Sail the Caribbean seas on a British Virgin Islands sailing adventure

Life sounds pretty darn good when your day's biggest dilemma is deciding which deserted island to check out next. But this isn’t some strange far-off mirage – the British Virgin Islands happen to be the latest destination in the Intrepid Sailing catalogue. Discover for yourself the world-renowned beauty of this fabulous archipelago on a one-week high sea adventure that will have you snorkelling, hiking and settling into the slow-paced Caribbean way of life. Navigate The Baths of Virgin Gorda, swim among sea turtles in Dead Man's Bay, laze on pure white sands and take in sunsets from any number of atmospheric drinking holes. This week-long Caribbean Sailing adventure really is as idyllic as getaways get.

Start
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Finish
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Countries
British Virgin Islands
Themes
Sailing
Code
ITMB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 8
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • The snorkelling is top-notch in the British Virgin Islands. Explore a world of sparkling blue waters, coral reefs and sea grass beds, looking out for barracuda, minnows and other exotic tropical fish
  • Whether it's strolling through mangrove forest to find a bubbling natural jacuzzi, or hard-core trekking to the island's highest point, Jost Van Dyke is a hiker's dream, with scenic walks for all skill levels
  • Spend time at the number-one drawcard of the British Virgin Islands – The Baths, a magnificent geological oddity that doubles as a super-sweet swimming spot
  • With plenty of leisure time, you can while away the hours sipping cocktails in a beach hammock, or simply marvel at the splendour of the blue-sky Carribean from the deck of your yacht
  • The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we can be flexible on the day's itinerary

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 November 2015 to 31 October 2016. Other seasons in this trip: 01 November 2017 - 31 December 2017, 01 November 2016 - 30 April 2017.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm on Day 1. The meeting point is at the bar above the Dream Yacht Charter office in Hodge Creek Marina, located at Maya Cove in the East End of Tortola. After meeting your group and skipper, you'll go shopping for provisions. Then you will board your 'home' for the next seven days. After a safety briefing, set sail for your first destination – Trellis Bay on Beef Island. Here you will enjoy some delicious typical island food for dinner at a local bar.

Notes: If you are unable to make the scheduled meeting time, please contact your skipper on +1 284 346 5135. As space on board the boat is very limited, particularly in the cabins, please bring only a small backpack. There are very few places to store luggage in Tortola; if you do need to leave a bag at a hotel or the marina (possibly for a small fee), it's best not to leave any valuables behind.
Your second stop is an easy-to-reach but stunning location – 'The Baths'. Located at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda (Spanish for 'Fat Virgin'), this is one of the most awesome sights of the British Virgin Islands. There are conflicting theories as to how these incredible rock formations were created. Some say it was from a meteor shower, others say it was volcanic activity. In the afternoon you'll sail to Gorda Sound, where you will find several restaurants and beach bars. There are also excellent local hiking trails which offer great views of the surrounding islands. Dinner on Saba Rock is a good option – its bar and restaurant are perched on a coral reef, making for a unique dining experience.

The next morning, head to the Spanish-named island of Anegada ('Drowned Land'). This is the only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain, and is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. Among these are Horseshoe Reef, the third-largest reef in the Eastern Carribean. Enjoy secluded sandy beaches, protected by the shelter of the reef. If you're lucky, you might spot a flamingo or two. For dinner, you might like to try the famous Anegada Lobster.

Next it's on to Diamond Cay, a beautiful little spot where the smaller of the Foxy restaurants, Foxy's Taboo, is located. Many famous musicians have played here, and it still gets some notable names these days. If the timing's right, there might be a good show on this evening. From here you can walk for 15 minutes or so through the mangroves to the Bubbly Pool, a naturally formed jacuzzi nestled in the rocks by the ocean. Sometimes the pool is calm and clear, and sometimes it becomes a bubbling spa. On occasion it can be unsafe, if the neighbouring waters are rough, so make sure you exercise caution.

In the morning, head to Sandy Cay (Sandy Spit) for some snorkelling and swimming in the crystal clear waters and shallow reef. Here you'll find two lone coconut palms and no doubt some hermit crabs scurrying along the white sand. Also visit Green Cay for some more snorkelling – you might see anything from juvenile angel fish and glassy minnows to whole schools of barracuda. Or you can just sit back and relax on one of the best beaches in the BVIs, sheltered by a surrounding reef. Perhaps enjoy a drink at the Soggy Dollar bar, located in the protected White Bay on Jost Van Dyke Island. In the early afternoon, set sail for Soper's Hole, Tortola, to stock up on supplies for the rest of the trip.

Travel to the Bight at Norman Island and stop off at 'The Caves' for a leisurely snorkel in the warm Caribbean waters among the coral and tropical fish. Rumour has it there's pirate treasure hidden in these caves, bays and wrecks. Norman Island and The Caves became famous as the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel 'Treasure Island'. By the time you reach Norman Island, chances are your crew will be ready to visit the William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant, a nice spot for a sunset cocktail. You can also perhaps enjoy a beach barbeque on Salt Island if it's a nice day (if the weather turns, you can use the barbeque on the boat).

Proceed to Peter Island, setting anchor at Dead Man's Bay, and enjoy a swim at this world-class beach. Look out for Dead Chest Island, a large rocky outcrop north-east of Dead Man’s Bay. The name 'Dead Man's Bay' comes from the legend that Blackbeard's pirates drowned while swimming ashore after their captain marooned them on a nearby island as punishment. Snorkel and explore the lush grass beds here, looking out for sea turtles (just keep your distance if you see one, because they're easily spooked). Your last night in paradise is spent moored at Cooper Island Eco resort. Perhaps enjoy some dinner at the Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant where you can kick back on the outdoor sofas on deck and take in the Carribean sunset with your fellow travellers.
After breakfast you will head back to the charter base at Tortola where the trip ends on arrival (around 8 am). If you're flying out tonight, it's important not to book a departure for any earlier than midday, to allow for any delays in returning to Tortola.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Transport
Boat
Accommodation
Overnight boat (7 nights)

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