Group Yacht Charter - Sample Itinerary
7 days/6 nights sailing from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
We're experts at designing programs that achieve the perfect balance of group and individual time. We usually schedule one group activity each day as well as set aside one entire day to "Get Lost in Paradise" where guests can sail wherever they want.
Typically, we sail for 2-3 hours each day, stopping at one island for lunch and sailing to another one for our overnight anchorage. Under sail, the yachts are usually within view of one another. Those few hours under sail seem to be the time the guests cherish the most... "meditative magic" said one of our guests.
In a harbor, we anchor close together, allowing for lots of spontaneous interaction. Guests can swim or tender to each other's yachts, meet at the beach, rendezvous at a local watering hole, or join forces for a snorkeling expedition, land tours, and watersports activities.
Day One – St. Thomas to St. John
Your company yacht fleet will be waiting for you at Yacht Haven Grand, the premier superyacht marina in the Virgin Islands - adjacent to an exclusive shopping galleria featuring notable brands such as Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Guests can linger in port for some shopping or a round of golf at Mahogany Run. After a sumptuous Welcome to Paradise gourmet lunch onboard, the yachts will cast off for St. John renowned for its unparalleled natural and sugar white beaches.
Individual activities: Shopping, hiking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, light fishing, beach, relaxing, sugar mill ruins
Group activity: Sun Sets Over the Yardarm Welcome Party followed by Captain’s Welcome Dinner on each yacht
Day Two – St. John to Tortola to Norman Island
After a leisurely breakfast, the fleet sets sail for the BVI, stopping in Soper’s Hole to clear Customs. This is a place where pirates used to tuck away their ships and be on the lookout for an unsuspecting merchant ship.But it's now the 20th Century so the guests' booty is safe, unless they've wagered it on our race in a couple of days. An assortment of pastel colored shops line the water’s edge and guests can do a quick shop if they want. After we are official, we'll hoist the main and cast off across Sir Francis Drake Channel, sailing past the lush, tropical hillsides of St. John, and onto our own island in the sun - Norman Island. Norman was also a favorite pirates' haunt as well as the reputed setting for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". This island is totally uninhabited and provides perfect shelter for watersports. You'll also find some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean here in the water-level caves.
Individual activities: Shopping, hiking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, light fishing, beach, relaxing, towed watersports such as waterski-ing, wakeboarding and tubing.
Group activity: Happy Aargh at Pirates followed dinner on yachts
After dinner options: Shoreside beach bars
Day Three – Norman Island to Peter Island
Today we set sail for Deadman’s Bay. The name is a bit frightful - it's where Bluebeard stranded his traitors with a cutlass and a bottle of rum. Yo, ho, ho! But history, or sea tale, aside, it's on the grounds of the Peter Island Yacht Club, and it's striking! Today is a resort day where guests can enjoy the spa, bask on the beach, enjoy lunch at the beachfron grill, do a little boutique shopping, cathc a game of tennis, or remain on the yacht enjoying all of the pleasure that it has to offer.
Individual activities:Spa, watersports (as on previous days), beach. Optional activities include learn to scuba, diving the Wreck of the Rhone, helicopter tours, and sport fishing
Group activity: Wastin’ Away in Maragitaville Raft-Up Party followed by Yacht Dinearound
Day Four – Peter Island to Virgin Gorda
Cast off for The Baths on Virgin Gorda - 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 stunning beaches with grottoes for wading, swimming, and snorkeling. After lunch, we point the bows to the The Bitter End. It’s called this because for centuries, this was the "turn-back" point for those who sailed the Caribbean, the last point of land before the vast open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Today, sailors from throughout the world stop here - to rest, to trade some sea tales, and to linger in the beauty of the farthermost reach of the Virgins. We'll stop here for the same reasons.
Individual activities: Explore The Baths, watersports, hike to the Top of the Baths, shopping, and beach. Optional activities - Island tour
Group Activities:Yacht Regatta; Gala Evening at the XYZ Company Yacht Club
Day Five – Virgin Gorda – Get Lost in Paradise
After all of the group hoopla, today's the day for each yacht to chart its own course. For the the day and evening, they are free to go where they want, when they want, and do whatever they like once they get there! Some choices include:
Linger in North Sound, Virgin Gorda – numerous anchorages, nightlife or seclusion
Monkey Point –scuba, snorkel, stargazing
Marina Cay –spa, watersports, shopping
Cane Garden Bay, Tortola: Fun on the beach, shoreside music, an island tour, and watersports
Their Own Little Cay: Perhaps a lesser known cay where they are the only yacht in the bay
Day Six – Jost Van Dyke
Yachts rendezvous at the charming island of Jost Van Dyke. “Jost”, as the locals call it, is a quaint, tropical outpost with stunning, powder white beaches, only a handful of cars, and probably more beach bars per capita than any other Caribbean Island. White Bay is our first stop - a virgin stretch of sand that’s fringed with palms and protected by coral reef. Later in the day, we’ll motor to Great Harbor – home of the renowned Foxy’s. Wear your Foxy’s t-shirt anywhere in the world, and people will stop you with a smile on their faces. Conde Naste named Foxy’s as one of the Top Ten places to be for the Millennium; it was also just selected as one of the Top Ten Yachting Bars in the world. But do not expect grandeur – part of its charm is its “barefoot in the sand” ambiance with picnic tables, flags and license plates hanging from the rafters, and hammocks in the palms.
Individual activities: Watersports, beach, hiking, some shopping. Optional activities - fly fishing and ATV island tour.
Group activites:All-American Beach Bash BBQ; Captain’s Farewell Dinner; Caribbean Jump-Up party
Day Seven – Jost Van Dyke to St. Thomas
Morning at leisure, including a Champagne Breakfast, before casting off for St. Thomas and disembarkation by noon.
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