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Anegada gets first daily ferry service to VG & Beef Island

- Anegada Express made inaugural trip on February 5, 2018
Anegada Express at the dock at Setting Point, Anegada. The vessel made its inaugural trip to Virgin Gorda and Beef Island on February 5, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Anegada Express, which can transport 35 passengers at a time, is charging for One Way Adult -$35, One Way Student- $25, Round Trip Adult- $50 and Round Trip Student- $40. Photo: Team of Reporters
Anegada Express, which can transport 35 passengers at a time, is charging for One Way Adult -$35, One Way Student- $25, Round Trip Adult- $50 and Round Trip Student- $40. Photo: Team of Reporters
SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI- In another move which shows that residents of the sister islands are no longer waiting on Government to provide the necessary facilities to improve their circumstances, Anegadians have launched a daily ferry service to Virgin Gorda and Beef Island.

Anegada Express, a ferry service operating from Anegada to Beef Island with stops at Gun Creek, Virgin Gorda, made its inaugural trip yesterday, February 5, 2018. The vessel will be providing a daily passenger service, the first for Anegada.

According to the service's website, the first boat leaves Beef Island at 8:00 A.M. for Anegada. The other trips on the ‘Morning Express’ are Anegada to Gun Creek, Virgin Gorda and Beef Island at 9:15 A.M. and Gun Creek, Virgin Gorda to Beef Island at 10:00 A.M. The website also stated that, “This ferry will depart from Anegada Reef Hotel dock until further notice,” and that there is a complimentary shuttle from Trellis Bay to the airport.

Similar trips made on the ‘Afternoon Express’ begin at 4:00 P.M. and cater for persons going to Anegada and Gun Creek, Virgin Gorda. There is another complimentary shuttle from the airport to Trellis Bay. A ferry leaves Gun Creek at 4:45 P.M. on to Anegada and the final trip at 5:45 P.M. leaving Anegada for Trellis Bay, with another complimentary shuttle to the airport.

This is a vast improvement in transportation to Anegada. Previously persons visiting the island could use Smith’s Ferry service and Road Town Fast Ferry service, which made trips on Mondays, Wednedays and Fridays leaving at 8:00 A.M. and returning at 15:00 P.M. The trip usually costs $55 per adult, $45 per senior and $35 per child with a Group rate of $50 per 5 or more persons for round trips.

However, Anegada Express, which can transport 35 passengers at a time, is charging;for One Way Adult -$35, One Way Student- $25, Round Trip Adult- $50 and Round Trip Student- $40.

Anegadians have long complained about the need for a more regular service between the islands and had also expressed disatisfaction with the often untimely arrival of the existing ferry to Tortola, sometimes until 11:00 A.M., which prevents persons from getting much done on the main island as the boat often promptly departs at 3:00 P.M.

It is unclear at this time who are the owners of the Anegada Express ferry.

17 Responses to “Anegada gets first daily ferry service to VG & Beef Island”

  • critic (06/02/2018, 13:28) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish to congratulate all the stakeholders in this effort, the people of Anegada especially, deserves this. Keep it up. May your endeavors and entrepreneurship be great success. Thanks much.
  • Josiahsbay (06/02/2018, 13:51) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
    $50 is a bit much for inter bvi travel, perhaps government or Anegada businesses could subsidize the fare or both. Hopefully, it can be offset by an increase amount of visitors to the Island.
    • Danny (06/02/2018, 14:27) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
      First off.....anegada is further away than all the other islands so $50 is about right and well worth it. The local ferry companies that are actually subsidized by the government are charging the same $50. Anegada express isn't subsidized and has the same price so if you think the price needs be less.....take it up with smith and Road Town fast ferry and government.
      • VG (06/02/2018, 17:54) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
        Its $30 between Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda and Road Town and the same $30 between Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda and Trellis Bay, Beef Island. Do the math. Virgin Gorda to Road Town is 30 minutes, Virgin Gorda to Beef Island is 15 minutes. The Price is more than fair. The ride to Anegada is usually 45-60 minutes
      • Josiahsbay (06/02/2018, 22:26) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        I was not addressing the ferry owners but the need to make inter BVI travel as affordably as possible. As for the other ferry services they too I believe are too high. Let's consider some of the benefits of cheaper fares. Cheap enough fares should produce more visitors to the Island with a potential for more overnights stays, more restaurants dining, more general shopping and more economical involvement with whatever the Island have to offer and dont forget more taxes. I'm just saying.
  • NezRez (06/02/2018, 14:13) Like (6) Dislike (22) Reply
    When we are traveling to our sister islands to relax and have fun, we shouldn’t have to be broke before we get there. $50 on any ferry to a sister island should be wayyyyyyyyy less. St. John to St. Thomas is only $13 one way, so it shows their government want people to travel back and forth affordably and often. If our ferry prices were much less, I would travel almost every week because I love to take staycations, but can’t afford it at our prices. I can go to St. John and St Thomas (2) different islands in one weekend, but the BVI is not profiting from the money we spend there, and it shouldn’t have to be that way. I want to spend my money here in the BVI much more often for a staycation.
    • Do the maths (06/02/2018, 17:05) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
      St. John to St. Thomas is a 5 minutes ferry ride for $13 which works out to be $234 for 90 minutes!

      Beef Island to Anegada is a 90 minutes ferry ride and only cost $50! hmmmmm
    • Correction (06/02/2018, 19:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      St. Thomas to St. John is $14 ROUND TRIP!
  • Diplomat (06/02/2018, 16:24) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Anegada, along with other outlying Islands, has always been treated as second class citizens. They are usually poorly represented by both District and At Large represensatives. The services provided are poor and subpar. Things have been this way for centuries. Nonetheless, this improve ferry service is long overdue. In addition to speed and timeliness, the focus must be on safety. Let’s ensure there are adequate communication and functional/good condition life preservers for all 35 passengers and crew. Do not overload the boats and keep them well maintain. How many boats in Anegada Express fleet? How will Anegada Express impact Smith Ferry and Fast Ferry? Is there enough biz to support all three?
    • Competition! (07/02/2018, 19:45) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      honestly we could care less about how it impacts smiths & fast ferry becsuse they could care less about how their stupid schedules and rules affect us.... There is no order... fast ferry's New Captain leaves when he wants and often leaves persons behind... the limited amount of tine we have when smiths leaves Anegada at 10 am.... Please a lil competition is good for the soul... i bet they will try to do better now!!!!
  • Crow reack (06/02/2018, 16:48) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good news now vote out the NOD AND WE WILL BE COMPLETE
  • Gumption.Official (06/02/2018, 17:18) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations on this needed transportation. It’s over due. The price is very fine don’t mind them. It’s not cheap to run a boat must less one like yours that will be going from Anegada to North Sound to Beef Island. Happy and safe sailing.
  • wize up (06/02/2018, 17:57) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great; progress will come
  • Longshanks (06/02/2018, 19:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why has it been suspended. I hope this isn’t a case of vested interests getting in the way of BVI recovery.
  • Sam (06/02/2018, 20:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to the owner. I pray that the business prospers. Don’t mind the naysayers.
  • NezRez (06/02/2018, 20:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    And this is why for all these years, government could have subsidized the price to Anegada. The boat owners could have gotten the fares they wanted and the we could have been going back and forth more often to support Anegada. This hurricane JUST happened, so before that, the government could have afforded it. The fare with subsidizing could have been only about $35 for adults and $20 for children round trip all these years. The cheaper the fare, the more people can stay at the guest houses, eat dinner at restaurants etc. I well understand how the boat owners feel and that is why I say SUBSIDIZE! Being able to take my grandchildren over there would be a pleasure, but not at this price. Even still, I am glad they have daily ferry service for others to get there.
  • GRANNY (06/02/2018, 23:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
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