Sailing through the Caribbean with G Adventures
Pirates, Palm Trees, and Peace
If you’re a sailor of any stripes, the British Virgin Islands are no doubt near the top of your must-sail list. This sunny stretch of islands has called to mariners for centuries, and its allure has never wavered. Why? Maybe it’s the balmy weather or the gorgeous mountains that tumble down into seemingly endless beaches. Maybe it’s allure of the tiny, deserted islands that can only be accessed by boat or the out-of-the-way snorkeling spots that feel all your own. Maybe it’s the adventuresome pirate spirit that permeates all aspects of life out here. Maybe you should quit reading this and come find out for yourself.
Sailing the British Virgin Islands Tortola to Tortola
2017 Dates: Jan 21, Feb 04, Feb 18
The British Virgin Islands are among the world’s most popular sailing destinations and you only have to look around to understand why. Laidback and low-key, the BVIs are flat-out gorgeous to sail and explore. Hop aboard our state-of-the-art catamaran and discover secluded coves, impossibly beautiful snorkeling spots, and ruggedly beautiful islands virtually untouched by humans. Added bonus: your expert CEO knows this place so well, you’ll discover stuff not even the locals know.
- Sail on a catamaran through the beautiful turquoise waters of the British Virgin Islands
- Stop to snorkel in deep caves and along reefs
- Anchor and jump aboard a floating bar
- Tour around islands by car
- Hike to secluded spots
- Relax in the evenings and enjoy the sunset and the Caribbean sounds
Day 1 – Tortola/British Virgin Islands
Meet your group at an early afternoon meeting at Hodges Creek on Tortola Island before embarking the yacht. You will head to a local shop to purchase food, water and snack items for the boat as part of the food kitty you will contribute to. Hop on deck to enjoy lunch aboard. Anchor in the evening, following dinner. Opt to join the skipper at the famous Willie T Floating bar.
Days 2–6 – British Virgin Islands
Continue on course through the picturesque islands – a sailor’s dream. Commonly referred to as the BVIs, the British Virgin Islands are located among the entire Virgin Islands group, which includes the US Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands. Spend time exploring uninhabited islands and white sand beaches, snorkeling or catching some rays. Spend evenings enjoying picturesque sunsets, fresh fish, and an island beach party.
Norman Island Visit
Discover this uninhabited gem, known by cruisers and sailors alike. It offers lots of options to explore from its larger harbor, a protected anchorage area called “the Bight.” Enjoy an early morning visit to the caves just below the cliffs for excellent snorkeling opportunities, and keep an eye out for any long forgotten treasure – who knows what could have been left behind! If Norman Island could talk, it would be sure to tell stories of pirate legends and long-lost pirate booty.
Virgin Gorda Visit
Soak up the sun and beautiful scenery on this visit to the gorgeous Virgin Gorda. Sail towards the island and dock at the marina in Spanish Town. Step ashore to meet friendly locals and other sailors alike. Spend the day at leisure, enjoying the beach, taking optional tours around the island or exploring the famous Baths: a collection of huge granite boulders with white sand beaches and secret rock pools. Encompassing the beaches and rocky shoreline at the southwestern tip of Virgin Gorda, the Baths is an untouched paradise that looks like you stepped right into a postcard!
Guana Island Visit
Discover your own piece of Caribbean paradise on Guana Island. One of the few remaining privately owned islands in its part of the world, Guana consists of seven white powder-soft sand beaches and acres and acres of tropical forest, mountains, and hills. Settle in for a day of relaxation on the beach of your dreams or swim in the clearest blue waters imaginable for miles around.
Jost Van Dyke Visit
Spend some quality time on Jost Van Dyke, one of the smallest islands in the BVIs that will be sure to make a big impression. Grab a drink at the famous ‘Soggy Dollar’ Bar before lunch on board. Opt to go hiking – there are car tours available too. A day at Jost Van Dyke is a day in paradise. It’s hard to go wrong!
Day 7 – British Virgin Islands/Tortola
Following breakfast, return back to Hodge Creek Marina to disembark the boat around midday.
Complete program of optional tours and excursions (An additional fee may apply)
Sailing the British Virgin Islands on a 40 ft sailing catamaran with 4 twin cabins – max. of 8 guests
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
4 twin/double bed cabins, each with attached bathroom and shower.
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Allow USD315-410 for meals not included. Basic items on board will be covered by a food kitty of about USD75 per person.
Staff & Experts
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout & Fully licensed skipper
Complete pre-departure materials
Airfare; Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
+ Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
+ Alcoholic beverages are not included
+ Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
+ Travel Insurance
+ Staff gratuities
When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.
For more flight options and better rates (on flights), consider flying into St. Thomas and taking a ferry to Tortola.
Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:00 am
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 2:00 pm
Rates are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice, please inquire for current promotions.
- While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
- Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
- Please note that space is very limited on the boat and especially in your cabin. It is important that you only take on board soft sided luggage such as a mid sized backpack or soft duffel bag, keeping your bag’s weight to less than 15kgs. Suitcases are not appropriate for our Sailing BVI’s adventure as they are not pliable enough to fit into the niches available for luggage. If you are on a longer trip, it may be possible to store excess luggage for one week at the yacht marina.
- Fresh water is very limited on board, and as such we ask for your understanding that showers are limited to one quick shower per person a day. One towel per week is provided for showering purposes – please bring a beach towel.
- It’s important to note that the beds in the cabins are not the usual length of a standard bed. The length is approximately 1.8 meters (6 feet)
- Flights in and out of St Thomas (STT) are often easier and cheaper than flying directly into Tortola (EIS). The ferry ride from St Thomas to Tortola is 45-60 minutes and costs approximately $35 (or $60 roundtrip). Ask your Sales CEO or travel agent if this might be the best option for you.
- Please note that this is a sailing catamaran, and the skipper will be using wind power when the winds are agreeable. Although this is not a learn to sail program, you may have a chance to learn a few tricks of the trade and assist the skipper with navigation while sailing. There are times when motoring the catamaran will be required, due to unfavorable wind conditions.
- Note that this catamaran is equipped with 4 passenger cabins for double occupancy. All cabins have attached bathrooms with showers and the vessel has an onboard kitchenette, interior and exterior common areas and plenty of outside deck space. If you are traveling alone, you will be paired up in a cabin with another traveler of the same gender. Please expect them to be very small.
- Most of our sailors tend to spend very, very little time in their cabins, just using them to sleep and store clothes. There is limited space on the yachts. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack. A good size daypack is also essential. PLEASE NOTE: No hard suitcases are permitted due to limited space.