Located east of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, Trellis Bay is a cultural and local hub. Famous for its beach parties, the restaurants, bars, gift shops and a fabulous local arts centre, Trellis Bay will satisfy all your shopping and culinary needs.
The waters here pretty crowded with yachts and dinghies that are anchored here, thanks to the Trellis Bay Market, which is an excellent spot for bareboat charter guests to top up on their provisions. While anchored in Trellis, rent a car from Hertz and take a tour of Tortola. The spectacular views from Ridge Road will take your breath away!
Even though Trellis Bay is a tourist hot-spot, the waters at Trellis can handle ships of any size at any given time during the year, thanks to the vast mooring available at Trellis Bay. In case all the good mooring spots are in use, you can pay for moorings at the Loose Mongoose. There is also room to anchor here if you wish to do so.
The maximum water depth in Trellis Bay is about 15 feet, and you will come across a soft sandy bottom with good holding. A word of caution, don’t get too close near the southern end of Trellis and on the western side of Bellamy Cay, as reef surrounds it.
Trellis Bay is an excellent anchorage, but always very busy. Bellamy Cay splits the anchorage into two parts:
While entering into the western part of the bay, watch out for the reef extending at least 200m north of Conch Shell Point. Its easily identified, thanks to the buoys. There’s not much depth around Bellamy cay, and its southern point extends in a shoal with less than 1m over it.
Coming in from the east gives Sprat Point and the reefs around Cow Rocks a good berth, there is a buoy marking the other end, You can either anchor east of Bellamy or south of it. A word of caution, due to work on enlarging the airport, it is now forbidden to anchor west of the island.
Getting to the Trellis Bay
By Boat/Yacht: If you are coming through Beef and Camanoe Islands, you will come across two forests. The left one is Marina Cay, and the south one is Trellis Bay.
By air: Land at Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport and book a taxi till trellis bay. The airport is near the bay.
Restaurants and Amenities
Jeremy’s Kitchen: Try the Conch Roti, or the eggs and bacon for breakfast by the ocean at Jeremy’s Kitchen. The spectacular view and the fantastic food have the makings of a great time.
De Loose Mongoose Restaurant: Tourists love the open-air restaurant located right on the beach. For lunch, try the Buffalo Wings, Cheeseburger or the ribs. For Cocktails, go for the No-See-Um-Frozen cocktail, you won’t regret it! Additionally, ahead of the Loose Mongoose, located just along the beach, Sprat Point offers excellent exploring opportunities.
The Island Last Resort Restaurant: All of Bellamy Cay is The Last Resort Restuarant. Come here for the Hermit Crab races or the fire dancing. Enjoy the dinner or have your drinks made by BoBo the Bartender at the bar while enjoying music that will leave you mesmerized.
Things to do at Trellis Bay
Trellis Bay is famous for its annual New Year’s Eve party and monthly full moon festivals. That’s not over yet. Here are a few spectacular places to visit while at Trellis Bay:
- Aragorn’s Studio: An artisan’s studio at the centre of Trellis, pick up memorabilia and gifts for friends and family from your trip. Visit Aragorn’s during the full moon festival, and you might see one of Aragorn’s sculptures on fire!
- Beach Parties: All the locals come together to throw the monthly Full Moon and annual New Year’s Eve parties. Enjoy the fire show with Aragorn watching his sculptures erupt fire! Drink, dance and be merry! These festivals are an out-of-the-world experience, one that you will remember for the rest of your life.
- BVI Boardsailing School: Don’t know how to Boardsail? Don’t worry! Located next to Aragorn’s studio, come straight down for your first lesson. Moreover, there is also a Cyber Cafe which is an excellent place for breakfast or lunch while browsing the web.
- Snorkeling: Bellamy cay offers decent snorkeling spots. The fantastic coral formations and the giant starfish will leave you spell-bound. However, stay near the Cay and be careful of boats.