As the name would suggest, Great Harbour is the largest harbor on Jost van Dyke. It is a well-sheltered anchorage that is protected from wind by the high surrounding hills. Great Harbor is the most populated area of Jost van Dyke, although this is relative given the fact that there are only a few hundred residents on the entire island. Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke serves as a point of entry to the BVI.
You will enter Great Harbour straight down the middle of the harbor. You will be in ~60 feet of water as you pass between the points and will anchor in 15′ to 30′ of water once inside the harbor.
There is a channel for official/ferry use along the western side of the (closest to Dog Hole) marked with a (flashing) red and green buoy just off Dog Hole Point and there is a channel into the harbor marked by two more sets of buoys.
Once in Great Harbour, there is a reef that extends several hundred feet off the inner most shore. The reef offers some great coral snorkeling (keep your eye out for octopi!) but be sure that you aren’t anchoring in it
Moorings have just been added to Great Harbour so anchoring is no longer the only way to go. However, if you do anchor be sure to leave yourself plenty of swing room should there be a wind shift at night. It’s also good practice to give your anchor a check with a face mask in Great Harbour or any other anchorage.
There is quite a bit to do on shore in Great Harbour…there are many bars restaurants, a market, church, hotel, police station and great funky scuba shop. To get thru the reef, take your dinghy thru a break in the reef at the center of the harbor towards the dock. Be mindful of the shallow reef. Hitting it will be bad for the coral and your lower unit.
Ashore you will find the customs office (and police station) located across from the government dock. This is where you will need to go to clear customs if coming from USVI.
There is garbage disposal in Great Harbour, across from the police station.
Great Harbour on Jost van Dyke is renown for it’s relaxed atmosphere and great beach parties. Ashore, you will find:
Foxy’s Beach bar is found in the eastern corner of the harbor. Foxy and his wife started the bar and restaurant over 40 years ago and it is a central point of Jost van Dyke’s Great Harbour. Foxy’s has become legendary and is known worldwide. Indeed, Foxy was recently knighted! Foxy’s is known for it’s live music and awesome beach parties where the music and dancing go all night!. Foxy’s monitors VHF 16 or can be reached by cell on 284-495-9258 (ask for Anne!).