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Cooper Island | British Virgin Islands

Cooper Island | British Virgin Islands

Cooper Island British Virgin Islands is a small tropical gem. It is a mooring haven, very popular as a lunch anchorage on the way to or from Virgin Gorda. Cooper Island Beach Club offers accommodations and a restaurant with a wonderful menu. Cooper Island is separated from Tortola by the Sir Francis Drake channel. It is also popular as a daytrip destination from Tortola for many boaters.

Anchorages

Manchioneel Bay is the principal anchorage on Cooper Island. It is located on the northwest shore and is good for a day stop or overnight anchoring. Mooring buoys are recommended as the bottom is grassy and can be a difficult holding ground for setting the anchor. Motoring into the anchorage is also recommended.

Carver Bay and Haulover Bay Both day anchorages are located just to the south of Manchioneel Bay and are only recommended in light sea conditions.

Beaches

Manchioneel Bay boasts a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach fringed with palm trees. Perfect for beach combing or simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Manchioneel Bay is named for the Manchioneel tree which grows there and produces a small green apple. DO NOT EAT THE APPLE from the Manchioneel Tree it is Poisonous and will burn you from Stem to Stern.

Diving and Snorkeling

Visit Sail Caribbean Divers at the Cooper Island Beach Club (284-495-1675) to fill your tanks, rent or purchase equipment, and speak with knowledgeable staff about the areas to visit. The island is surrounded by magnificent dive spots and ship wrecks. Some of the most well-known spots are the Wreck of The Rhone, Alice in Wonderland and Cistern Point. Cistern Point, at the southern end of Manchioneel Bay, extends as a rocky point and coral reef ridge off Cooper Island and out to a rock by that name. Perfect for both snorkeling and shallow dives, Cistern Point has a dinghy mooring for boaters.

Dinghy moorings are very cool, please use these where provided like at the Baths and the Indians. Devil’s Kitchen, on Cooper Island’s windward side, is a series of ridges with chambers, caves and coral with lots of lobsters, some morays, and an occasional shark. Other dive sites include the Thumb Rock, Markoe Point, and the Pat and Marie L dive wrecks. Blue Chromis a very colorful reef at Haulover Bay on Cooper Island. It is named Blue Chromis for the abundance of these electric blue fish that are a delight to watch dart in and out of the coral.

Dining

Cooper Island Beach Club Phone 495-9084 A relaxing, open-air dining spot that offers conch fritters, pasta, local fish, veal marsala, and beef curry with roti.

Shopping

Sea Grape Boutique at Cooper Island Beach Club Island wear, souvenirs, sundries and T’s.

Cooper Island : 18°22’43.97″ N  64°30’23.12″ W

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