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British Virgin Islands
50 ft sailing catamaran
Accommodates up to 8
3 Queen ensuite cabins & 1 double
SCUBA diving onboard


10% OFF new charters booked for November & December 2024. Minimum 6 nights. BVI ports only. Holiday weeks not included.

WANDERLUST is a luxury 50 ft Lagoon sailing catamaran.

WANDERLUST is not just a beautifully-appointed 2022 Lagoon 50, but so much more: She is the mermaid that will guide guests to ultimate relaxation, boundless adventure, and limitless luxury. Up to eight VIP guests will enjoy the splendor of the Caribbean in superior comfort, whether enjoying meals al fresco in her spacious cockpit or enjoying a sundowner with loved ones on her one-of-a-kind flybridge.

The interior is intentionally crafted with decor and amenities reminiscent of the world’s finest resorts. 3 Queen ensuite cabins and one full size midship cabin are available to guests. Midship and port forward cabins share a bathroom. Topside you will find all of the toys and gear to be expected on a premium sailing yacht. No detail is overlooked and no expense is spared to ensure guests of WANDERLUST a vacation experience that will leave them feeling rested, renewed, and eager to sail on her again.

*For Rates, see PRICING Tab below – Holiday weeks may differ, please enquire!



Your Crew


Hailing from Limpopo in South Africa, Francois comes from a small farming town in the Afrikaans area of the country. He grew up close to nature and the breathtaking wildlife of the area and has carried his love of the outdoors throughout his life.

Francois began his maritime career working as a commercial diver, flown out to the BVI to assist in the mass clean-up and yacht salvage in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. As a qualified class 2 Commercial Bell Diver he is more than comfortable below sea level and has recently transferred his skills to qualify as a Dive Master, ensuring all guests are in more than safe and experienced hands.
One of his proudest achievements is his involvement with a non-profit charity in the BVI creating artificial reefs and interactive dive sites including the sunken wreck of the ‘Willy T’ and ’Sharkplano’, he has unwaivered local knowledge of the sites and will ensure to show you the very best spots. Being an incredibly calm and collected character, Francois will always be at your service with a smile and will make sure his guests feel well attended to and safe, whilst giving them their own tailored trip of a lifetime.

Katie’s love for yachting started in her early teens when she spent family holidays sailing the Ionian in Greece
Her sailing career began when she worked as a hostess in Lefkada, then moved across to seek new challenges in the windy Saronic Gulf and Cyclades. From there she moved to the British Virgin Islands, during her downtime between seasons she studied at Culinary school in Devon and on the Isle of Wight, developing and refining her love for cookery.

Katie began cheffing professionally in 2016 in the Caribbean where she found a love for the culture and flavors of the area. She has been working in the Caribbean ever since, spending her downtime diving, kiteboarding, and exploring all of nature’s little secrets that the BVI has to offer.
She is also a qualified Day Skipper and Rescue Diver so you’ll be sure to be in safe and competent hands across all elements of the yacht.
Whatever your requests or requirements Katie is more than happy to tailor her menu for her guest’s every need, using only the freshest and most vibrant local ingredients Katie’s dishes will guarantee to wow!







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The fine points

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Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax11 Pax12 Pax
Winter 2023 to 2024$27,000$27,500$28,000$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$0$0$0$0
Summer 2024$27,000$27,500$28,000$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$0$0$0$0
Winter 2024 to 2025$27,000$27,500$28,000$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$0$0$0$0
Summer 2025$27,000$27,500$28,000$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$0$0$0$0

Holiday offers

Please note that Holiday rates are subject to change.

Christmas week: $32,000

New Year week: $35,000


  • Use of the yacht with our Professional Captain and Chef and additional crew
  • All Onboard Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizer, Dinner, and Dessert
  • Snacks – Fresh Fruit, Popcorn, Granola Bars, Chips, Chocolates, and more
  • Beverages – Water, Juices, Sodas, Coffee, Beer, Wine, and a Fully Stocked Bar
  • Water Sport activities
  • Broadband Wireless Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fuel for the yacht and dinghy
  • Cruising permits, national parks fees, fishing permits, taxes, and port fees


  • Shore activities such as dining, shopping, or special off yacht excursions
  • Premium Beverages/Wines not normally stocked and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Airport Transfers
  • Crew gratuity; 15-20% of the charter cost


Highlighted dates are booked, on hold, or unavailable. We may be able to challenge the dates on hold. Please contact us for details. All other dates not highlighted are available. You can use the arrow icons to navigate through the months.

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  • Hold (Held by another client group, not yet booked, and can be challenged)
  • Unavailable (Blocked out by the Owner and unavailable to challenge)
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  • Air conditioning and fans
  • Heated deck showers
  • Watermaker & generator
  • Surround sound
  • WiFi internet access
  • i/Device docking station
  • Cockpit icemaker
  • Barbecue


  • 12′ RIB with 30 hp engine
  • Snorkel Gear
  • Towable Tube
  • 4 Sub blue underwater scooters
  • Floating mats
  • 2 Standup paddleboards
  • Fishing gear & BVI license
  • Underwater video
  • SCUBA diving onboard


  • Model: Lagoon Catamaran
  • Year: 2023
  • LOA: 51′
  • Beam: 27′
  • Draft: 5′
  • Engines: 2 x 75 Hp Diesel
  • Flag: TBA
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 14 reviews
 by June 2024, Epic family Charter
More Than a Vacation

Honestly. I don’t even know where to begin this week has been so much more than a vacation. Yes it’s been the most beautiful scenery, epic adventures, total relaxation and so much quality time with our family, but what made it so memorable and special was the two of you. The kindness, dedication and expertise that showed in every act. You didn’t just take care of us…….you made us feel like the most honoured guests in your beautiful home. We feel so lucky to have had this week on this gorgeous vessel with two of the most generous and interesting people so thank you. Thank you for the memories my children will carry of this magical week in the BVI. Chef, I will never stop being amazed by the absolutely delicious, gourmet and beautifully presented meals you made in the tiny kitchen and also Francois, thanks so much for being a patient and knowledgeable guide to our entry into scuba-diving after 20 years!! We will miss you both so much. All our love .

 by April 2024 Charter Guests
Wondrous Memories

I'll leave with thousands of wonderous memories etched forever on my heart and the deepest gratitude for all these two lovely lights did to ensure we'd have the best experience in the BVI, Ever. A few highlights-the 5 star cuisine and magic created daily by chef Katie. Somebody needs to award this amazing young woman a Michelin Star. (I did figure out her secret ingredient after hours of close observation... it is love combined with sprinkles of magic.

 by February 2024 Charter Guests
Amazing Experience

As someone who's usually at the ready with an entire arsenal of words to express my gratitude what can I say that hasn't been said a thousand times before? Suffice it to say that there amazing experiences in one's short time here in the earthly realm and then there are peak moments that simply redefine what it's like to achieve those stellar, pinnacle heights of wonder, joy, balance, exhilaration and complete relaxation all at the same time. Those extraordinary and total bliss moments when mind, body, and spirt combine to create what I like to call a "well being attack!" Nirvana! Every moment on board Wanderlust had us thinking "it can't get better than this! and then the universe says "Hold my Beer."

 by Jan 2024, Charter Guests
Far Beyond Wonderful

I’m writing to share the amazing experience we had (6 total guests) on Wanderlust. My husband and I have been on crewed charters 6 times now in the VI/BVI over the years and have always had an amazing experience and have been very happy. However, this experience on Wanderlust was so far beyond wonderful that I seriously think we will be forever unable to find any other boat/crew that lives up to this one.
The Yacht: Wanderlust is beautifully appointed for luxury cruising and adventure. Elegance is evident everywhere-from the high-end glassware and table settings, to the bedding, the décor, artwork, and bar stock. She is equipped with a wide variety of water toys and high-quality dive gear enough to keep any guest occupied with choices for ocean fun. Other wonderful extras include an ice maker, filtered water on demand, a high-end coffee/espresso maker, and a custom flybridge with tabled seating (generally only seen on larger cats). Did I mention the on-board air compressor to refill scuba tanks? The cleaning products and body wash/shampoos on board are environmentally friendly, the boat is meticulously clean and the entire boat has a soft fresh scent that keeps everything feeling so fresh for the entire week.
The Crew: The crew on Wanderlust excelled so far beyond any other crew we’ve experienced in our time chartering. In all our other experiences there were areas of excellence that stood out on that particular trip as compared with others. And there were areas that were good, but not as good as other experiences. For example, when comparing the gourmet quality of food or skippering skills, divemaster skills, etc., every crew we’ve experienced had significant strengths in some areas but not all areas. In the case of Wanderlust, I can confidently say that this is the only crew that exceeded expectations in every area. I have a hard time expressing everything I love about them but I will try to briefly summarize here.
It’s no wonder the chef has won so many awards for her cuisine. The beautiful presentation of each meal and the variety and quality of the ingredients were superb. Edible flowers, fruit, and desserts gilded with gold leaf and many other fine touches graced each dish. The meals were as beautiful as they were delicious and rivaled the cuisine of a 5-star restaurant. I don’t think any restaurants on the islands could compete with Chef's food and presentation. We also appreciated the wine selection and how thoughtful each evening’s wine choice was for the meal served. The chef is a cheerful, wonderful conversationalist and loves preparing a good theme night, of which we enjoyed two while on board! So much fun!!!!
Capatin: what an absolute treasure of a captain and skilled skipper and divemaster! a professional and super friendly. It’s clear he enjoys making each experience special and can pivot plans on a moment’s notice to optimize guest comfort, preferences, and safety. As an example, we had several experienced scuba divers onboard who were interested in multiple dives but also had a large north swell that week. Navigating the need to find a dive site with good visibility for the divers and shelter from the swell for the non-diving guests was no doubt challenging but he checked all the boxes for us. I also want to note how skilled and professional he is as a divemaster and how well he assessed our skills as guest divers and led us on some amazing adventures. I always felt very safe (and I have certainly experienced the opposite on charters) and the onboard dive equipment was meticulously maintained. Beyond this, the pride in maintaining and operating a top-notch sailing yacht is evident in everything he does. He is always attentive to everyone on board, having the toys ready for use right away, drinks poured, and to safety. We enjoyed spending many hours on the flybridge while underway sharing stories, and sailing tips, and learning more about yachting and the BVI. Cap this off with his excellent bartending skills, generous local knowledge, and his cheerful kindness and helpfulness and, well, what else could you ask for in a captain?

As a team, they are an extremely talented crew and execute the thousands of details that make an experience special with professionalism and grace. They are very special.

I know I haven’t captured everything that made our week on Wanderlust so incredible and I’ll probably think of many things I wanted to include here once I hit the “send” button, but suffice it to say, we are completely over the moon about Wanderlust, her crew and the memories we made during our charter week. Thank you so very much!

 by November 2023, Family Charter
Once In A Lifetime Trip

The crew were wonderful and kind and made the Wanderlust a perfect home for the week. The Wanderlust was beautifully decorated, well maintained, and equipped with a wide array of water toys, including underwater scooters. Captain created and revised the itinerary to meet the particular interests of our family, finding excellent snorkeling spots, beautiful beaches, and great shore experiences. The grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed the almost daily knee board time with the captain and they and my son enjoyed the Hobie Cat sailing lessons at Virgin Gorda. We all enjoyed a “movie night” under the stars with a large screen rigged outside on the bow. Chef isn’t just a good chef. She is phenomenal!! Even breakfast was a gourmet meal. She accommodated all the special dietary requests made in our preference sheet and made every meal and appetizer a delicious culinary adventure. Captain curated a lovely selection of South African wines and proved to be an outstanding mixologist at cocktail time. Each day was an adventure, a once in a lifetime trip, enjoyed by everyone in the family. 

 by November 2023, Charter Family

Week on the Wanderlust was more than a great vacation. The two of you made it exceptional! We wouldn’t change anything about this trip. The itinerary was great providing stella opportunities for snorkelling Hobby Cat sailing and Island exploring. In addition to being a great Captain, he was so attentive to our travel requests and spent so much time making sure our grandchildren enjoyed the watersports. Every meal and charcuterie board created by chef was a gourmet delight. Beautifully served and beyond delicious. She went so far beyond our expectations, making sure the different dietary requirements were incorporated in all the meals. This was truly a vacation of a lifetime

 by November 2023, Charter Family
So Much Better Than We Imagined!

None of us will ever forget chef’s Thanksgiving feast, and how welcome and homely she always made us feel. Will be making our best attempt re-creating her amazing food as part of our holiday tradition from now on. Captain’s wine pairings were perfect, and so were his hand crafted, virgin and non-virgin cocktails! We dreamed of a vacation like this for years, but the two of you made it so much better than we imagined.

 by April 2023 Charter Guests-Friends
Would Love To Do It Again!

This experience was amazing. Exceeded all our expectations. The Wanderlust is gorgeous. Our crew was the best! I highly recommend. Our entire trip was amazing and would love to do it again!

 by April 2023 Charter Guests-Friends

The Wanderlust adventure will be one we’ll always remember. We enjoyed the food, snorkeling and new friendships with the crew!

 by March 2023 Charter Guests-Family
Loved This Boat And Crew!

We love this boat and crew! They are the best. Chef-you are the best cook/baker and one of the sweetest people we have ever met; always in a cheerful mood. She makes every dish unique and very flavorful and she is very attentive to everyone’s needs. Captain is the best captain ever! They both made our experience on Wanderlust AMAZING!! Our beds were made and cleaned right after we woke up and made perfectly every night before we went to bed. The cabin, interior of the boat and exterior of the boat was always clean and tidy. Everything at all times smells so fresh and clean. Overall what a beautiful boat with wonderful crew. We loved Soggy Dollar, Saba Rock, Bitterend and Cooper Island. We have so much fun, but our family fun and experience was easily heightened by the crew.

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  • Gear included
  • 3 dives incl. per week for certified divers (6+ nights)
  • Additional dives are $50 per dive per person

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