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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.
in December and January
The BVI is a sailor’s paradise, with reliable trade winds, and calm, sheltered clear waters. It is top of any sailor’s bucket list of chartering destinations.
It’s easy to see why the BVIs are the most popular cruising grounds in the Caribbean, as these impressive islands bask in sunshine year-round with a tropical climate staying at a balmy 30°C. Add in the line of sight navigation with few hidden hazards, it’s a great choice for those relatively new to sailing or haven’t sailed the Caribbean before.
From November to June, the trade winds blow from the north-east, averaging 15 to 25 knots. The winds can be stronger between December and January, known as the famous Xmas wind. In the summer months, the trade winds are from the south-east, and a little weaker at between 10 and 15 knots.You’ll find the islands less crowded when there is lighter wind in the summer months.
Hurricane season runs from June to October.
There are regular scheduled flights from the UK to Antigua. Flights from the UK to Antigua depart from London Gatwick with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. LIAT operates 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 a system of daytime moorings in reef sensitive areas. This is to eliminate the erosion of reefs and help damaged reefs to recover. If you wish to moor, snorkel or dive in any of the BVI National Parks, you need a Mooring Permit. Permit costs depend on the number of passengers and range from $25 per boat per week for four people to $55 per boat per week for 10 people. It 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.