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Tortola, at the heart of the archipelago, is the centre of BVI government and commerce and has a warm and welcoming, laid-back atmosphere. Plan your BVI yacht charter and take away and lifetime of memories.
You can spend your days swimming in the clearest waters, snorkelling or scuba diving on world-renowned reefs and dive sites, such as the wreck of the RMS Rhone, or discover the beautiful Indians teeming with exotic marine life. Explore the natural wonder and hidden secrets of the islands, such as the impressive Baths on Virgin Gorda, a geological formation of huge granite boulders sheltering soft, white sand beaches.
The BVI is known for its nightlife and sailor’s bars, including the legendary Foxy’s on Jos van Dyke with its famous Painkiller punch – you have been warned! With so many great spots to visit and a colourful underwater world, the BVIs are a wonderful choice for families. With line of sight navigation and a myriad of activities available, the BVIs is the perfect island-hopping cruising destination for any sailor.
The BVI is a sailor’s paradise, with reliable trade winds, and calm sheltered crystal clear waters A BVI yacht charter is a must. Basking in sunshine year round, it is easy to see why this is the most popular cruising ground in the Caribbean. Line of sight navigation with few hidden hazards make the BVI the perfect introduction to Caribbean sailing.
Season Trade winds season: from November till June the trade winds are from the North East, average 15 to 25 Knots. Stronger winds can occur in December/January, the famous X Mas wind. In the summer months the trade winds are from the South East, and a little weaker, averaging 10 to 15 Knots.
Hurricane season runs from June till October. The sailing area is less crowded when there is lighter wind in the summer months.
BVI is a tropical climate and warm all year round with temperatures staying a balmy 30°C.
Fly via Antigua or St Martin. LIAT operate scheduled services that connect you from Antigua to Beef Island Airport in the BVI.
National Park Day Time Mooring Permits
The National Parks Trust of the British Virgin Islands has established a system of daytime moorings in reef sensitive areas. This is to eliminate the erosion of reefs but also to help damaged reefs to recover.
For this reason, should you wish to moor, snorkel or dive in any of the BVI National Parks, a Mooring permit is required. The cost is dependent on the number of passengers but it ranges from $25 per boat per week for 4 people to $55 per boat per week for 10 people and is charged in advance along with the charter fee. The permit is issued on arrival at the base.
This is a government tax that enables you to cruise around the British Virgin Islands.
DAY 1 : Easy reach to Norman Island (8nm), home of the Caves and inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”. You can find mooring lines at the Bight.
DAY 2 : At Salt Island grab your mask and snorkel and check out the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship “Rhone” which sank during a hurricane in 1867. Pass around Cooper Island (8nm).
DAY 3 : The Baths at Virgin Gorda are one of the most famous natural formations in the Caribbean. Huge granite boulders form small grottos and pools on the water’s edge for you to explore and snorkel. Sail up to North Sound (13nm), an incredible and magnificent blue lagoon, rich in maritime history. It is where Sir Francis Drake assembled his fleet before attacking Puerto Rico with the legendary Sir John Hawkins.
DAY 4 : Located at the western end of Tortola, Soper’s Hole, which is situated on Frenchman’s Cay and reputedly built on the hideout of the pirate Blackbeard. It is an ideal place to stop, refuel and replenish provisions. Dine at Pusser’s Landing and Omar’s Cafe.
DAY 5 : Cruise up to Guana Island for spectacular snorkelling and a beach picnic at Monkey Point. An afternoon’s sail west takes you to Jost van Dyke (15nm). Anchor in White Bay and swim ashore for cocktails in Little Harbour where “Foxy’s’” is famous for its Painkiller punch and beach parties.
DAY 6 : Free sailing.
DAY 7 : Low-lying and flat, Anegada is known as The Drowned Island and is quite different to the other islands in the BVI. Surrounded by reefs and shipwrecks, Anegada has superb white sand beaches. Whilst visiting Anegada on your yacht charter you might also spot one of the endangered rock iguanas that grow up to five feet long.
DAY 8 : Explore Fallen Jerusalem and its fabulous underwater world. It’s a top snorkel spot.
DAY 9 : Free sailing.
DAY 10 : Return to base.
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