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British Virgin Islands

Adventure Sailing Charter in the British Virgin Islands

Caribbean Sea
Highlights: Virgin Gorda, Anegada, The Baths, Jost Van Dyke, Cooper Island, Norman Island, Tortola
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There’s a saying in the BVI, once you have visited the islands, the islands never leave you. Head out on your BVI Sailing Adventure and discover that truth for yourself. The Baths at Virgin Gorda, Foxy’s Bar & Restaurant on the sand at Jost Van Dyke, snorkeling the caves at Norman Island, the rum bar at Cooper Island Beach Club, scuba diving the Wreck of the Rhone off Salt Island, and strolling warm white sand beaches under swaying palms – the list of amazing experiences goes on and on in the BVI. It’s the reason why the islands are known worldwide as one of the premier cruising grounds on the planet. A trip to the BVI delivers inspiring natural beauty, thrilling adventures, care-free relaxation, terrific food and drink, and memories to last a lifetime.

British Virgin Islands Details

Day 1 – Tortola
Tortola is the largest island in the BVI and the seat of the BVI government. Tortola has many activities to enjoy including great beaches on the north side of the island, numerous marinas, and great shopping and restaurants in Road Town.

Day 2 – Anegada
Ringed by pristine white sand beaches and clear emerald blue waters, Anegada is the only BVI island that is formed from coral and limestone and is not volcanic in origin. Head on over to see the flamingos in the national park, have lunch and stroll along Cow Wreck Beach, and then settle into an evening at Setting Point to enjoy the famous Anegada lobster dinner barbecue.

Day 3 – The Baths, Virgin Gorda
One of the most captivating spots on Virgin Gorda is the stunning geological formation known as “The Baths.” This world-famous stop on the south west side of the island is not to be missed. Walk the island trails to a fun hike through, over, under, and around massive three-story boulders. Wade through shallow seawater pools through shafts of sunlight streaming through the rocks. For snorkelers, you’ll want to bring your gear to explore the warm crystal clear waters around the boulders.

Day 4 – Jost Van Dyke
You can head southwest for a half day’s sail to the world famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar in Great Harbour. The nearby White Bay, home to the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, and Great Harbour both offer some of the best beach bars and night life in the BVI.

Day 5 – Cooper Island
Pick up a mooring in Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island and hop aboard your dinghy to the beautiful Cooper Island Beach Club to check out the famous Rum Bar and micro-brewery. Kayak out to Cistern Point or just hang out on the beach. 

Day 6 – Cooper Island Adventures
Join a once in a lifetime adventure to snorkel or scuba dive the world famous Wreck of the Rhone, a BVI Underwater National Park. If you’ve never tried diving you can join a Discover Scuba experience to learn the basics and get you comfortable for a shallow water dive with an instructor. Or enjoy all the beach club has to offer, kayaking, snorkeling, tranquil white sand beaches, and great food.

Day 7 – Norman Island
A few hours’ sail southwest of Cooper you’ll find The Bight at Norman Island where you can snorkel or kayak the caves of Treasure Point – the original place where the real Pirates of the Caribbean stored their gold. Enjoy happy hour ashore at the famous Pirate’s Bight.

Day 8 – Tortola
After breakfast visit the dramatic rock formation known as The Indians just off Norman Island. Though your trip may be coming to a close the memories will last a lifetime.  It’s time to start planning the next trip!

* Note: We include this example itinerary for your reference. Your actual itinerary may differ based on weather, destination, charter company instructions and/or crew, and/or other factors.

Your Adventure Sailing charter pricing includes:

  • A well deserved vacation!
  • Your charter yacht (depending upon your group size there can be 3 or 4 cabin sailing catamarans – often featuring centrally controlled air conditioning, large hull window with privacy curtains, individually controlled air fans, LED reading lights, hanging and storage lockers, bedding collection and towel sets, each cabin with en-suite bathroom and shower with vanity.)
  • All provisions for preparing meals and beverages aboard (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • Dinghy is included for all charters
  • Pre-departure chart briefing.
  • Covid-19 cleaning safety protocols, preparedness, and procedures.
  • Vessel cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of boat interiors, kitchen ware, and bedding. 
  • All charter taxes, fees, mooring, and port expenses.
  • For an additional fee you can also include a charter skipper – your skipper can take care of all the details for leading and managing the sailing, navigation planning, charter coordination, and vessel management for your charter.
  • To really kick into full vacation mode, an onboard chef can be added as well for an additional fee.  
  • If you elect to add a charter skipper you may also have the opportunity to expand your on-the-water skills in a casual and fun atmosphere. Learn by doing and expand your knowledge on topics such as: sailing catamarans vs. monohulls, voyage planning, navigation, marine weather, oceanography, cooking aboard, snorkeling and scuba diving, local knowledge, and much more.

The following services are not included in the charter price:

  • Air travel, baggage fees / taxes.
  • Land / sea taxi transfers.
  • Dining and bar service ashore.
  • Alcoholic beverages onboard.
  • Land / sea shore excursions such as: scuba diving, jeep or boat tours, taxis, kayak rentals, deep sea fishing, or other activities or rentals such as: dive gear and wetsuits. However, we can certainly assist you in arranging these services.
  • Internet access or use of your smartphone.
  • Laundry services.
  • ASA / PADI certification courses / fees.
  • Travel interruption / vacation protection insurance.
  • Charter skipper and/or cook can be added for an additional fee. (service gratuities for onboard crew are not included)
  • Medical services and transportation. (Including Covid-19 related services, transportation, quarantine period / location, required testing, or other related costs. Consider a Travel Protection Insurance Policy for coverage in some of these and other areas.)
  1. Wake up without an alarm
  2. Feel the tropical breeze in your hair while enjoying your sumptuous island breakfast
  3. Snorkel in warm crystal clear water and take in the Caribbean undersea world
  4. Sail to a lunch spot at the next island
  5. Lunch ashore at a beach bar, resort, or hang out aboard to chill with a novel
  6. Lounge, explore, or do some fun activities
  7. Sail through sparkling turquoise waters to a mooring for the night
  8. Sundowners on the aft deck
  9. Look around, breathe, and realize you are really here
  10. Grilled steak and lobster aboard or dining ashore at famous waterfront restaurants
  11. Dance the night away to live music on the beach
  12. Star gaze on the bow
  13. Be gently rocked to sleep not knowing what time it is
  14. Wake up without an alarm – refer to number two above – repeat
  • Island hopping to your heart’s content
  • Relaxing in the warm crystal clear waters or on the white sand beaches
  • Exploring The Baths on Virgin Gorda
  • Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving anywhere in the BVI
  • Snorkeling the caves of Norman Island
  • Visiting the Iguanas or Flamingoes on Anegada
  • Drinks at Foxy’s Bar & Restaurant or Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke
  • Dining at the Scrub Island Resort
  • Snorkeling at Monkey Point or The Indians
  • Rum tasting at the Cooper Island Beach Club Rum Bar
  • Dancing to island bands anywhere
  • Land excursions by Jeep across Tortola or Virgin Gorda
  • Diving the Wreck of the Rhone off Salt Island
  • Touring historical sites dating back a thousand years
  • Picnicking beneath the palms on a pristine beach
  • Shopping, lounging, laughing
  • Great for individuals, singles, couples, families, and groups
  • And adding your activity to this list!

The British Virgin Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean east of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, about 1,000 nautical miles north of the equator. The North Atlantic Ocean lies to the north of the islands, and the Caribbean Sea lies to the south. The territory is comprised of nearly 60 tropical islands ranging in size from the largest, Tortola 12 miles long and 3 miles wide, to tiny uninhabited islets. Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain with low vegetation. Anegada is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. Numerous reefs ring the islands making the BVI a snorkeler’s paradise. Navigation is often line of sight amid the Sir Francis Drake Channel which runs 15 nautical miles up the center of the island chain.

The BVI has super sailing conditions year round with steady trade winds that make the protected waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel a pleasure to sail.  The popular Winter months of January through March can bring trades of 18 – 25 knots from the NE, but generally settled weather.  Temperatures range from 84° F in the day to 74° F at night.  The less crowded Summer season of May to July brings winds comfortably 10 – 15 knots out of the southeast with average precipitation low, and day time highs around 89° F, evening lows around 79° F. August to November is the rainy season and despite the recent hurricanes, the Virgin Islands have fewer storms than does Long Island Sound in New York. Tides are slight in the BVI, with a range of approx 12 inches year round. Currents are generally light, but can run 1 to 2 knots in cuts between St. John and Tortola. And then there’s the amazing water temperature, 82° F. Whether you’re swimming, snorkeling, or just splashing shore side amid the crystal clear turquoise water, you can comfortably jump in no wetsuits required.

Valid passports are required to travel to the British Virgin Islands – your passport must be valid at the time of entry and good for 6 months past your departure date from the BVI.

Tourist visas are not required for US citizens if staying less than 30 days.

The US Dollar is the currency used throughout the BVI. Credit cards are accepted at most establishments. (With the exception of American Express which is seldom taken.) Keep in mind that small beach bars have no way of handling card transactions.

The language of the BVI is English.

  • Bookings can only be taken for full vessel / staterooms, not for individual berths.
  • 50% deposit due upon booking. Vessel cannot be held without a deposit.
  • Deposits and charter balances can can be paid online. Give us a call for more details.
  • Specific staterooms can be assigned upon boarding.
  • The final 50% balance is due no later than 120 days prior to the sail date. This destination is popular so please keep in mind that to retain the vessel all balances must be paid on time.
  • Travel Protection Insurance and Cancellation Coverage: The charter industry is experiencing rapid change regarding travel booking and safety protocols. Each charter guest is recommended to carry a Travel Protection Insurance policy to cover costs related to unexpected schedule changes and/or cancellations. Travel Protection Insurance is not included in the charter pricing. When you purchase a separate Travel Protection Insurance policy, consult the details of the policy related to Covid-19 and other covered circumstances. Be sure you understand how your policy reimburses costs due to cancellation of your trip for family or medical issues, a general concern over travel, country lockdown events, airline denial of boarding due to temperature checks, if you were to contract Covid-19 before or during your travels, or other Covid-19 related circumstances.
  • Peace of Mind Charter Postponement Policy Due to Covid-19: We want you to feel confident in your travel plans. To further provide you with peace of mind, we are offering the following terms for charter guests that have paid in full:
    • If the charter provider confirms they cannot operate the charter due to local government restrictions, or
    • If your charter guests and crew are unable to reach the destination due to confirmed border closures, or if the US Department of State issues a “Level 4 – Do Not Travel” advisory against all travel to our booked destination AND such measures or advice is confirmed to still be in place on our date of departure, then,
    • In either of the above two cases, we will postpone the departure date of the charter for another date within 12 months from our original departure date at no cost to you. Providing that your balance has been paid in full, your vessel will be held for you and guaranteed for the rescheduled sail date. If the above two circumstances remain in place through the newly rescheduled date, a new travel date will again be determined at no cost to you.
  • All payments are non-refundable. (See Travel Protection Insurance and Cancellation Coverage for details on reimbursing charter fees.)
  • All the above details including charter rates, fees, policies, health & safety protocols, destination requirements, charter options, vessels, accommodation plans, voyage itineraries, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.

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