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Nanny Cay

Nanny Cay is a lovely marina off the south side of Tortola just to the west of Road Town.  When you approach Nanny Cay from the west, you will see masts within the basin poking up above the surrounding breakwater. Nanny Cay's Marine Center, a full service marina and boatyard and some of these masts are from hauled boats up on the hard. 

Navigation to Nanny Cay

Nanny Cay MapWhen approaching Nanny Cay, you will steer for the southern most tip of Nanny Cay (aim for the restaurant) and approach until you pick up the red and green entrance pilings which are lit. To your port you will see two green buoys, only the first of which is lit.  To your starboard, you have roughly 10' water right up to the break water which is marked with red lights.  Boats with a draft of >10' can enter the harbour at Nanny Cay but should contact the Nanny Cay marina on VHF 16 for instructions.

Once inside Nanny Cay, there is a shoal on the western shore marked by green buoys.  There are only slips in Nanny Cay.  There are no moorings and no anchoring inside of Nanny Cay as it's too small and anchoring is not permitted. 

What's on shore at Nanny Cay

Nanny Cay Marine Center provides boaters with a full range of services and things to do including the marina, boatyard, hotel, restaurants, shopping, dive shop. Nanny Cay Marina can take yachts up to 140 feet long, 12 feet draft, and 33 feet wide. Take note however, that Nanny Cay Marina is often full because of its relatively small size (one of the things that makes Nanny Cay so nice!). You should call in advance to check slip availability (VHF channel 16 or 284-494-2512).

In addition to services, Nanny Cay also offers boaters full amenities including showers, water, ice, fuel and laundry.  Nanny Cay is also a great place to provision.

Here's a run down of the range of things available at Nanny Cay:

  • Diving: Bluewater Divers, a dive shop that conducts diving tours daily to local wrecks and reefs.
  • Service: If you are in need of service or repairs of just about any sort, BVI Marine Management in Marina Cay is available to assist with repairs, cooling & refrigeration as well as a 24 hour support boat service.
  • Yacht Management: There is also a full service yacht management and maintenance company called Johnny's Maritime Services which is based right on the Nanny Cay dock.
  • Chandlery: Nanny Cay also has a full chandlery which you will find open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm, Saturday from 8-noon. Sundays they are closed.
  • Restoration & Painting: BVI Painters, Tony's Marine Varnishing, Yacht Restoration Marine Services
  • Yacht delivery services: Antilles Yachts
  • Electronics (service & sales) Island Care Electronics.
  • Surveying services: Marine Consultants and Surveyors & West Indies Marine Surveyors.
  • Sail repair and servicing: Quantum Sail Loft
  • BoatYard: Nanny Cay's boatyard has two lifts for large and small boats alike.
  • Rigging: Richardson's Rigging
  • Charter Services:  Catamaran Charters, King Charters, Horizon Yacht Charters, Virgin Traders, Charters, Island Time Charters
  • Sailing School: Rob Swain Sailing School
  • Shopping: Arawak Boutique, Bamboushay pottery, HIHO
  • Restaurants:  Genaker Cafe, Peg Leg Landing