Island. There are no public moorings at Necker Island and the anchoring room is extremely limited.

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