A sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands is a trip like none other. Brilliant white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and turquoise water set the backdrop for adventure and relaxation. Since there are so many wonderful places to see and lots of activities, it may be challenging to decide what to do. This sample BVI Sailing Itinerary for 10-nights is a good place to start your planning.
Day 1 Road Town, Tortola – The Bight, Norman Island
Begin your 10-night BVI sailing itinerary at Road Town, Tortola. After a brief safety meeting with your captain, set sail to the Bight, Norman Island.
Long ago, Norman Island was said to be a hiding spot for Pirate Booty. It is also said to be the inspiration for the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Today, Norman Island is a safe and scenic place to anchor.
- Snorkel The Caves at Treasure Point
- Have a tropical drink at Willy T’s
- Dine at the Pirates Bite Restaurant
Day 2 Norman Island – Peter Island
After a leisurely breakfast cooked by your private chef, it’s on to Peter Island.
You may want to stop at the Indians to snorkel or scuba dive on the way there. Peter Island is a private island with a resort. The resort is being renovated after recent hurricanes and is scheduled to open in December 2021.
Day 3 Peter Island – Cooper Island
Sail from Peter Island to Cooper Island, stopping at Salt Island along the way. Once you’ve arrived at Cooper Island, there is a variety of activities at the Cooper Island Beach Club such as sampling local rums at the Rum Bar. Take the dinghy for a short boat ride to Cistern Point, a shallow diving spot on the western side of the island. Snorkel or dive and see ledges and rocky formations that hide marine life such as colorful tropical fish, anemones, tarpon, turtles, stingray, moray eels, and nurse sharks. You could also take the dinghy to the Wreck of the Rhone near Salt Island.
- Cooper Island Beach Club
- Watch the sunset
Day 4 Cooper Island – Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
Have your morning coffee and perhaps get in a little stand-up paddleboarding before breakfast. Then, enjoy the scenery as you sail to the Baths, Virgin Gorda. (weather permitting if not take a taxi from Spanish Town to the Baths).
- The Baths. Explore the grottos and tunnels made by giant boulders scattered along the shore. Walk to the Top of the Baths for a great view, a bite to eat, and a little souvenier shopping.
- Take a taxi to Spanish Town. Visit CocoMaya restaurant, bar, and beach.
- Take a taxi to the Copper Mine ruins.
- Shop at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour.
- Dinghy to Little Dix Bay. Have an elegant dinner at Little Dix Bay restaurant and then enjoy live entertainment at the Rum Room.
Overnight at anchor near Spanish Town or dock at the marina in Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour.
Day 5 Spanish Town – Leverick Bay, North Sound, Virgin Gorda
On day five, you’ll definitely be in an island state of mind. This morning, sail to the Dog Islands for snorkeling, swimming, and paddleboarding. Then, continue on to Leverick Bay. From this anchorage, you can access a variety of restaurants and activities such as
- The Spa at Leverick Bay. Treat yourself to a massage, mani/pedi, or a complete spa package.
- Saba Rock. Saba Rock is a tiny island — about an acre and a half in size. The island contains a small hotel, restaurant, bar, and gift shop. There is also good snorkeling around Saba Rock. Keep an eye out for old sunken cannons.
- Anchor near the Bitter End Yacht Club and take the dinghy to Oil Nut Bay.
- Water Sports. The North Sound is a protected area that’s great for watersports. Besides snorkeling, there’s kiteboarding, windsurfing, and jetskiing. Or, rent a flyboard if your yacht doesn’t have one. No experience is needed!
- Hire a car or taxi and check out some local eateries such as Hog Heaven Restaurant with its incredible view, or The Restaurant at Leverick bay,
Day 6 Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda – Anegada
Get an early start to Anegada. There’s a full day’s worth of activities to do here including
- Renting a car or scooter and exploring the island
- Visiting Cow Wreck Beach
- Snorkeling Horseshoe Reef
- Dining on Anegada lobster at the Anegada Beach Club Restaurant or the Wonky Dog Restaurant and Bar
- Strolling on Loblolly Beach
Day 7 Anegada – Marina Cay
Today you’ll sail to Marina Cay. From here, you’ll have a great starting point for the day’s adventures. Take the dinghy to Scrub Island and Great Camanoe. Explore the shallow water around Marina Cay. At night, this area is often lit up from the moored yachts, creating a beautiful view of the undersea world.
Day 8 Marina Cay – Cane Garden Bay
Today’s first stop is Monkey Point off Guana Island. Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. After lunch, head to Cane Garden Bay. Spend the day at this gorgeous beach swimming in the clear water, kayaking, snorkeling, and relaxing. Later, when the sun goes down, the activity heats up. Beach bars such as Quito’s Gazebo and Myett’s Garden and Grill serve up food, drinks, and live entertainment.
Day 9 Cane Garden Bay – Jost van Dyke
On day nine, it’s on to Jost van Dyke. On the way, stop at Sandy Cay and Green Cay for some spectacular snorkeling or diving. Anchor at Diamond Cay and visit the Bubbly Pool, a natural Jacuzzi that’s formed as waves fill a small pool with effervescent seawater.
Sail around to Great Harbour and enjoy activities such as
- ATV rides
- Strolling on the beach
- Having a drink at the famous Foxy’s. (Don’t forget to get a t-shirt!)
- Sailing (or taking the dinghy) to White Bay and visiting the Soggy Dollar Bar
Day 10 Jost van Dyke – Soper’s Hole, West End Tortola
Today enjoy a short sail from Jost van Dyke to Soper’s Hole. Browse the marina’s shops such as Arawak Surf and Zenaida’s Boutique and stop in for a bite to eat at Omar’s. In the evening, cast a line and try your luck at catching a fish while watching the gorgeous sunset.
Day 11 Soper’s Hole – Road Town
As you awake to your last day of your 10-night BVI Sailing Itinerary, take some time to breathe in the salty air and reflect on the memories you’ve made. Enjoy breakfast and sail back to Road Town. Maybe stop for a quick swim at Peter Island’s Deadman’s Bay.