Guana Island is an island of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the Caribbean. One of the few remaining privately owned islands in its part of the world, Guana has seven white powder-sand beaches and 850 acres (3.4 km2) of tropical forest, mountains, hills, and valleys. The island is mostly natural preserve and has a small resort.
This is a private island and takes its name from a rock on the northwestern point, which looks like an Iguana’s head. There are a few possible anchorage sites:
For experienced divers, Guana’s windward, rough-water North Bay has excellent deep reefs and wrecks that are best approached by boat. Just ask, and we’ll be happy to arrange the dive for you.
Getting to Guana:
- Fly: Fly by commercial or chartered plane. The nearest airport is British Virgin Island’s Beef Island airport.
- Water taxi and ferry service: Hire a water taxi or ferry from St. Thomas or Tortola.
- Monkey point is the most famous spot of the British Virgin Islands National Park system. Build a team with fish and enjoy snorkeling at this popular location.
- White Bay is a peaceful place where not much of crowd is witnessed. It’s a perfect location for spotting a wide range of tropical fish and coral.
- Muskmelon Bay is for experienced divers. If you feel like hanging out with marine life 70 feet down is worth everything, this is the place you need to be.
- North Bay offers visitors to explore varieties of reefs and wrecks. Experienced divers prefer this spot.
Restaurants and Various Amenities:
The Beach Club is a small beach bar which offers various facilities like lunch at the beach. All the servings are done in a beautiful shade, enjoy the food with an infinite lookout at the ocean. Carribean cuisine is quite famous here, and the chefs are specially trained.
Other services on offer include non-motor floats, glass bottom kayaks, snorkeling tools, paddle boards. There is a changing room right there on the beach.
Regarding basic availability, Guana island has no beach attendants. Recommended to bring your beach towel and cocktails are DIY.
Researchers have confirmed that Guana has more flora and fauna as compared to many other islands of similar size.
Various species of plants and animals cover Guana Island. Marine life is quite diverse with the presence of various underwater species.
The island is mostly natural preserve and has a small resort.
Things to Explore if You are on Guana Island:
- You will come across various species of birds, underwater creatures, trees like the Caribbean flamingo, the red-legged tortoise, the white-crowned pigeon, the bridled quail-dove, the Caribbean flamingo, Eggers’ mallow tree, Hohenberg’s ground bromeliad.
- It’s a paradise for experienced divers. The specialty includes Guana’s windward, excellent deep reefs.
- Dive deep and swim near big ocean fishes like tuna and king mackerel.
- Make sure to carry a professional underwater camera to record the beauty of coral reefs sitting 60-70 feet down the water. The various shape, sizes and color of fish swimming over the coral, adds an extra charm to the overall natural scenery.
- If you plan to explore more, reserve yourself a cruise for half- or full day. The caves on Norman Island will surely attract you like a magnet. Don’t forget to take a swim at Pirate’s Bight before returning back to Guana.
- If you ask any snorkeler, they will suggest you not to miss a trip to the southern tip of Guana Island, the Monkey Point. Snorkeling at this point is considered legendary.