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Sailing Holidays in the British Virgin Islands

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.

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Jost Van Dyke

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    Dive shop

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    The Baths

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    Jost Van Dyke

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    Road Town, Tortola

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    Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

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    Soggy Dollar Bar

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    Sunset on Norman Island

    Sailing holidays in the British Virgin Islands

    • We can arrange flights for you with BA or Virgin via Antigua
    • Explore the unique rock formations of 'The Baths' on Virgin Gorda
    • Enjoy the white sand beaches and fresh lobster dinners on Anegada
    • Dance until dawn at Foxy's on Jost van Dyke
    • Average distances of 10nm/day
    • Level 1 sailing
    • Average temperatures of around 26-28 degrees
    • Average winds force 3-4
    • Great for families, groups and couples alike
    • Mooring buoys (around $30/night)
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary in the British Virgin Islands

    DAY 1 : Norman Island (14nm)

    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".

    DAY 2 : Cooper Island (8nm)

    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.

    DAY 3 : North Sound (13nm)

    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.

    DAY 4 : Trellis Bay (10nm)

    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".

    DAY 5 : Jost van Dyke (15nm)

    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.

    DAY 6 : Peter Island (11nm)

    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.

    DAY 7 : Scrub Island (9nm)

    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.

    British Virgin Islands 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Journal

    Our experience

    Lagoon 440 Catamaran, 1 week in April 2018 from Village Cay Marina, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    Supplied by Louise Nye, Nautilus Yachting

    Day 1

    Day 1 - Village Cay Marina, Tortola, BVI

    We arrived into the spectacular British Virgin Islands on a short direct flight from Antigua on Inter Caribbean. The flight was a hassle free, one-hour service which allowed us to arrive at the Navigare base by early evening after just a short 10 minute taxi ride from the airport. When we arrived at the base ‘Karisma’ our lovely classic Lagoon 440 was lit up and prepared for us.
    Day 2

    Day 2 - Village Cay Marina to Cooper Island

    Ordering our provisioning in advance with Riteway allowed us to have all the bulky items delivered to the yacht. It is an excellent, easy to use system and all our items were delivered bang on time at 8am. A small local supermarket nearby allowed us to top up with any extra fresh items. Our skipper arrived at 9am and after meeting with April, the Navigare Base Manager and her team, we set sail for the recently re-opened Cooper Island. Only 10 days in and Cooper Island was already re-establishing its place as a popular haunt for visiting sailors and residents. There was a brilliant atmosphere at ‘happy hour’ where we sampled our first (of many) ‘painkiller’ cocktails! A great place to start or end your Caribbean experience. We paid a $30 mooring fee – which is the standard price across the BVI.
    Day 3

    Day 3 - Cooper Island to Leverick Bay

    We had an early breakfast onboard and then sails up for a short passage to the iconic ‘Baths’ on the southern end of Virgin Gorda. We took the dinghy to the lines and swam in from there. Arriving early meant we could do the rope trails on our own, exploring the fascinating boulders in the Devils Bay National Park. It was like nowhere else I’ve seen! A short climb up a hill from the beach lead to a very nice bar with a pool for a refreshing drink. Our afternoon sail took us up towards the North Sound. We passed the extensive renovations taking place at Necker and Mosquito Islands and moored for the evening at Leverick Bay.
    Day 4

    Day 4 - Leverick Bay to Anegada

    13 nautical miles of superb sailing and we arrived at the idyllic island of Anegada. We quickly decided which local restaurant we wanted to go to for our lobster dinner and made a reservation. We decided to hire a car for 24 hours and set off to explore this 11 mile atoll of superb beaches – Loblolly Beach, Cow Wreck and a visit to see the flamingos. Anegada was simply stunning and the lobster dinner fantastic!
    Day 5

    Day 5 - Anegada to Cane Garden Bay

    We woke early to have another drive around this fabulous island and then enjoyed a huge and delicious breakfast at friendly ‘Neptunes’. After breakfast we set sail back toward the island of Tortola. We had excellent winds and some superb sailing over to pretty Cane Garden Bay. En route we stopped off for a swim and to spend a bit of time on the beautiful stretch of beach at Long Bay. At Cane Garden Bay there is a good party vibe and we had a simple but excellent meal of mahe mahe at Myetts and enjoyed the cocktails and music. A nice warm up for tomorrow!
    Day 6

    Day 6 - Cane Garden Bay to Jost Van Dyke

    Only a few nautical miles from Cane Garden Bay we arrived at Jost Van Dyke to visit some of the BVI’s most famous haunts. How much fun can you have in one day?! We moored up in the Bay, made our reservation for dinner and then went to sample some of the bars on White Bay. Ivan’s Bar was first and then a very enjoyable afternoon spent at Soggy Dollar Bar. We passed the hours swapping stories with other holiday makers, drinking cocktails in the sea, munching on conch fritters and playing beach games. After a quick shower we were off to the world renowned Foxy’s for dinner and dancing. The combination of excellent food, cocktails and music ensures everyone has the time of their lives! Friends, family, and groups of all ages enjoy this unique spot.
    Day 7

    Day 7 - Jost Van Dyke to Maya Cove

    We began the day with a leisurely stroll to visit Foxy’s excellent gift shop and to buy some presents to take home. Whilst walking we came across a great bakery set back from the beach, so stopped for pastries for brunch back onboard. We spent the rest of the day sunbathing on our lovely catamaran and dozing off the excesses of the previous day. Tonight we moored at Maya Cove and had a BBQ onboard.
    Day 7

    Day 8 - Maya Cove to Norman Island

    How very quickly the last day comes around! We had some excellent sailing again today. Breakfast was at Monkey Point on Guana Island followed by gentle snorkelling. After that we headed to another good snorkelling spot ‘The Dogs’. Our last evening was spent at another recently relaunched favourite - The Bight at Norman Island. Pirates restaurant offered excellent food at two sittings. There was a real buzz to the place and definitely a great way to end the best week of sailing.
    Day 7

    Day 9 - Norman Island to Village Cay Marina

    We were greeted back at the base by April who had already called ahead to check our outound flight and arrange a taxi to the airport. Good facilities at the base meant we had time to freshen up and say farewell before setting off to the airport for our holiday extension – a weekend in Puerto Rico!
  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in the British Virgin Islands

    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).

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Tortola (Beef Island), BVI

    British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua. Inter-Caribbean operates connecting direct flights from Antigua to Tortola (Beef Island).

    Transfers

    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.

    Hotels

    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.

"First class service from Nautilus. On arrival our catamaran was clean and serviceable and the help given by the base staff was excellent. "

Antigua 2014 - M.M

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Hodges Creek Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2022-23 GB£ per yachtDufour 350 GL - 2 cab.(2018)
Dates2 cabins/1WC
05-11 Nov2567
12-18 Nov3048
19-25 Nov3352
26 Nov-02 Dec3048
03-09 Dec3048
10-16 Dec3048
17-23 Dec3048
24-26 Dec4605
27-30 Dec4681
31 Dec-06 Jan4071
07-13 Jan4071
14-20 Jan4071
21-27 Jan4071
28 Jan-03 Feb4071
04-10 Feb4500
11-17 Feb4929
18-24 Feb4929
25 Feb-03 Mar4929
04-10 Mar4929
11-17 Mar5419
18-24 Mar5419
25-31 Mar4929
01-07 Apr4929
08-14 Apr4929
15-21 Apr4062
22-28 Apr3576

Yachts from Hodges Creek Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2022-23 GB£ per yachtDufour 412 GL(2021)Dufour 460 GL - 3 cab.(2017)Oceanis 41.1(2019)Sun Odyssey 349(2018)
Dates3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/3WC3 cabins/2WC3 cabins/1WC
05-11 Nov3790433334862700
12-18 Nov4167477138333210
19-25 Nov4586524842193529
26 Nov-02 Dec4167477138333210
03-09 Dec4167477138333210
10-16 Dec4167477138333210
17-23 Dec4167477138333210
24-26 Dec6276719057764848
27-30 Dec7652857170434924
31 Dec-06 Jan5205595747864286
07-13 Jan5205595747864286
14-20 Jan5205595747864286
21-27 Jan5205595747864286
28 Jan-03 Feb5205595747864286
04-10 Feb6252715757524738
11-17 Feb6719769061815186
18-24 Feb6719769061815186
25 Feb-03 Mar6719769061815186
04-10 Mar6719769061815186
11-17 Mar7386845767955705
18-24 Mar7386845767955705
25-31 Mar6719769061815186
01-07 Apr6048692455625186
08-14 Apr6048692455625186
15-21 Apr5543634351004276
22-28 Apr4876558144863762

Yachts from Hodges Creek Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2022-23 GB£ per yachtDufour 430 GL(2020)Dufour 520 GL(2018)Oceanis 51.1 - 5 + 1 cab.(2020)
Dates4 cabins/2WC5 cabins/3WC5 cabins/3WC
05-11 Nov398152435243
12-18 Nov437657675767
19-25 Nov481463436343
26 Nov-02 Dec437657675767
03-09 Dec437657675767
10-16 Dec437657675767
17-23 Dec437657675767
24-26 Dec659587008700
27-30 Dec80381200512005
31 Dec-06 Jan546772057205
07-13 Jan546772057205
14-20 Jan546772057205
21-27 Jan546772057205
28 Jan-03 Feb546772057205
04-10 Feb656786528652
11-17 Feb705793149314
18-24 Feb705793149314
25 Feb-03 Mar705793149314
04-10 Mar705793149314
11-17 Mar77571023310233
18-24 Mar77571023310233
25-31 Mar705793059305
01-07 Apr635283768376
08-14 Apr635283768376
15-21 Apr581976767676
22-28 Apr511967526752

Yachts from Hodges Creek Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

2022-23 GB£ per yachtBali 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)
Dates4 cabins/4WC5 cabins/4WC6 cabins/6WC4 cabins/4WC4 cabins/4WC6 cabins/6WC3 cabins/3WC
05-11 Nov9352105431951485628852400676448
12-18 Nov106291200021567970510071400677338
19-25 Nov1169013200237191068111076400678071
26 Nov-02 Dec10095114002049092199567272676967
03-09 Dec9090102621843883058610272676276
10-16 Dec9090102621843883058610272676276
17-23 Dec9090114001843883059567272676971
24-26 Dec15410193192835714233162292726711819
27-30 Dec23643296383489022638248902726718133
31 Dec-06 Jan9343117141940085299833272677167
07-13 Jan9343117141940085299833272677167
14-20 Jan9343117141940085299833272677167
21-27 Jan9343117141940085299833272677167
28 Jan-03 Feb9343117141940085299833272677167
04-10 Feb1133314210244951157611933272678690
11-17 Feb1261015810257811294813276272679667
18-24 Feb1261015810257811294813276272679667
25 Feb-03 Mar1261015810219141294813276272679667
04-10 Mar1261015810219141294813276272679667
11-17 Mar138671738624105142331460510638
18-24 Mar138671738624105142331460510638
25-31 Mar12610158102578110357132769667
01-07 Apr12610158102578110357132769667
08-14 Apr12610158102578110357132769667
15-21 Apr1194814981241909248125769162
22-28 Apr1099013781227388510115718424

FREE outboard for tender. Snorkel gear included.

Yachts from Hodges Creek, BVI

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit GBP2700- GBP8100. Non-refundable deposit on request.

COMPULSORY EXTRAS:

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.

SKIPPER: GBP 1,470/week + food and drink + own cabin. Cats 48' and over GBP 1750/week + food and drink + own cabin

 

 

 

Prices may be subject to change.

Sailing Qualifications

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?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

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.

Level 2

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.

Level 3

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.