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 by either plane to the Beef Island Airport, or by a 45-minute scenic ferry ride from neighboring Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, 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 on board, 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° views of the spectacular islands. Before a delicious dinner is served by your private chef, a map is produced and you can discuss preferences on where you would like to spend more time. Some guests prefer quiet anchorages with water-sport activities or active beach bars and island tours. The captain will explain what to expect on your unforgettable vacation. Depending on the weather and sea conditions, all your dreams will come true on an Epic Charter Yacht Vacation.
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 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 around 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 signature cocktail. The Pirate’s Bight restaurant/bar with a beautiful beach also celebrates a happy hour with a ship’s cannon at 4 pm.
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 You may see plentiful fish and even a hawksbill turtle. Clean 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 an 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 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. Dinner is 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 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 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.
We head over to The Dogs, a series of tiny rocky outcrops, great snorkeling after breakfast. 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 several 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 3:00 pm, we will head across on a 2-hour sail to Anegada, the low-lying coral atoll famous for its pristine beaches, pink flamingos, and LOBSTER! Shower up and get ready for a fun evening. Dinner ashore is highly recommended. Experience a “The Wonky Dog” lobster dinner or one of their other delicious options. Reservations are taken for meals from 7:00 pm onwards and they offer a full bar and a very decent wine list. Dance the night away with your toes in the sand at one of the many local bars.
The only morning we don’t recommend a leisurely start and suggest a slightly earlier breakfast, still à la carte choices, but 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 a local company. 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 can be served upon your return or you can enjoy some local conch at a beach restaurant. Guests can enjoy what must be one of the most stunning spots on the planet. Big Bamboo Bar and Restaurant, Cow Reck Beach, Anegada Beach Club are just a few to mention, and 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 and take the taxi 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 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 for one last day. 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 Infamous Foxy’s Bar is up and running. 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 the place to get your BVI souvenirs or T-shirts. Nearby in White Bay is Hendo’s Hideout and serves great Conch Fritters. A truly local experience and highly recommend. Guests then have the option of anchoring overnight in Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke or Little Harbor or White Bay. Alternatively, you 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 around 8:30 am and heading back around to Yacht Haven Grande or a marina on Tortola with breakfast served underway. If we were waking up in Christmas Cove, we will breakfast on anchor and enjoy last swims in the tropical waters, leaving the bay around 10:00 am and making our way to the USVI marina. If you disembark in St Thomas, we allow time for Customs and Immigration clearance. Leave on a private water taxi 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 of you all as we can and share at the end of a truly memorable and special time. Safe travels home, until next time.