Once a month, if you time it right, your charter could coincide with the famed ‘Full Moon Parties’ of the British Virgin Islands. What better time to enjoy beachside festivities than under the light of a full moon? You will not want to miss this opportunity to go ashore for a night of entertainment, dancing, and drinking. The first full moon party was held back in 1989 at the now renowned Bomba Surf Shack , by Bomba himself, and has been attracting crowds looking for a good time ever since. Whether you’re looking for a wild night of partying or a fun family celebration, checking out one of the full moon parties is a must. Take some time off the boat to enjoy this local tradition ashore, where you can enjoy all the music, cuisine (emphasis on the drinks), and entertainment that these parties have to offer.

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Bomba’s vs. Trellis Bay

There are two main places on Tortola to soak in the revelry of the full moon celebrations, Bomba’s and Trellis Bay.  Bomba’s is located on the West End at Capoons Bay and is known for being the rowdy epicenter of these celebrations. A structure held up by surf boards and driftwood, the bar itself if a site to see. The party will not get started until later in the evening here and will carry into the early hours of the morning. Dance the night away at this notorious beach bar with a lively crowd and great drinks, where the people watching may be as enjoyable as the provided entertainment. This will definitely be a more adult atmosphere, especially as the evening progresses and the alcohol keeps flowing.

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If you are looking for a more family friendly experience, do not worry, there are other options.  The celebrations at the Trellis Bay Cyber Cafe over on the opposite end of Tortola, on Beef Island, are known for being a bit more suitable for children and families. The festivities take place on the beach lit by huge ‘fireballs,’ hence why it’s known as the “Fireball Moon Party.” At midnight one of these massive fireballs is lit up right in the bay making for a great spectacle for everyone on the beach. There will be plenty of island flavour to be enjoyed by all ages including a Caribbean buffet, local musicians and artists, and colorful performers.

These are the two most well-known places to celebrate, but there are plenty of other places that take part in the revelry, like CocoMaya Restaurant on Virgin Gorda.  This night of beachside celebrations only happens once a month, so if you happen to be sailing around BVI during one of the dates below,  you will not want to miss the chance to experience this shore-side local tradition and party with locals and tourists alike. If not, you may even want to purposely plan your charter to overlap with one of these legendary parties.  After this nightlong lively beach party, you can set sail and recover from the comfort of your boat under that warm Caribbean sun.

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Plan your visit for a 2016 Full  Moon Party! Dates:

Saturday, 23rd January 2016

Monday, 22nd February 2016

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

Friday, 22nd April 2016

Saturday, 21st May 2016

Monday, 20th June 2016

Tuesday, 19th July 2016

Thursday, 18th August 2016

Friday, 16th September 2016

Sunday, 16th October 2016

Monday, 14th November 2016

Tuesday, 13th December 2016


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