Cooper Island is one of the BVI’s little gems. It has a protected anchorage, a white sand beach, a resort and restaurant, a superb snorkeling location with wreck diving nearby and an interesting shoreline for kayaking and exploring. It also has a little known but interesting history. The name of the island is somewhat enigmatic but there are two theories: it was named for its first settlers, a Dutch family named Koop; or it was named Cooper for the coopers that came to collect the white cedar used for making rum barrels.
The island lies adjacent to “wreck alley”, a popular wreck diving site in the British Virgin Islands where a number of vessels have been deliberately sunk as dive sites. A local dive store near the beach club rents tanks to certified scuba divers.
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