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Mosquito Rock and Colquhoun Reef in the BVI

Lying at latitude 18° 31' 30" N and longitude 64° 23' 10" W, off the northern tip of Moskito Island and southwest of Cactus Point on Prickly Pear Island.

Mosquito Rock is really just a bunch of rocks piled one atop another, the tallest of which is about 24'. It is one of the first and most prominent indicators that, lurking in the waters to the east, lies an infamous reef.

Mosquito_Rock Mosquito Rock in the BVI
Colquhoun_Reef_2 Colquhoun Reef

This reef has been responsible for many groundings and wrecks over the years and is much larger than most sailors think.

It is often said, a picture is worth a thousand words. I think these aerial photos speak volumes as they really give the best perspective on just how formidable the reef is.

When approaching the North Sound, give Moskito Rock wide berth and consult your charts to locate the cut between Colquhoun Reef and Cactus Reef, which lies just off Cactus Point on Prickly Pear Island.

Colquhoun_Reef_3 Facing north with Cactus Reef on the Right
Colquhoun_Reef_1 Colquhoun Reef - Facing East into the North Sound

Last updated: Jan 5th 2015
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