Three British Virgin Islands sailing itineraries to help plan your next yacht charter vacation
BVI Sailing Itinerary 3
Day 1 – Jost Van Dyke (Great Harbour)
Welcome to the BVI. After a welcoming drink, the safety briefing and a snack or lunch. Your planned route through the British Virgin Islands will be discussed. Relax, settle in, let the sparkling turquoise waters and clear blue skies remind you that you’re on vacation!
On your first day out at sea, we head over to Guana Island’s beautiful White Bay for a beach visit and lunch. As you enter white bay you will feel like your sailing into a postcard. You will notice no boats, no people, just YOU and few perfect palm trees rounding out the view. This is one of the best beaches in the BVI, with its shimmering white sand beach and emerald reefs sporting 100 species of abundant and diverse tropical fish. Go ashore and lay in the sand, feeling its perfect warmth, as you look up at the gorgeous blue sky realizing you’re in the BVI! Enjoy lunch on the beach, or onboard, then put on your mask and snorkel because it’s time to marvel over all the pretty tropical fish.
Tonight you overnight at Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke. Enjoy a gourmet meal on-board, prepared specifically to your liking, look out over the magnificent sunset and know “you have arrived!”
Day 2 – Marina Cay
In the morning you sail to the uninhabited islands of Green Cay and Sandy Cay. Green Cay is an exciting dive and snorkel site which has a series of pinnacles covered with brightly colored sponges and branching hydroid fans which shelter abundant marine life such as juvenile Angel Fish and Glassy Minnows, as well as Jacks, large Dog Snappers, schools of Barracuda and huge Tarpon. Onshore is a beach composed entirely of coral, smoothed by the action of the waves. A few hundred yards onto the island, there is a small shipwreck of a more modern-looking boat.
The post-card perfect little island of Sandy Cay is a gem in the ocean. It is surrounded by picture-perfect, white sandy beaches that are speckled with clusters of rocks, green vegetation, and two lonely coconut palms. The British Virgin Islands is truly blessed to lay claim to such an enchanting little island. Tourists from all over the world enjoy sunbathing, excellent snorkeling, picnics and exploring this special paradise in the sun.
Head over to Monkey Point on the southwestern tip of Guana Island. Home to large Tarpon and schools of Silversides, this spot is renowned for it’s snorkeling. Hidden among the coral formations are Golden-tail Morays and an abundance of Blue Stripe Grunts.
Afterward, sail to Marina Cay to anchor for the night. There are few places like the small Marina Cay. The flower-covered eight-acre island is ringed by a soft white sandy beach. The island is nestled in a sheltered emerald green lagoon whose shallow waters are always calm and lukewarm. The perfect place for a relaxing night swim. Have drinks on the deck and enjoy a delicious dinner onboard.
Day 3 – Virgin Gorda (Spanish Town)
Awake to another glorious BVI day and a breakfast to die for! Today you set sail to Spanish Town, the main town on Virgin Gorda. Stopover to explore The Baths. This unusual geologic formation, located on the southern end of the island, is a major tourist destination. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island’s volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes, or caves, that are open to the sea.
Overnight in Spanish Town and enjoy another gourmet dinner prepared especially for you by your private chef.
Day 4 – Bitter End Yacht Club
Ahhhh…Another day in paradise! This morning you venture out of the yacht harbor for a great day of water-sports at The Dog Islands. The Dog Islands, named for the barking sounds of the extinct Caribbean Seal, are a series of small islands in the Sir Francis Drake Channel. These islands are a Marine National Park and Seabird Refuge with great diving and snorkeling. They are a great windsurfing venue as well.
If you’re still itching for more snorkeling/diving, then you’ll want to head over to Mountain Point. On the sheltered beachside, novice divers can explore large coral heads and overhangs with abundant Parrotfish and Butterfly Fish. Large Tarpon chase huge schools of Fish Fry in the summer. There are several cuts in the ridge you can swim through. The largest, known as “cow’s mouth,” is a shallow opening where there are interesting formations of rocks and boulders. On the east side, are large mountainous star coral.
Afterward, head over to The Bitter End Yacht Club where you’ll anchor for the night. Watch a movie at the open-air The Sand Palace Cinema and dine at The Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grille is casual, yet elegant, located right on the water and providing excellent service. Or, enjoy another scrumptious dinner onboard your private yacht.
Day 5 – Leverick Bay
Awaken to the tantalizing aroma of fresh coffee and bread, the prelude to a great breakfast. Then enjoy a leisurely sail to Levirick Bay. On the way, marvel at the beautiful views of the Virgin Gorda Peak.
At Leverick Bay you will want to visit the sandy beaches and great snorkel spots like Prickly Pear, Mosquito Island. Or venture on land and tour the Coppermine Ruins. 400 years ago the Spanish miners followed by the English mined this area of Virgin Gorda for Copper. The stone chimney and few mine shafts that now remain are wonderful to explore. No doubt, the majestic views of Virgin Gorda and the endless seas will take your breath away. Stop at the Mine Shaft Cafe for their local drink “Cave In”.
Day 6 – Peter Island
Today we head back to Peter Island. Considered one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, Deadman’s Bay is but one of five beaches on Peter Island. Deadman’s Bay is huge and has several different beaches along its one-mile shoreline. It has good snorkeling at both ends and there is a Bar & Grill right on the beach for lunch. If you’re looking for a quiet stretch of sand, venture to the secluded Honeymoon Beach at the tip of the peninsula. Or charter over to the south side of the island and enjoy lovely White Bay, so named for its long, sparkling white sand and visited by only a few charter boats.
You may want to dine ashore tonight at the famous, Tradewind’s restaurant inside The Peter Island Resort. Their menu covers bistro and Asian-Caribbean cuisine. Best bet: fresh-caught seafood nicely prepared with tropical coconut or mango-YUMMM!
Day 7 – Norman Island
Another day in paradise! Today, why not take a leisurely sail to Norman Island and explore The Caves. These 3 water-level caves at the base of cliffs are ideal for snorkeling and, if one goes deep enough into the cliffs, darkness makes the experience like a night dive. This is an excellent location to overnight. The island has no permanent inhabitants (other than wild goats), but there are a restaurant and bar named “Pirates”, located in The Bight. There is also an old barge named the William Thornton (or “Willie T’s” to locals) which operates as a bar and restaurant. These are two fun locations to enjoy a happy hour and a casual dinner.
Just a stone’s throw from Norman Island and beside Pelican Island is a wonderful place to snorkel called “The Indians”, named for its tall rock formations that look somewhat like an Indian headdress!
Day 8 – Tortola
It’s your last day in the BVI! Have an early swim, savor the sunrise, have a leisurely breakfast, then it’s a short hop over to Tortola for one last hurrah!!! Smugglers Cove on the north shore of Tortola is one of the shining gems of the British Virgin Islands. Tucked away near the West End, with a half-moon white sand beach and surrounded by swaying palm trees, this cove offers excellent snorkeling, especially out at the eastern tip of the cove. The reef to the western edge has very nice diving options also. Swimming or just floating around in the crystal clear warm water is magnificent as well!
Say farewell to the BVI, and vow to return again soon, for it will be here waiting for you!
Whether it is deep-sea diving, snorkeling, or on-land sight seeing that interest you most, we will build a British Virgin Islands sailing itinerary that best suits your interests and desires. This is just a sample of what your yacht charter adventure in the British Virgin Islands may look like. Furthermore, weather – or other outside factors – may require your Captain to set an alternative course for the duration of your trip. “As the wind blows, so shall the sail”.
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