British Virgin Islands

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One of the great joys of the BVI is its remoteness. Although separated from the hugely commercialised US Virgins only by a narrow strait, the BVI has escaped the worst of their “cruise ship” culture and remain one of the loveliest sailing areas in the Caribbean.

Short distances and a wide variety of islands from true atolls to rocky coves make this a paradise for motor boats and sailing yachts and the maximum size of inter island aircraft at 64 seats ensures that the BVI never becomes swamped.

The permutations for a week’s sailing are endless but this itinerary gives a typical sample of this beautiful area.


Day 1

Arriving at Beef Island Airport from San Juan or Puerto Rico, transfer directly by tender to the yacht moored in Trellis Bay to the east of Tortola. A chance to get to know the boat and crew with dinner on board and a night at anchor.

Day 2

Sail to The Caves on Norman Island to swim and snorkel followed by lunch in the beautiful cove at Peter Island. A chance to go ashore on Dead Chest, a small scrub covered outcrop where Blackbeard is reputed to have abandoned “fifteen men on a dead man’s chest” with just a cutlass and a cask of rum. Overnight near the lively Peter Island resort.

Day 3

Sail over to The Baths on Virgin Gorda, whose giant granite boulders buried in the sand form lovely private coves where the waves crash and carve out fabulous places to snorkel. Beautiful beaches and shack bars are tempting for a local lunch ashore. Sail to overnight at The Bitter End, an eclectic resort, accessible only by boat.

Day 4

The Bitter End offers the visiting yacht a range of water sports for the active and, for the idler, the resort has a laidback sense of desert island seclusion in its huts and cabins dotted over the hillside. A national park nearby provides memorable snorkelling.

Day 5

Leave Virgin Gorda for an early start and a great sail to Anegada, a true atoll with no part of the island more than 28 ft above sea level. Home to a colony of giant iguanas, it is a delightfully remote spot. Enjoy snorkelling on the horseshoe coral reef and there is a not-to-be-missed lobster dinner on the beach at the Anegada Reef.

Day 6

South west to Great Camanoe to swim and pay a visit to Guana Island and Monkey Point. The whole island is a wildlife sanctuary with one of the richest collections of plant and animal species in the Caribbean. Overnight at Marina Cay, not missing host Michael Bean’s happy hour show in the library accompanied by a powerful Pusser’s Painkiller.

Day 7

Sail over to Jost van Dyke, four miles long and truly the quintessential "barefoot" island known for its casual lifestyle. Protected anchorages, fine beaches and beachfront restaurants and bars; one in particular home of BVI’s leading entertainer Foxy and his eponymous bar and bitter beer. Good walking in the hills and a great last night anchorage.

Day 8

After breakfast, sail back to Tortola with a stop to enjoy a final swim in the turquoise waters and transfer to Beef Island Airport.

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