Tortola, at the heart of the archipelago, is the center of government and commerce and has a welcoming laid-back atmosphere. A BVI yacht charter offers something for everyone. Spend the day swimming in the pristine waters, snorkeling or scuba diving on world renowned reefs and dive sights such as the wreck of the Rhone, or the beautiful Indians all teeming with exotic marine life.
Explore the natural wonder and hidden secrets of the islands such as the breath taking Baths on Virgin Gorda, a unique formation of huge granite boulders and pristine white sand beaches. The BVI is host to some renowned sailor’s bars including the legendary Foxy’s on Jos van Dyke, and the Soggy Dollar bar, home to the famous Painkiller punch! With so many great spots to visit, all just a short sail apart, cruising the BVI has something for everyone. With line of sight navigation and a myriad of activities available, the BVIs are a wonderful choice for families.
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.
There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands from the USA or Canada.
All flights connect through another Caribbean airport such as Antigua, St Thomas, Puerto Rico, St Kitts or St Maarten. Then you can fly on to Beef Island, Tortola with daily flights available through Seaborne Airlines, Cape Air, and Air Sunshine. There is also regular ferry service to BVI from Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook, St. Thomas. The last ferry leaves at approximately 4:30pm. If you are arriving before 4.30pm and cannot make the last ferry or wish for a private transfer you must contact Dohm’s water taxi and book a private transfer: +340-775-6501. They do get booked up so please don’t leave this option too late to confirm.
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”. The Bight provides a perfect anchorage with a restaurant and floating bar aboard “The Willie T”.
DAY 2 : As 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. After lunch sail “right next door” to Cooper Island (8nm) where you can pick up a mooring in front of the beachfront restaurant.
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) a protected bay with a wide choice of anchorages and excellent restaurants.
DAY 4 : Snorkelling on the reef at Marina Cay gives you an appetite for lunch. Trellis Bay (10nm) is a good place to spend the night, home to the famous restaurant and cabaret “The Last Resort”.
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 at “Soggy Dollar Bar” or in Little Harbour where “Foxys'” is famous for its beach parties.
DAY 6 : Lunch at Soper’s Hole Wharf, home of Pusser’s Landing, reputedly built on the hideout of the pirate Blackbeard. Afternoon sail across Sir Francis Drake Channel to Peter Island (11nm).
DAY 7 : Watch the sunrise over Peter Island and take an early morning swim in the deliciously warm sea. Weigh anchor for the short sail back to the marina (5nm).
Day 1– Wickhams Cay II
Tortola is the most developed island in the British Virgin Islands and is a great place to begin your British Virgin Islands yacht charter. Road Town, Tortola’s capital, is a lively, bustling town that surrounds the harbour.
Day 2- The Bright, Norman Island (4nm)
Discover a hidden treasure in the place that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson for his famous book, Treasure Island. Treasure Point at the mouth of the Bight is the location of the famous purple and orange-walled Caves, which offer a superb snorkelling experience. Despite being largely uninhabited, The Bight is home to the legendary William Thornton (Willie T’s) floating restaurant, housed in a replica 1915 topsail schooner, where you can expect to have a very entertaining night.
Day 3– Sopers Hole (9nm)
Located at the western end of Tortola, Soper’s Hole which is situated on Frenchman’s Cay, is an ideal place to stop, refuel and replenish provisions.
Day 4– Marina Cay (16nm)
The flower-covered, eight acre island nestles in a sheltered lagoon surrounded on two sides by coral reefs. The shallow waters are always warm and calm, making Marina Cay perfect for families with young children. Take your yacht charter to nearby Trellis Bay for windsurfing, sea kayaking and a good open-air market for artisan crafts.
Day 5– Biras Creek (8nm)
Pelicans like to hang out and forage in the mangroves that line the entry to the creek. Berchers Bay, on the Caribbean side, is a fabulous beach with majestic cliffs that are perfect for walking on. On land, spectacular displays of tropical frangipani and allamandas line the walkways of the resort.
Day 6– Anegada (12nm)
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 7– free sailing
Day 8– Leverick Bay
Virgin Gorda’s North Sound, an incredible and magnificent blue lagoon, is rich in maritime history. It is where Sir Francis Drake assembled his fleet before attacking Puerto-Rico with the legendary Sir John Hawkins. You can rent a power boat, play tennis, try your hand at volleyball, have a spa treatment or join a deep sea fishing expedition.
Day 9– Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour (9nm)
The marina is close to Virgin Gorda’s famous Baths. Majestic boulders appear scattered over the soft white sand and form grottos and warm rock pools that are perfect for languorous exploration.
Day 10– Cane Garden Bay (17nm)
The Cane Garden Bay is great for swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, or riding horses on the beach. The Bay is renowned for its terrific nightlife. Be sure to try the local specialities of conch and pumpkin fritters.
Day 11– Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke (7nm)
Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke Island is perhaps most famous as the home of Foxy’s, the legendary BVI hangout named after its revered owner, Foxy Callwood. Foxy’s is a bar and restaurant as well as a venue for live music and general high-jinks.
Day 12 and 13– free sailing
Day 14– return to base, Wickhams Cay II