BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Whether you sail from St Martin or fly into Beef Island directly, Tortola welcomes the most famous and easiest sailing waters. We can offer one ways from St Martin for your convenience. You will sail between the Emerald mountains who join the crystal clear turquoise sea, providing the best conditions ever: good winds, an abundance of quiet and protected anchorages, white sands, palm fringed beaches, beautiful coral and colorful tropical fish.
Diving or snorkeling in BVI is rated among the best in the world, more than sixty dive sites charted, many established underwater National Park, you will find exceptional landscapes and wide variety. The main island Tortola is the largest one offering all services you need to organize your cruise.
Visit the Crafts Alive Market for shopping and souvenirs, listening to the great reggae sounds of Quito Rhymer in Cane Garden Bay, catching waves at Josiah’s Beach or hiking in Sage Mountain. Just minutes after casting off you will find over forty islands, islets and cays to explore… just pick one out, depending on your mood of the day. Our experienced team will advice you through all the “must-see sites”. Here a cruising itinerary sample to discover…
TORTOLA ● VIRGIN GORDA ● ANEGADA ● JOST VAN DYKE
DAY 1 THE INDIANS
After a short reach across the Sir Francis Drake Channel you will arrive at ‘The Indians’, a National Park Area, and the perfect spot to enjoy your first snorkel or dive as you swim around its four magnificent pinnacles. It’s a nice, shallow dive or snorkel, so a great introduction to the underwater world if it’s your first time!
Afterwards it’s only a short motor across to Norman Island, rumored to be the site of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel, ‘Treasure Island’. There, you can watch a spectacular Caribbean sunset while enjoying a sundowner! Visit either ‘The Pirate’s Bight’ ashore or the floating bar/restaurant, the ‘William Thornton’. Both serve great food and are fun party spots for celebrating your well-earned vacation! You can also follow the trail behind ‘Pirates’ and walk up to the top of the island for fantastic views. If you are looking for a quieter more secluded spot to spend the night, Benures Bay is a beautiful anchorage, with a lovely walk over the hill to the very private MONEY BAY, where you will find good snorkeling and a great dive site just outside the entrance to the bay. Also both Privateers Bay and Soldier Bay have moorings and offer another peaceful option.
DAY 2 THE CAVES
After breakfast take your dinghy around the corner to ‘The Caves’. Pick up a National Park mooring buoy and enjoy the wonders of the coral reef and its colorful inhabitants. Sail to The Wreck of The Rhone (sunk in 1867) for a stunning morning dive or snorkel.
Tack up to Cooper Island early afternoon and pick up an overnight mooring. Take the dinghy to Cistern Point for more snorkeling or simply relax on the beach or by the bar at the Cooper Island Beach Club. There is a dive shop where you can refill tanks. To protect the beauty and diversity of our coral reefs there is a “No Anchoring” policy at the National Park Sites, so always pick up a buoy. Please don’t be tempted to fish or feed the fish in the parks as this will disturb their fragile ecosystem!
DAY 3 THE BATHS
Get an early start and tack up the Sir Francis Drake Channel to ‘The Baths’ on the Southern end of Virgin Gorda. Pick up a National Park mooring and snorkel into the beach.
You can spend the whole day exploring the tunnels, caves and crystal clear pools through the maze of massive boulders, which have been resting here for literally millions of years. Some people call these the eighth wonder of the world!
In the early afternoon you can back across the channel to the beautiful Marina Cay for a late afternoon snorkel and evening BBQ. For those who wish to do a little shopping, you can spend the night at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, a luxurious marina owned by the famous Little Dix Bay Resort (dive tank refills here).
DAY 4 VIRGIN GORDA
Off to North Sound,Virgin Gorda, where you will find a little something for everyone. Supposedly named ‘The Fat Virgin’ by Christopher Columbus, Virgin Gorda is the third largest island in the BVI. For great snorkeling and diving, stop at Mountain Point. For peace and tranquility choose Drake’s Anchorage, from where you can go ashore in the evening and walk over the hill to watch the sunset from Honeymoon Beach. If you want entertainment, Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock offer music most evenings. Visit the shops, rent a Hobie Cat, learn to windsurf; you will be spoilt for choice! Leverick Bay has a Beauty and Massage Parlour, and also a great store (tank refills and provisions). Biras Creek is a wonderful place for a cocktail and long walks, and look out for the iguanas! You can dinghy through past Saba Rock for some turtle spotting at the reef. If you have more time, spend a couple of days here; it is well worth it!
DAY 5 ANEGADA
The experienced sailors among you may want to sail to Anagada. Located approximately 12 miles north of Gorda Sound and surrounded by the world’s third largest coral reef, Anegada is the perfect destination for those wishing to simply relax! With miles of white sandy beaches, fantastic snorkelling off the north shore and the best fresh lobster in the BVI, Anegada is well worth the sail! Stay at least 2-3 nights to explore this magical island fully..
Otherwise, sail south to ‘The Dogs’ for wonderful snorkeling and diving. There is a tunnel to swim through and even the wreck of a small plane to explore if you have Scuba. Spend the night at Trellis Bay on a mooring. A fun anchorage, home to the Last Resort restaurant and bar offering live music with the ‘Singing Chef’ most nights, or good snorkeling and hammocks on the beach by De Loose Mongoose restaurant. If you wish to catch up
DAY 6 GUANA ISLAND
Continue west (downwind), stopping for a morning snorkel at Monkey Point; anchor off any of the deserted white sand, palm fringed beaches on the North Coast of Tortola. White Bay is also lovely for a lunch stop.
Visit the beautiful classic desert island, Sandy Cay. Walk through the protected park to the natural jacuzzi baths, looking out for wild orchids.
JOST VAN DYKE
In the afternoon motor over to Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke. Jost is well known for its relaxed laid back atmosphere with some of the best beach bars in the BVI. For those looking to stretch their legs then you can walk from Diamond Cay to the Bubbly pool and splash about in the natural wave pool. Have a drink with Foxy at his famous bar on the beach and dinner of freshly caught lobster at Sidney’s Peace and Love. White Bay has a beautiful white sandy beach and at the Soggy Dollar Bar is a blast (no dinghy dock, hence the name!), you can experience a Painkiller – a rum based island speciality! Little Harbour has the best local fresh fish and lobster and the benefit of mooring balls.
Green Cay is another classical desert island, with great snorkeling and a quiet spot to spend a romantic evening!
DAY 7 TORTOLA
Head over to Cane Garden Bay and spend the afternoon on the beach. Quito, a famous reggae musician plays in his bar on Thursday nights and there are numerous other bars along the beautiful long beach – one is guaranteed to have live music!
DAY 8 PETER ISLAND
Sail south through the cut at Soper’s Hole, stopping for more provisions and water at the marina, and sail up to Deadman’s Bay à Peter Island. Lounge on the white sand for a while before climbing the trail up to view the islands from above.
The South side of Peter Island is also a fabulous day stop, with great coves with amazing snorkeling, white sand beaches. Anchor at White Bay and dinghy around all the smaller coves, have a private BBQ on the beach, collect shells and hang easy. Don’t be tempted to stay the night as the holding is not great and the swells can sometimes make it uncomfortable.
After breakfast you have time to squeeze in one more snorkel (no diving before flying), both Little Harbour and Great Harbour have beautiful reefs and colorful tropical fish. Sail across the channel to BVI Yacht Charters at Joma Marina, Road Town by noon. Give us a call before you arrive to check your slip number and we will have a taxi waiting after you have refueled at our fuel dock and checked the boat out with someone on the dock.