I decided to finally attempt to locate and visit the bubbly pool on Jost van Dyke, particularly as I could see that the north swell was making for some spectacular rollers smashing into the north side rocks of little Jost van Dyke. I started off and once again made the mistake of trying to walk across the mangrove swamp in search of a path; but fortunately I joined two other first-timers and we stuck to the outside and soon found a path - actually, more like a highway ... I don't know how I could have missed it last time.
I took a lot of pictures while up on the rocks and then at the bubbly pool, which was more of a frothing maelstrom today; so this page is rather graphic overloaded since it was difficult to prune down the more than 100 pictures to just a few.
After the walk to the bubbly pool I returned to Zanshin and decided to leave and get a good overnight anchoring position in Great Harbour on Jost van Dyke. While I was in Great Harbour early, I was rather dismayed to see the proliferation of mooring balls; the last time I'd visited there were just a couple of mooring balls, now most of the anchorage is filled and the only places remaining to anchor a boat with over 8 feet of draft is quite far outside. Unfortunately, that not only means a long dinghy ride to the dock but also that the boats out there are somewhat exposed to the seas and I found Zanshin rolling around quite a bit but had little choice (well, I could have taken a mooring ball, but that was what I was trying to avoid). On my first anchoring attempt I felt the chain drag but on my second attempt it held. I put on mask and fins and dove on the anchor to find that it wasn't deeply dug into the rocky underground, but that my chain had somehow managed to get underneath a big coral head so I dove to move the chain away from that potential snag.
Dinner was a Corsair's bar and their pizza was as good as ever, I even managed to eat more than half before being sated. The heavy meal plus Red Stripes put me in a mood for sleep and I did notice that my back was getting better, albeit moving around in a supine position is still occasionally quite painful.

Oyster 'On liberty' A beatiful Oyster that I've seen in several anchorages around the BVI
(2013-02-12 10:25:32 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.8, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Oyster 'On liberty'
BVI Daytrippers Tourists out for a day at the Jost van Dyke bubbly pool
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BVI Daytrippers
Long Bay looking at Tortola Looking back at Foxy's Taboo while on the walk to the bubbly pool.
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Long Bay looking at Tortola
Calm and Wild waters The sheltered and shallow reef waters with the big breakers to the north
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Calm and Wild waters
Long Bay looking at Tortola Looking back at Foxy's Taboo while on the walk to the bubbly pool.
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Long Bay looking at Tortola
Reef breaking up the swell The big waves breaking on the shallow coral waters between Jost van Dyke and Little Jost van Dyke
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Reef breaking up the swell
North Swell hitting Jost Waves smashing into the north side of Jost van Dyke during a north swell
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North Swell hitting Jost
North swell rolling in Wave after wave breaking here; if the waters weren't so shallow and treacherous it would seem to be a great surfing spot.
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North swell rolling in
Waves breaking on Jost A big wave smashing the rocks on the north side of Jost van Dyke
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Waves breaking on Jost
Reef between Little Jost and Jost Reef between Little Jost and Jost
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Reef between Little Jost and Jost
North shore of Jost van Dyke The pounding surf on the rocky north shore of Jost van Dyke
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North shore of Jost van Dyke
Flying spray Spray shooting up from the waves hitting Jost van Dyke
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Flying spray
Flying Spray Spray shooting up from a big wave hitting the north shore of Jost van Dyke
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Flying Spray
Bubbly Pool Wave 1 A wave enters the bubbly pool area while intrepid bathers wait
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Bubbly Pool Wave 1
Bubbly Pool Wave 2 The wave has entered and hit the bathers
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Bubbly Pool Wave 2
Bubbly Pool Wave 3 I'm not sure this would be called 'bubbling', more like 'frothing'
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Bubbly Pool Wave 3
Bubbly Pool Wave 4 The wave washes up high on the shoreline.
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Bubbly Pool Wave 4
Bubbly Pool phone call Yes, he's trying to speak with someone on his cell phone, but the signal seems to be weak.
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Bubbly Pool phone call
Bubbly Pool entrance This wave proved to be a particularly good one.
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Bubbly Pool entrance
Bubbly Pool waterway The entrance and egress for water to the bubbly pool area
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Bubbly Pool waterway
Bubbly Pool rocks One can see how this might be a dangerous area, particularly as some of the water exits between the underwater rocks.
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Bubbly Pool rocks
Bubbly Pool filling up Bubbly Pool filling up
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Bubbly Pool filling up
Bubbly Pool bubbling Bubbly Pool bubbling
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Bubbly Pool bubbling
Caribbean vegetation One can see the creeper vines might make going through the underbrush a particularly difficult task when they are more dense.
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Caribbean vegetation
Jost mangrove swamp This looks like a particularly good breeding ground for mosquitos.
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Jost mangrove swamp
Wild waves outside the breakwater Wild waves outside the breakwater
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Wild waves outside the breakwater
Do Not Stand under Poison Tree This rather difficult to decipher sign was below a couple of manchioneel trees, the one directly over it has been burned (some of the charred area can be seen in the photo). Manchioneel trees are poisonous and particularly insidious if one stands underneath them in the rain.
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Do Not Stand under Poison Tree
Mr. Winch at happy hour Mr. Winch in his shades about to sip on the happy hour libation in Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke
(2013-02-12 17:14:37 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 1.68m)
Mr. Winch at happy hour
Jost van Dyke panorama A panorama shot of Jost van Dyke and Little Jost van Dyke (centre).
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Jost van Dyke panorama
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