British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter
The British Virgin Islands were made for sailing holidays with over 60 unspoilt islands, islets and cays.
Come and see for yourself why the BVI is the most popular sailing destination in the Caribbean for yacht charter. Perfect sailing conditions and sheltered passages round the islands make sailing in the British Virgin Islands a delight for all levels of sailors wanting to relax in a Caribbean paradise with white sandy beaches and amazing snorkelling in warm, crystal clear seas.
Whatever your sailing experience you’ll love a sailing holiday in the British Virgin Islands where a couple of hours sailing in the warm steady tradewinds will take you to your next idyllic anchorage. Steady winds guarantee enjoyable sailing and a trip to Anegada will test your navigational skills.
There are dozens of white sandy beaches and hidden coves for you to discover on your yacht charter. An amazing variety of underwater life and the warm crystal-clear sea make snorkelling off your yacht a delight. A swim before breakfast is a pleasure.
Sailing in BVI
The BVI are perfect for bareboat yacht charter, even for less experienced skippers and crew. Wherever you sail in the British Virgin Islands you are within easy contact of the base should you need help or advice during your yacht charter.
There’s so much to do on your yacht charter holiday in the BVI. Drop anchor in a secluded cove one day and at the busy Bitter End Yacht Club the next. Swim above coral gardens and dive on sunken shipwrecks. Hike up Spy Glass Hill, an old pirate lookout, and beachcomb on miles of white sand. Taste delicious rum cocktails at driftwood beach bars.
It’s a great place to have fun, whether your idea of a good time is a candlelit meal at Brandywine Bay or dancing till dawn at Foxy’s on Jost van Dyke. There’s usually a cabaret act at the Last Resort and there’s always fresh lobster on the menu at Anegada. Come and see for yourself why the BVI is the popular area for sailing holidays in the Caribbean and why clients return year after year.
In a 1-week yachting holiday in the British Virgin Islands you can sail anti-clockwise around the main island of Tortola, leaving plenty of time to swim, snorkel and relax in the idyllic anchorages. In a 2-week sailing holiday extend your itinerary to include Anegada, "the Drowned Island", 16nm due north of Virgin Gorda.
DAY 1 : Easy reach to Norman Island (8nm), home of the Caves and inspriation for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". The Bight provides a perfect anchorage with a restaurant and floating bar aboard "The Willie T".
DAY 2 : As Salt Island grab your mask and snorkel and check out the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship "Rhone" which sank during a hurricane in 1867. After lunch sail "right next door" to Cooper Island (8nm) where you can pick up a mooring in front of the beachfront restaurant.
DAY 3 : The Baths at Virgin Gorda are one of the most famous natural formations in the Caribbean. Huge granite boulders form small grottos and pools on the water's edge for you to expore and snorkel. Sail up to North Sound (13nm) a protected bay with a wide choice of anchorages and excellent restaurants.
DAY 4 : Snorkelling on the reef at Marina Cay gives you an appetitie for lunch. Trellis Bay (10nm) is a good place to spend the night, home to the famous restaurant and cabaret "The Last Resort".
DAY 5 : Cruise up to Guana Island for spectacuar snorkelling and a beach picnic at Monkey Point. An afternoon's sail west takes you to Jost van Dyke (15nm). Anchor in White Bay and swim ashore for cocktails at "Soggy Dollar Bar" or in Little Harbour where "Foxys'" is famous for its beach parties.
DAY 6 : Lunch at Soper's Hole Wharf, home of Pusser's Landing, reputedly built on the hideout of the pirate Blackbeard. Afternoon sail across Sir Francis Drake Channel to Peter Island (11nm).
DAY 7 : Watch the sunrise over Peter Island and take an early morning swim in the deliciously warm sea. Weigh anchor for the short sail back to the marina (5nm).
Constant warm tradewinds at 10-20 knots provide excellent sailing. BVI is popular all year round with temperatures staying a balmy 30oC. but the best time to come is November to June. In summer winds tend to be lighter with greater humidity, but there’s still plenty of sunshine. There is a risk of tropical storms mainly during August and September. Experience Level 1.
There are very few marinas in the BVIs so most nights you are on anchor in a bay with a classic Caribbean white sand and palm tree beach. In many places there are laid buoys which cost US$25/night but give you a safe mooring within minutes of sailing into the bay.
SAIL & STAY IN THE BVI: Extend your sailing holiday with a few days or a week ashore in a beach hotel in the British Virgin Islands. Or stop-over on the holiday island of Antigua on your way out to or back from the BVI.
Yacht charter in BVI - Tortola
Yachts are based at Nanny Cay Marina and Joma Marina, on the south coast of Tortola. Charters start and finish any day (minimum 5 nights), giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO TORTOLA BVI:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua. LIAT operate connecting flights from Antigua to Tortola. Transfer time to Nanny Cay Marina 40 minutes.