BVI Sailing itineraries
Three BVI Sailing Itineraries to help plan your next yacht charter vacation
BVI Sailing Itinerary 1
Day 1 – Marina Cay
Welcome to the BVI! Over a welcoming drink and 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 Cistern Point off Cooper Island for an out-of-this-world snorkel or shallow dive. Cistern Point is noted for its photogenic ledges covered with brilliant corals, flowing gorgonians (i.e. Sea Rod and Sea Fan), and schools of tropical fish (i.e. Grey Snappers, Goatfishes, and Blue Tang). On the sea bed you often see Southern Stingrays, and Hawksbill Turtles eat the sea grass nearby. The sloping wall is strewn with large rocks under which hide Lobster, Grouper and Squirrelfish. There are a series of shallow craters on the far side of the point that are interesting to explore as well.
Afterwards, we sail to Marina Cay to anchor for the night. There are few places like small Marina Cay. The flower-covered eight-acre island is ringed by a soft white sand beach. The island is nestled in a sheltered emerald green lagoon whose shallow waters are always calm and lukewarm. A perfect place for a relaxing night swim and enjoy your first dinner onboard in the BVI!
Day 2 – Virgin Gorda (Yacht Harbor)
In the morning we head to the third largest and second most populous island in the BVI, Virgin Gorda. Upon your arrival we recommend a land tour down to The Baths. This unusual geologic formation, located on the southern end of the island, is a major tourist destinations. 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.
North of the Baths is the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor. Here enjoy dinner onboard, or head to The Bath and Turtle, one of the island’s favorite eateries. The Rendezvous Bar, located on the harbour’s edge, is an entertainment hotspot, sporting two flat screen TVs and a live band.
Day 3 – 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.
Afterwards, 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 – a casual, yet elegant, restaurant located right on the water and providing excellent service. Or, enjoy another scrumptious dinner onboard your private yacht.
Day 4 – Anegada
Awaken to the tantalizing aroma of fresh coffee and bread, the prelude to a great breakfast. Then sail to Anegada, the most remote island in the BVI and home to the third largest coral reef in the world. Due to its remote geography, sparse population (a couple of hundred people now), and indigenous culture, Anegada is truly a world apart. A pure coral island in the Caribbean, Anegada has its own distinctive geography, environment, and flora and fauna. The Anegada habitat is perfect for a wide variety of shore birds, especially the elegant Roseate Flamingos, which have been restored to the island’s massive salt ponds on the western half of the island. On the east end of Anegada you will want to check out the large piles of conch shells, some even forming small islands. If you love Lobster, you will want to have some in Anedaga. This island is known for, and takes pride in, their reputation for excellent lobster.
Day 5 – Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke beckons with a stop at 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. On shore 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 which 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 sun bathing, excellent snorkeling, picnics and exploring this special paradise in the sun.
Day 6 – Norman Island
Awake to another glorious day in the BVI and a breakfast to die for! Then, 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 deeply 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 is 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 happy hour and a casual dinner.
Day 7 – Peter Island
Today we sail to a large island known for its great beaches, 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 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 interest 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 a duration of your trip. “As the wind blows, so shall the sail”.
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