British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter
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Sailing the British Virgin Islands
East of Puerto Rico lie the British Virgin Islands – an archipelago of unique natural beauty in the West Indies’ heart. Here the sun is always shining, and the water is warm!
Today, the British overseas territory, these beautiful islands have been reclaimed throughout their history by the Dutch, the Danes, the French, and the British. The capital is Road Town on Tortola’s main island, where you can sail by chartering a BVI yacht and embark on a unique sailing adventure. Also worth a visit is the Virgin Gorda Island, home to the Baths, a labyrinth of beachside boulders. Most of the local population lives on the islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda, while Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island, and The Settlement are mostly visited by boating lovers. Cruising through the area, you’ll see multiple islands to discover in this beautiful part of the Caribbean Sea. Chartering a yacht in the British Virgin Islands is a must if you want to call yourself a real sailor. The British Virgin Islands is the perfect charter destination for a luxury Caribbean yachting experience. With volcanic peaks home to national parks, stunning coral reefs, and a year-round tropical climate, there’s never a wrong time to visit.
From Tortola’s rugged volcanic mountains to the flat coral reefs and the limestone of Anegada, the British Virgin Islands have a diverse and stunning landscape, ideal for yacht exploration. The territory consists of an archipelago of more than 60 islands, of which 40 are uninhabited. Visitors can relax on a beach holiday, enjoy a luxury resort experience, or explore untouched Dutch towns and sugar mills.
Tortola, the most oversized island in the chain, is also the British Virgin Islands’ capital. With its picturesque white-sand beaches and lush green hillsides, it offers a classic Caribbean getaway. Water sports are popular, with scuba diving opportunities, windsurfing, kayaking, or you can relax on a palm-shaded beach. Long Bay in the west is the perfect place to stroll by sunset or
Visit Brewer’s Bay in the northwest of the island to snorkel among the colorful reefs.
Amazing Yacht Vacation in the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are the perfect destination for a Caribbean sailing holiday. The beautiful view above and under the water. Tortola is home to Sage Mountain National Park. The Sage Mountain is so tall that it creates its rainfall systems that allow the tropical Caribbean rainforest to thrive on the northwest slopes. Here you can explore twelve trails between white cedar trees and mahogany.
To the east of Tortola is Virgin Gorda — so named because Christopher Columbus believed that the island seemed like a fat woman lying down. This idyllic destination has various high-end yacht clubs, including the Bitter Edge Yacht Club in the north, that can only be accessed by boat. It is also home to several protected parks. In the south-west, boaters can dock at mooring buoys to access Devil’s Bay National Park, famous for its snorkeling and seabird opportunities.
The coral island Anegada is low-lying, reaching only 28 feet above sea level at its highest point. Here you will find several unusually named beaches, such as Flash of Beauty and Cow Wreck Beach, which are sheltered by Horseshoe Reef.
Anegada is also a haven for shipwreck divers, with Spanish galleons and British warships resting on the ocean floor. Sailors should take particular care to navigate the surrounding waters of
Anegada—the shallow reefs are dangerous, and the boats often run aground.
For a different holiday pace, try the unspoiled and rugged island of Jost Van Dyke is rich in folklore. Once the island industry, the sugar mills are now overgrown with thick vegetation, and there are numerous trails for visitors to wander around.
In the east, the sea forms a natural whirlpool for bathers to enjoy, and yachts can catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins in the water.
Jost Van Dyke is also famous for its cuisine, including flying fish sandwiches and The Painkiller: the most legendary Caribbean cocktail. Jost Van Dyke’s Great Harbour is the ideal destination for New Year’s Eve holidays—the yacht parties that take place here are world-famous.
Climate & Weather in the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate all year round, with low humidity and average highs ranging from 26oC in January to 31oC in July and August. Trade winds in the east moderate this climate. Rainfall varies, but the wettest months are September to November in general. It’s the Caribbean hurricane season between June and November, so sailors should pay particular attention to weather reports. However, in recent years, hurricanes have had little impact on the British Virgin Islands apart from some localized floods.
What should you know about the Yacht Charter Trip?
For a successful sailing charter holiday, the most important thing is planning. Pick the right boat, the correct dates, and making sure you have what you need is essential for the ideal holidays.
Clothes: The BVIs is not a formal place. Dress for dinner on shore is relaxed, and the weather is warm. Take some comfortable and casual attire.
Food and beverage: You can arrange for our company to buy and prepare all you need if you have an individual taste you need to tell. Also, if you have time and like planning, you can do it by yourself.
Special wishes: Check the standard equipment list for your yacht and make sure it has all you need. Most include snorkel gear and a dinghy, but there are many optional extras. Arrange for any special equipment you might wish to, kayaks, SUPs, scuba gear.
Don’t plan too much, though, unless jam-packed is how you vacation. Spontaneity is great, but a little planning for your itinerary will make sure you see the highlights.
Flights to and from the BVIs
You can fly to Tortola, or you can also fly to St. Thomas and take a ferry. So think about what makes sense with your schedule and how much luggage you’re carrying.
The main destinations to Charter a Yacht in the BVIs
The Sailing Yacht Charter in the British Virgin isn’t a long sailing trip. You’re already at the destination, the sailing is excellent, with constant breezes and sharp water. You can visit all the main destinations in a week. There are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada, and there are many small islands and cays that you should visit on your BVI charter.
Great idea to start your yacht charter trip in Tortola, the main center and the largest city; also other popular marinas in Road Town are Wickham’s Cay 1 and Wickham’s Cay 2, The Nanny Cay, Sea Cow Bay, East End Bay.
The location, mild weather, and beautiful spots make cruising so pleasurable in the British Virgin Islands. In the northeastern part of the Caribbean, guests can expect beautiful blue waters flowing into shaded caves and onto soft-sand beaches. Coral reefs surround the coast in various colors and are home to just as colorful marine life. Further inland, bars, shops, and restaurants spill through the winding streets, and old villages fill with the famous island ambiance.
You’ll find Soper’s Hole at the other end of the island in West End, a popular site for visiting yachts with waterfront shops, bars, and moorings. You can visit Cane Garden Bay with beachfront bars and restaurants right off the white sand on the north of the island.
Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke is another fantastic destination. You can stay for the day in White Bay and enjoy a shining sandy beach with famous beach bars like the Soggy Dollar and Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar. There are many beach bars and restaurants, including the world-famous Foxy’s; Foxy’s has become part of the furniture on Jost Van Dyke with its rum and a la carte menu, all in true Caribbean style.
If you want, you can stay in Garner Bay and have dinner there. Or you can go to the east of the island to Diamond Cay place too, its a place for snorkel, swim, and moor, with beach restaurants.
From the east of Norman Island are situated Peter Island, it has six anchorages around its coast. Three of them have comfortable ports: Little Harbour, Great Harbour, and Sprat Bay. On Sprat Bay, you can find fuel, ice, and trash disposal and dock with water. Also, here you can find unique spots to swim and snorkel.
Deadman’s Beach, Peter Island
One of the most striking beaches anywhere, and the bay has plenty of turtles to swim.
Salt Island is an uninhabited island located between Peter Island and Cooper Island. It’s near the national park with the RMS Rhone wreck and is a popular staging spot for diving and snorkeling near the wreckage. There aren’t overnight moorings, but you can park for the day staying.
Wreck of the Rhone, Salt Island
The tragedy of an 1867 hurricane has turned into a 21st-century marvel as the wreck of RMS Rhone just off Salt Island has become a superb national park and a popular site for diving.
Sandy Spit is an uninhabited circle of fine white sand that encloses a small foliage patch to create a true BVI wonder.
One of the Caribbean’s most spectacular places is the most frequented trail spots in the British Virgin Islands. Approximately 15 miles past Virgin Gorda, Anegada is one coral island in the British Virgin Islands.
It’s a flat, low-lying island surrounded by beautiful coral and white sandy beaches. Walking around amazing beaches, you’ll find rare birds and iguanas.
There are natural springs and great restaurants and bars. Anegada is renowned for its lobster and conch fishing, and the dining is excellent.
Lobster on Anegada is so celebrated that it has won its festival, with November 2016 marking its fourth appearance as several high-quality restaurants and bars specializing in Caribbean bands and dancers’ sound.
One of the most oversized islands in the British Virgin Islands, with some of their most famous sights on the islands and lots of mooring and anchoring space in North Sound. Various resorts and restaurants are around the sound, but not all of them have reopened after the recent damage caused by the hurricane. North Sound has many places to snorkel and dive and more white sandy beaches.
The Baths are the most popular place in Virgin Gorda. Virgin Gorda’s mile of scattered boulders is an inimitable sight utterly unique to the BVI, with the National Park becoming a hotspot for snorkeling and swimming.
Temporary day moorings are available for charter yachts and dinghies, but you can’t have the night. Sail from North Sound to the rock formations and snorkel in the rock formations or take a taxi to the Spanish Town. Restaurants and shops are on the waterfront in Spanish Town. You can remain at the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor on moorings outside the city or at the marina.
Bay of Oil Nut, Virgin Gorda
An incredible waterfront resort offers a stunning swimming pool, water sports, and a splendid restaurant to establish a luxurious atmosphere on the island of Virgin Gorda.
The Norman Island
The “little sisters” lie south of Tortola-a series of islands along the BVI’s southern edge. The southernmost and westernmost is Norman.
Island, regarded as the Treasure Island inspiration. It’s the rumor that several pirates buried the treasure of the time on the island, riddled with caves and hiding places. The Bight in Norman Island is the most famous harbor with moorings, an anchoring room, a beach bar and a restaurant, and the famous Willy T – a floating bar. Around the western end of the island, caves are famous for snorkeling and diving and easy to reach by dinghy. Norman Island is similar to the Indians, one of the finest snorkeling spots in the Caribbean. Most of the Little Sisters have a mooring to pick up or a place to anchor. Some have beachside resorts or restaurants to enjoy or beaches.
The Indians and the Caves, Norman Island
Two of the best-known snorkeling spots in the BVI combine, near Norman Island, the supposed inspiration for the Treasure Island story. The rock formations, covered in colorful fish and marine life, offer a unique environment for some exploration.
Willy T’s, Norman Island — Peter Island
Willy T’s is the floating bar/restaurant, initially designed in the 18th century by William Thornton. If you’re adventurous, you might get a free t-shirt, but you need to dive off the deck.
The Cooper Island
Cooper Island has an excellent mooring area on the west side of the island and convenient access to the coast. Crystalline water and seagrass beds attract rays and tortoises to this familiar snorkeling spot.
If you fly directly to Tortola, there’s an airport on Beef Island. It’s linked to the bridge, but it’s different from Tortola. Come to Trellis Bay for the famous Full Moon Party, a monthly baccalaureate beach with live music, BBQ, and lots of fun.
Just two kilometers from Trellis Bay, Scrub Island, and the marina on the west end in the middle of a luxury resort. The shallows around the island make a large snorkel or a dive.
Water activities in BVI
The BVI is a paradise for water sports, thanks to the natural traffic waves, cerulean water, and good moorings. If you want to dip your toes, dive right into them or explore the environment, there is something for everyone in our BVI Charter yachts range. See the newest addition to the magic dive in the British Virgin Islands: ‘The Kodiak Queen.’
The BVI environment is nearly perfect for yacht and water sports of all types. There are generally bright blue skies and some puffy clouds every day, Every day. The BVI has daily winds – generally 20 knots from the East, ESE, ENE, and during the “Christmas Winds” up 25-30 knots.
The temperature of the BVI is sub-tropical and ranges from 77-85°F (25-29°C). In general, at night, temperatures dropped 10° F (6°C).
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