Originally Posted by Bellamar
Over the years I have found that BVI wouldn't need to raise fees to keep cruisers out. Very few Bays are left that one can anchor in, the mooring balls are in all of the shallow water, leaving 70 foot depths for cruisers.
Not true. You can anchor in RT just south of the ferry dock. Lots of room in Brandwine Bay, some at Marina Cay, lots in North Sound, plenty in Anegada, several nooks and crannies around VG and the small islands North of Marina Cay. CGB still has room, as do all three bays on JVD. More anchorages are on the South side of Peter and the North side of Norman.
Prices are indeed similar to the Bahamas although some services are actually better for the same price.
All that said, I prefer the Bahamas - too many charterers and (worse) cruise ship sheeple in the BVI.
I haven't been to the SVI yet, I'm looking forward to it.