BVI Sailing Itinerary

BVI Sailing Itinerary

Take Your Dream Holiday to The British Virgin Islands 

White-sand beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, and the perfect spot for diving and snorkeling? Welcome to the British Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are part of a volcanic archipelago located east of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The BVI comprises of four main islands and about thirty smaller ones, many of which are still uninhabited. The most famous of these islands are Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. Today the BVI is one of the most stunning island archipelagos in the Caribbean. They boast a rich mix of lively nightlight, fine cuisine, luxurious getaways, secret beaches, and gorgeous natural landscapes. The islands inviting turquoise blue water, bountiful coral reefs, and sun-bleached white-sand beaches will make any vacation unforgettable.

One of the best ways to explore the BVI is by chartering a yacht. The islands have facilities that can accommodate various vessels for short and long-term visits. The islands are also considered one of the best places to set sail in the world. They offer gorgeous sunny weather, beautiful landscapes, protected anchorages, short passages between islands, and dependable trade winds. Imagine this, a romantic honeymoon where you wake up to breathtaking sunrises, explore untouched beaches that are tucked away in hidden bays, jump headfirst into turquoise blue waters, and wind down with a delicious chef-prepared meal paired with a refreshing glass of champagne, all the while watching the sunset in the distance. Is there anything more perfect? 

Are you ready to begin your yacht experience in the British Virgin Islands? Let’s go.


Day 1: Our crew will be happy to coordinate a taxi pick-up once you arrive at the airport. Our driver will meet you at baggage claim and take you to meet the crew at the marina. Once aboard the boat, you will be briefed before allowing to settle in and enjoy your welcome cocktail on board as we set sail for the night to Norman Island. We will sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel, past Indians, and Pelican Island, before stopping off in a protected anchorage for our first overnight mooring. 

Fun fact: Norman Island is famous for inspiring Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. The island itself has some of the safest and most scenic harbors in all of the BVI. 

Once we’ve secured the overnight mooring, visitors are free to jump into the waters and swim over to the Caves, a national park site known for its natural caves that are just begging to be explored. If you love to snorkel, this is the best time to do that. Once you’ve finished exploring the underwater world, come back on board to get dressed and head ashore for dinner. 

A BVI fixture for many years, the Pirate Blight restaurant is the perfect spot for great food, ice-cold drinks, and a fun, relaxed vibe. It’s a great family-friend restaurant and bar perfect for a casual sit-down dinner and a view of the sun dipping below the horizon. 

If you want something a little bit different, then head on over to Willy T’s famous floating bar and restaurant. Legend has it that the bar made a name for itself many years ago by offering free t-shirts for anyone who jumped off the top deck naked. Nowadays, they don’t allow you to do that, but the bar still has a reputation for knowing how to throw a good party. Plus, the food is not half-bad; we recommend ordering the chicken roti of the honey-stung chicken. 

Then it’s back to the boat to rest up for another day in the BVI. 

Day 2: Wake up to the gentle rocking of the boat as we head on over to the Indians. The location is so close that we don’t even need to put the sails up. Once we reach our destination, breakfast will be served. Head on to the main deck, sit down, and enjoy a fresh glass of OJ or a cup of coffee while taking in all the scenery. The Indians are a small archipelago of four rocky pinnacles that rise straight up from the ocean floor. It is also one of the top five most popular dive and snorkeling sites in the BVI.

After breakfast, relax a little before picking up your snorkeling gear and jumping headfirst to explore hard and soft corals, colorful sponges, and maybe even see a shark or two—if you are lucky. Once back on board, we will sail to the Rhone shipwreck, which sank in 1867, for another opportunity to scuba or snorkel. 

Then it is off to Cooper Island in the early afternoon, where we will drop anchor for the night in Manchioneel Bay. There is a strict ‘no anchoring’ policy in effect at Cooper Island due to the protection of the seagrass. But don't worry, we’ll take you wherever you want to go. Once anchored, guests can jump right back into the water and swim over to Cistern Point, a shallow diving spot teeming with various sea life. However, if you are all snorkeled out for the day, don’t worry. Instead, take the time to relax on the beach or grab a drink at the Copper Island Beach Club. 

For dinner, choose to dine ashore or enjoy a delicious barbecue on board before heading in for the night. 

Day 3: It’s time to head through the Sir Francis Drake Channel towards the Baths on the southern end of the Virgin Gorda island. The Baths are a collection of massive granite boulders as large as 40 feet in diameter. It is also home to stunning white sand beaches and private rock pools—perfect for a secluded, relaxing day in the sun. 

Once you are ready, we will head back on board for some lunch before going back across the channel towards Marina Cay, where we will anchor for the night. In the evening, you can head ashore to watch the sunset, have a glass of wine, and enjoy a delicious dinner.  Another option is to enjoy a luxurious evening at Scrub Island Resort, Spa, and Marina. Once anchored, you can head ashore and enjoy the island’s two-story pool and various restaurants.  

Day 4:  Today is the day we head on over to North Sound. Located in the northern end of Virgin Gorda, North Sound has a little bit of something for every type of traveler. The area offers several wonderful anchorages, delicious restaurants, and excellent snorkeling and scuba diving sites. If you are into kiteboarding, then this is also the perfect place to do it. 

If you’d like, you can even explore the Dogs, a cluster of five tiny islands that lies just 2.5 miles off the coast of Virgin Gorda. The islands got their unique name because sailors often said they heard barking noises coming from them. Those barking noises were not from canines but instead were Caribbean monk seals. Today, the islands are a great place to spot birds and marine wildlife. 

The options for the evening are plentiful. For a unique experience, head on to Saba Rock, a beautiful restaurant and bar located on its own island. Or why not head on over to Leverick Bay for some pampering before dinner. The Leverick Bay Resort and Marina has a beauty and massage parlor, a pool, restaurant, and a beach bar for you to enjoy. Last but not least, if you are looking for a little more luxury, then head on over to Oil Nut Bay resort, where you can lounge around the infinity pool and dine at NOVA restaurant. 

Day 5:  It’s time to sail to Anegada. If you are a fishing enthusiast, then this is the perfect place for you. Please be mindful that you need to have a fishing permit in advance if you plan on fishing. There is only one anchorage on the island, so once onshore, visitors should expect to rent a taxi, scooter, or car (we can go by dinghy) to visit some of the hotspots on the island, including Loblolly Bay, Cows Wreck, and Anegada Beach Club. 

Anegada Island's underwater world is filled with soft corals, sea fans, tropical fish, dolphins, and turtles. On land, you can go hiking at Bones Brights, where you can find the rare rock iguanas native to the island or spy on the exotic birds at Nutmeg Point. Flamingos can be seen if you hire a boat to try to sneak up on them in the salty marshes or view them from the lookout point on the main road. Due to the reef’s natural barrier from the waves, kitesurfing and windsurfing thrive on Anegada. 

The island is also famous for its lobster; it even has a lobster festival every November. So, once you start getting hungry, make sure that you order some freshly caught Caribbean “Anegada” lobster offered in most restaurants. 

Day 6:  In the morning, we sail west, downwind, towards Jost Van Dyke. We will probably stop off for a morning snorkel at Monkey Point on Guana Island about halfway to our final location. Another snorkeling and diving heaven, Monkey Point is like swimming through an aquarium. 

We will then head along the north side of Tortola. At this point, you can choose to stop and stay in Cane Garden Bay or continue over to the east end of Jost Van Dyke where we can moor in Long Bay. For lunch, head on over to Foxy’s Taboo restaurant, or we can take the dinghy over to B-Line Beach Bar for an original rum punch, some delicious food, and a game of corn hole—which is a game where you throw a beanbag into a hole. 

As the sun sets, the option of what to do is up to you; you can stay on the island and party the night away or head back on the boat to enjoy a lovely calm evening on board before heading to sleep. 

Day 7:  In the morning, we will head straight to Bubbly Pool, a shallow tide pool known to the locals as Mother Nature’s Jacuzzi. Afterward, we will sail over to Great Harbour. However, on our way, we will have a quick stop at Sandy Spit, also known as Corona Island, since many Corona commercials were shot on the island. 

Once anchored, it’s time to jump back into the waters and enjoy some snorkeling before heading ashore to White Bay, home to one of the top beaches in the BVI. White Bay is known for its long stretch of white sand beaches protected by a snorkeling reef and its bars and restaurants. We will then head over to The Soggy Dollar for dinner, which got its name because it has no dinghy dock, so traditionally, patrons needed to swim ashore to get to the restaurant. Today there is no swimming required, but it is THE place to order their famous rum cocktail known as the Painkiller. We end the night by playing games and just enjoying the last night on the boat. 

Day 8: Good morning! Take your time to get up, drink a nice warm cup of coffee on the deck and make sure to soak in all the magic of the BVI one last time. As this is the last day of your charter, we will take you back to your drop-off location, where you will disembark. Until next time! 

*Remember that we are here to help you plan your dream vacation, so the itinerary outlined above can be changed. All you need to do is discuss your needs with our crew, and we will do our best to make it happen. Do you want to stay one day longer for a particular bay or move on to a new experience? No problem, we are here to make your visit to the BVI unforgettable.