Little Jost Van Dyke

Scuba Diving in the BVI

Little Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands is a small island located on the east side of Jost Van Dyke. Both islands take their name from the 17th-century Dutch privateer Joost van Dyk. He was one of the first Dutch settlers in this area, and as a former pirate, he used it as a hideout. Later, a former Quaker colony called it home in the 18th century. “Little Jost” is a small island about 163 acres and the perfect spot for anchoring for a day while on your Crewed BVI Catamaran Charter. It offers no major establishment but beautiful beaches and fantastic snorkeling and diving opportunities abound thanks to an extensive reef system that surrounds it.

Diving on Little Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin islands
Diving on Little Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Places to See

  • Beaches. Idyllic powder white sand beaches are perfect for sunbathing, beach combing, and simply relaxing.
  • B-Line Beach Bar. Located in Paradise Cay on Little Jost van Dyke. It is indeed the quintessential Caribbean beach bar –— a very simple post and beam construction with picket fence walls. While the bar is designed with bamboo and frunished with hip-colored homemade bar stools. And of course, since this is a true beach bar, the flooring is sand.
  • Diamond Cay. Tucked between Little Jost Van Dyke and Jost Van Dyke on the southern shore. It is the location of the Diamond Cay National Park. Wild boobies, terns, and pelicans nest on this tiny island.

Things to Do

  • Dive and Snorkel. Twin Towers is a beautiful dive site located on the north side of Little Jost. They are two large rocks rising up to about 90 feet, as well as some smaller rock formations. You will find a vast variety of colorful tropical fish between the rocks such as angelfish, jack-knife fish, tarpon, and eagle rays.
  • Walk or sunbathe on powdery white sand beach
  • Spend the day at B-Line Beach Bar. Located at Paradise Cay, on the south side of the island. You can spend the entire day here relaxing on the beach and soaking in the Caribbean sun. In addition, enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. While drinking an ice-cold beer, watch guests try their luck at a game of corn hole. Remember to sign your name on their wall. Mooring balls are available. They even have a dingy dock on the beach and a small dock for boats close by.

Marinas and Anchorages

Marinas are not available but two anchorages sites can be used. The passage between Little Jost Van Dyke and Jost Van Dyke is blocked by reefs and the breaking swell. We do not advise spending the night on your chartered yacht in this location. Ten mooring balls are available.

  • The southwest side of the island to the north of Long Bay –— provides enough protection during the day.
  • The east side of the island behind Green Cay and Sandy Spit –— provides better protection than the southwest side, but the southwest swell can be more powerful here.


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