British Virgin Islands (BVI) Yacht Charters
What makes a BVI Yacht Charter so spectacular? The BVI’s are a group of more than 60 unspoiled islands, some inhabited and some untouched, most within close proximity for easy navigation and more protected waters for smooth passages.
Top Reasons to Charter the BVIs
- Snorkeling – Extraordinary shipwrecks and reefs abound, you won’t be disappointed exploring the vast underwater caves and grottoes in the pristine Caribbean waters of the British Virgin Islands.
- Yacht Options – with hundreds of crewed charter yachts calling the Virgin Islands home, you will be sure to find the perfect combination of crew and yacht for your charter vacation.
- Something for Everyone – with an abundance of water related sports, scenic hiking, duty free shopping and the prevailing Caribbean cultural, you will be in for the experience of a lifetime as you are transported from island to island on your own private yacht.
- Sailing – BVI Yacht Charters wouldn’t be so popular if it wasn’t for the unrivaled calm waters, consistent sunshine, and consistent tradewinds. With hidden coves and private beaches lurking around every corner, not much else compares to a sailing vacation in the BVIs. This truly is the way the Caribbean was meant to be explored.
British Virgin Islands – Highlights
Many times your first entry into the British Virgin Island’s will be at Soper’s Hole on the west end of Tortola to check in to customs. You will see the brightly colored building on the shoreline and may even want to go ashore for a cocktail at the iconic Pusser’s, or do a little shopping at one the great shops found there.
Marina Cay / Trellis Bay / Scrub Island
Scenic and quiet, Marina Cay is a sheltered anchorage nestled behind a protective reef. Cruising in Marina Cay waters brings you to the north end of Tortola. There is amazing snorkeling along Diamond Cay and this also make a nice overnight stop with its central location. Ashore you have options such as Pusser’s Company Store and beachside restaurant & bar, or for more upscale dining you can venture over to Scrub Island. Trellis Bay is also in this area and boast a great venue for local art and culture, and the famous Trellis Bay Full Moon Party.
A short distance from Norman Island, The Indians, near Pelican Bay, is land-marked by four pinnacle rocks rising from the depths of Sir Francis Drake Channel. On a calm water day, explore the colorful walls and hidden grottoes here and snorkel the gullies in search of the Painted Walls, an underwater aurora borealis created by the water’s projection off the bright corals onto the rock walls. It’s a truly unforgettable experience.
Cooper Island is a common stop while making your way up the Francis Drake Channel on your way to Virgin Gorda. It is one of the closest locations for planning a morning visit to The Baths. Features of Copper Island include the beach club restaurant & bar, boutique, exotic rum bar and specialty coffee & gelato shop. It is also a nice protected harbor for some kayaking, SUP or swimming while you relax in the afternoon sun. For more snorkeling adventure, there is Cistern Rock just on the edge of the harbor. If you are a diving enthusiast, Cooper is within close proximity to Salt Island for a quick stop at the HMS Rhone dive site, rated one of the best wreck dives in the world.
14 miles North of Virgin Gorda is Anegada Island. Anegada (Spanish for the Sunken Island) is the only island in the VIs formed of coral and limestone as opposed to volcanic rock. The island is notably different from all other atoll in the BVIs as it is nearly flat in elevation reaching to only 28 ft above sea level. While it is the second largest island in the British Virgin Islands, it is the least populated – making it an ideal destination for those looking to get away from the crowd. Surrounded by the fourth largest barrier coral reef in the world, the shallow waters surrounding Anegada provide a site like no other. With a seasoned captain or skipper familiar with the island’s shallow reefs you can discover its white, sandy beaches go on for miles and miles. Snorkeling and diving at Flash of Beauty provides watery delights. Intricate mazes of underwater corals, tunnels and drops with colorful fish at every turn; It’s a diver’s paradise! If you are timely, you may even see the “Anegada flock”, a flock of beautiful pink flamingos that call the salt ponds and lagoons on Anegada home. When you are ready to relax beachside, there is no place better than Cow Wreck Beach Bar and Grill or The Anegada Beach Club for a frothy beverage. To wrap up your day of adventure on Anegada Island, savor the locally caught the seafood including succulent lobster and bonefish at one of the popular beachside restaurants.
Cane Garden Bay
Tortola has numerous harbors, but one of the most picturesque is Cane Garden Bay on the north shore. The crescent-shaped, white sandy beach hems in the anchorage on three sides and stunning mountains create a scenic backdrop. This is one of the best harbors to view a sunset over the open water. The nightlife ashore is a big attraction for those charter guests looking for live entertainment. A stop here is not complete without a visit to Callwood Rum Distillery, the longest continuously operating pot distillery in all of the Caribbean. Beautiful water for swimming and watersports are also popular.
The inspiration of the film “Treasure Island”, Norman Island is cloaked in untold stories of pirates and buried treasures. It is a great destination for adventure in both in the water and sea. The island has many anchorage destinations such as The Caves in Privateer. For those brave enough to venture into the darkness, these caves were once the home to treasures abound. Take a peek around and let us know if you spot anything shiny! There is wonderful snorkeling outside of The Caves as well as at The Indians and Pelican Island nearby. For spectacular 360 degree views, take the short hike up to Spy Glass Hill. Ashore you can enjoy dinner or a sundowner cocktail at The Bight Restaurant and if all that treasure hunting leaves you parched, head on over to Willy T’s floating bar for a drink (and try the conch fritters) or enjoy a sunset cocktail at Pirates Beach Restaurant.
East from the Indians is Virgin Gorda, the second largest island in the British Virgin Islands which boasts a wide array of attractions and activities for charter guests. One of the most sought after attractions here is the spectacular rock formations of The Baths; a must see destination. A labyrinth of huge granite boulders with new discoveries around every turn. You can enjoy a beautiful trek through the towering rocks whilst enjoying the spectacular white sandy beach and turquoise waters. If you’re brave, climb up one of the large rocks and take in the amazing view from above of all the surrounding islands and if you get to hot just jump into the waters and enjoy a swim. Once you make your way up to the sheltered waters of the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, your choices are virtually endless. From the water sports, shopping and the beautiful marinas of The Bitter End Resort and Leverick Bay, to the daily tarpon feeding and sunset cocktails from Saba Rock – you will love the nautical charm of this area. Hiking with breathtaking views, snorkeling, water sports .. The North Sound has it all.
Jost Van Dyke
A visit to the BVI’s would not be complete without enjoying everything that Jost Van Dyke has to offer. With several popular harbors, there is something for everyone. A favorite day stop for many charter guests is White Bay. With the sparkling white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters and iconic beach bars lining the shoreline – it is a great place to relax and people watch while enjoying a painkiller cocktail from the famed Soggy Dollar or one of the other great bars here. In Great Harbor around the corner, you will find one of the most popular stops in all of the Caribbean at the legendary Foxy’s for nightly entertainment or dinner. Or, you can stroll down the street the to the likes of Corsairs Restaurant. Other amazing sites in the area of Jost Van Dyke would be to swim ashore at Sandy Spit, snorkel along the shoreline at Little Jost Van Dyke or hike to the bubbly pools.