Here is a sample British Virgin Islands sailing-itinerary to help plan your next yacht charter vacation. This is the first of two sample itineraries.
Welcome to the BVI. Your planned British Virgin Islands Sailing-Itinerary will be discussed over a welcoming drink and lunch. Relax, settle in, let the sparkling turquoise waters and clear blue skies remind you that you’re on vacation!
On your first day out at sea, we head over to Peter Island. This large island boasts 30 spectacular dive and snorkel sites. At the south end of the island lies lovely White Bay, so named for its long, sparkling white sand beach. This uncrowded bay is an exquisite gem visited by only a few charter boats. Here you will discover endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles as you explore the thriving coral reefs. For experienced divers, we head to Shark Point. Here you will see schools of Horse-Eyed Jacks, Butterfly Fish, “clouds” of Bermuda chub, and even the rare shark darting along the current-swept rocky ridges.
Overnight in Great Harbour.
This morning we set sail to Virgin Gorda. Enjoy the day snorkeling or diving the Wreck of the Rhone. Made famous in the movie “The Deep,” this is one of the great adventures for snorkelers and divers alike. Snorkelers can enjoy floating over the wreck from the surface of the water with their mask and fins. Divers submerge for a closer look, exploring the nooks and crannies of this fascinating wreck.
After lunch, we recommend an afternoon land tour to The Baths. This unusual geologic formation, located on the southern end of the island, is a major tourist destination. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island’s volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes, or caves, that are open to the sea.
North of the Baths is the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor. Here enjoy dinner on board, or head to The Bath and Turtle, one of the island’s favorite eateries. The Rendezvous Bar, located on the harbor’s edge, is an entertainment hotspot. Enjoy watching your favorite sporting events on the two flat-screen TVs or listen to the music of a live band.
Ahhhh…Another day in paradise! This morning venture out of the yacht harbor for a great day of water sports at The Dog Islands. The Dog Islands, named for the barking sounds of the extinct Caribbean Seal, are a series of small islands in the Sir Francis Drake Channel. These islands are a Marine National Park and Seabird Refuge with great diving and snorkeling. They are a great windsurfing venue as well.
Afterward, head over to The Bitter End Yacht Club where you’ll anchor for the night.
Awaken to the tantalizing aroma of fresh coffee and bread, the prelude to a great breakfast. Then sail to Anegada, the most remote island in the BVI and home to the third-largest coral reef in the world. Have lunch on board then take a taxi to explore this unique island.
Anegada features fabulous beaches, an immense barrier reef, salt ponds, flamingos, rock iguanas, spectacular sunsets, and great lobster dinners. Much of this island’s interior is made up of salt ponds, the largest of which is the Flamingo Pond. Not surprisingly and as the name would indicate, you’ll find a relatively good-sized flock of flamingos here. You may want to visit “The Outback”. This desolate area boasts numerous species unique to the island such as the Rock Iguana as well as several plant species.
Taxi to the north shore and enjoy one of the Caribbean’s most sumptuous beaches, Loblolly Beach. Loblolly is only one of many spectacular beaches on Anegada, which because of its many miles of untouched beaches, is sometimes called “The Beach Lover’s Island”. Other Anegada beaches include ones at Setting Point, Cow Wreck, and Pomato Point. Most of these beaches are sparsely dotted with uniquely charming beach bars and restaurants. Each offers fresh seafood (including fresh lobster and conch) as well as great island refreshments.
Jost Van Dyke beckons with a stop at the uninhabited islands of Green Cay and Sandy Cay. Green Cay is an exciting dive and snorkel site which has a series of pinnacles covered with brightly colored sponges and branching hydroid fans which shelter abundant marine life such as juvenile Angel Fish and Glassy Minnows, as well as Jacks, large Dog Snappers, schools of Barracuda and huge Tarpon. Onshore is a beach composed entirely of coral, smoothed by the action of the waves. A few hundred yards onto the island, there is a small shipwreck of a more modern-looking boat.
The pretty little island of Sandy Cay is a gem in the ocean. It is surrounded by picture-perfect, white sandy beaches that are speckled with clusters of rocks, green vegetation, and two lonely coconut palms. The British Virgin Islands is truly blessed to lay claim to such an enchanting little island. Of course, tourists from all over the world enjoy sunbathing, excellent snorkeling, picnics, and exploring this special paradise in the sun.
Awake to another glorious day in the BVI and a breakfast to die for! Then, take a leisurely sail to Norman Island and explore The Caves. These three water-level caves at the base of cliffs are ideal for snorkeling. And, if one goes deep enough into the cliffs, darkness makes the experience like a night dive. This is an excellent location to overnight. The island has no permanent inhabitants (other than wild goats), but there are a restaurant and bar named “Pirates”, located in The Bight. There is also an old barge named the William Thornton (or “Willie T’s” to locals) which operates as a bar and restaurant. These are obviously two fun locations to enjoy a happy hour and a casual dinner.
Today we sail to a large island known for its great beaches, Peter Island. Considered one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, Deadman’s Bay is but one of five beaches on Peter Island. Deadman’s Bay is huge and has several different beaches along its one-mile shoreline. It has good snorkeling at both ends and there is a Bar & Grill right on the beach for lunch. If you’re looking for a quiet stretch of sand, venture to the secluded Honeymoon Beach at the tip of the peninsula. Or charter over to the south side of the island and enjoy lovely White Bay, so named for its long, sparkling white sand and visited by only a few charter boats. You may want to dine ashore tonight at the famous, Tradewind’s restaurant inside The Peter Island Resort.
It’s your last day in the BVI! Have an early swim, savor the sunrise, have a leisurely breakfast, then it’s a short hop over to Tortola for one last hurrah! Smugglers Cove on the north shore of Tortola is one of the shining gems of the British Virgin Islands. Tucked away near the West End, with a half-moon white sand beach and surrounded by swaying palm trees, this cove offers excellent snorkeling, especially out at the eastern tip of the cove. The reef to the western edge has very nice diving options also. Swimming or just floating around in the crystal clear warm water is magnificent as well!
Say farewell to the BVI, and vow to return again soon, for it will be here waiting for you!
Whether it is deep-sea diving, snorkeling, or on-land sight seeing that interests you most, we will build a British Virgin Islands sailing itinerary that best suits your interests and desires. This is just a sample of what your yacht charter adventure in the British Virgin Islands may look like. Furthermore, weather – or other outside factors – may require your Captain to set an alternative course for the duration of your trip. “As the wind blows, so shall the sail”.