These charming isles are home to reef-lined beaches, gin-clear waters and arguably the finest cruising grounds in the Caribbean. The BVI have long been a favorite of those who like a dash of sportiness with their cruising – whether it be scuba diving or epic sailboat racing. They are family-friendly and a party spot in equal measure.
What’s most enticing is that, no matter how many times you visit, there is always something new to discover. But there are some tried and tested haunts that never go out of fashion, such as meandering through the beautiful natural rock formations of the Baths on Virgin Gorda. This itinerary balances adrenaline-fueled activities with picturesque anchorages and the odd rum cocktail thrown in for good measure.
The BVI are one of the favorite charter destinations in the Caribbean, so it was sad to see the islands battered by hurricanes in 2017. Fortunately, the repair efforts started immediately and the islands are eager to welcome guests again. Lend your support by visiting and helping the islands and their economy flourish as they used to.
Meet your yacht in a secluded anchorage in White Bay, in front of a white sand beach on the private, 850-acre Guana Island. There are several great snorkeling options nearby in crystal clear water – small colorful coral patches in shallower depths make it an ideal place for beginners. Enjoy sundowner cocktails on the yacht and dinner overlooking this gorgeous setting.
Early in the morning, the yacht will head to Peter Island Resort & Spa, a secure marina nestled inside Sprat Bay. Guests can take advantage of the resort’s outstanding spa facilities and three pristine private beaches. In the evening, dine on fresh cuisine prepared on board, or go ashore to try one of Peter Island’s excellent restaurants.
The stunning coastal trip to Norman Island, believed to have been the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, passes between Great Camanoe and Beef Island. There are several good lunch spots to stop at along the way. Explore the many excellent dive sites off neighboring Pelican Island, as well as the Indians, another top diving spot found just outside the Bight anchorage. Afterwards, tender to the famed pirate ship bar Willy T to take in the sunset – and another sundowner or two.
The yacht will make its way to Jost Van Dyke. If the weather is calm, there is a phenomenal dive site on nearby Mercurius Rock. This island is renowned for its nightlife, too – start at the Soggy Dollar Bar, then dance the night away at Foxy’s, both of which are renovated and better than ever!
In the morning, visit Marina Cay for one more BVI beach excursion. Then the yacht will make its way back to Beef Island before tendering guests to Trellis Bay for departure.
Head to the Baths – granite boulders that form sheltered sea pools on the beach. After exploring the boulders, enjoy a gourmet beach barbecue lunch. Go on a short hike to take in an amazing bird’s eye view. Then take a sunset cruise into Gorda Sound, where you’ll anchor.
The protected anchorage of Gorda Sound has much to keep guests busy, from bars and restaurants to watersports spots and private beaches. Hiking, sailing lessons and kiteboarding sessions are also on offer.