Cooper Island

Cooper and Ginger Islands

Cooper Island British Virgin Islands is certainly a small tropical gem. It is in fact a mooring haven, very popular as a lunch anchorage on the way to or from Virgin Gorda. In addition to five privately owned properties, you can find a small resort on this island. Cooper Island Beach Club offers accommodations and a restaurant with a wonderful menu. The Sir Francis Drake channel separates Cooper Island from Tortola. It is also popular as a day-trip destination from Tortola for many boaters.

Beach in the British Virgin Islands
Beach in the British Virgin Islands


Sunny and warm to hot defines the weather on Cooper Island. Tall palm trees sway gently in the trade winds, which cool the skin from the tropical sunshine. Pop-up rain showers are possible at any time.

Places to See

  • Cooper Island Beach Club is a family-owned eco-resort located on beautiful Machioneel Bay. It will provide only limited shoreside service until the end of August 2021. However, with the start of the next season on 22 October 2021, the entire facility will be fully reopened. It will accommodate guests in their ten stylish rooms with private balconies overlooking the sea.

Things to Do

  • Snorkel.
  • Dive. Magnificent dive spots and shipwrecks surround the island. Moreover, some of the most well-known spots are the Wreck of The Rhone, Alice in Wonderland, and Cistern Point. Cistern Point, located at the southern end of Manchioneel Bay, can be seen as a rocky point and coral reef ridge off Cooper Island. It is perfect for both snorkeling and shallow dives. Devil’s Kitchen, on Cooper Island’s windward side, is a series of ridges with chambers. In addition to caves and coral with lots of lobsters, you can find some moray eels and a rare shark. Also parrotfish, snappers, groupers, and on occasion some stingrays. You will find the wrecks overgrown with sponges and coral. Other dive sites include the Thumb Rock, Markoe Point. As well as the Pat and Marie L dive wrecks. Blue Chromis a very colorful reef at Haulover Bay on Cooper Island. It is named Blue Chromis for the abundance of these electric bluefish that are a delight to watch dart in and out of the coral. Visit Sail Caribbean Divers at the Cooper Island Beach Club (284-495-1675) to fill your tanks, rent or purchase equipment. You can also speak with knowledgeable staff about the best areas to visit.
  • Beachcomb on Machioneel Bay. You will find this beautiful stretch of white sandy beach fringed with palm trees. Particularly perfect for beachcombing or simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Machioneel Bay is named for the Manchineel tree which grows there and produces a small green apple. It is important to realize: DO NOT EAT THE APPLE from the Manchineel Tree it is Poisonous and will burn you from Stem to Stern.
  • Dine at Cooper Island Beach Club Beachfront bar and restaurant. Cooper Island Beach Club Phone 495-9084. Serving lunch and dinner in a relaxing, open-air atmosphere. This spot offers conch fritters, pasta, local fish, and beef curry with roti. The Coffee Box offers homemade pastries and ice cream as well as organic beverages. Do visit the onsite microbrewery and rum bar which offers a large selection of Caribbean rums.
  • Shop at Sea Grape Boutique at Cooper Island Beach Club has a wonderful selection of locally sourced beach fashions. In addition, they offer souvenirs, sundries, and local crafts.

Marinas and Anchorages

  • Manchioneel Bay is the principal anchorage on Cooper Island. It is located on the northwest shore and is good for a day stop or overnight anchoring. Mooring buoys are recommended as the bottom is grassy and can be a difficult holding ground for setting the anchor. Consequently, we recommend motoring into the anchorage.
  • Carver Bay and Haulover Bay, both day anchorages located just south of Manchioneel Bay. We especially advise using them only in light sea conditions.
  • Cistern Point has dinghy mooring for boaters.