Calm waters, gentle breezes, pristine beaches and lots of smiling faces all await you on a sailing holiday in the British Virgin Islands. The Caribbean is well known for its fantastic weather, laid-back charm and rum punch galore and now you can experience this sailing hotspot in style on a cabin charter holiday with Nautilus Yachting. A sailing holiday in the BVI's really is the holiday of a lifetime.
The British Virgin Islands consists of 4 main islands with over 50 smaller islands and cays dotted around, most of which are uninhabited. There are many luxury resorts, several of which comprise an entire island however sailing is the only way to truly experience and appreciate the charm and beauty of this area of the world. Sailing from island to island on your luxury crewed catamaran, you will experience the very best of the BVI's with your skipper making sure you see the sights that very few get to see and your hostess keeping you fed and watered all the while!
Booking by the cabin on our share a sail program means you enjoy the sailing experience at a fraction of the cost of a crewed yacht. With two cabin charter catamarans to choose from you can pick the boat which is right for you. Both catamarans offer double guest cabins, spacious living and dining areas and ample space for sunbathing, reading or relaxing. Each day you will be exploring a new area, enjoying plenty of swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing along the way. Each day a new island awaits for you to explore. After a day on the water, sample a few of the infamous local 'Painkiller' rum cocktails and meet the friendly locals.
Half board (breakfast and lunch) on the Lagoon 40 and full board on the Lagoon 560 are included, as well as water, beer or wine. Meals onboard are usually enjoyed in the spacious cockpit whilst anchored in an idyllic bay and include things such as fresh fruit, eggs, toast and bagels for breakfast and salad, seafood and bruschetta for lunch. On the Lagoon 40 the evening meals will be taken ashore at a local restaurant - there are plenty to choose from!
Boarding starts at 18:00 on Saturday and so we have a lovely relaxed dinner onboard and a night in the marina getting to know your fellow sailors.
The first day of sailing! We leave the base in Tortola and head to the world famous 'Baths' on Virgin Gorda, a must see when in the BVIs. This National Park is comprised of huge granite boulders which form little pools of sea water on the edge of the beach. Meandering and climbing your way through these natural wonders is a great way to spend a few hours working up an appetite before lunch. There is a restaurant and bar at the top of The Baths and a beautiful, scenic walk down to Devil's Bay. In the afternoon, a short sail brings us to Spanish Town which has an array of shops and restaurants.
A relaxed sail north and we sail into the iconic North Sound, a sailors paradise! This is the perfect place to snorkel, swim and paddle board as there are fantastic scenic reefs and tiny islands to explore. There are lots of atmospheric bars and restaurants ashore which are great for people watching and admiring the views out towards Mosquito, Prickly Pear, Eustatia and Necker Islands.
Be prepared to enter heaven! Anegada, the only coral island in the BVI is a haven for nature lovers with its flamingos, iguanas and exotic birds. With pristine beaches, incredibly clear turquoise waters and fantastic snorkeling, you are unlikely to want to leave! A lobster dinner is almost compulsory here!
Today's sail takes us back towards the east coast of Tortola and to the small village of Trellis Bay. Those looking for an action packed afternoon can head over to Scrub Island or Guana Island for some walking or sightseeing whilst those wanting a slower pace can explore the small shops in Trellis Bay or relax in the water or on the boat with a good book.
The smallest of the main islands but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in atmosphere! Home to the infamous Foxy's and Soggy Dollar Bar which are great fun both day and night with live music and a relaxed party atmosphere. There are some fantastic scenic walks up into the hills above Great Harbour.
Curving around the west coast of Tortola and sailing through 'The Narrows' which is the stretch of water separating Tortola from St Johns in the US Virgin Islands, we carry on to Norman Island which is a must see destination for snorkelers and divers. 'The Caves' are a particularly popular spot, where you can see an abundance of marine life. Norman Island itself is said to be the inspiration for Robert Luis Stevenson's novel 'Treasure Island'.
It is only a short sail back to the base on Tortola so a stop at Peter Island is a fantastic opportunity to explore some more of the BVI's scenic beaches and coves. Once back on Tortola you might like to explore Road Town or jump in a taxi to the popular Cane Garden Bay.
All routes are subject to change and dependent on weather conditions.
If ultimate luxury is what you are looking for then the Lagoon 560 is the answer. A beautiful and spacious catamaran, perfect for exploring the calm waters of the British Virgin Islands. Grande Dame has 4 double and 1 twin guest bedrooms, all with ensuite bathroom. The skipper and hostess both have their own private quarters giving guests space and privacy. The upper deck is an ideal relaxation area with separate areas for drinks, lounging and sunbathing. Onboard you also have WIFI, television, DVD and stereo.
Spacious indoor and outdoor seating areas means your gourmet meals will be a relaxed and memorable affair. Onboard you have a donut, towing ring, snorkeling gear, sea scooter, wakeboard, GoPro camera, folding bicycles and stand up paddle board to keep all guests busy! A week sailing on The Lagoon 560 will without a doubt be a holiday of a lifetime.
A sleek and modern catamaran designed with comfort, luxury and performance in mind. The Lagoon 40 has 4 double guest bedrooms all with ensuite bathroom. A large seating area at the back on the boat gives ample space for meals onboard, relaxing with a drink or playing cards. The nets at the front are perfect for lounging and sunbathing - much more comfortable than a sun lounger!
Inside you will find a fully equipped kitchen, seating area, sound system with indoor and outdoor speakers and the 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. There is hot water for showers and shower towels are provided. WIFI is provided, should you want to stay connected. You also have a SUP at your disposal to explore the calm waters and coves. The Lagoon 40 provides all you need for a fantastic week sailing in the British Virgin Islands.
05-31 January - £3355/cabin
31 January-31 March - £3535/cabin
31 March-15 Dec - £3355/cabin
16 December-05 January - £3625/cabin
11 Jul-07 Nov - £2560/cabin
02 May-11 Jul / 07 Nov-12 Dec - £2700/cabin
01 Feb-28 Mar - £2835/cabin
04 Jan-01 Feb / 28 Mar-02 May - £2960/cabin
12 Dec-04 Jan - £3060/cabin
Flights and transfers are not included but can be arranged. Singles travelling alone in their own cabin receive 25% discount on the cabin price.
"All went very well and we had a great time. Horizon Charters presented the yacht in excellent condition and when a couple of small problems showed up during the briefing they were dealt with immediately and very thoroughly. I found Horizon to be probably the best charter company I have dealt with in 40yrs of chartering in these respects."
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?
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.
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.
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.