Charters usually start and finish in Village Cay Marina, Tortola, just a 20 minute taxi drive from the local airport at Beef Island. Alternatively, and if the yacht's schedule allows, guests spending their first few days in a hotel such as Peter Island Resort, Little Dix Hotel or Biras Creek Hotel can be collected from the jetties there. There are over 60 unspoiled islands and cays to explore, mostly uninhabited, and all with local charm. They are lush and mountainous with excellent beaches, good walking and very good snorkelling and scuba diving. The sailing time between islands is rarely more than an hour or two, making it the ideal cruising ground for the 'first time charterer' and although it is possible to visit most of these islands in a week, we recommend 10 days to make the most of it.
Join your yacht at noon at Village Cay Marina in Road Town, Tortola. Meet the crew and get settled aboard. Sail a short distance to Great Harbour on Peter Island. A spectacular spot for lunch and excellent snorkelling, kayaking and water skiing can be enjoyed. In the evening sip cocktails on deck and view the antics of the pelicans.
After breakfast and a swim, a two hour sail brings you to Salt Island. Now only two residents but their rent is still paid directly to the Queen...200 lbs of salt a year. Just off Salt Island is the famous Wreck of the Rhone that abounds with fish and is easy to snorkel. Late afternoon a short sail brings you to Cooper Island...few residents but a delightful beach and usually turtles feeding in the shallow water.
A two hour sail brings you to Virgin Gorda. Historic rock formations below and above the water can be explored by sea or shore. Perhaps a barbecue lunch on one of the beaches. A choice of exquisite anchorages again perfect for all water sports.
After breakfast sail into the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. A choice of beautiful bays for snorkelling, wake boarding and swimming. A choice of bays for a lunchtime or evening barbeque. Visit the exclusive resort of Biras Creek for an evening cocktail.
A morning sail to Jost Van Dyke visiting Sandy Cay or Green Cay... small deserted cays and the perfect place for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon anchor in Great Harbour or Little Harbour. The two local bars are Sydney Peace and Love and Foxy's Place and a local "jump up" is worth attending!
If you enjoy walking, Jost Van Dyke is ideal. There are many easy tracks and the views are spectacular. Before lunch sail further along the coast to White Bay. You can anchor just inside the reef and enjoy superb snorkelling including seeing turtles. A sunset sail to Cane Garden Bay on the north coast of Tortola.
A three hour sail will bring you to Norman Island, thought to be the famous Treasure Island. The snorkelling is outstanding and there are numerous different fish and corals. This spacious bay is perfect to spend an afternoon enjoying water sports.
The last morning of your holiday aboard the yacht but time for an early morning swim and snorkel before a two hour sail brings you back to Road Town Harbour or if the yacht's schedule allows, a drop off at Peter Island at 11.00am.
If you have 8/9 days you could also visit Anegada, the only coral island in the chain. There are miles of deserted virgin beaches plus superb diving and snorkelling. Please remember the choice of itinerary is yours and you select quiet anchorages or join in the fun at local night spots.