Welcome to the Virgin Islands. After your arrival head to Redhook marina and take the ferry to Tortola. We’ll meet you at Roadtown Marina where you will board your yacht and attend a safety briefing. Dinner will be served on your yacht by the crew and later we will head to town for an evening of nightlife on Tortola Island.
Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. It features several white-sand beaches, including Cane Garden Bay and Smuggler’s Cove. For those who arrive early you can indulge in early shopping around the island.
Today we sail to Norman Island. After a short reach across the Sir Francis Drake Channel we will sail past The Indians and Pelican Island, straight into the protected anchorage to grab our first overnight mooring. Once we are secure on our overnight mooring, jump in the dinghy and let’s make our way over to the Caves. A splendid national park site with natural caves to explore and teeming with sea life to enjoy our first snorkel. Head back to the boat, scrub up and let’s head ashore for dinner.
Pirates is a lively, family-oriented beach bar and restaurant, tucked away in the south east corner. A great place for a casual sit-down dinner and sundowners.
The Willy-T is the famous floating bar and restaurant that we’ll visit. Let’s see whose brave enough to jump off the top deck. This is a great party and a must do on Norman Island.
Get an early start and tack up the Sir Francis Drake Channel to The Baths on the southern end of Virgin Gorda.
We can spend the whole day exploring the tunnels, caves and crystal-clear pools through the maze of massive boulders which have been resting here for literally millions of years. Some people call these the eighth wonder of the world! Have a little lunch on board before heading back across the channel towards Trellis Bay. Trellis has plenty of moorings and a choice of a few restaurants, including ‘The Last Resort’ which nearly always has some form of live entertainment. You will also find a supermarket and cyber cafe on the shore. For a quiet evening grab a mooring or drop your anchor behind Marina Cay. You can head ashore for sundowners and a relaxing dinner.
Today we travel north to visit to Anegada. Anegada is a unique island that is different from the other islands. It is a fun place to visit and the time spent there should definitely not be spent on the boat. Go ashore, make a dinner reservation, rent a car or scooter or arrange a taxi trip through Anegada Reef Hotel, grab your snorkel gear and head for the one of the fabulous north coast beaches. We will spend a day there to explore, enjoy the beaches and eat some of the famous Anegada Lobster.
Today we break up our sail with a stop at the Dogs, a cluster of three small islets, all national parks, with excellent snorkeling and diving. After lunch, head on up into the North Sound, being sure to use the well-marked north entrance and not the shortcut next to Mosquito Island. You will find a choice of marinas and restaurants to pick from including the well known Bitter End Yacht Club, Leverick Bay and Saba Rock.
Saba Rock is a great setting with a lovely restaurant overlooking the sound. The buffet menu is affordable and delicious with music most evenings. Free ice and water are available at both Saba Rock and Leverick Bay if you use their moorings. Visit The Bitter End to rent a Hobie Cat, learn to windsurf, kayak or kite surf – you will be spoilt for choice!
Leverick Bay has a beauty and massage parlor and also a great store to pick up any provisions. Biras Creek is a wonderful place for a cocktail and long walks, and look out for the iguanas! You can dinghy through past Saba Rock for some turtle spotting at the reef.
Continue west, downwind, towards Jost Van Dyke. This will probably be your longest sail and it might be a good idea to stop for a morning snorkel at Monkey Point, Guana Island.
Yet another national park, Monkey Point is home to many friendly yellowtail snappers, grunts and jacks, along with turtles and some large tarpon. After lunch, continue to Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke, home to Foxy’s. Pick up your overnight mooring, then jump in the dinghy and head around the point into White Bay. Enjoy a ‘Painkiller’ at the Soggy Dollar Bar for sunset before heading back round to Great Harbor for dinner. Foxy is well known for his live music and barbeques on the weekends which makes for a great stop for all the family.
Sail south through the cut at Soper’s Hole, stopping in the boutique shops for gifts and souvenirs. Continue up to Deadman’s Bay, Peter Island. Lounge on the white sand for a while before climbing the trail up to view the islands from above. Don’t be tempted to stay the night as the holding is not great and the swells can sometimes make it uncomfortable.
Motor round to Great Harbor for a night under the stars. Great Harbor is perfect for your last night as it is quiet, picturesque and only a one hour sail back to base in the morning. There is small bar and restaurant on the shore called Oceans Seven offering delicious and simple local food.
After breakfast you have time to squeeze in one more snorkel (no diving before flying). Great Harbor has beautiful reefs and colorful tropical fish. Enjoy your last morning with snorkeling as we sail back to the marina.