What is A Cay?

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The islands that make up the Caribbean offer unique experiences for every type of visitor to enjoy.


Some of our more mountainous neighbours boast exotic aerial and off road adventures, others, incredible shopping or partying, cultural adventures or historical musings.

Most visitors to Anguilla are pleasantly surprised by the vastness of our coastal offerings. Snorkeling, Diving, Deep Sea Fishing, Sailing/Yachting and of course day trips to any one of our off shore Cays.

So, what is a Cay?

The technical definition of a Cay is: a low bank or reef of coral, rock, or sand.
When people ask us? We describe our Cays as the little islands that surround our little island.

In Anguilla, there are 7 Cays.

Scrub Island

Scrub is the largest of Anguilla’s offshore cays, with very little development, It’s the perfect private island.

What can you do on scrub island?
Observe Wildlife (over 34 species of birds), snorkel with turtles, fish and stingray, and swim in emerald glowing lagoons.

How long does it take to get there?

A boat ride to scrub island takes approximately 20 minutes from Island Harbour.

Sombrero Island

Sombrero was a major source of guano mining in the nineteenth century.

In 1856, Americans claimed Sombrero island from the British, and in a short period of time quarried over 100,000 tons of phosphate as fertiliser for the exhausted lands of the southern states.

Today Sombrero has been designated an important bird area by Bird Life International because of its breeding seabirds, and the surrounding waters are feeding areas for Hawksbill turtles.

What to do there?
Bird & Wild Life Exploring

How long to get there?
Traveling to Sombrero Island usually takes 1 hour and a half, depending on the conditions. On the best days, during the summer months, you can get to the island within 1 hour.

Scilly Cay

Popular for its Lobster Lunches & Rum Punch. Scilly Cay is a Tourist and Local Favourite.

Getting there is relatively easy, with the daily shuttle running from the Island Harbour wharf.

What to do there?
Island Lunches, Spectacular Rum Punch, Live Music

How long to get there?
3 minute boat ride from the Island Harbour Wharf

Sandy Island

Sandy Island is a strip of paradise just off Sandy Ground. Palm Trees on a White Sandy Beach, this picturesque Cay is an ideal spot to spend a day.

What to do there?
Have A Sandy Lunch, Shell Search, Snorkel, Swim, Enjoy Live Music & Entertainment

How to get there
10 Minute Boat ride on the Sandy Island shuttle from Sandy Ground.

Prickly Pear

A Snorkelers Paradise! Prickly Pear is one of Anguilla’s Premiere Locations for snorkelling, swimming and having an all around good time.

If you are a looking for an adventure a little out of the way from the usual spots, Prickly Pear is the place to visit.

What you can do there?
Snorkelling, Swimming, Bird Watching, Hiking, Lunch & Drinks

How to get there?
Take the Prickly Pear Shuttle from Johnnos in Sandy Ground.
20 Minute Boat Ride
Charter a boat for the day.

Dog Island

Bird Life International has identified Dog Island as an important bird area, as it is home to large populations of nesting seabirds, mainly sooty terns, over 100,000 pairs, along with nine other species. It is also an interesting dive location for experienced divers because of strong currents.

What you can do there?
Bird Watching, Fishing, Diving (Experienced Divers)

How to get there?
Connect with a local tour company to learn about their tours to Dog Island.


Anguillita is the southernmost of Anguilla’s cays. As a small uninhabited island, Anguillita has great conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving.

How to get there?
Connect with a local tour company to learn about their tours to Anguillita.

One of the cool aspects of vacationing in Anguilla is the proximity of all the different cays to each other and the main island.

One great way to experience Anguilla’s Cays is to book an Anguilla by Sea Adventure with one of our local tour companies. These experiences usually include a stop at multiple Cays around the island. It’s a wonderful opportunity for adventure exploration and an all around good time!

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