What makes Chartering a crewed yacht in the British Virgin Islands unforgettable?
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) have been called “the sailing capital of the world” by many sources. It’s beautiful turquoise waters, steady trade winds, many protected bays to anchor, epic diving/snorkeling and fun local bars keep groups coming back year after year. The BVI’s are basically a circle of over 40 different islands that keep the Sir Francis Drake channel protected from large seas, it’s a great place for the first time charterer but it’s beauty and multitude of anchorages keep people coming back again and again.
Below we have a sample itinerary but your crew will speak with you about what it is that you most want to get out of your charter and adjust accordingly. They can have you in a new bay each day and keep you in secluded anchorages or plunge you right into the local hot spots like Cooper Island Beach Club or Foxy’s.
This sample itinerary starts in the US Virgin Islands but a similar itinerary could be started in Tortola. Inquire about the difference. Fully crewed yacht charters in the British Virgin Islands can be found between $12,000 and $60,000. Call us for more information regarding pick up locations and pricing.
Board your yacht at noon for a beautifully prepared lunch. Take a leisurely trip down the south side of St Thomas and St John ending up in Maho Bay, St John for the evening. St John is known for its beaches and it’s a great place to swim with turtles!
Take a morning snorkel and then motor to West End Tortola, BVI and tour the shops at Soper’s Hole while your crew checks you into customs. After lunch, it’s time to sail! You’ll make your way to Norman Island, infamous for being the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Book, Treasure Island. Once the crew has chosen a good mooring ball for the night you’ll dingy around the corner to The Cave’s where, if you choose, you can swim 100ft into a cave. Cocktail hour can be spent on shore at Pirate’s Beach Bar or watching the sunset off the back of your yacht!
Work your breakfast off by taking a hike around the island. You’ll be able to see views of the Peter Island and back into the channel you’ll see, The Indian’s, which is where you’ll head next for a snorkel or dive. Being in the middle of the channel these rocky structures get gentle currents that feed the corals, bringing in a plethora of fish life. Next, sail to Peter Island and take a walk on Deadman’s Beach. Ask your crew about how the beach got its name. Pirate lore is rich in the Virgin Islands! This is also a great spot for a tow behind the tender. Make it back to your yacht in time for a snorkel before a sundowner cocktail.
A beautiful day for sailing, sail up the channel making a stop at Salt Island and the world renown dive spot, the Wreck of the Rhone. Not a diver, don’t worry this can be a fun snorkel as well. It’s a quick trip from Salt island to Copper Island and the Copper Island Beach Club. If you like rum be sure to find their Rum bar. The Rum Bar features rare aged rums, unique house-infusions and classic cocktails made with rums from all over the Caribbean. If drinking is not on the itinerary then snorkel Cistern Point or paddleboard while you watch the turtles swim below you.
Today is a big day because you’re going to The Baths, on Virgin Gorda! The Baths are a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the stunning natural beauty. A maze of cascading granite boulders tumble right at the water’s edge creating a maze between the rocks. After you spend time at the Bath’s it’s nice to take a safari cab up and over the top of Virgin Gorda. Be sure to get out at the top for stunning views of the Sir Francis Drake channel and all the islands you’ve seen so far. You’ll also be able to see Anegada out in the distance. Your cab can drop you off in North Sound a huge protected bay and a great place for water sports.
Big sail down the North side of Tortola today. Your crew might stop at Monkey point for a little lunch and snorkel. While you’re out sailing you should keep a lookout for jumping Spotted Eagle rays or dolphin and if you are in the BVI during the months between January and March you might get lucky enough to see a migrating Humpback whale! End your day dancing to live music with your feet in the sand at the famous Foxy’s Beach Bar. This spot is great for picking up a souvenir t-shirt.
Spend the morning at Soggy Dollar, Hendo’s Hideout or Ivan’s beach bar’s. Both have beautiful white sand beaches. A little afternoon sail will bring you to St John where you check back into the US Virgin Islands. Cruz Bay is a cute little town to wander around for a bit before heading to Christmas Cove for your final sunset of the vacation. We’ve had many Green Flash moments from this location!
After another wonderful breakfast and last mimosa, your crew will take you to shore. Time to plan for next year!
Why book with Sublime Sailing?
Because we spent 20 years sailing the Virgin Islands. We know the people and the boats. Let our experience create a Sublime Vacation for you!
Ready to book? Call us at 340.244.2559 or schedule an appointment for us to call you. Our service in no extra charge to you.