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|One of the main reasons the BVI are so popular with charter yachts is the fact that there are many different islands and anchorages, and all (with the exception of Anegada) are within sight of each other. This means that you could sail for as little as half an hour and be in a different island location. The water is warm and crystal clear allowing spectacular diving and snorkelling. The calm bays are ideal to try out your yacht's water toys - kayak in the shallows surrounded by brightly coloured fish, try water skiing or tubing or the latest water sport - stand up paddle boarding.
This is a sample sailing itinerary - your crew will prepare a sailing itinerary just for you based on your preferences and will take pleasure in showing you a few hidden gems. Below is a list of the most popular BVI spots.
|The Channel Islands - these islands are separated from Tortola by the Sir Francis Drake Channel and are very popular for first or last nights as they are close to base.
The main anchorage here is The Bight which is famous for the floating restaurant The William Thornton (Willie T). Many a tipple has been tasted, a top removed and a temporary tattoo applied here – we’ll say no more! This is the perfect base from which to experience some of the best snorkelling in the BVI at The Caves and The Indians.
Peter Island is mostly a very upscale resort that welcomes guests to their restaurants and spa. Deadman's Bay is open to the public and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. There is an upmarket beach bar here which serves awesome cocktails – if you get a chance try a BBC but, be warned, they are addictive! Peter Island Resort also has a luxurious spa offering some incredible treatments – their signature Thermal Sand Bundle Massage will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
This is the place to stop and dive or snorkel the RMS Rhone. Sunk in 1867 during a hurricane, she is one of the best wreck dives in the world. If your charter yacht does not support diving, the crew will be able to assist with setting up a rendezvous dive with a local dive company. They will meet you from your boat and return you two dives later having seen some of the most amazing undersea life and colourful corals in the Caribbean.
Continuing in an anti clockwise direction, the next stop is Virgin Gorda. The next most populated island to Tortola, this island is famous for The Baths which are located south of the island. These unique huge, natural rock formations form fascinating pools and grottos. It's definitely worth taking the time to walk though the granite boulders, which will bring you out to a breathtaking beach at Devil's Bay. At the north end of Virgin Gorda is North Sound, an area of natural beauty, full of beaches, restaurants and excellent snorkelling. There are some great little deserted beaches here which would be perfect for a picnic - your crew could dinghy you ashore and you can sip cocktails, relax and have the whole beach to yourselves!
Anegada, known as the Drowned Island, is north of Virgin Gorda by 12 miles. Because it is completely flat, you are unable to see it until a couple of miles out. Totally different from any other place in the BVI, Anegada offers fresh lobster, 12 miles of deserted beaches on the north coast and great snorkeling and swimming. Anegada requires an overnight stop so will take two days of your itinerary but definitely worth visiting.
Returning to Tortola, take time to stop at Trellis Bay, a small community with inviting stores selling local crafts and pottery. The Last Resort in the middle of the bay, has been entertaining guests since the 70s with their unique dinner cabaret. The Full Moon parties here are legendary with carved metal fireball sculptures in the water, mocko jumbies (local dancers on stilts) and live music.
Monkey Point off the southern tip of Guana Island offers excellent snorkeling if the bay is full of fry (small bait fish). As you swim through the bait ball, these tiny fish part perfectly, always staying a few inches away from your fingers. If you are lucky you may see a tarpon, a 6-7ft fish that looks like a herring and are perfectly harmless to people. Finish the scenario with pelicans diving in around you and snorkeling will never quite be the same again! Spectacular!
Jost Van Dyke is the third most populated island and offers great anchorages and entertainment. On the way stop at Sandy Spit which is the epitome of a desert island - small enough to swim, kayak or windsurf around. Your charter yacht will be able to anchor close enough to swim ashore, weather permitting, and you can enjoy your little bit of paradise. White Bay on the eastern end of Jost van Dyke is home to the Soggy Dollar Bar - no dinghy dock here, hence the name! This is the home to the famous Painkiller cocktail - orange juice, coconut, pineapple juice and Pussers famous rum – yep! no pain will be felt!
Sopers Hole, on the west end of Tortola, offers a secure anchorage with great shops and restaurants ashore. There are a couple of really good local stores at this picturesque marina. Samarkand Jewelers make and design their own jewellry using the local semi precious stone Jasper, shells and coral, as well as stones from other Caribbean Islands. Lattitude 18 offers the best quality t-shirt designs around. Jolly Roger, a restaurant/bar at the water's edge, is a perfect spot to enjoy Anegada Lobster and other fresh seafoods. Dance the night away until the early hours to their live bands on Fridays and Saturdays.
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