British Virgin Islands Itinerary
Embarking on a crewed yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands offers an unparalleled adventure, filled with azure waters, breathtaking beaches, and vibrant marine life. Join us at Songs in the Sails, where every day promises a new discovery and every night, a memorable experience. Here’s an unforgettable suggested itinerary that captures the essence of these tropical paradises, blending must-see places and exceptional snorkeling spots.
The British Virgin Islands, a jewel in the Caribbean Sea, are not just a picturesque paradise but a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural wonders. Embarking on a crewed yacht charter with Songs in the Sails isn’t merely a vacation; it’s a captivating journey through time and the extraordinary.
Day 1: Nanny Cay, Tortola – Gateway to Legends
Begin your journey from Nanny Cay or Trellis Bay and sail to Kelly’s Cove on Norman Island. Dive into the caves, hunt for treasures, and relish cocktails at the Pirates Bight beach bar.
Nanny Cay, located on the southern coast of Tortola, serves as the perfect prelude to your adventure. But this picturesque marina isn’t just about modern luxury; it’s rooted in history. Tortola, the largest island in the BVI, is named after its characteristic shape, resembling a turtle shell. Once a pirate haven during the infamous Golden Age of Piracy, the shores of Tortola have witnessed the footsteps of legends like Blackbeard and Captain Kidd.
Day 2: Norman Island – The Original Treasure Island
Your journey takes you to Norman Island, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island. Norman Island boasts caves that are believed to have hidden treasures from the tales of yore. These grottos, shrouded in mystery, echo with the whispers of pirates and explorers long gone. Dive into the deep blue waters and snorkel around the caves, imagining the secrets they hold.
Day 3: Peter Island – The Legacy of Blackbeard
Peter Island, with its Deadman’s Bay, carries a haunting tale from the annals of piracy. It is believed that the infamous Blackbeard marooned 15 of his disgruntled crew on Dead Chest Island nearby, leaving them with nothing but a bottle of rum. This grim tale inspired the iconic sea shanty “Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest…” Dive into the neighboring waters, and you might just sense the echoes of those long-lost souls. Explore Deadman’s Bay and its surrounding dive sites. Snorkel at Coral Gardens and Dead Chest West, where marine wonders await. In the evening, enjoy live music and the lively atmosphere at Foxy’s.
Day 4: Virgin Gorda – Nature’s Sculpted Marvel
Virgin Gorda, translating to “Fat Virgin,” owes its name to Christopher Columbus, who envisioned the island as a reclining woman. The Baths, a geological wonder of massive granite boulders forming secluded pools and grottoes, epitomize the island’s unique charm. These formations, created millions of years ago, invite you to wander in the footsteps of ancient travelers, marveling at the forces of nature at play. Alternatively, visit Devils Bay National Park or Spring Bay for more natural wonders.
Day 5: Anegada – Flamingos and Forgotten Pirates
The Lobster Island Sail to Anegada, known for its fresh lobster dinners and flamingo sightings. Relax on Cow Wreck Beach and enjoy the vibrant beach bar scene at Tippzy in Loblolly Beach. Don’t miss Flamingo Pond, where these elegant birds enchant visitors. Anegada, the only coral island in the volcanic BVI chain, holds tales of both pirates and flamingos. Legend has it that the island is the resting place of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, laden with treasures. As you savor fresh lobster and walk along the pristine Cow Wreck Beach, envision the pirates of old, their ghosts possibly still lingering in the salty breeze.
Day 6: The Dog Islands – Snorkeling Paradise at the Dog Islands
The Lost Seals and Sailor’s Lore. The Dog Islands, a group of islets, were once home to the now-extinct Caribbean monk seals. Sailors, hearing their barks, mistook them for dogs, hence the name. Dive into the waters surrounding these islands, and you might find remnants of these enigmatic creatures, providing a poignant connection to the past. The Dog Islands, are perfect for snorkeling and diving. Explore the remnants of the extinct Caribbean monk seals and marvel at the vibrant marine life these waters hold.
Or Sail to Muskmelon Bay on Guana Island or White Bay. Here we can snorkel or dive. There is a great hiking trail on the northern ridge of Muskmelon Bay. The sunset is stunning.
Guana Island is one of the few remaining privately-owned islands in its part of the world, Guana has seven white powder-sand beaches and 850 acres of tropical forest, mountains, hills, and valleys. The island is mostly a natural preserve and has a small resort.
Day 7: Guana Island – Nature’s Sanctuary and Pirate Legends
Guana Island, a private paradise, is more than just a luxurious retreat. It was once a refuge for pirates who roamed these waters centuries ago. Now, it stands as a haven for flora and fauna, offering a glimpse into the untouched Caribbean wilderness. As you snorkel, hike, and witness the sunset over this pristine land, imagine the days when pirates sought solace in its hidden coves.
Or head over to Sandy Spit and Jost Van Dyke – A Beach Lover’s Dream and Sunset Melodies
Sandy Spit, a small sandy islet, is a testament to the unpredictable nature of the sea. Many a ship met its fate on the nearby coral reefs, reminding us of the perils sailors faced. As you enjoy the sun-kissed beaches and head to Jost Van Dyke, revel in the spirit of resilience. Jost Van Dyke, known for the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, resonates with the tunes of local musicians. In this lively atmosphere, let the melodies and laughter fill the air, echoing the mirth of countless travelers before you.
In this intricate tapestry of history and natural beauty, your Songs in the Sails yacht charter isn’t just a vacation; it’s a pilgrimage through time. As you sail through these waters, imagine the adventures of those who came before, the pirates, the explorers, and the dreamers. Let each wave tell you a story, and each sunset whisper secrets of centuries past. Embrace the allure of the British Virgin Islands, where the past dances.
Head back to Nanny Cay or Trellis Bay for departure.
Check out Odyssea a crewed yacht charter available in the BVI
⛵️ Odyssea Specifications:
⚓️ Length: 59FT
👥 Guests: 8
🛌 Cabins: 4 Queens
🧑✈️ Crew: 2
🤿 Diving onboard- Odyssea now offers diving onboard.
💵 All- Inclusive $29,000 – 34,000 for 7 nights. 2023 Holiday pricing, 1 to 8 guests $36,500 Minimum 7 nights. Available for Christmas.
🌍 Available to charter in the @britishvirginis #bvi
✈️ When to go? November – June.
Come Sail Away!