Sample Itinerary: BVIs - British Virgin
Nothing is written in stone; sample itineraries are for you to
gather ideas for your adventure. It is you
who makes your own custom itinerary.
sample BVI itinerary was provided by the catamaran Good Medicine who
has since left the charter fleet but their information is still valid.
Once you are on board your charter yacht, you will discuss
activities and where you wish to go. Your captain can also provide
ideas, and his first question to you would be, “where do you wish to
go?” You can change your itinerary at anytime so this
vacation is your oyster, come down and enjoy. There are no set times
for anything, so let’s have fun, grasp each moment with both hands, and
savor these special times.
BVI yacht charters start with your arrival by air at Beef Island,
Tortola, British Virgin Islands. You can walk 100 yards to your boat or
take a taxi, but it is very close, so walking is fine for most people.
Within 10 minutes you can be on board GOOD MEDICINE enjoying tropical
drinks prepared by a master lady cocktail queen. (Of course, you may
want to begin your charter by meeting the boat in St Thomas, USVI or
take the ferry from St Thomas to Tortola). All charters begin at 12
noon, normally you arrive at 1pm, so a light lunch is prepared for your
group while you settle into your new luxury vessel. Once you are
settled, your Captain motors slowly round to one of the world’s most
magnificent islands, Marina Cay (Republic of Jose Cuervo), for the
evening, one of the smallest of the Virgin Islands. Marina Cay has a
lovely beach restaurant under the coconut palms where you can relax and
enjoy the tropical surroundings, or you can jump in the warm crystal
clear tropical waters and snorkel round the small reef. Children as
well as adults can water ski, kneeboard or snorkel here, but going
ashore to explore this island is a big “must.”
are served round 5 pm, the chef will bring out snacks and your favorite
happy hour cocktail for all to enjoy. Take in your first gorgeous
sunset while relaxing on the trampoline. After sunset, dinner is served
in the main cockpit area under the stars for everyone to enjoy their
first tropical calm evening in Paradise. Pinch yourself, you are in
paradise where mermaids and dolphins play.
After a good morning breakfast (9.30 am), a morning cruise can take you
to the Baths on Virgin Gorda. This takes roughly 2 hours to sail and is
most picturesque. Now you anchor at this spectacular rock formation at
about 11.30am; it is here you can discover the beautiful world
underwater and on land.
We anchor just short of the beach and prepare lunch while your captain
takes you through the walk from the Baths into “DEVILS BAY”; take
flip-flops and a swimsuit. This special walk takes about 20 minutes and
is worth each step through the dense undergrowth. There is plenty time
for snorkeling in this magnificent area, so a relaxing day can be spent
exploring the Baths on land and Underwater. At 3pm take a short cruise
up to Spanish Town and anchor out for the evening. This is where guest
can go ashore and explore small local shops, then return to Good
Medicine for dinner and a good night sleep.
Wake up in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda and meet in the cockpit where
morning coffee is waiting for you, while breakfast is served. After
breakfast, raise the anchor and proceed to Long Bay, Virgin Gorda.
Relax here for the remainder of the day and evening. Spend the morning
enjoying the crystal clear water and the 1 mile long, foot-print free
beach. Collecting sea shells on the beach or snorkeling is
divine. The view at sunset from Long Bay, Virgin Gorda simply cannot be
beaten. It is a view 25 miles down to St Thomas where the sun sets,
surrounding you (or the horizon at this point) are a multitude of
tropical islands in the sun. Every night at sunset is dead calm, so
enjoy Happy Hour with treats & cocktails and let your mind
escape into paradise. It is here on a full moon that you can see each
grain of sand on the seabed 15 feet below. Supper is served in the
cockpit, then amble off to sleep, those long sleeps of content.
Set sail to Deep Bay, Virgin Gorda and here you have selected one of
the most out of the way anchorages around. This sail will take about 1
and a half hours where you drop anchor within range of the famous
barrier reef. Have lunch, then get your captain to take you snorkeling
above the four 16th century cannons in 10 feet of water, or snorkel
with your captain on the outside of the barrier reef. When snorkeling
on the outside of the barrier reef you will see why it is called a
barrier reef, the reef stands up from 5 feet to 40 feet and the live
coral polyps face the deep blue sea where all their food comes from.
This is where your see those rainbow colored fish, all the colored
sponges and corals. Very few guests get to do this so make sure you are
one of those few. Today has been a water sport day so squeeze in the
kayaking and fishing as well. Relax at happy hour then look forward to
the best cuisine on and off the island before wondering off to sleep.
From Deep Bay, Virgin Gorda enjoy a swim before breakfast, then enjoy
another breakfast in the Good Medicine's cockpit. Up anchor at 9.30 am
and do a spinnaker sail all the way down to Norman Island which is
famous for the Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “Treasure Island.” Today
you hope to snorkel into the famous 3 pirate caves. It is the pleasant
spinnaker sail which takes up most of the morning and you find yourself
arriving at Treasure Island around noon. Pick-up a buoy at the famous
three caves then everyone snorkel into the caves (make sure you do all
three) and return to Good Medicine for a hearty lunch. After
lunch, work around to the Bight for the night and anchor in a secluded
spot to relax and explore the island for the rest of the day. Happy
hour is at 5 pm again and you may wish to visit the famous Willy T
which is a Brigantine pirate ship at anchor which acts as a restaurant
and bar. This can be quite a lively place at night, so if it is
nightlife you feel you need after these out of the way Blue Lagoons,
then the Willy T is where you need to head for this evening. Dinner is
enjoyed on board under the gorgeous stars above. Relax on board before
you head off to bed.
After breakfast (9.30 am), a leisurely cruise to Jost Van Dyke offers
ample opportunity for fishing on the way. Sandy Spit and Green Cay are
all places of exceptional beauty. Just take your pick. Sandy Cay is a
“must do” exploring adventure by foot. It is a short walk which
commences on the beach and runs through thick coconut palms followed by
thick undergrowth. This leads up to the top a a volcanic rock which is
roughly 50 feet above the beach and then the path wanders back through
the undergrowth to the palms and on to the beach. Take shoes,
flip-flops, a camera and bug spray. This is one walk you will never
For the overnight stop, White Bay is secluded and quiet with only the
Soggy Dollar Bar ashore; or Great Harbor is ideal for those who would
like to visit the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar. Foxy is the name given to
a local gentleman who is famous for his singing. Sample his “Sly Fox”
or the “Dreaded Fox”, both made from Foxy’s firewater rum and listen to
his calypso songs. Beware, you will possibly be in one of his Caribbean
songs! The words Sly Fox and the Dreaded Fox are names of special
drinks he has mixed over the years. These three perfect anchorages are
close together so select one of them and enjoy your happy hour,
followed by dinner and sleep.
After a good breakfast (9.30 am), cruise to Monkey Point on Guana
Island. This is a long sail but a magnificent one, possibly taking 2-3
hours to do. Pick up a buoy or drop anchor and relax for the rest of
the day as well as the entire night. Snorkeling is the major task at
hand here or relax on your catamaran with your favorite book.
Monkey Point is a wonderful anchorage with lovely protected Caribbean
hills around you. You can see the head of the Guana projecting out 27
feet from the side of the hill and it looks exactly like a Guana’s
head. Enjoy a relaxed happy hour followed by a great supper, with
liquors to complete your meal.
After breakfast, cruise round to Trellis Bay for your trip home at 12
noon. I am sure you will remember that sailing is Gooood Medicine.
Remember, there are many variations to this sample itinerary. Your
charter will be customized to fulfill the dreams of your charter party.
That's the beauty of a Virgin Islands crewed charter yacht sailing
If you want to scuba dive,
there are boats that specialize in this activity. They will be
well-equipped and have a divemaster or dive instructor aboard and will
make sure you dive on some spectacular spots. Another possibility is to
do a "rendezvous" dive. This is where a yacht will coordinate with
shore-based dive operators to take you on a dive.
Or maybe you want to spend more time sailing than at anchor and improve
your sailing skills at the same time. Your experienced captain will be
happy to oblige your wishes.
Whether you want an active nightlife visiting local hot spots or just
enjoy the pleasure of quiet, secluded anchorages, a charter yacht in
the Virgin Islands can accommodate your desires.
And, of course, if your idea of the ideal vacation is no itinerary at
all, then a crewed yacht charter vacation is the perfect choice. You
can decide each morning over coffee in the cockpit what you want to do
that day (even if it's nothing at all), and it's OK to change your
OUR PROFESSIONAL CREWS WILL MAKE SURE EACH
CHARTER GUEST EXPERIENCES THE PERFECT PERSONALIZED ITINERARY FOR THEIR
VIRGIN ISLANDS VACATION.
itineraries: US & British Virgin Islands