The British Virgin Islands were made for sailing holidays with over 60 unspoilt islands, islets and cays.
Come and see for yourself why the BVI is the most popular sailing destination in the Caribbean for yacht charter. Perfect sailing conditions and sheltered passages round the islands make sailing in the British Virgin Islands a delight for all levels of sailors wanting to relax in a Caribbean paradise with white sandy beaches and amazing snorkelling in warm, crystal clear seas.
Whatever your sailing experience you’ll love a sailing holiday in the British Virgin Islands where a couple of hours sailing in the warm steady tradewinds will take you to your next idyllic anchorage. Steady winds guarantee enjoyable sailing and a trip to Anegada will test your navigational skills.
There are dozens of white sandy beaches and hidden coves for you to discover on your yacht charter. An amazing variety of underwater life make for fantastic snorkelling and diving.
First stop Norman Island, home of the Caves and inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". The Bight provides a perfect anchorage with a restaurant and floating bar aboard "The Willie T".
At Salt Island grab your mask and snorkel and check out the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship "Rhone" which sank during a hurricane in 1867. After lunch sail "right next door" to Cooper Island (8nm) where you can pick up a mooring in front of the beachfront restaurant.
The Baths at Virgin Gorda are one of the most famous natural formations in the Caribbean. Huge granite boulders form small grottos and pools on the water's edge for you to explore and snorkel. Then sail up to the North Sound, a protected bay with a wide choice of anchorages and excellent restaurants.
Snorkelling on the reef at Marina Cay gives you an appetite for lunch. Trellis Bay is a good place to spend the night, home to the famous restaurant and cabaret "The Last Resort".
Cruise up to Guana Island for spectacular snorkelling and a beach picnic at Monkey Point. An afternoon's sail west takes you to Jost van Dyke. Anchor in White Bay and swim ashore for cocktails at "Soggy Dollar Bar" or in Little Harbour where "Foxys'" is famous for its beach parties.
Lunch at Soper's Hole Wharf, home of Pusser's Landing, reputedly built on the hideout of the pirate Blackbeard. Afternoon sail across Sir Francis Drake Channel to Peter Island.
Watch the sunrise over Peter Island and take an early morning swim in the deliciously warm sea. Weigh anchor for the short sail back to the marina.
Supplied by Louise Nye, Nautilus Yachting
Constant warm tradewinds at 10-20 knots provide excellent sailing. BVI is popular all year round with temperatures staying a balmy 30oC. but the best time to come is November to June. In summer winds tend to be lighter with greater humidity, but there’s still plenty of sunshine. There is a risk of tropical storms mainly during August and September.
There are very few marinas in the BVIs so most nights you are on anchor in a bay with a classic Caribbean white sand and palm tree beach. In many places there are laid buoys which cost US$30/night but give you a safe mooring within minutes of sailing into the bay.
We have rated this destination a 'Level 1' (levels info).
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua. Inter-Caribbean operates connecting direct flights from Antigua to Tortola (Beef Island).
Scrub Island is a 10-minute ferry ride away from Tortola's Trellis Bay Dock via the resort's private launch. Ferries run from 06:45-22:30 Trellis Bay to Scrub Island and 06:30-22:15 Scrub Island to Trellis Bay. Trellis Bay is just a 5-minute walk from the airport.
The British Virgin Islands are a fantastic place to experience a sail and stay holiday. With daily flights, you can really make the most of your time in the Caribbean and combine a yacht charter with a hotel stay in the BVI or even Antigua.
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|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Dufour 350 GL - 2 cab.(2018)|
|26 Nov-02 Dec||3048|
|31 Dec-06 Jan||4071|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||4071|
|25 Feb-03 Mar||4929|
|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Dufour 412 GL(2021)||Dufour 460 GL - 3 cab.(2017)||Oceanis 41.1(2019)||Sun Odyssey 349(2018)|
|Dates||3 cabins/2WC||3 cabins/3WC||3 cabins/2WC||3 cabins/1WC|
|26 Nov-02 Dec||4167||4771||3833||3210|
|31 Dec-06 Jan||5205||5957||4786||4286|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||5205||5957||4786||4286|
|25 Feb-03 Mar||6719||7690||6181||5186|
|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Dufour 430 GL(2020)||Dufour 520 GL(2018)||Oceanis 51.1 - 5 + 1 cab.(2020)|
|Dates||4 cabins/2WC||5 cabins/3WC||5 cabins/3WC|
|26 Nov-02 Dec||4376||5767||5767|
|31 Dec-06 Jan||5467||7205||7205|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||5467||7205||7205|
|25 Feb-03 Mar||7057||9314||9314|
|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Bali 4.4 - 4 + 2 cab.(2023)||Bali 4.6 - 5 + 2 cab.(2023)||Bali 5.4 - 6 + 2 cab.(2023)||Lagoon 42 - 4 + 2 cab.(2023)||Lagoon 46 - 4 + 2 cab.(2022)||Lagoon 620 - 6 + 2 cab.(2014)||Nautitech 46 Fly - 3 + 1 cab.(2018)|
|Dates||4 cabins/4WC||5 cabins/4WC||6 cabins/6WC||4 cabins/4WC||4 cabins/4WC||6 cabins/6WC||3 cabins/3WC|
|26 Nov-02 Dec||10095||11400||20490||9219||9567||27267||6967|
|31 Dec-06 Jan||9343||11714||19400||8529||9833||27267||7167|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||9343||11714||19400||8529||9833||27267||7167|
|25 Feb-03 Mar||12610||15810||21914||12948||13276||27267||9667|
Refundable deposit GBP2700- GBP8100. Non-refundable deposit on request.
End Cleaning: Monohulls - up to 38' €150, 39' - 45' €180, 46' - 49' €215, 50' and above €240.
Catamarans - up to 40' €235, 41' - 45' €255, 46' - 49' €280, 50' and above €310.
Starter pack and fees: €70
Fuel used (fill up on return)
BVI Cruising taxes, National Park fees, Search and Rescue and fee: mandatory and payable in USD locally
Optional extras: (i.e SUP's, Kayaks etc) available on request.
Prices may be subject to change.
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Seychelles the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.