British Veirgin Islands, Caribbean
British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
A British Virgin Islands itinerary is extremely flexible. The cruising ground presents myriad opportunities for enjoyment. It is possible to sail wherever the wind dictates, then pick up a mooring or drop the hook at a secluded anchorage to pass the hours snorkelling, swimming, sunbathing, reading, or walking on the beach.
Its also possible to always remain in the thick of Caribbean action, stopping at marinas, savoring gourmet dinners at upscale restaurants, shopping in boutiques, and sightseeing in quaint towns. Most sailors choose a British Virgin Islands sailing itinerary that blends the best of both worlds: secluded anchorages and beautiful sunsets, a dash of the highly sophisticated at the resorts, and a bit of laid-back fun partying in the beachside bars.
In addition to the detailed itineraries below, here are some other, notable Interesting Sites:
- Brewers Bay on the island of Tortola was once the site of several sugar plantations and distilleries. There’s a camp ground nested alone the coastline, which is home to an interesting group of travellers who return year after year.
- Savannah Bay lies along the north central part of Virgin Gorda. It’s a beautiful long curving stretch of white sandy beach, which is an idyllic spot to work on a tan or to watch the setting sun in the evenings.
- Mount Healthy is located on Tortola and features the intact remains of a thickly walled stone windmill, which was once part of an 18th century sugar plantation. This is the only such windmill on Tortola.
- The Coppermine, which is located on the southwestern tip of Virgin Gorda, features stone buildings that are reminiscent of Cornwall mines.
- Sage Mountain National Park, located on Tortola is the remaining evidence of the forests that once covered much of the island’s ridges.
Please note! The Itinerary could be changed, depending on the wind direction
Day 1: Norman Island
So many islands to choose from “ which one first? Our best bet for a brilliant introduction to the Caribbean is to go to Norman Island and anchor in The Bight. Norman Island, home of Pirates Bight Bar, Restaurant, and Gift Shop, Is perhaps most famous for being The inspiration for Robert Louis Stevensons novel, Treasure Island. However, Norman Island also has a rich Documented history acting as a hiding spot for Pirate booty. Documented history for the island dates back to the early 18th century when a Spanish galleon called Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe buried 55 chests of silvercoins after the crew mutinied aboard the ship. Although most of the treasure has been discovered by Tertullian residents. Here you will find the floating pirate ship “William Thornton” where you can have a beer or a body shot, depending on the mood you are in!
Also here is “Pirates” a great little restaurant on the beach that is a great place to hang out with your toes dabbling in the warm water, and a frozen cocktail in your hand.
Norman Island is reputed to be Robert Louis Stevenson’s inspiration for his book “Treasure Island” Local legend agrees – apparently treasure was found here in the cave – enough to set the person up who found it as a taxi driver!
Day 2: Cane Garden Bay/Jost Van Dyke
Weigh anchor and take a short cruise up to beautiful Guana Island for spectacular snorkelling and a superb beach at Monkey Point. It’s a great spot to picnic.
Then take an afternoon sail west to either Cane Garden Bay on Tortola’s lush north shore, or to the islands of Jost Van Dyke and Little Jost Van Dyke. Both locations have good anchorages, beautiful beaches, hiking, beach bars and unique restaurants.
Little Harbor has three restaurants, all specializing in lobster dinners. Up until March of 1996, the only way to get to these harbors from White Bay was by water taxi.
Day 3: Trellis Bay and Marina Cay
If you prefer a more tranquil spot then try Marina Cay across the channel to the north, off Great Camanoe, which features a Pussers that is good for happy hour and casual dining. By now youre completely in sailing mode. The stresses of life have faded, washed away with the combination of excellent sailing conditions, unparalleled Caribbean beauty, and a variety of pleasures ranging from the laid back to the active. A Full Moon beach BBQ party, complete with real “moco jumbies” is held monthly at Trellis Bay.
Day 4: Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda is the BVI’s rich, plump beauty. The otherworldly, granite megaliths at the Baths put on the main show, but gorgeous beaches unfurl all around the island. Movie stars live here ( Morgan Freeman), and billionaires own the isles floating just offshore. Somehow, Virgin Gorda keeps a level head and remains a slowpoke, chicken-dotted destination sans rampant commercialism.
North of Virgin Gorda offers a huge safe area of inlets and anchorages. Whether you want to snorkel Eustastia Sound with sunken canons and great reef fish, or spy on Necker Island this is the area for you. Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock and Leverick Bay all offer good restaurants and transient blockage.
Day 5: The Bath
Virgin Gorda is probably most famous for the Baths, a unique national park on the island’s southwest coast.
The Baths is unlike any other beach in the Caribbean. It features white sandy beaches framed by gigantic granite boulders, some of these with diameters reaching 40 feet. Geologists believe that these odd formations are the result of volcanoes. However, there’s no need to worry about exactly how Mother Nature created these awesome sculptures. Instead, bring along your water shoes, a snorkel and a waterproof camera and explore the series of caves and grottoes created by these irregular boulders Sail to the Baths, one of the most unique natural formations in the BVI.
Consisting of thousands of smooth boulders, some as big as a house, strewn along the beach on the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. You can explore the many gaps that open into massive rocky grottoes filled with sea water. Nearby is Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, with a full service marina, shops and restaurants. If time allows you could get a taxi to the nearby Copper Mine restaurant which offers fabulous sunset views and is an old copper mine site. Alternatively the Top of the Baths restaurant offers a fresh water pool and killer cocktails.
Day 6: Salt and Cooper Islands
A short beat up the Sir Francis Drake Channel takes you to Salt Island. Here you can pick up the National Parks moorings and either dive or snorkel the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship Rhone, a relic of the hurricane of 1867 and famous for its part in the movie ‘The Deep’. Be careful with meeting this poison fish. Alternatively, go ashore and visit the settlement and the salt pond from which the island takes its name. The annual rent for the whole island is paid each year directly to the Queen of England and is a bag of salt!
After lunch sail to Cooper Island where you can pick up a mooring in front of the beach club bar and restaurant and there’s a dive shop here also. Just to the south of Manchoneel Bay is Cistern Rock which offers some of the best snorkeling around. On any given day you will see squid, turtles and the odd shark
Breakfast, check out at 10 am and transfer to the airport.