The British Virgin Islands is a quaint X British territory located in the North Eastern Caribbean. The British Virgin Islands is one of the best-kept secrets in the West Indies although it’s widely known among mariners and fondly referred to as ‘the sailing capital of the world ‘. The BVI consists of a stunning archipelago of no less than 60 islands, most inaccessible unless via private yacht. Only 7 of the islands are inhabited but each holds its own unique charm.
If you are a hardened, salty, sea dog or a virgin sailor & boater, the British Virgin Islands offers something for everyone. With a solidly reliable trade wind and plenty of commercial mooring spots and safe anchorages, you can dare to go it alone on a bareboat or go on an all-inclusive crewed yacht to experience the same beautiful azure waters that ‘Nature’s little secret’ has to offer.
If approaching from St Thomas a nice option for checking the yacht into the British Virgin Islands it the customs office at Jost Van Dyke. Once you have arrived and anchored in the safety of Great Harbour the captain will deal with the boat and passport paperwork whilst your personal chef will prepare a charming onboard meal before your afternoon activities. After lunch the yacht moves to White Bay, just around the corner from Great Harbour, it is a spectacular strip of white sand fringed with coconut palms and beach bars aplenty. Put your dollars into your pocket and swim ashore to the Soggy Dollar Bar, where the original "Painkiller" cocktail was conceived. White bay is the perfect spot to spend the night with the option of dinner ashore in Hendos or Soggy or a short ride around the bay to spend an evening of Reggae dancing the night away at the famous Foxy’s bar. The flat and protected bays make for an afternoon of water sports if beach bars are not your thing.
Waving goodbye to Jost Van Dyke, for now, we have Coffee and prepare to sail or poetry over to Norman where we have a beautiful breakfast overlooking ‘The Caves’ and ‘The Indians’. For a beautiful morning snorkeling, the crew can take you in the tender to snorkel both spots before lunch. The snorkeling in both reefs will make you feel like you are in an exceptionally well-kept aquarium, hundreds and thousands little fish teem around you whilst you are viewing the brightly colored reef’s. Your crew will explain the history, mystery, and legends surrounding the Norman Islands Caves which became the inspiration for the classic novel ‘Treasure Island’ After lunch onboard it’s a 5 min journey around the corner to ‘The Bight’ on Norman Island where you can spend the afternoon hiking, on the beach and later on, discover the infamous floating bar and restaurant WILLY T. Remember, what happens at the WILLY T stays at the WILLY T.
Begin your third day with freshly brewed Caribbean coffee and a wonderful breakfast, perhaps followed by a plunge off the back deck in beautifully warm, crystal clear Azul waters. You will sail or power along the coast of Peter Island, past the island of Dead Chest and anchor or take a morning in a protected nook of Salt Island. Salt Island is the final resting place of the R.M.S Rhone. A groundbreaking vessel of its time put into the service of the British Royal Mail. This wonderful historically prominent vessel was unfortunately shipwrecked off the Eastern point of Salt Island with all but 1 passengers onboard in 1896.
This is amongst the top 10 wrecks in the world for scuba divers to visit, but do not worry if you are not a certified diver, your crew can take you on a snorkel tour of the stern section of the sunken ship because it lies at 15-20 feet and is clearly visible without SCUBA gear. If you prefer you can or take a walk around the shoreline in search of the chunks of the famous ‘Salt Island’ salt. After Lunch, you will take a short trip over to The Baths. The Baths are located at a national park located on the eastern point of Virgin Gorda. Take a stunning through the huge granite rock caves and formations to Devils Bay where your crew will meet you with a refreshing, packed cooler and your snorkel gear. The Baths are so enchanting you may want to stay for the rest of the afternoon and enjoy the night in the protection of Spanish town bay, if not, there are plenty of other accessible snorkel spots, stunning beaches and opportunities to play with the yachts water sports equipment close by.
Today we hoist all the sails ( or power up our engines) and set our course for a leisurely cruise to the northernmost island of Anegada. Anagada is a coral – sand island with a total elevation of 28ft. This flat little island consists of endless power white sand beaches. flat coral-sand island of Anegada with its endless white beaches. Anagada is surrounded by the third largest barrier reef in the Caribbean so today is a perfect day to take a stroll on a stunning beach, relax at the beach bars of Loblolly or Cow Wreck Beach on the north shore and enjoy the great sites and fantastic snorkeling. You could even take a walk around to Anagada Beach Club and learn how to Kitesurf with the islands only kitesurfing store. The main reason for making the pilgrimage to Anagada is that it is the Mecca of lobster dinners. The huge lobster population of this Island guarantees a lobster meal second to none. You are able to choose your lobster from the temp enclosures off the beach and watch it sizzle on the BBQ in front of the Anegada Reef Hotel or select a meal from the specials of the evening. Ending your evening with your toes in the sand and a belly full of lobster whilst staring up at the Caribbean stars on a clear night is not to be missed.
Leaving such a serene island is hard but after another relaxing voyage back south we stop at Mountain Point on Virgin Gorda lunch and fantastic snorkeling amongst the granite boulders. From here hit the Dog Islands for more incredible snorkeling and water sports. After an incredible afternoon, we head further south to Scrub island/Marina Cay/Trellis Bay Area. Scrub Island and Marina Cay are a privately owned Island Resorts off the East side of Tortola open for the public to explore, Trellis Bay is an artists colony in the sand, you can take your pick or speed tour them all on the tender, you will be entertained and relaxed and will not regret visiting any of these places. With yet another excellent snorkel spot and protected waters you also have the option of frolicking in the water all afternoon before sundowner cocktails and an amazing dinner by your private chef.
After coffee, we move to Monkey Point on Guana Island for breakfast. A snorkel around the amazing coral outcrops will leave you awe-inspired. Lunch is at a unique little beach called Cane Garden Bay, mentioned by Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffet in their island grooves. Cane Garden Bay has a Rum distillery and the popular sounds of another island celebrity Quito, at Quitos bar. After Exploring Cane Garden bay we can head back to Jost Van Dyke for an afternoon exploring the bubbly pool and surrounding reefs. No trip would be complete without a glimpse of Sandy Spit, an island used by Corona and Windows for their media and advertisements. You can wind up the early evening by taking a mini hike around Sandy Cay with a good coverage of shade and a few palm trees, walk around this Island in just five minutes and snorkel the surrounding coral reef. For happy hour we can head over to Soapers hole and explore the candy cane buildings to fetch some last minute gifts before the last night's dinner.
Soapers hole is the perfect place to check the vessel and all its clients out of the British Virgin Islands. After breakfast we will take a slow sail back to the US Virgin Islands, making it in good time to catch your flight. With happy but heavy hearts we wave goodbye and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.