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BVI Yacht Charters

With beautiful isles, a lively party atmosphere and genuine Caribbean welcome from the locals, The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are the ideal location for a Caribbean yacht charter. In fact, with gentle trade winds, easy line-of-sight navigation and short leg island hopping voyages, it’s arguably one of the best sailing destinations in the world.

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  • Line-of-sight sailing
  • The Baths of Virgin Gorda
  • World-famous beach bars

Sailing British Virgin Islands

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BVI boat charters give you the chance to explore more than 60 idyllic islands and islets at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles. With year-round balmy temperatures, lush green hillsides and dazzling white sandy beaches, the BVI is a near-perfect vacation destination, loved by novice and seasoned sailors alike. 

When it comes to things to do in the British Virgin Islands, there’s so much to see and warm Caribbean waters in which to snorkel, dive and swim. During BVI yacht charters, you can easily hop between uninhabited islands, resorts and beachside villages, dining at waterside restaurants, shopping at local boutiques and kicking back at some of the world’s best beach bars. 

From our base is at the Hodges Creek Marina, make the 11-mile sail north to experience the ‘sunken island’ of Anegada, or visit the geological wonder known as The Baths, with towering granite boulders forming a labyrinth of paths leading to hidden pools and grottos.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway..
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean holiday.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in the British Virgin Islands

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Taste the cuisine on Anegada

Sail to the low-lying coral island of Anegada to see flamingos, salt ponds and white sandy beaches. But be sure to try the native lobster and rum smoothies at the Reef Hotel, and delicious conch at Big Bamboo in Loblolly Bay.

Dive at Rhone Marine Park

One of our top things to do in the BVI is to explore the Caves on Norman Island, before sailing to Rhone Marine Park to snorkel over the wreck of the steamer RMS Rhone, which sank in 1867. This is also one of the most popular dive sites in the BVI.

Fireball Full Moon Party at Trellis Bay

BVI yacht charters during a full moon give you the opportunity to be part of this lively yet family-friendly beach party, complete with music, food, drinks and flaming fireball sculptures.

Embrace the Jost Van Dyke beach bar scene

While you’re sailing the British Virgin Islands, moor at White Bay in Jost Van Dyke and swim up to the beach to try one of the famous Painkiller cocktails at the Soggy Dollar Bar. Or soak in the lively atmosphere at Great Harbour, Foxy’s and Corsairs beach bars.

Explore the Baths National Park

If you’re a strong swimmer, visit this natural wonder by boat and swim ashore to explore the maze of natural rock formations on Virgin Gorda during your BVI sailing vacation. Enjoy a meal at the Top of the Baths restaurant.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to go to the British Virgin Islands?

The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands is between December and May, when trade winds are the most steady and temperatures are comfortable, although the BVI do have pleasant weather for most of the year. 

Temperatures in the BVI are around 77°F to 82°F all year round. August is the hottest and sunniest month and sea temperatures are warmest in September, ideal for BVI yacht charters. The low season is summertime, when it is less crowded. The hurricane season is between June and October, which is also the wettest month.

What are the sailing conditions in the British Virgin Islands?

The sailing conditions for the British Virgin Islands are excellent for novice sailors, with gentle and near constant winds most of the year, calm seas at 3 to 4 feet and easy line-of-sight navigation. 

BVI wind systems include the trade winds season between November and June, and the famous Christmas winds in December and January, which can keep you going for several days. 

Winds are mainly from the 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, so do be careful when on your BVI boat charter.

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Sailing British Virgin Islands with Dream Yacht Charter

BVI charters

Sail the British Virgin Islands and enjoy one of the world’s most special sailing destinations. Choose from our bareboat yacht charters and cutting-edge catamarans and monohulls.

British Virgin Islands skippered charters

Can’t sail? Hire a skipper and make the most of your vacation by sailing the islands of the BVI. Your skipper will sail you and your guests while you relax.

British Virgin Islands by the cabin charters

Enjoy the BVI without any planning, sailing or cooking with our by the cabin charters. We do everything, so you don’t have to. Just reserve your own private cabin and bathroom.

British Virgin Islands crewed charters

Take your vacation to a new level of luxury with our personalized BVI crewed charters. Hire your own private luxury yacht and relax while our captain and chef look after you and your guests.

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BVI sailing itinerary

Take a look at our British Virgin Islands sailing vacation suggestions

7-day itinerary BVI

Day 1

Overnight at Hodges Creek Marina BVI and get to know your boat. You can relax and grab a bite to eat at the resort bar and use the resort facilities.

Day 2

Head to Virgin Gorda and the Baths Marine Park for a snorkel or hike to Devil’s Bay through the maze of giant boulders on the beach and grab a bite at Top of the Baths on the way. Make for North Lee Bay, Fallen Jerusalem, for amazing swimming and snorkeling among vibrant marine life. End the day at Virgin Gorda’s “North Sound” and enjoy drinks and dinner at the Leverick Bay Resort and Marina. You can also stock up on water and ice there.

Day 3

Sail to the low-lying coral island of Anegada to see flamingos, salt ponds and white sandy beaches. Try the native lobster and rum smoothies at the Reef Hotel or conch at Big Bamboo, Loblolly Bay. In November, you can join in the fun of the famous two-day lobster festival.

Day 4

Visit Monkey Point, Guana Island, for amazing snorkeling and turtle spotting. The National Park moorings are still there.

Day 5

Make for Sandy Cay National Park and anchor off White Bay, Jost van Dyke, to visit the array of famous bars. Visit the Soggy Dollar Bar to try their infamous painkiller cocktail, or head to Foxy’s and Corsairs at Great Harbour.

Day 6

Sail to Soper’s Hole and grab a bite to eat at Pusser’s Landing or Omar’s Cafe. Sail around to the Indians Marine Park for snorkeling, near Peter Island, and overnight anchor at Norman Island’s mooring balls at The Bight, Kelly’s Cove, Privateer Bay and Soldier Bay or anchor in deep water at Benures Bay.

Day 7

Explore the caves on Norman Island before sailing to Rhone Marine Park to snorkel over the steamer wreck, RMS Rhone that sank in 1867. Head to Cooper Island and Cistern Point for snorkeling or Hallovers Bay.

Day 8

Back to Hodges Creek Marina, to disembark.

9-day itinerary BVI

Day 1

Overnight at Hodges Creek Marina BVI and get to know your boat. You can relax and grab a bite to eat at the resort bar and use the resort facilities.

Day 2

Enjoy snorkeling at the caves at Norman Island for brilliant underwater exploration. You can use the mooring balls at The Bight, Kelly’s Cove, Privateer Bay and Soldier Bay or anchor in deep water at Benures Bay.

Day 3

Navigate to Virgin Gorda in the morning, explore the large boulders and water caves known as The Baths. Eat at the Top of the Baths restaurant, continue through to Devil’s Bay beach and spend the night in Gorda Sound. You can dine at the Leverick Bay Resort and Marina in North Sound.

Day 4

Take the time to get to know Gorda Sound and sail onwards around Prickly Pear Island to Eustatia Sound, which has fantastic anchorages. Head over to North Lee Bay, Fallen Jerusalem, for vibrant marine life and clear snorkeling.

Day 5

Find healthy coral at the Coral Gardens, Dog Islands. There’s plenty of fish off the Great Dog coast, where you can use the red mooring balls. At George Dog, snorkel on the south-west side and visit Kitchen Point beach.

Day 6

Carry on to Jost Van Dyke, moor at White Bay and swim up to the beach to try one of the famous Painkiller cocktails from the Soggy Dollar Bar. At Great Harbour, Foxy’s and Corsairs beach bar and restaurant are also open for a lively atmosphere.

Day 7

Spend the morning at Jost Van Dyke before heading over to Peter Island to snorkel at the Indians. You can moor at Deadman’s Bay, Whelk Bay, White Bay, Key Bay and Great Harbour.

Day 8

From Peter Island, take your time while heading back to the base for one last night.

Day 9

Back to Hodges Creek Marina, to disembark. Don’t forget to get back in touch to book your next Dream Yacht Charter.

14-day itinerary BVI

Day 1

Overnight at Hodges Creek Marina BVI and get to know your boat. You can relax and grab a bite to eat at the resort bar and use the resort facilities.

Day 2

Get in a great day of sailing to Peter Island to snorkel the Indians’ underwater paradise. You can find anchorages at Deadman’s Bay, Whelk Bay, White Bay, Key Bay and Great Harbour.

Day 3

Enjoy another BVI top snorkeling spot at the caves, Privateer Bay, Norman Island. Dine at Pirates Bight restaurant or The Club and use mooring balls at Kelly’s Cove and Soldier Bay. It’s nice and peaceful at Benures Bay.

Day 4

You need to visit White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, home to the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, where you can swim up to the beach and relax with a famous Painkiller cocktail. Try Foxy’s, a famous BVI bar, or Corsairs beach bar at Great Harbour too.

Day 5

Head over to Monkey Point, Guana Island, to find vibrant marine life that is perfect for snorkeling.

Day 6

Make your way to the Dog Islands and snorkel at the Coral Gardens to find healthy coral. There’s plenty of fish off the coast of Great Dog, where the red mooring balls are still intact. At George Dog, snorkel on the south-west side and visit Kitchen Point beach.

Day 7

Explore Virgin Gorda in the morning with its large boulders and water caves known as The Baths. Eat at the Top of the Baths restaurant, continue through to Devil’s Bay beach and spend the night in Gorda Sound. You can dine at the Leverick Bay Resort and Marina in “North Sound”.

Day 8

Spend the day exploring Gorda Sound and sail around Prickly Pear Island to Eustatia Sound, which has beautiful anchorages.

Day 9

Sail to the low-lying coral island of Anegada to see flamingos, salt ponds and white sandy beaches. Try the native lobster and rum smoothies at the Reef Hotel or conch at Big Bamboo, Loblolly Bay. In November, you can join in the fun of the famous two-day lobster festival.

Day 10

Head to Cooper Island and Cistern Point for snorkeling or Hallovers Bay.

Day 11

Head to the Rhone Marine Park to snorkel over the steamer wreck RMS Rhone that sank in 1867. It’s a popular diving spot in the BVIs.

Day 12

Sail to Sandy Cay National Park and then sail onwards to moor at Diamond Cay, Little Jost van Dyke, before heading to Sandy Spit.

Day 13

Head back to base for your final night via Soper’s Hole, where you can grab lunch at Pusser’s Landing or enjoy a coffee with free Wi-Fi at Omar’s Cafe.

Day 14

Back to Hodges Creek Marina, to disembark. Don’t forget to get back in touch to book your next Dream Yacht Charter.

Useful information for yacht charters in British Virgin Islands

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Where are the British Virgin Islands located?

The British Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico, forming part of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. 

How can I get to the British Virgin Islands from the US?

To start your British Virgin Islands sailing trip, fly into Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Beef Island in Tortola. Our base at Hodges Creek Marina is 15 minutes by taxi from the Beef Island airport.

Or fly into Cyril E. King Airport (STT) on St. Thomas, and take a 45-minute ferry transfer into Road Town, Tortola, which is 15 minutes by taxi to our Hodges Creek Marina. Customers coming from St. Thomas, can also choose to take a private Water Taxi to Hodges Creek.

There are international flights via the US, St. Martin, Antigua and other local connections.

What language is spoken in the British Virgin Islands?

The language spoken in the BVI is English.

What is the currency for the British Virgin Islands?

The currency in the BVI is the US Dollar (USD).

What are the customs restrictions for the British Virgin Islands?

When you leave or return to the BVI by private or charter boat, customs and immigration clearance at your entry port is mandatory. There are customs offices for clearing in and out at Road Town and West End on Tortola, Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke.

What documents do I need to sail?

To sail the British Virgin Islands you will need a US passport valid for the duration of stay. Non-US citizens visiting the BVI need a passport and a visa. 

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around the British Virgin Islands?

You can get around the British Virgin Islands easily waving down one of the many taxi mini-vans. Taxis do not have meters, so be sure to agree your price before you get in. If you rent a car, limousine, bicycle or motorbike, drive on the left-hand side and be aware the roads are in variable condition.

What is the Wi-Fi like in the British Virgin Islands?

There is free Wi-Fi in our marina and some of our fleet have a router on board, so you will be able to connect to the internet while on our BVI yacht charters. There is internet access in some cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots, but you may need to pay.

What regulations are there?

Night sailing is not allowed without authorization of the base manager. A cruising permit and National Marine Park permit are mandatory and you will need to pay for them at our base. Mooring buoys from the National Park are for daily use only.

A fishing permit is required to fish in the BVI. Visit the government website for details.

Where can I find weather forecasts in the British Virgin Islands?

You can find British Virgin Islands weather forecasts at Windguru.com

What provisioning is there in the British Virgin Islands?

There is plenty of choice for provisioning in the British Virgin Islands. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my British Virgin Islands sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags as suitcases are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in the British Virgin Islands?

The electrical current in the British Virgin Islands is 110V.

What is the dialing code for the British Virgin Islands?

The dialing code for the British Virgin Islands is +1 284.

Where can I hire watercraft?

Watercraft, such as paddleboards and kayaks, can be pre-booked through us. Fishing gear and permits, as well as diving equipment, can be booked directly through our partner, Last Stop Sports.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht Charter?

Dream Yacht Charter is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and the destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

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Private accomodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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