Exquisite Natural Beauty: A bounty of unspoiled islands and cays surrounded by turquoise seas and blessed with gentle tropical breezes, sundrenched beaches, secluded coves, quaint shoreside villages, and sweet serenity.
Short Sailing Distances: The sailing area stretches only about 35 miles from end to end, and the islands are close together. We sail for 2-3 hours at a time in sheltered waters, always within sight of land. It's the perfect choice for someone who is embarking on their first yachting getaway.
Calm Waters: The islands are shaped like a necklace in the sea, providing good shelter which translates into calm seas. There's no open ocean sailing.
Off the Beaten Tourist Track: The British Virgin Islands are often referred to as "Nature's Little Secret Paradise." Although many people have visited the nearby island of St. Thomas, few have experienced the "real Virgins" - those off-the-beaten track places that you can only get to by yacht.
Some of Our Favorite BVI Islands
Virgin Gorda - "The Baths"on Virgin Gorda are probably the most photographed natural site in the Virgins, and for good reason. They are a stunning scene...house-sized boulders on an isolated point of beach with cathedral openings to the sky and grottos for wading and swimming. You'll also find shoreside spas, boutique shopping, beautiful sun-splashed beaches, a bevy of beachside restaurants and pubs, lovely bays for watersports, and lighthearted welcoming people.
Jost Van Dyke: You only get here by boat... in fact, electricity and telephone service arrived only a decade ago. About 200 people live here in a quaint seaside village nestled in the palms or in cottages that dot the tropical hillsides... last count, there were ten cars. White Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Caribbean. The names of the beach bars alone are enough to lure you ashore - Ivan's Stress Free Bar, Sydney's Peace and Love, the Soggy Dollar (because you have to swim there) and of course, the world renowned Foxy's. Can you limbo rock?
Norman Island: A totally deserted island thought to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island." We often anchor in "The Bight" where pirates used to tuck away their ships, getting ready to plunder and pillage. There's still an old pirate ship at anchor that offers daily libations. After a day of sailing, watersports, and basking, we'll often stage our signature Raft-Up Party here, creating our own revelry in the middle of nowhere.
How do you get there?
All stateside flights to Tortola are routed through San Juan, Puerto Rico. From San Juan, American Eagle is the primary carrier to Tortola. International flights route through Antigua, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico.
Can you get there from St. Thomas?
Some groups fly into St. Thomas; we then arrange a private ferry or water taxis to transfer you to Tortola for boarding.
Can we begin our program in St. Thomas?
Small groups can start there, but our best inventory of yachts is in the BVI. Plus a BVI start offers a better itinerary. See St. Thomas vs. Tortola for more details
What about Customs and Immigration?
All guests need passports and clear Customs and Immigration at the airport upon arrival.
When is the best time to travel there?
This is a year-round destination. We do not like to schedule groups mid-August through mid-October as this is peak tropical storm season, and many of our yachts are in annual maintenance. If you want a program during these months, we recommend St. Vincent and the Grenadines, New England or the Mediterranean.
Does the BVI have golf?
No. The nearest course is in St. Thomas. We can arrange for a private water taxi to take you there.
How is the shopping?
It is not a shopping mecca like duty free St. Thomas although there are a couple of well-known jewelry stores. Most of the stores are small island boutiques with unique local arts and crafts, souvenirs, and clothing. Just enough shops to find some interesting things to bring back home. And for the shopaholics, we can always arrange a transfer to St. Thomas.