Yacht Charter FAQs

About Crewed Yacht Charters

A crewed yacht charter is a vacation aboard a yacht with a resident crew who typically consist of a skipper and chef/hostess. The crew will delight in showing you the beauty of the British Virgin Islands sailing from one island to the other, from one deserted beach to another swimming in clear, warm waters and dining on gourmet meals. A crewed yacht offers a wide selection of amenities for guests’ use including a whole host of watertoys, snorkel gear, entertainment systems as well as books & games for those quieter moments. All meals are included in the all-inclusive rates.

A crewed yacht charter is more luxurious and has all the amenities and water toys onboard. The crew live on the yacht and are responsible for the maintenance and the running of the vessel. A bareboat is just that – “a bare boat” although a freelance skipper can be arranged to sail the boat and a chef to prepare meals. The difference is comparable to a luxury hotel/villa versus camping.

Your skipper will listen to your requests and will work out an itinerary based on what you’d like to do. All skippers know the islands like the back of their hands – they know the best places to go so we would suggest be guided by their experience. An itinerary is not set in stone, it can be influenced by what you feel like doing that day or plans may change due to inclement weather.

Absolutely! This is your vacation after all. We will ask you many questions prior to your charter so your skipper/chef knows exactly they type of vacation you seek whether you want a very active time trying out all the watertoys offered, whether you like to party or perhaps your group prefer getting away from it all and relaxing onboard with a good book.

Yes! Generally, skippers are very accommodating and will let you help sail the yacht although if you prefer to sit back and relax, then that’s fine, too.

The crew have their own cabin, assuring you of privacy at all times.

Absolutely! You don’t need to have any boating experience to enjoy a crewed yacht vacation. The skipper will give you an orientation on boarding including the do’s and don’t’s which are minimal – just common sense really – after a couple of days the boat will feel like a luxury hotel… and it’s all yours!

A crewed yacht charter is a great way to celebrate your honeymoon. Crews are always respectful of guests’ privacy and we will only recommend yachts most suited for a romantic vacation.

Most yachts will accept children who are able to swim; some yachts have a minimum age requirement. A crewed yacht charter is the ultimate fun-filled vacation for children with stories of pirates and treasure, exhilarating water sports, reeling in that big fish amongst many other activities. All children tend to sleep very well after spending a day in the fresh air!

This is where we can help. We will only recommend crews we have interviewed so we will know exactly which crews will be most suited to your requirements.

Fully crewed yacht includes a minimum of skipper and chef/hostess who will prepare all your meals. A captain-only charter provides a skipper to sail and take care of the boat. You will be responsible for provisioning and preparing meals for your group including the skipper.

On the majority of yachts, boarding is from 12:00 noon on charter start date. Disembarking is from 12:00 noon on charter finish date.

This will usually depend on your point of arrival and, generally, we can arrange for the boat to be near the ferry dock or airport. Alternatively, we can arrange a taxi from the airport/ferry dock to your yacht.

Most yachts will allow smoking on the transoms. Some yachts do not allow smoking at all. Please inform us if there are smokers in your group and then we can recommend suitable yachts.

No, absolutely not! The yacht is for the sole use of your group. It is not shared with any others.

Charter rates quoted on the website are for 7, 6 and 5 nights. Shorter charters can be arranged but may incur a surcharge of the pro-rated rate.

Not unless you want to. The skipper will normally anchor or pick up a mooring. If you choose to go into a marina, dock fees will apply.

Yes, all boats have comfortable cabins and ensuite facilities.

All of the crewed yachts we represent are fully licensed and insured.

This is completely up to you. Some guests prefer to only sail for an hour before arriving at their next anchorage where they can enjoy the spectacular surroundings. Other guests enjoy long sails to islands farther away. We will ask you what your sailing preferences are prior to charter start dates and will inform the skipper accordingly.

I’d be very surprised if they do! There is so much for kids to do on a charter – from learning to waterski, helping the skipper to sail the boat, jumping on the trampolines, snorkelling or a treasure hunt on a deserted island. What fun they (and ultimately, you) will have!

Booking through a broker such as bestofbviboats gives you confidence knowing that we have inspected all the yachts we represent so there is no doubt as to the condition of the boat. Our resident broker, Penny Compton, will take time to recommend the yachts/crews best matched to you. You, the guest, do not pay any additional costs for using our services.


Rates quoted are for 7 nights and, on an all-inclusive charter, all meals and standard bar (wine, beer, cocktails) is included in the charter rate. Non-alcoholic drinks (soda, water) is also included. All listed amenities on the yacht are included in the charter rate.

A gratuity is just that, a bonus that is paid to the crew based on your level of satisfaction. Typically gratuities are 15-20% of the charter rate and normally given to the skipper at the end of your charter.

A crewed yacht charter appears to be much more expensive than staying in a hotel or villa but once you take into consideration the cost of meals, activities and transport, it can be more affordable than you think.

Please see cancellation policy on charter contract

Each yacht varies but generally the all-inclusive charter rate does not include mooring and fishing fees, dockage, rental of sports equipment, premium beverages, off-yacht excursions including meals and drinks, telephone and satellite communications, purchase of yacht souvenirs, and crew gratuities.

We highly recommend insurance to cover trip interruption and cancellation. Please contact us for further details.

Your safety is paramount and the skipper will advise you if a hurricane is forecast. You will generally be put ashore and will be assisted with hotel reservations or departing flights. The skipper will need to prepare the boat for the onset of a hurricane so it’s not possible to stay aboard the yacht.


The BVI are known as the sailing capital of the caribbean. With year-round warm temperatures and line of sight navigation, there is no better place to charter a crewed yacht. Gentle trade winds (8-15 knots) waft through the islands year-round providing perfect sailing weather.

There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands from Europe or the USA. All flights connect through another Caribbean airport such as Antigua (ANU), St Thomas (STT), Puerto Rico (SJU) or St Martin (SXM).
See How to get to the BVI and Ferry schedules.

Temperatures fluctuate slightly between winter and summer months where the average day temperature in the winter ranges between 22-28°C (72-82°F) dropping a few degrees at night; it does get slightly warmer in the summer months with August and September being the hottest – average temperatures range between 26-31°C (79-88°F). Brief, intense showers followed by beautiful sunshine can occur at any time of the year but the rainfall is higher in the autumn.

The BVI is an all year round destination, but personally we prefer late April to the end of May and mid October to early November. These months are normally a little quieter and work well if you don’t have to stick to school holidays. If you do have school kids, then Spring Break in February and mid June to mid July are great times to visit also.

Yes, a valid passport is required for all visitors to the BVI

Food preferences

We will ask you to complete preference sheets prior to your charter which asks many questions about your food and drink likes/dislikes. Chefs are very experienced, having attended prestigious culinary schools, and will provide gourmet meals based on your preferences throughout your charter.

Most chefs will prepare meals to your specific requirements. Please contact us for further information.

For an all-inclusive yacht charter – No! Your chef/hostess will shop and prepare meals specifically for you.

Usually the crew do not assume to eat with guests unless they are invited to do so.

On an all-inclusive charter breakfasts, lunches, dinners and all snacks and standard bar are included. Half-board  and Local Fare charters vary, meals not included in half-board rates are usually taken ashore at guests’ expense.

No – that’s the beauty of a full crewed charter. Take the week off – it’s your vacation!

Most items you find at home are available in the islands. A substitution may be made for items not readily available.

Diving & watersports

Some vessels are set up for diving straight from the yacht and have gear onboard. Where diving is not available from the yacht, rendezvous diving can be arranged.

Rendezvous diving is where a local dive company collects you from your yacht, takes you diving on some of the most incredible dive sites you’ll find in the Caribbean , returning you to your yacht later in the day. The dive company can provide all gear. Rendezvous diving is usually at additional cost.

Crewed charter yachts provide a whole host of watertoys, all of which are listed on the individual yacht page on this website.