Trellis Bay is an extremely useful anchorage due to it's proximity to the BVI's main airport at Beef Island. (Please see regulations for entry and exit to Trellis Bay as detailed at the end of this description.) The airport itself is a few short minutes walk away and many charter guests use Trellis Bay to pick up, drop off and swap crews during their charter.
There are many mooring balls in Trellis Bay, but be aware, it is a very popular overnight spot and if you arrive late you may struggle to find one.
Anchorage can be obtained just outside the mooring field in the area towards Sprat Point in the NE corner, but this shallows very quickly and has numerous shoal areas so consult your chart, cruising guide, keep a close eye on the depth sounder and consider your swinging circle. Alternatively, anchorage can be had in the Southwest corner between Bellamy Cay and the mainland shore, just watch the sizeable reef that runs from Bellamy Cay in a Southerly direction. Do not pass between Bellamy Cay and the airport, as per the regulations detailed at the end of this description.
Gaining a reputation for it's "family friendly" Full Moon Parties, Trellis Bay has a lot to offer the wandering sailor. Aside from the airport, there are restaurants and bars such as "De Loose Mongoose" and "The Last Resort", an arts/crafts studio "Aragorn's Studio," a small provisioning store, coffee shop and windsurf/watersports hire shop. Ferries to the Bitter End and Spanish Town also run out of Trellis Bay.
Navigation is relatively straight forward, calling the air traffic control tower for clearance, keeping the rocks off Sprat Point clear to port and following the navigation markers in the eastern entrance. Note the aforementioned reef at the south end of Bellamy Cay, especially if you are taking the tender to The Last Resort for drinks or dinner. In the evening darkness it looks deceptively easy to come from the East side moorings directly to the dinghy dock, beware, you will not make this without running aground!"
Regulations have been put in place for Trellis Bay because of its vicinity to the airport. Any yacht with a mast height greater than 50ft must call the Air Traffic Control tower on VHF Channel 10 to get permission to cross the flight path on the Eastern side of Bellamy Cay. (There is a marked channel this side now.) A vessel with a lesser mast height may transit this area without informing the tower. Only vessels under 10ft high may transit the restricted zone to the West of Bellamy Cay. Any vessel that has come in by the eastern entrance into Trellis, can pass south of this restricted zone to find anchorage in the Southwest corner. The eastern entrance restrictions affect all our charter boats with the possible exceptions of the Lagoon 380, Powercat and Jaguar 36, however I would suggest you call the Air Traffic Control tower regardless. Beef Island is accepting larger jet powered aircraft hence the restrictions placed, you don't really want to be transiting into Trellis Bay when one of these guys takes off!