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British Virgin Islands – an experience of a lifetime! The perfect Getaway!
The British Virgin Islands are one of the world’s premiere sailing destinations. These tiny Caribbean islands offer pristine beaches, predictable weather and boat accessible-only tourist sites. Our boat offers round-the-clock tranquility, modern sailing accommodations, and a week of vistas and vacation activities most people can only dream of.
Seven days of sailing and a variety of water activities and sailing instruction – as much or as little as you would like. Only casual in-port bicycles will be available. This tour focuses more on relaxation and water activities.
Places We Go – Things We Do
Enjoy your arrival morning on the island of Tortola. Bikes will be available for your guided, but self-paced tour of the island. Cycle as little or as much as you would like. Your first day of sailing starts the next day at noon. Begin your voyage out of Road Town, where you will depart for The Bight at Norman Island. Here you can snorkel the caves of Treasure Point, believed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” As we head toward Salt Island, stop over to explore the famed Wreck of the Rhone, which sank during a hurricane in 1867. Then sail northeastward to The Baths at Virgin Gorda, nature’s version of Stonehenge by the sea, and hike through the stunning granite boulders that line the pristine beach. Cycle the hilly northeast end of Virgin Gorda to the Bitterend Yacht Club. We will anchor for a day at the Bitterend to enjoy a snorkle excursion to Necker Island, tool around the harbor, have Paddle board, kayak or dinghy races on the east end. Land lovers can spend time on shore for a few croquet matches with our Skipper James Creasy. Spend the evening under the stars of Marina Cay and relax with a nightcap from the hilltop bar.
As we start our next day, plan to leave it to The Dogs – literally – and snorkel our way to Gorda Sound. We can stop in at our Support Facility at Saba Rock on Virgin Gorda and get advice on a fun sailing and sporting day to Anegada, a coral island and fishing mecca, lying only 28 feet above sea level. Or we may opt to head to Jost Van Dyke depending on the winds. Get your fill of famous fare the following day when you stop at Foxy’s and Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. Sail to Cane Garden Bay for an exquisite change of scenery, and a chance to bask in the sun on the crescent-shaped beach. As we head back around the west end of Tortola, we will make time for some of the best snorkeling at The Indians before wrapping up our trip.
This is just a sampling of your itinerary. This is your vacation. We can include as much or as little activity as you would like.
About Our Skipper
James Creasey is a healthy, athletic 60-year-old Brit, and for about 54 years has sailed the waters of the U.K., the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, coastal California, Florida and New England. He is an American Sailing Instructor and has skippered many trips like this over the past 20 years and loves to introduce people to the world of sailing and croquet.
We will spend 7 days and nights aboard a beautifully-appointed 48-foot catamaran with 4 double cabins, 4 bathrooms and space for our skipper and crew. Enjoy breakfasts and lunch prepared aboard the boat. Then sail the warm trade winds on the bluest water you could ever imagine. We set anchor at great snorkel spots, beaches for walking or sun basking and a game or two of beach croquet. Snorkel and fins are included for each person. Bikes are available in several ports to explore these beautiful islands. We will spend the late afternoon sailing to a delightful cove then dining at the beachfront restaurants with the sand between our toes and dance under the stars. You are invited to participate in sailing the boat as much as you would like under the guidance of James.
Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda will have single gear bicycles available to cruise the lush, tropical and VERY hilly islands. This is your vacation and cycling is one of your options. You can cycle as little or as much as it is available. At least one guide will be with you should you decide to cycle for the day.
The BVIs offer the best sheltered waters and simple navigation as any waters in the world. The winds generally blow northeast to southeast at about 15-20 knots. In the Winter months they blow a little stronger. The tidal range is a small, 12 inches. The daily temperatures are in the 80s and night times temperatures are in the 70s: idyllic- the ultimate vacation in Paradise.
Assembly Point: The Moorings – Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands to set sail.
Meeting time: 12 pm, dinner together on shore in Norman Island. We suggest you arrive a day or two in advance to take in the island sights of St. Thomas. There is a hotel at the Mooring facility if you should decide to fly directly to Tortola. Tour completion is at noon. If you are flying out of St.Thomas, consider taking a flight out the following morning. Spend the evening on St. Thomas. There are also connecting flights between Puerto Rico and Tortola. Please call the office for help with flight scheduling.
Special Note: Tortola is a short flight from Puerto Rico or an easy ferry ride from St. Thomas. Space on this sailing trip is limited to 8 guests. Occupancy is double only, as our accommodations are aboard a 48-foot catamaran. Bedding on most vessels is limited to doubles and queens. Twin beds are rare.
All lodging is included
This trip includes the following:
- Breakfasts on board the boat and picnic lunches
- Two dinners on the yacht
- Skipper James Creasy
- 1 cycling guide
- Snorkel and fins
- Stand up paddleboard
- Rental bike in 1 port of call
- Maps and narratives
- Dinners are in port at restaurants of choice and are the responsibility of the tour guests.
- Meals on off days
- 12% gratuity for guides, mechanics, volunteers and tour staff is not included, but greatly appreciated
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