British Virgin Islands
COVID-19 UPDATE: The British Virgin Islands have reopened for international tourism and our marina on Tortola is now open. All travelers to the BVI are required to provide both a negative Covid-19 test taken within 5 days of arrival in the BVI as well as valid Covid-19 travel insurance. Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival as long as their negative test result is within 48 hours of arrival. Travelers with negative test results are free to explore the destination without quarantine. Pre-departure testing requirements for air travelers to the U.S. have been lifted effective June 12, 2022. International travelers returning to the United States are no longer required to provide a negative Covid-19 test prior to travel to the USA. We will update this information as it is received.
8 Day / 7 Night Adventure Sailing in the British Virgin Islands
Sailing from Tortola to Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Cooper, Norman, and more!
8 Days – 7 Nights
Sunday, June 18 – Sunday, June 25, 2023
$4,395 per person, based on double occupancy.
50% deposit due upon booking – balance due February 18, 2023 – see below for updated Covid-19 protocols and required travel protection insurance.
There’s a saying in the BVI, once you have visited the islands, the islands never leave you. Join us on our 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 Cow Wreck Beach on Anegada, known for miles of white sand – 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 under swaying palms, terrific food and drink, and memories to last a lifetime.
Or call +1 (310) 823-5545 for more information.
British Virgin Islands Details
(Note: Due to fast changing Covid-19 protocols the sample itinerary below should only be considered as a guideline – changes to anchorages may be required during the voyage.)
Day 1 – Tortola
The start of an awesome trip begins at an awesome base, Wickhams Cay II on the island of Tortola, just a short cab ride from Beef Island airport. Checkin is 6:00 PM. Dinner will be ashore at Charlie’s restaurant in the marina.
Day 2 – Tortola to Cooper Island
A short sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel and you’ll pick up a mooring in Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island. Hop aboard the 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. Sunset dinner aboard!
Day 3 – 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. Lobster is on the menu for dinner ashore this evening!
Day 4 – Jost Van Dyke
Head out for a half day’s sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel and then north to the world famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar in Great Harbour for a BVI-style BBQ dinner and live music on the beach. Great Harbour and nearby White Bay, home to the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, offer some of the best beach bars and night life in the BVI.
Day 5 – Day at sea to Sandy Cay, Monkey Point, and Virgin Gorda
Sail east from Jost Van Dyke for a stop at the islet of Sandy Cay, a tiny island ringed with a white sand beach. Then on to Guana Island, Monkey Point for lunch and some of the best snorkeling the BVI has to offer. A short sail and you’ll arrive and anchor at the peaceful Valley Trunk Bay at Virgin Gorda for a sumptuous island dinner aboard.
Day 6 – Virgin Gorda to Scrub Island
A quick hop over from Valley Trunk and you’ll experience the most famous natural wonder of these islands, The Baths. Impossibly large granite boulders tower over the ocean creating fun pathways to explore. Visit the secluded seawater pools and take a short hike to the restaurant / bar at “Top of the Baths.” Then take a short sail west to Scrub Island to enjoy the full service Scrub Island Resort.
Day 7 – Norman Island
Heading further southwest, you’ll enjoy a half day’s sail to 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 followed by a final celebratory dinner on the aft deck.
Day 8 – Tortola, Wickhams Cay II
A final breakfast aboard and one more snorkeling adventure just off Norman Island at the dramatic rock formation known as The Indians. Then it’s on to the Wickhams Cay II base for an 11:00 AM checkout. But the memories you have made will last a lifetime. It’s time to start planning the next trip!
Our Adventure Sailing voyage pricing includes:
- A well deserved vacation!
- Your stateroom – featuring centrally controlled air conditioning, large hull window with privacy curtains, individually controlled air fans, LED reading lights, hanging and storage lockers with ample storage space, bedding collection and towel sets, and en-suite bathroom and shower with vanity.
- All breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, and dinners aboard.
- 24-hour use of the galley and all public spaces.
- 24-hour beverages aboard including: water, sparkling water, iced tea, select juices, sodas, hot cocoa, coffee, and tea.
- 24-hour snacks aboard.
- Snorkeling fins. (Mask and snorkel may not be available so be sure to bring your own.)
- Dinghy transportation for all planned voyage activities.
- Professional Charter Captain – US Coast Guard credentialed, ASA Sailing Instructor, and PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. Your captain will take care of all the details for leading and managing the sailing, navigation planning, charter coordination, and vessel management for your voyage. (To really kick into full vacation mode, an onboard chef can be added for an additional fee. If your group elects this option, your chef will serve you sumptuous breakfasts, lunches, and dinners aboard as well as coordinate all your dining arrangements ashore.)
- 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.
- Travel welcome gift.
- Captain’s hors d’oeuvres event.
- 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.
The following services are not included in the voyage 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.
- Onboard Chef.
- Service gratuities for your onboard crew
- 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.)
The Moorings 4500 – 4 Cabin Catamaran Yacht
Revolutionary is the word that describes this new catamaran which uniquely balances comfort, space and a sailing performance unrivaled by others in its class. The most noticeable feature of the Moorings 4500 is her covered forward cockpit which is accessible from the main saloon giving even more space for socializing and relaxing, as well as creating cooling breezes into the interior.
All cabins are spacious, featuring en-suite shower rooms with separate heads (toilets), and the layout provides privacy and space where needed. This yacht has a convertible saloon which is included as a double berth in the maximum capacity. The yacht is also fully air-conditioned.
Number of Berths: 11
Number of Cabins: 4
Forepeaks: 2 (Starboard w/head)
Number of Heads (toilets): 5
Number of Showers: 5
Length Overall: 45 ft.
Beam: 24′ 2″ ft.
Draft: 5′ 1″ ft.
Sail Area: 1298 sq. ft.
(* Moorings 4500 deck plan courtesy of moorings.com)
- Wake up without an alarm
- Feel the tropical breeze in your hair while enjoying your sumptuous island breakfast
- Snorkel in warm crystal clear water and take in the Caribbean undersea world
- Take a relaxing sail to our lunch spot at the next island
- Lunch ashore at a beach bar, resort, or hang out aboard to chill with a novel
- Lounge, explore, or do some fun activities
- Another short sail through sparkling turquoise waters to our mooring for the night
- Sundowners on the aft deck
- Look around, breathe, and realize you are really here
- Grilled steak and lobster aboard or dining ashore at famous waterfront restaurants
- Dance the night away to live music on the beach
- Star gaze on the bow
- Be gently rocked to sleep not knowing what time it is
- 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.
When you entrust us with your invaluable vacation time, we want you to feel confident in those travel plans. To ensure you are informed, we wanted to share with you our Covid-19 safety policies and procedures. These protocols follow the emerging CLIA standards as well as procedures implemented internationally by world renowned vacation charter companies following WHO and CDC guidelines.
- 100% of all Guests and Crew will be required to be fully inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine (both doses if recommended by manufacturer) at least 14 days prior to boarding. Verified documentation and/or evidence of vaccination will be required at the time of boarding and failure to provide this documentation will result in denial of boarding.
- Vaccines must be accepted by the country or countries that Guests are entering if specific vaccines are required.
- Prior to traveling to the British Virgin Islands, Guests are required to meet the timing of Covid-19 testing as required by the destination of embarkation. Guests should visit the destination’s website for further details on their health and safety protocols and requirements.
- Before a booking can be confirmed, Guests will need to complete a form acknowledging that they understand that verified proof of the required vaccine will be mandatory at the time of boarding.
- Travel Protection Insurance and Cancellation Coverage: The charter industry is experiencing rapid change regarding travel booking and safety protocols. Each Guest is now required 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 our voyage 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. Proof of an in force Travel Protection Insurance policy must be submitted prior to boarding.
- All Guests and Crew will be required to follow the BVI Covid-19 testing protocol during the charter. (See below: “Summary of British Virgin Islands Testing Protocols for Charters”)
- Local governmental authorities provide directives for face covering, social distancing, and other protocols as required for shore excursions and onboard. All Guests and Crew will be instructed on the updated directives to follow for each destination.
- Physical distancing measures will be implemented on board, where feasible.
- Air management and ventilation strategies to increase fresh air in the vessel will be implemented onboard, where feasible.
- Daily temperature checks will be required on board for all Guests and Crew.
- Pre-planning advisement for Guests and Crew tailored to boat and location will be available to assist each individual aboard in the event that they wish to seek support for Covid-19 related circumstances such as medical facilities, private transportation providers, and other support. Each person aboard will be responsible for arranging their own plans and assume all associated costs.
- Crew will ensure to review and keep all Guests updated with local authorities’ recommendations related to safe shore excursions and safety protocols in the area.
- The charter company that provides the boat will confirm their strict adherence to WHO / CDC guidelines for their charter company staff PPE, marina base social distancing, and cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing their boat interiors, kitchen ware, and bedding.
- The above enhanced health and safety measures are taken for all Guests and Crew. However, an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Covid-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By sailing aboard as a charter Guest or Crew you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19.
Summary of British Virgin Islands Testing Protocols for Charters
- Register to travel on the BVI Gateway App. bvigateway.bviaa.com
- Obtain a Certified RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 negative test result 5 days before arrival and submit it on the App. Sampling must be nasopharyngeal and in the case of children 5 to 9 years old oropharyngeal. Children under age 5 will only be tested if medically indicated.
- Complete and submit the Public Health Declaration form 48 hours before arrival to the Territory.
- Each traveler including children must have completed an application to obtain a travel certificate for presentation to airline authorities.
- Receive a Travel Certificate which is valid for 5 days.
- Use your travel authorization to make your travel arrangements and keep a printed or electronic copy of the authorization AND your negative PCR results with you along with your ticket and passport to check-in and board your flight.
- Present the Travel Certificate and a copy of the negative RT-PCR test to airline/vessel agent during the check-in process. Please note that you will not be able to board without your travel authorization and PCR test results.
- Be subject to the approved screening, Immigration and Customs procedures upon arrival in the Territory.
- Be tested on arrival for SARS-CoV-2.
- Install and/check the BVI Gateway App for health monitoring, medical health request, geo-fencing for quarantine support and contact tracing, on arrival.
- Be transported to the approved property (charter vessel) after completion of the testing, Immigration and Customs clearance processes.
- Be quarantined at the approved location for 1 complete day (for fully vaccinated Guests and Crew.) (There are specific anchorages designated for this period. View the Chart of Designated Anchorages) Beginning May 15, 2021, fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the British Virgin Islands will be free to explore the destination after returning a negative Arrival (Day 0) test result. Breaching mandatory quarantine requirements or other protocols carries heavy fines.
Each traveler must complete an application to obtain a travel certificate for presentation to airline and/or ferry authorities.
If symptoms develop, persons should immediately contact the medical hotline at 852-7650 or the Public Health Unit at 468-2274.
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.
British Virgin Islands Adventure Sailing Package
8 days / 7 nights
$4,395 per person, based on double occupancy.
- Bookings can only be taken for full staterooms, not for individual berths.
- 50% deposit due upon booking. Staterooms cannot be held without a deposit.
- Specific stateroom will be assigned at a later time, based on availability.
- Once all staterooms have been booked, potential Guests that express interest will be added to a wait list.
- All Guests and Crew will be required to be fully inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine (both doses if recommended by manufacturer) at least 14 days prior to boarding. (See the ‘Covid-19 Safety Policies and Procedures’ section on this page for more details.) If traveling with children that are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine, please contact us for more details.
- The final 50% balance is due no later than 120 days prior to the sail date. Due date: February 19, 2022. These trips are popular so please keep in mind that to retain your stateroom 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 Guest is now required 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 our voyage 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. Proof of an in force Travel Protection Insurance policy must be submitted prior to boarding. (You can view more details on the re-opening page of the BVI Tourism Website )
- 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 guests that have paid in full:
- If our charter provider confirms they cannot operate the charter due to local government restrictions, or
- If our charter Guests and Crew are unable to reach our 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 stateroom 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.
- British Virgin Islands Required Covid-19 Testing, Entry Procedures, and Policies: The British Virgin Islands Government requires a medical certificate attesting to a negative Covid-19 test completed prior to departure for the BVI. All Guests are advised that mandatory testing, face coverings, social distancing, and other measures that the BVI government may require are each Guest’s responsibility to provide and adhere to. Bluewater Sailing, its staff, representatives and/or charter crew, does not guarantee entry into the BVI nor does it protect Guests from fines imposed by the BVI government for non-compliance of BVI Covid-19 policies.
- All payments are non-refundable. (See Travel Protection Insurance and Cancellation Coverage for details on reimbursing charter fees.)
- All the above details including rates, fees, policies, health & safety protocols, destination requirements, charter options, vessels, accommodation plans, voyage itineraries, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.