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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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    Bitter End Yacht Club

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    Road Town Tortola

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    The Baths

    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
    • Check out all of the watersports at Bitter End Yacht Club
    • 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 bouys (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 (8nm)

    Easy reach to 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 : Nanny Cay (5nm)

    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).

    British Virgin Islands 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • 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.

    Transfers

    We recommend all clients pre-book transfers from the airport to the base as some flights arrive later in the evening. We can arrange these transfers for you with the base in BVI. A transfer to Nanny Cay takes approximately 40 minutes and to Hodges Creek Marina approximately 20 minutes. Please ask a member of staff for pricing.

    Hotels

    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.

"First class service from Nautilus. On arrival our catamaran was clean and serviceable and the help given by the base staff was excellent. "

Antigua 2014 - M.M

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from BVI Hodges Creek Marina Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT (in red) valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 17 Aug-01 Nov 03 Aug - 16 Aug
08 Dec - 21 Dec
28 Apr - 02 Aug
26 Oct - 07 Dec
03 Feb - 30 Mar 06 Jan - 02 Feb
01 Apr - 27 Apr
22 Dec - 05 Jan
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Yachts from BVI Hodges Creek Marina Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT (in red) valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 17 Aug-01 Nov 03 Aug - 16 Aug
08 Dec - 21 Dec
28 Apr - 02 Aug
26 Oct - 07 Dec
03 Feb - 30 Mar 06 Jan - 02 Feb
01 Apr - 27 Apr
22 Dec - 05 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Yachts from BVI Hodges Creek Marina Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT (in red) valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 17 Aug-01 Nov 03 Aug - 16 Aug
08 Dec - 21 Dec
28 Apr - 02 Aug
26 Oct - 07 Dec
03 Feb - 30 Mar 06 Jan - 02 Feb
01 Apr - 27 Apr
22 Dec - 05 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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Yachts from BVI Hodges Creek Marina Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT (in red) valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 17 Aug-01 Nov 03 Aug - 16 Aug
08 Dec - 21 Dec
28 Apr - 02 Aug
26 Oct - 07 Dec
03 Feb - 30 Mar 06 Jan - 02 Feb
01 Apr - 27 Apr
22 Dec - 05 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

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FREE outboard for tender, snorkel gear.

Yachts from Maya Cove, Tortola

Includes Outboard

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit GBP2700- GBP8100 OR Non Refundable insurance GBP189-378/week which reduces refundable to €500-750

(COMPULSORY)

End Cleaning, Starter Pack, VI Search and Rescue and fees: GBP203-354 (Depending on size of vessel)

Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e SUP's, Kayaks etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: GBP1,230/week + food and drink + own cabin

BVI cruising tax & National Parks permit payable locally


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). 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.