Sailing in the British Virgin Islands….
The British Virgin Islands offer some of the best Caribbean cruising, from deserted beaches to pristine coral reefs, there are over 40 Islands to explore – most of which are uninhabited National Parks.
Highlights include the Peter Island Resort which hosts an award winning spa, and for a more low key Island experience, the not-to-be-missed Soggy Dollar Bar on the aptly named White Bay, Jost Van Dyke….
Below is our recommended sample itinerary for an amazing BVI adventure:
Day 1: Fly into Beef Island Airport on the island of Tortola.
The crew meet you at the airport and transfer you to the yacht. Enjoy a champagne reception and Captains welcome before setting sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Norman Island, also know as Treasure island, a magical and mysterious island where Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island was based.
Enjoy a late afternoon swim in quiet Benureres bay or a spectacular scuba dive at the Indians.
After a fabulous dinner relax and take in the unpolluted night sky or take the party option and have a night cap at the Willy T’s bar – a 1915 black Danish Baltic trader converted into a floating restaurant/bar.
Day 2: After a relaxing breakfast a short motor to The Caves for a breathtaking snorkel.
Natural caves on a shallow decline are the playground for myriads of fish, light sensitive coral, and if you look very carefully perhaps a barracuda or two lurking in the distance.
Set sail to beautiful Deadman’s Bay – soft sandy beaches and crystal clear azure water. Swim ashore to relax in the hammocks with a tropical fruit cocktail.
An afternoon sail to The Baths at Virgin Gorda – one of the most stunning sites in the BVI – Gigantic granite boulders and half submerged rocks line the southern seashore, creating grottos, tunnels, and arches – a wonderful place to swim, snorkel, and explore.
Sandy beaches are lined with coconut palms, adding to the dramatic effect.
Day 3: Start the day with an exciting upwind sail from The Baths to North Sound, Virgin Gorda.
This beautiful area is one large playground, boarded by several islands including Mosquito, Prickly Pear, Saba Rock, Eustatia and Necker Island.
For the more active it is the perfect location for some Hobie Cat Racing, Water-skiing, Windsurfing or Hiking – or perhaps strolling around the famous Bitter End Yacht Club for some light shopping.
A short dingy ride out to Eustatia Reef for a snorkel – the seabed here is littered with old cannons and anchors from galleons wrecked on the reed in years gone by.
Day 4: Another exciting sail to Anegada – a unique Island a world apart from it’s BVI neighbours.
Anegada is only 10 miles long by 2 and a half miles wide, and it’s highest point at 28 feet, and sixteen miles of pristine sandy beaches of primeval quality. It is “guarded” by the third largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere.
After a delicious lunch on board allow a local tour guide to reveal the beauties of Anegada – the abundance of sea life that live on the Barrier reef, the Iguanas that guard the police station, or if you are lucky the indigenous, and shy, Pink Flamingo’s that live on the Salt Pond.
Sample Lobster, caught to order ashore at a recommended restaurant – a fascinating place to dine with the sand between your toes and under a canopy of stars.
Day 5: After breakfast, put your feet up with a good read for the relaxing down-wind sail to Jost Van Dyke.
Stop off at Green Cay for a swim ashore to this tiny uninhabited island, a perfect sand island punctuated by a cluster of rocks with green vegetation and two lonely coconut palms – surrounded by aqua marine water.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity overnight or take a short hop to Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, for a visit to Foxy’s Bar – infamous for Foxy’s clever entertaining and micro-brewery. Frequented in the past by both The Beach Boys and Van Morrison!
Day 6: A comfortable cruise takes you to the famous pirate hang-out of Sopers Hull.
Sopers Hull is a cluster of fanciful pastel West Indian buildings housing some terrific boutiques and craft shops.
Around the anchorage is a mix of old classic brigantines, square-riggers and modern sailing boats. After a spot of lunch, sail between the western tip of Tortola and Eastern tip of St Johns towards Great Harbour, Peter Island. A perfect anchorage for more water shops, including scuba diving and snorkelling.
Either relax in this pristine location watching the graceful Pelicans that gather on the rocky shore, or take another afternoon cruise to historical Salt Island which harbours the ship wreck of HMS Rhone and whose inhabitants still pay a bag of salt a year to The Queen as rent. Snorkel or Dive HMS Rhone or have a cocktail served to you as you watch the sun set.
Day 7: Spend the morning relaxing and savouring your last few hours aboard.
It is a short sail across the Sir Frances Drake channel to your drop off point on Tortola where you depart by noon.