BVI Yacht Charter – Your Perfect Itinerary
The start of your BVI Yacht Charter – Day 1
The easiest way to start your BVI Yacht Charter is from Yacht Haven Grand, a 10 minute taxi ride from the Cyril E. King airport in St Thomas. However, if you prefer to fly directly into Beef Island, you´ll depart from Road Town, Tortola for The Bight, Norman Island (8 nautical miles). Norman Island is often referred to by locals as “Treasure Island”, as legends are resplendent with stories of buried pirate treasure. You can stop at the entrance of Norman Island to snorkel The Caves. The sea life is vibrant and it is exciting to snorkel into some of the caves, which are quite shallow. For the divers, “Angelfish Reef” is a good first dive. Ashore is the Pirates Pub Bar & Grill, where you’ll usually hear fun, live music. Beware of the barreled pirate rum!
Depart the Bight, Norman Island for the Indians (less than 1 nautical mile) Some of the water is 30-40 feet, but the sea life is stunning and extends all the way to the surface. Great place for snorkelling. Depart the Indians for Cooper Island (7 nautical miles) Cooper Island has an idyllic white, palm fringed beach for exploring and a wonderful restaurant/pub ashore. One of the highlights here is snorkelling in 6-8 feet of water over turtle grass. You can also come across spotted eagle rays. If you plan on diving, make sure you don’t miss the famous “Wreck Alley”. At night, you can see across the Sir Francis Drake Channel and sometimes can catch a glimpse of a 200’+ schooner with lighted sails passing by. One of the best features is the sunset with all of its brilliant colors!
Depart Cooper Island for Salt Island (less than 2 nautical miles) This is one of the highlights for the divers amongst you! We can ensure your BVI Yacht Charter has a PADI Divemaster onboard, just let us know. The Wreck of the RMS Rhone is located here, and you can either rent equipment or set up a rendezvous diving session. The snorkelers in your group can snorkel over and even touch the very beginning of this 1867 wreck. Salt Island is also great for exploring. Ashore are three salt ponds, which belong to the British Crown, but are operated by the local people. You can purchase harvested salt, explore the shore to find several shells, sea glass and various types of rocks. Depart Salt Island for Trellis Bay (7 to 8 nautical miles) Known for full moon parties and a great atmosphere, Trellis Bay has a vibrant bay decorated with an abundance of local art created by Aragorn, who owns the art studio ashore. The fresh baked bread loaves are delicious! You can usually find nightlife at the Last Resort. Many charter guests like to take their crew out to dinner one night. The Last Resort is a good choice.
Depart Trellis Bay for The Baths (6 nautical miles) It is a good idea to leave early so you can secure a prime mooring buoy at The Baths! The Baths are incredible unique sight, with huge, house-sized boulders literally piled on top of each other. If you feel like exploring, there are several paths through the boulders that lead to Devil’s Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the British Virgin Islands. There is a restaurant bar at the top of The Baths, where you can have an enjoyable lunch with an awesome view and a pool. You can enjoy the rock climbing (there are ladders, platforms and ropes to assist) around the Baths, but the snorkeling is also amazing. You can easily spend all day here! Depart The Baths for Gorda Sound (8 to 9 nautical miles) Gorda Sound, at the north end of Virgin Gorda (also known as the “Fat Virgin”), has several places to go ashore and explore. If you visit Saba Rock, you’ll find beautiful landscaping with conch shells, hammocks to relax in, a gift shop and a game room.
Depart Gorda Sound for The Dogs (6 nautical miles) The Dogs are primarily a snorkel and dive stop. The reef is huge, extremely colorful and lively. Depart The Dogs for Great Harbor (13 nautical miles) Great Harbor is home of the notorious Foxy’s. Very lively parties can be found several times a year. When the big party isn’t happening, Foxy often plays his guitar live, adlibbing songs as he goes – usually funny songs about anyone in his presence. It’s a great time and the BBQ dinner is excellent! White Bay, with The Soggy Dollar Bar, is also a great choice for the night. Families with children will love the white sand beach.
Depart Great Harbor for Sandy Cay or Green Turtle Cay (less than 1 nautical mile) Drop anchor at Sandy Cay or pick up a mooring buoy at Green Turtle Cay. Both offer white, sandy, deserted islands with snorkeling, swimming and exploring. A short hike past hermit crabs and various lizards to the top of Sandy Cay should not be missed! For divers, Little Jost Van Dyke can’t be beat. When conditions are right, you can go to the “Bubbly Pool”. Featured in photo journals and magazine articles around the world, the “Bubbly Pool” is still a somewhat closely guarded secret of Jost Van Dyke. Nature’s jacuzzi, this naturally formed tidal pool is located behind jagged cliffs facing the open ocean from the north.
Depart Green Turtle Cay for Norman Island (13 to 15 nautical miles) Reminisce the last week with your group and enjoy one more night of total relaxation…on island time! Visit Pirate’s Pub again or give Willy T’s a go!
Its the end of your BVI Yacht Charter! Return to Road Town (6 to 7 nautical miles) or to Red Hook, St Thomas. One last short adventure to soak in the Caribbean sun all the way!