The British Virgin Islands are made up of more than 60 stunning islands and islets at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, which separates the Atlantic Ocean from the clear, turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Get in touch to book your dream yacht charter and island hop the BVIs.Read more
The British Virgin Islands is a popular destination for sailors, with near-constant trade winds, all-year round high temperatures and dazzling white sandy beaches lapped by tranquil, clear turquoise waters. Sail to the Caves, the Indians or Fallen Jerusalem to see tropical aquatic life by snorkel or scuba, easily hop between uninhabited islands or explore breathtaking, secluded anchorages at Benures Bay or Hallovers Bay. If you want to party, head to palm-fringed beaches and enjoy the bars, such as Pusser’s Landing, Soggy Dollar Bar or Foxy’s. Whether you want to relax or meet the locals, the BVIs offers choice and well-equipped marinas.
Dream Yacht Charter in BVIs: We have a large fleet of catamarans and monohulls in the BVI to suit any sailor, whether you’re looking for a bareboat, by-the-cabin or crewed yacht charter. Our BVI base in Tortola has its own docks and you’ll be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable team. If you need help planning your charter, check out our inspirational itineraries section and our blog. Get in touch with our team to find out more.
What our customers say: “The advice, care, and tolerance of our questions (and requests) was over the top. Thank you for making us feel welcomed and explaining away our concerns.”
-Greg (British Virgin Islands)
The time difference in the BVIs is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -4 hours . Make sure your documentation is in order to travel. If you’re sailing in the BVIs and want to visit the USVIs you will need a visa, please check with the US embassy in your country before you depart. Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.
Traveling around the island is easy, just wave down one of the many taxi mini-vans. The average fare is $1.50 but taxis do not have meters so haggle your price before you get in. If you rent a car, limousine, bicycle or motorbike, drive on the right-hand side and be aware the roads are in variable condition.
When you enter the BVI by private or charter boat, you need customs and immigration clearance at your entry port. You’ll also need the mandatory Cruising Permit and National Parks Permits when sailing BVI waters, which you can get from customs or talk to us. There is no sales tax on items purchased in the BVI.
The currency is US Dollars and Euros, travelers cheques, Visa and MasterCard are accepted, but American Express isn’t.
ATMs are easily found in Tortola, look for Virgin Gorda First Bank, Banco Popular, Scotia Bank and First Caribbean Bank.
Banks are open Monday to Thursday (8:30am to 3pm) and Friday (8:30am to 5pm).
Getting online is easy with plenty of Wi-Fi spots and cyber cafés. Local internet service providers are Wanadoo, Domaccess, CaribServe, PowerAntilles and ADSL available. There are plenty of letter boxes and the main post office is in Road Town.
Spear fishing is not allowed and illegal drugs are not tolerated. A fishing permit is required for fishing.
Temperatures in the BVIs are around 25°C to 28°C all year round. August is the hottest and sunniest month and sea temperatures are warmest in September. The hurricane season is between June and October, which is also the wettest month.
The sailing conditions in the BVIs are known for the trade winds season between November and June and the famous Christmas winds in December/January, which can keep you going for several days. Winds are mainly from east or north east, depending on the time of year and the sailing area is less crowded when the winds are lighter. Groundswells can occur between December and March after particularly strong winds.
Love snorkeling, diving or fancy relaxing onshore in some of the region’s most famous restaurants and bars? Check out our BVI itineraries, as we have it covered…
Day 1: Overnight at Hodge’s Creek Marina, Tortola.
Day 2: The Baths Marine Park for a snorkel or hike to Devil Bay through a giant boulder maze. On to Prickly Pear Island, Virgin Gorda Sound for drinks at the Leverick Bay Resort.
Day 3: Anegada to see flamingos, salt ponds and breathtaking white sandy beaches.
Day 4: Monkey Point, Guana Island, for snorkeling and turtle spotting.
Day 5: Sandy Cay national park and anchor off White Bay for lunch. Visit the Soggy Dollar Bar to try their infamous painkiller cocktail. Great Harbor overnight.
Day 6: West End, Tortola, and anchor off at Soper’s Hole Marina. Indians Marine Park for snorkeling and overnight anchor at Norman Island’s mooring balls at Kelly’s Cove, Privateer Bay and Soldier Bay or anchor in deep water at Benures Bay.
Day 7: Rhone Marine Park to snorkel over the steamer wreck that sank in 1867 during a hurricane. Head to Cooper Island and Cistern point and Hallovers Bay.
Day 8: Back to Hodge’s Creek Marina, Tortola, to disembark.
Day 1: Get to know the Maya Cove base on your first day, provision and explore Road Town or the nearby bays and beaches.
Day 2: Head from the base in Maya Cove to Norman Island, hook to a mooring and spend the day exploring the Caves.
Day 3: Make for Virgin Gorda in the morning, explore the water caves known as The Baths, continue through to Devil’s Bay beach and spend in the night in Gorda Sound.
Day 4: Spend the day exploring Gorda Sound, sailing around Mosquito Island and Prickly Pear Islands before making your way to the beautiful anchorages in Eustatia Sound.
Day 5: Explore the BVI’s only coral island, Anegada, which is also known for its fabulous lobster festival in November.
Day 6: Head out to Jost Van Dyke, moor and swim to the beach to try one of the famous Painkiller cocktails from the Soggy Dollar Bar.
Day 7: Morning at Jost Van Dyke before heading over to Peter Island for a relaxing day and night at the exclusive White Bay Beach.
Day 8: From Peter Island take your time while heading back to the base at Maya Cove for one last night.
Day 9: Disembark
Day 1: Start off from our base in Maya Cove, where you can explore Road Town before you embark on your adventure the next day.
Day 2: Spend the day at Norman Island. Relax at The Club and Pirate’s Bay restaurants. Visit the Caves and Indians for amazing snorkeling, or find peace and quiet at Benures Bay.
Day 3: Head to Peter Island (North mooring), enjoy the day on Whelk Bay, White Bay and Key Bay.
Day 4: Sail to the beautiful Savannah Bay, Long Bay and Mountain Point at Virgin Gorda, which are the perfect places for swimming and sunsets.
Day 5: Visit The Baths, the area’s five-star attraction and head around Prickly Pear Island to the beautiful anchorages in Eustatia Sound.
Day 6: Explore the BVI’s only coral island, Anegada, which is also known for its fabulous lobster festival in November.
Day 7: Head to Fallen Jerusalem for snorkeling and enjoy the marine life. Keep in mind the National Park moorings are for 90 minutes only.
Day 8: Ginger Island is a great place for snorkeling and rendezvous diving.
Day 9: There’s fine snorkeling at Monkey Point, Guana Island, where you can moor in the National Park.
Day 10: Sail to Jost Van Dyke, home to the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, where you can swim up to the beach and relax with a famous Painkiller. Don’t forget to visit Foxy’s too for cocktails.
Day 11: Head to Soper’s Hole and visit Omar’s Cafe and Pusser’s Landing.
Day 12: Explore Cooper Island via the mooring balls at Cistern Point and Hallovers Bay.
Day 13: Swing back to Peter Island (South mooring) to enjoy more time on the White Bay Beach.
Day 14: Head back to Maya Cove for your final night.
Day 15: Disembark
Our Tortola Base Manager, Yann Leboyer (Tel: + (1 284) 495 2154 and Mob: + (1 284) 346 86 18), will be pleased to welcome you on arrival to Hodges Creek Marina.
Fly direct to the BVIs via Beef Island Airport. Or fly to St. Thomas in USVI and then take the ferry. We can arrange airport transfers on request and Beef Island Airport (EIS) is about 3.5km from our base. Make sure your passport is in date and valid for the duration of your stay and look under our Handy Info section for visa advice!
Tune in to the daily weather forecasts in English on CaribWx (ZBVI radio 780 AM). Stock up in the local supermarket (grab a taxi) or save time and hassle by ordering online in advance at www.rtwbvi.com or e-mail: email@example.com