Green Island & Nonsuch Bay

Green Island is a favourite spot for those seeking solitude.  Green Island is owned by the Mill Reef Club and landing is off limits to non-members, but the club have made the north and northwest side of the island available for yachtsmen’s use.

West of Green Island is Hughes Bay where you will find a dinghy dock for access to Harmony Hall.  This is a delightful art gallery, craft shop and restaurant complex serving some of the best Italian/Caribbean cuisine in Antigua.

Imray Chart A27 Antigua

There is plenty of room in Nonsuch Bay for anchoring and the windward reef offers protection from the sea.  There are many nooks and crannies for exploration.  Mysterious Ledcoff Cove is one of Antigua’s best hurricane holes.  The reefs leading to Fanny Cove offer excellent snorkelling.

The safest entry and exit from Green Island is by way of Sub-marine Rock.  The northern exit through Spithead Channel should only be attempted under power and clear visibility.  There is not as much water to manoeuvre as the charts show.  Keep to the western or leeward side of the channel until there is no discoloured water to windward.  It is then safe to head for the deep water.  Do not enter Nonsuch Bay from the northern channel unless you have some local experience, as it is very difficult to locate the channel entrance from seaward.  Only use the channel in good light.

On the north side of Nonsuch Bay is a small, well protected anchorage called Ledeatt Cove but it is only suitable for 2 or 3 yachts at a time and of 7 foot draught or less.