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Sailing Holidays in the British Virgin Islands

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 make for fantastic snorkelling and diving.

Due to the powerful 2017 storms, some of the resorts in the British Virgin Islands remain closed whilst they rebuild and repair the damage caused. Please speak to our sales staff who will be happy to advise you on which resorts are still currently closed.

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Jost Van Dyke


    Dive shop

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    The Baths


    Jost Van Dyke

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    Road Town, Tortola

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    Cane Garden Bay, Tortola


    Soggy Dollar Bar


    Sunset on Norman Island

    Sailing holidays in the British Virgin Islands

    • We can arrange flights for you with BA or Virgin via Antigua
    • Explore the unique rock formations of 'The Baths' on Virgin Gorda
    • Enjoy the white sand beaches and fresh lobster dinners on Anegada
    • Dance until dawn at Foxy's on Jost van Dyke
    • Average distances of 10nm/day
    • Level 1 sailing
    • Average temperatures of around 26-28 degrees
    • Average winds force 3-4
    • Great for families, groups and couples alike
    • Mooring buoys (around $30/night)
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary in the British Virgin Islands

    DAY 1 : Norman Island (14nm)

    First stop Norman Island, home of the Caves and inspiration 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 : Cooper Island (8nm)

    At 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 : North Sound (13nm)

    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 explore and snorkel. Then sail up to the North Sound, a protected bay with a wide choice of anchorages and excellent restaurants.

    DAY 4 : Trellis Bay (10nm)

    Snorkelling on the reef at Marina Cay gives you an appetite for lunch. Trellis Bay is a good place to spend the night, home to the famous restaurant and cabaret "The Last Resort".

    DAY 5 : Jost van Dyke (15nm)

    Cruise up to Guana Island for spectacular snorkelling and a beach picnic at Monkey Point. An afternoon's sail west takes you to Jost van Dyke. 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 : Peter Island (11nm)

    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.

    DAY 7 : Scrub Island (9nm)

    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.

    British Virgin Islands 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Journal

    Our experience

    Lagoon 440 Catamaran, 1 week in April 2018 from Village Cay Marina, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    Supplied by Louise Nye, Nautilus Yachting

    Day 1

    Day 1 - Village Cay Marina, Tortola, BVI

    We arrived into the spectacular British Virgin Islands on a short direct flight from Antigua on Inter Caribbean. The flight was a hassle free, one-hour service which allowed us to arrive at the Navigare base by early evening after just a short 10 minute taxi ride from the airport. When we arrived at the base ‘Karisma’ our lovely classic Lagoon 440 was lit up and prepared for us.
    Day 2

    Day 2 - Village Cay Marina to Cooper Island

    Ordering our provisioning in advance with Riteway allowed us to have all the bulky items delivered to the yacht. It is an excellent, easy to use system and all our items were delivered bang on time at 8am. A small local supermarket nearby allowed us to top up with any extra fresh items. Our skipper arrived at 9am and after meeting with April, the Navigare Base Manager and her team, we set sail for the recently re-opened Cooper Island. Only 10 days in and Cooper Island was already re-establishing its place as a popular haunt for visiting sailors and residents. There was a brilliant atmosphere at ‘happy hour’ where we sampled our first (of many) ‘painkiller’ cocktails! A great place to start or end your Caribbean experience. We paid a $30 mooring fee – which is the standard price across the BVI.
    Day 3

    Day 3 - Cooper Island to Leverick Bay

    We had an early breakfast onboard and then sails up for a short passage to the iconic ‘Baths’ on the southern end of Virgin Gorda. We took the dinghy to the lines and swam in from there. Arriving early meant we could do the rope trails on our own, exploring the fascinating boulders in the Devils Bay National Park. It was like nowhere else I’ve seen! A short climb up a hill from the beach lead to a very nice bar with a pool for a refreshing drink. Our afternoon sail took us up towards the North Sound. We passed the extensive renovations taking place at Necker and Mosquito Islands and moored for the evening at Leverick Bay.
    Day 4

    Day 4 - Leverick Bay to Anegada

    13 nautical miles of superb sailing and we arrived at the idyllic island of Anegada. We quickly decided which local restaurant we wanted to go to for our lobster dinner and made a reservation. We decided to hire a car for 24 hours and set off to explore this 11 mile atoll of superb beaches – Loblolly Beach, Cow Wreck and a visit to see the flamingos. Anegada was simply stunning and the lobster dinner fantastic!
    Day 5

    Day 5 - Anegada to Cane Garden Bay

    We woke early to have another drive around this fabulous island and then enjoyed a huge and delicious breakfast at friendly ‘Neptunes’. After breakfast we set sail back toward the island of Tortola. We had excellent winds and some superb sailing over to pretty Cane Garden Bay. En route we stopped off for a swim and to spend a bit of time on the beautiful stretch of beach at Long Bay. At Cane Garden Bay there is a good party vibe and we had a simple but excellent meal of mahe mahe at Myetts and enjoyed the cocktails and music. A nice warm up for tomorrow!
    Day 6

    Day 6 - Cane Garden Bay to Jost Van Dyke

    Only a few nautical miles from Cane Garden Bay we arrived at Jost Van Dyke to visit some of the BVI’s most famous haunts. How much fun can you have in one day?! We moored up in the Bay, made our reservation for dinner and then went to sample some of the bars on White Bay. Ivan’s Bar was first and then a very enjoyable afternoon spent at Soggy Dollar Bar. We passed the hours swapping stories with other holiday makers, drinking cocktails in the sea, munching on conch fritters and playing beach games. After a quick shower we were off to the world renowned Foxy’s for dinner and dancing. The combination of excellent food, cocktails and music ensures everyone has the time of their lives! Friends, family, and groups of all ages enjoy this unique spot.
    Day 7

    Day 7 - Jost Van Dyke to Maya Cove

    We began the day with a leisurely stroll to visit Foxy’s excellent gift shop and to buy some presents to take home. Whilst walking we came across a great bakery set back from the beach, so stopped for pastries for brunch back onboard. We spent the rest of the day sunbathing on our lovely catamaran and dozing off the excesses of the previous day. Tonight we moored at Maya Cove and had a BBQ onboard.
    Day 7

    Day 8 - Maya Cove to Norman Island

    How very quickly the last day comes around! We had some excellent sailing again today. Breakfast was at Monkey Point on Guana Island followed by gentle snorkelling. After that we headed to another good snorkelling spot ‘The Dogs’. Our last evening was spent at another recently relaunched favourite - The Bight at Norman Island. Pirates restaurant offered excellent food at two sittings. There was a real buzz to the place and definitely a great way to end the best week of sailing.
    Day 7

    Day 9 - Norman Island to Village Cay Marina

    We were greeted back at the base by April who had already called ahead to check our outound flight and arrange a taxi to the airport. Good facilities at the base meant we had time to freshen up and say farewell before setting off to the airport for our holiday extension – a weekend in Puerto Rico!
  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in the British Virgin Islands

    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.

    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$30/night but give you a safe mooring within minutes of sailing into the bay.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1' (levels info).

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Tortola (Beef Island), BVI

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua. Inter-Caribbean operate connecting direct flights from Antigua to Tortola (Beef Island).

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then 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.


    Scrub Island is a 10 minute ferry ride away from Tortola's Trellis Bay Dock via the resort private launch. Ferries run 06:45-22:30 Trellis Bay to Scrub Island and 06:30-22:15 Scrub Island to Trellis Bay. Trellis Bay is just a 5 minute walk from the airport.


    The British Virgin Islands are a fantastic place to experience a sail and stay holiday. With daily flights you can really make the most of your time in the caribbean and combine a yacht charter with a hotel stay in the BVI or even Antigua. We offer a range of hotels, from family friendly to romantic retreat so you are sure to find something that takes your fancy. See our range of Caribbean Hotels.

"We had a wonderful time and would recommend the Islands. Make sure you go to Chatham Bay on Union Island, get Tim and the Bushman to cook you curried Conch - fantastic."

Grenadines 2014 - S.M.

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Scrub Islands (Opposite Trellis Bay) Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2021 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% discount for 2 weeks

Yacht details 31 Jul-31 Oct 31 Oct-14 Nov
05-19 Dec
14 Nov-05 Dec 02-30 Jan
27 Mar-24 Apr
30 Jan-27 Mar 19 Dec-02 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


Yachts from Scrub Islands (Opposite Trellis Bay) Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2021 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% discount for 2 weeks

Yacht details 31 Jul-31 Oct 31 Oct-14 Nov
05-19 Dec
14 Nov-05 Dec 02-30 Jan
27 Mar-24 Apr
30 Jan-27 Mar 19 Dec-02 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


Yachts from Scrub Islands (Opposite Trellis Bay) Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2021 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% discount for 2 weeks

Yacht details 31 Jul-31 Oct 31 Oct-14 Nov
05-19 Dec
14 Nov-05 Dec 02-30 Jan
27 Mar-24 Apr
30 Jan-27 Mar 19 Dec-02 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


Yachts from Scrub Islands (Opposite Trellis Bay) Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2021 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% discount for 2 weeks

Yacht details 31 Jul-31 Oct 31 Oct-14 Nov
05-19 Dec
14 Nov-05 Dec 02-30 Jan
27 Mar-24 Apr
30 Jan-27 Mar 19 Dec-02 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


FREE outboard for tender. Snorkel gear included.

Yachts from Scrub Island (Opposite Trellis Bay), BVI


Refundable deposit GBP2700- GBP8100. Non refundable deposit on request.


End Cleaning: Monohulls - up to 38' €150, 39' - 45' €180, 46' - 49' €215, 50' and above €240.

Catamarans - up to 40' €235, 41' - 45' €255, 46' - 49' €280, 50' and above €310.

Starter pack and fees: €70

Fuel used (fill up on return)

BVI Cruising taxes, National Park fees, Search and Rescue and fee: mandatory and payable in USD locally

Optional extras: (i.e SUP's, Kayaks etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: GBP 1,470/week + food and drink + own cabin. Cats 48' and over GBP 1750/week + food and drink + own cabin

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.