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Cooper Island

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Cooper Island is one of the small southern BVI islands known for their different personalities, shore-side attractions, and degrees of seclusion.

Aerial that includes Cooper Island

Cooper is shown roughly in the middle of the archipelago.

The southern BVI run the gamut from quiet little coves with room for only one or two boats up to huge bays with large mooring fields. These mooring balls service the clientèle of bars and restaurants that cater to the nightlife needs of visiting sailboats and mega-yachts.

This crescent of smaller islands south of Tortola (which includes Ginger, Cooper, Salt, Peter & Norman) forms the southern boundary of Sir Francis Drake Channel which is the most popular cruising area in the BVI. These five smaller islands cover a distance of a little over 10 miles with narrow passages between them. The islands have a history going back to the settlement by the Arawak natives as well as to the more recent visits by Europeans. The islands were also a favorite of pirates and privateers who used the secluded coves and caves to hide their camps and treasure.

The dangers to navigation posed by the these minor islands are evident when snorkeling or diving on one of the most visited and recognizable wrecks in the world, RMS RHONE, a British mail steam packet that foundered on the rocks off Salt Island in 1864.

The islands are normally downwind from Virgin Gorda or a broad reach southward from the charter centers of Tortola. Westbound, starting from Virgin Gorda or Fallen Jerusalem, Ginger Island should be bypassed because it has no suitable anchorages.

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