Cruising BVI: North Sound Virgin Gorda

Back in June we spent a little over a week taking in the beauty of North Sound, Virgin Gorda. This would be the last island we visit before continuing our journey south to spend Hurricane Season. As we entered through the channel markers, we caught a glimpse of Sir Richard Branson’s private island. Incredible.

virgin gorda-1

Our first stop was near Saba Rock which kindly provided an open wifi signal that we were able to pick up with our booster, anchored off of Prickly Pear Island. Mooring balls were available for a fee but there was also plenty of room to anchor. We tried this spot first since we heard this is where most of the cruisers stay. Though there were only a few boats around that late in the season, we met up with Wild Card for the first time and we also met another couple on a Whitby, English Rose. Both of these cruising couples quickly became good friends that we still stay in contact with to this day.

Up at the restaurant on Saba Rock the saltwater aquarium was fun to see. Inside was a Moray Eel, Spiny Lobster and a small cannon like the ones we saw diving on the reef nearby.

virgin gorda-2virgin gorda-3virgin gorda-4

The Bitter End Yacht Club lay just a stone’s throw away. All kinds of water sport rentals are available such as Hobie Cats, kite surfing and diving.

virgin gorda-12virgin gorda-11

During our visit at the restaurant, a little friend came to say hello.

virgin gorda-14virgin gorda-15virgin gorda-5

After lunch we took a stroll down the palm-lined paths that wind past the resort. Island-style cabanas and hammocks were scattered along the shore.

virgin gorda-6virgin gorda-13virgin gorda-16virgin gorda-17virgin gorda-18virgin gorda-19virgin gorda-20virgin gorda-21virgin gorda-23virgin gorda-22virgin gorda-24virgin gorda-25

Tucked back in the corner across the bay is the Biras Creek Resort. The anchorage in front provided ample protection from the wind and an escape from all of the charter boats coming and going from Bitter End. The resort has a gorgeous dinghy dock that we used to bring Gunner and Betsy ashore. Several trails extended from the resort up over the hillside. We passed by some curious horses and continued across the island to discover a secret restaurant and private beach, all managed by the Resort.

virgin gorda-7virgin gorda-8virgin gorda-9virgin gorda-10

Just before leaving the anchorage in front of Biras Creek Resort, we met David, Toutou, Maya and Tyler aboard Four Coconuts. We became fast friends with these fellow coconut cruisers and began making plans to buddy-boat down the islands.

virgin gorda-26

One more stop to check out of the BVI’s and we would be on our way!

virgin gorda-27virgin gorda-29

Stay tuned for our last adventure in the BVI’s before heading south. We are currently in Grenada finishing up boat projects 🙂