Discover Deadman's Bay, Peter Island - a secluded anchorage with excellent snorkeling, swimming, and stunning sunsets.

Deadman's Bay, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

Discover Deadman's Bay, Peter Island - a secluded anchorage with excellent snorkeling, swimming, and stunning sunsets.

Matt and Britney Weidert

Matt Weidert

Deadman's Bay, located on the north shore of Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands, is a hidden gem for those seeking a tranquil and picturesque anchorage. This lesser-visited spot offers a unique blend of natural beauty, excellent snorkeling, and stunning sunset views, making it a perfect getaway for sailors and adventurers. Although anchoring can be challenging, the serene surroundings and exclusive atmosphere more than make up for it.
The beach at Deadman's Bay

Where is Deadman's Bay located?

Deadman's Bay is situated on the north shore of Peter Island, one of the larger islands in the British Virgin Islands. Known for its seclusion and natural beauty, this bay is a favored spot for those looking to escape the more crowded anchorages. Nearby, you can also explore Key Bay, Peter Island, which offers a similarly peaceful anchorage experience.
Sunset at Deadman's Bay from a visit on a recent trip

What to do at Deadman's Bay

  • Snorkeling: The seagrass beds in Deadman's Bay provide a unique snorkeling experience. You'll encounter a variety of marine life, including bait fish and tarpon. The underwater scenery is fascinating, offering an up-close look at the local ecosystem. If you enjoy snorkeling, you might also want to visit Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island, another excellent snorkeling spot in BVI.
  • Swimming: The calm, clear waters make it an ideal spot for a refreshing swim. Swimming ashore allows you to enjoy the beautiful, secluded beach, which is perfect for a day of relaxation and sunbathing. Though keep in mind this is a private island and you are limited to the high-water mark.
  • Sunset Viewing: The bay offers stunning sunset views to the west, perfect for enjoying a quiet evening with a cocktail in hand. The sunsets here are particularly beautiful, casting a golden glow over the tranquil waters. For another great sunset spot, consider Pomato Point, Anegada, known for its picturesque views.
Deadman's Bay anchorage, with Dead Chest Island in the background

Anchoring at Deadman's Bay

While Deadman's Bay is a great anchorage, it's important to note that the holding isn't the best. The sandy bottom can make anchoring tricky, so take extra care to ensure your anchor is set properly to avoid any dragging. Despite this, the effort is well worth it for the serene and picturesque surroundings.

Deadman's Bay, with its serene atmosphere and natural beauty, provides a perfect retreat for those looking to experience the quieter side of the British Virgin Islands. Whether you're snorkeling among the seagrass beds, swimming in the clear waters, or simply enjoying the breathtaking sunsets, this bay offers a memorable and peaceful experience. 

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