Sample BVI Itinerary
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Here is a sample of what to expect on your all-inclusive charter yacht vacation.
After arriving in Tortola, guests will be met by the crew and welcomed aboard your luxury charter yacht at the designated marina at noon. After a short discussion about safety and your preferences, you will leave for Norman Island 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 us to indulge any of our younger guests with a real pirate treasure hunt. A handmade map is found floating through our hulls in an 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 into the Bight, a bay about 5 minutes away. Here we choose a secluded corner and guests can suntan away the rest of the afternoon, or engage in any of our water sports options. Later, your captain takes guests on a sunset cruise in the tender or stopover at the famous “Willy-T” for a lively afternoon before dinner. The Pirate’s Bight restaurant/bar with a beautiful beach is also worth a visit where there is a hiking trail behind the buildings.
After you wake up and enjoy your morning coffee, enjoy a snorkel or SCUBA dive at the stunning Indians, 5 minutes from The Bight.
Snorkeling at the Indians is spectacular. As you swim along the wall, you will see lots of colorful sponges and the water is crystal clear with an abundance of tropical fish. 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. We get the music going and put out a large floating mat and the “chillaxing” begins. There are several 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.
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 Cooper Island Beach Club for a scrumptious lunch. Enjoy snorkeling or a drink ashore before sailing to 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 a 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 short beach at Mountain Point with its beautiful reefs. This is a place worth taking a moment to reflect on and really enjoy paradise. It’s a fantastic photo opportunity, and here you can look back at the whole of the BVI’s. This evening is typically more relaxed and after dinner, we try to take the opportunity to turn off all the lights on board and guests get comfortable and watch the night sky the way it 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. Enjoy fish-watching with the bright underwater lights.
This is a good spot for some SCUBA diving and great snorkeling after breakfast. Dive companies can rendezvous with your yacht or if the yacht offers Scuba diving onboard, your divemaster will accompany you to this underwater paradise.
We head up to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, where we will anchor for lunch. This is a great spot for a visit to the new Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) and also Saba Rock. The sound is great for watersport activities. Wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and SUP are great fun in the bay when moored at the pretty beach of The Sandbox. If the guests want to kiteboard or Hobie Cat sailing, the yacht club will rent gear. At happy hour, you can watch the giant Tarpon fish get their snack from the staff of Saba Rock. On the yacht club side, you can go for an easy walk to Biras Creek or hike on the trail taking you to the other side of the island. Stop by The Fat Virgin for a snack and a local cocktail. Live music is often offered at the BEYC at night.
After a leisurely morning breakfast, we sail North for about 2 hrs to the coral atoll of Anegada which only rises 28 feet above sea level at its highest point!
The island is also surrounded by striking reefs, and age-old shipwrecks, making it a popular spot for snorkelers and SCUBA divers. In one spot, the fishermen who harvested conch, deposit the shells in a huge pile, and is now a big attraction by boat. The residents are very friendly and every day lobsters are caught for dinners at night at every restaurant. There are enough to feed everybody. Your crew will make a reservation for your group if required. Looking for a quiet, contemplative beach for swimming or sunbathing? Check out the quiet shores of Cow Wreck Beach, Flash of Beauty, Bones Bight, and Windlass Bight. The Loblolly beach bar/restaurant and the Anegada Beach Club are great beach locations for local beverages and meals. Open truck taxis are used to transport you from the dock to the beaches.
We sail South toward the Dog Islands after breakfast and enjoy looking for dolphins along the comfortable sailing. Deep sea fishing is offered by some of the crewed yachts with the correct permits and gear.
We pick up a mooring at Great Dog and there is wonderful snorkeling while lunch is prepared. There is a very protected mooring field at Marina Cay where it is a short ride by tender to explore Scrub Island and Trellis Bay. Cam Bay is nearby and has popular bonefish flats for fly fishing. The snorkeling on Diamond Reef is spectacular and with shallow diving, a night dive can be experienced here to see the exotic underwater world.
Breakfast aboard, followed by a downwind sail to Sandy Spit. This tiny sandy cay 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 the sun and sand.
It’s a great place to Stand up Paddleboard or to kayak or sunbathe on the trampolines before lunch. Then it is off to Great Harbor where the famous Foxy’s Bar is a very popular stop. Alternatively, a stop at the Soggy Dollar Bar could lead to a festive day drinking the famous Painkiller cocktails. The gift shops are open and this is the place to get your BVI souvenirs or T-shirts. Nearby in White Bay is Hendo’s Hideout which serves great Conch Fritters and many other beach bars to visit. A truly local experience and highly recommend it. Guests then have the option of anchoring overnight in Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke, Little Harbor, White Bay, or spending time at Diamond Cay where you can splash in the famous Bubbly Pool.
An early start from Jost Van Dyke, heading back to the marina on Tortola with breakfast served underway.
Leave on a private water taxi or ferry or 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 space and privacy to enjoy the group you are with. We try our best to snap as many photos/videos of you all as we can and share them at the end of a truly memorable and special time. Safe travels home, until next time.