Sample BVI Itinerary
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BVI Sample Itinerary
After arriving in Tortola by either plane to the Beef Island Airport, or by a 45 minute scenic ferry ride from neighboring Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, guests will be met by the crew and welcomed aboard your luxury charter yacht at the designated marina at noon. Another option is for you to embark in St Thomas and after a gourmet lunch onboard, sail to a nearby cove on St John where you spend the night at anchor where sunsets never disappoint. The captain will serve his signature cocktail while you relax in comfort on the spacious flybridge with 360 degree views of the spectacular islands.
Wake up early or sleep in, our à la carte breakfast menu means you can eat when you wake, or wait for the group. After sailing to West End, Tortola it is time for a quick check into customs and immigration. Next we head over to Privateers Bay on Norman Island in time for lunch. This island was made famous in R.L Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’ and looking at the caves today, one cannot help but be swept back in time to the days of pirates and privateers. Once again, this area is quiet, allowing for us to indulge any of our younger guests with a real pirate treasure hunt. A handmade map is found floating through our hulls in a old bottle. We then set off on an epic adventure to follow the map and find the treasure chest hidden in the deepest cave on Norman Island. After Lunch and a snorkel in the caves we move around into the Bight, a bay about 5 minutes away. Here we choose a secluded corner and guests can sun tan away the rest of the afternoon, or engage in any of our water sport option. Later, your captain takes guests on a sunset cruise in the tender, with a cooler of beers or a cocktail in hand while your private chef prepare another amazing meal. After dinner aboard with great wine, spectators and fishermen alike enjoy a rather addictive few hours of ‘catch and release’, fishing for the Tarpon, Chubbs, Jack and Snapper caught off the back of the yacht.
After you wake and enjoy your morning coffee, enjoy a snorkel or scuba dive at the stunning Indians, 5 minutes from the Bight. This spot has barely changed and still offers a host of marine life. Our last dive saw plentiful fish and even a hawksbill turtle. Brand new masks, snorkels and fins are handed to the guests, with optional pool noodles for those less comfortable in the water. Your captain will capture your memories on a underwater camera with video. Next, we head around to Little Harbor on Peter Island, a pristine nook where we anchor the yacht stern to rocks ashore, offering a private ‘swimming pool’ off the back. Here the water is crystal clear and further snorkeling along the bay after lunch, often shows it to be a nursery for an abundance of tropical fish. We get the music going and put out our 10 person floating mat and the “chillaxing” begins. There are a number of hikes on Peter Island for those feeling more energetic and your captain can take you ashore in the tender if you feel like stretching your legs. Dinner served followed by an optional all out Pirate evening!
After breakfast we hoist up the sails and head up to Virgin Gorda while navigating the Sir Francis Drake channel. We pick up a mooring ball at the famous ‘Baths’, a series of gigantic granite boulders that form caves that are filled with crystal clear water. Guests swim ashore to the beach and work their way through rocky trail which ends with a swim at Devil’s Bay beach before heading back to the yacht in the tender. We move just up to the next beach at Valley Trunk Bay with its beautiful waters and white sand, it is a place worth taking a moment to reflect and really enjoy paradise. Here we set up a gazebo for shade, with beach towels and chairs, games and music, and we serve a picnic lunch on the beach. It a fantastic photo opportunity, and for those up to a little adventure, there is a slightly more challenging climb to the top of some boulders where you can look back at the whole of the BVI. This evening is typically more relaxed and after dinner, we try take the opportunity to turn off all the lights onboard and guests get comfortable and watch the night sky the way is was meant to be, in completely undisturbed darkness and without any light from the shore. Once your eyes adjust the ocean will also offer up her secrets, with special sightings of phosphorescent plankton and jellyfish.
After a delicious breakfast, we will head up along Virgin Gorda to The Dogs, a series of tiny rocky outcrops, about a 45 minute sail away. Here, in a tiny bay, we will stop for a snorkel below the cliffs. It is very weather dependent but if we get a window, it’s a great stop. Alternatively there are a number of great scuba diving spots here. Dive companies can rendezvous with your yacht or if the yacht offers SCUBA diving onboard, your divemaster will accompany you to this underwater paradise. After the Dogs, we head up to the idyllic Eustatia Sound, where we will anchor for lunch. This is a great spot for a swim, photo opportunities and turquoise water. It also looks straight across at Necker Island, one of Sir Richard Branson’s islands. At about 3:00pm, we will head across on a 2 hour sail to Anegada, the low lying coral atoll famous for its pristine beaches, pink flamingoes and LOBSTER! Dinner ashore is highly recommended. Experience a Wonky Dog Lobster Dinner or one of their other delicious options. Reservations are taken from 7:00pm onwards and they offer a full bar and a very decent wine list.
The only morning we don’t recommend a leisurely start and suggested a slightly earlier breakfast, still à la carte choices, but in order to get you to the beach by the latest 10:30. Ashore there are a few options. Head out to Loblolly beach with your snorkel gear in an open air safari taxi or guests are encouraged to rent out a scooter from S&K rentals. Your crew will bring the rest. You will have an absolute blast! It is very simple to pick up and the roads are smooth and easy to handle. It’s a fantastic sense of freedom to zoom around on your own wheels as we drive the 20 minutes to the beach. Lunch is served picnic style and guests can enjoy what must be one of the most stunning spots on the planet. Big Bamboo Bar and Restaurant are also operational and locals always appreciate the support. 2:30 is the cut off time, unless guests would prefer to spend another night in Anegada and as always we are completely flexible and try our best to match the itinerary to the mood. Otherwise pack up time and the scooter trip back to the yacht. From here we sail down to Guana Island and spend the night in White Bay or Lee Bay Great Camanoe, depending on the weather.
Breakfast aboard, followed by a 45 min downwind sail to Sandy Spit. This tiny bit of sand off Green Cay makes one think what mutineers on deserted islands must have experienced, but with a cold drink in your hand it makes for a better place to walk with your friends and family and enjoy sun and sand for one last day. It’s a great place to Stand up Paddle board or to kayak or sunbathe on the trampolines before lunch. Then it is off to Great Harbor where the Infamous Foxy’s Bar is up and running. The gift shop is open and is the place to get your BVI souvenirs or T-shirts. Foxy himself is often around and more than happy to share his stories and songs about the hurricanes and his life with any travelers over a cold beer. A true local experience and one we still highly recommend. Guests then have the option of of anchoring overnight in Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke or White Bay where the Soggy Dollar Bar is being rebuilt and Coco Locos Beach Bar serves painkiller cocktails and food. Alternatively we can head down to Christmas Cove in the USVI, late in the afternoon. This allows for a slower morning on your last day and is your best chance to see the green turtles that frequent the bay and enjoy a last swim in the morning.
Early start if we are still in Jost Van Dyke, leaving at 8:30am and heading back around to Yacht Haven Grande or marina on Tortola with breakfast served under way. Waking up in Christmas Cove,we will breakfast on anchor and enjoy last swims in the tropical waters, leaving the bay at 10:00am and making our way to the marina. If you disembark in St Thomas, we allow time for Customs and Immigration clearance. If you leave from the airport on Tortola, your taxi will pick you up at noon for your flight home or another night in a villa ashore. This is when we say our goodbyes. We endeavor to find the perfect balance on your charter, between becoming solid friends and still allowing you the space and privacy to enjoy the group you are with. We try our best to snap as many photos of you all as we can and share at the end of a truly memorable and special time. Safe travels home, until next time.
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