I haven't been down the dirt road to Annaly Bay tidal pools since October 2009..... what is the condition of the road since the recent rains? Is it still drivable? I remember two parts in the dirt road, where there is a deep trench in the middle of the road, and you have to sort of "balance" your 4X4 so your left and right tires are on either side of the trench so you don't fall in. Besides those two spots, which my SUV can handle, is the dirt road still accessible?
Dirt road to Annaly Bay Tide Pools
Last time I was there, in April, that road was horrendous. Even the guys in the Tan Tan tour Jeeps had trouble navigating it. Be very careful.
I second that be very careful. We rent a Jeep and do it when family is in town, but there has been more then a time or two that we were all praying. If you don't have a really good driver with you think about it and then think again. And tan tan will do tours to take you there and then you won't have the stress.
Why on earth don't people just walk there? It's an absolutely horrible "road," and it's not a long hike at all. I met Wave, the owner of Tan Tan Tours, when he was there to bail out one of his Jeeps that got stuck... as we walked merrily by. We always park either at the top of the Jeep trail or at Carambola. Either is accessible even by those roller skates that the rental companies pass off as cars.
To answer your question... I was there on July 23, after the rain, and it seems to be getting worse every time I see it.
To me its a long very scary hike, especially when it's damp/rainy/muddy, which it was when I went and being in the rain forest I can only assume it often is. . Its a very narrow trail next to a huge drop off (most of the way), so I always warn people that if you are afraid of heights this is NOT the hike for you. I am afraid of heights, but I was trying to be a trooper but by the time I got to the tide pools I was totally convinced my husband was trying to kill me! 😉